Pickerington OH: AMA Racing has implemented a new rule requiring red
number plates be displayed by reigning champions in the Ampd Mobile AMA
Supercross Series and AMA Toyota Motocross Championship presented by
FMF. This will help identify the current champion if he elects not to
use the traditional number 1.
The champion in the Supercross and Motocross classes will run a red
plate with white numbers. The Motocross Lites champion will display a
red plate with black numbers.
Teams were informed of this change last fall during a series of
meetings held at AMA offices in Ohio and California. The change was
also reflected in the 2007 AMA Supercross Series/AMA Motocross
Championship Rulebook which was made available at the end of November.
Ricky Carmichael debuted his red plate at last weekend’s Ampd Mobile
AMA Supercross Series opener in Anaheim CA. Carmichael is also the
reigning AMA Toyota Motocross Champion and will continue displaying a
red plate when that series begins on May 19-20 at the Hangtown
Motocross Classic in Sacramento CA. Ryan Villopoto is the reigning
champion in the AMA Motocross Lites class and will also run a red
Other changes implemented for 2007 include new fuel testing procedures;
lowered sound limits; and new licensing criteria and qualifying
procedures for both motocross and supercross. Riders are also now
required to be equipped with an emergency helmet removal device.