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AMA to launch professional ATV Motocross championship in ’07

Published November 12th, 2006

Courtesy AMA





Pickerington OH – The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) and AMA
Pro Racing have announced the creation of a new professional ATV racing
championship set to begin with the 2007 season. The series will be
based on motocross style competition and will feature 450cc machines.
An expansion to include a 250cc-based class is expected for 2008.





“With the continued sales growth and availability of sport ATVs in the
United States and the expanding popularity of racing, the time is right
to launch this championship,” said AMA CEO Patti DiPietro. “This
discipline will receive the same level of support as our other pro
racing series and will help elevate the awareness and professionalism
of ATV competition.”





A television package is under development as is a dedicated website.
AMA staff is preparing a rule book and homologation information. The
2007 schedule will feature up to 12 outdoor events managed by
ATV-specific racing staff members. Five to six indoor events will be
added in 2008. Transponder timing and scoring will be utilized. AMA
staff is working with the major ATV manufacturers to establish a
contingency program. An AMA Pro ATV Racing rules-making committee will
also be created comprised of participants involved with the
championship.





DiPietro added that the new pro series will run in conjunction with
current ATVA events and will create a better progression for amateur
riders aspiring to become professionals. “We will issue pro licenses to
top riders competing in ATVA competition,? commented DiPietro. These
competitors will have the opportunity to earn an AMA Pro number one
plate and be recognized as an AMA Champion.”





The All-Terrain Vehicle Association (ATVA) is dedicated to increasing
members, enjoyment of riding and owning ATVs by serving as a source of
authoritative information about where and how to ride, products,
events, and racing, and by protecting and promoting the rights of all
ATV riders. The ATVA is part of the American Motorcyclist Association
(AMA), the world,s most powerful voice for motorcyclists. For more
information, visit the ATVA website at www.ATVAonline.com, or call
1-866-ATVA-JOIN.

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