The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) welcomes West Coast off-road racers who enjoy all forms of enduro competition — including the tradition and challenge of time-keeping enduros — to participate in a new AMA Featured Series for 2012.

“Enduro racing is part of the heritage of motorcycling competition in this country,” said AMA Director of Racing Joe Bromley. “We welcome the efforts of these longtime AMA partners to elevate enduro competition on the West Coast. I’m sure these events will not only satisfy current riders eager for more enduro competition, they will also introduce many more riders to this exciting sport.”

The AMA Western Checkpoint Enduro Championship is organized by the Western Enduro Promotions Group (WEPG) in partnership with AMA District 36 (Northern California), AMA District 37 (Southern California), and the AMA-chartered Arizona Offroad Motorcycle Racing Association. It features all styles of enduro competition, including time-keeping, start control and qualifier format. It includes events in California, Arizona and Nevada.

“I’m really happy with how the Western Checkpoint Enduro Championship has come together over the last two years,” said WEPG Chairman Erek Kudla. “For 2012 the WEPG has hooked up with Northern California’s District 36 and Arizona’s AMRA to host an eight-round enduro series composed of all forms of enduros, but the control of the individual events stays with the local clubs who have been successfully hosting enduros for as long as 60 years!”

The 2012 series opener, the Not-So Tuff-Enuff Enduro, brought 345 riders to Johnson Valley, Calif., on Jan. 15. James Ptarcinski of Sunnyville, Calif., took the overall as well as the Vet 30+ class win at the first round. The event also featured a Saturday family enduro, hosted by the Training Wheels MC. The family enduro provided a more laid-back alternative to Sunday’s full-on race as well as an opportunity to introduce some new riders to the sport.

AMA Featured Series are premier AMA-sanctioned series operated by a single club or promoter, a recognized AMA District or a closely affiliated group of AMA-chartered event organizers. AMA Featured Series do not award national championship points or awards, but do provide regional exposure and recognition.

For more on AMA Featured Series and other AMA-sanctioned events, see > Racing.

2012 AMA Western Checkpoint Enduro Championship

Series Contact: Erek Kudla, [email protected],

March 18: Gold Rush Qualifier, Anza, Calif. Prospectors MC

April 1: Sawmill Enduro, Lakeport, Calif. North Bay MC

April 15: Sheridan Mountain Enduro, Camp Wood, Ariz. Arizona Trail Riders Association

May 19-20: Two-Day Hungry Valley Qualifier, Gorman, Calif. Ventura County MC

Oct. 7: Wild Horse Enduro, Dayton, Nev. Western States Racing Association

Oct. 21: Ghostrider Enduro, Red Mountain, Calif. Traning Wheels MC

Nov. 11: WFO Enduro, Stonyford, Calif. Valley Climbers MC

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