MX Sports, producers of the AMA Amateur Motocross Championships, is pleased to announce that the second annual Ricky Carmichael Daytona Amateur Supercross Championship will take place on Sunday, March 6, at the Daytona International Speedway, following the Daytona Pro Supercross event. On Monday, March 7, Carmichael will host Ricky Carmichael University, with riding instruction from the 15-Time AMA Supercross and MX Champion and friends.
“We were thrilled to hold an amateur race on the storied grounds of Daytona this year, and we’re going to make next year’s event even better,” says Tim Cotter, director of MX Sports. “We learned a lot at the first annual event, and we’re excited to put those lessons to work and help this event grow. With big thanks to Ricky, his family and friends, we believe this event is about to become a mainstay on the amateur circuit.”
“I’m really excited to be back for year two,” says Carmichael. “As far as racing goes, Daytona is home to me, and it’s a great feeling to give back to the sport that made me who I am today. The racing should be fun to watch, and I’m really looking forward to applying what I know to help these riders in Monday’s school. This is a supercross country, and you have to be able to ride it to succeed.”
Sunday’s race allows the top amateur riders in the world to race on the coveted Daytona Supercross track. After filling every gate position last year, this year’s event expands to run under the lights into Sunday evening, allowing more classes, more laps and more riders.
MX Sports organizes the event by utilizing their nearly 30 years of experience operating the AMA Amateur Motocross Championship at Loretta Lynn Ranch. The class structure includes classes for youth riders on 50cc bikes all the way up to vet and senior classes. The race will follow a supercross format, using heat races and last chance qualifiers to seed the field of riders into a main event in each class. Unlike the Loretta Lynn Ranch format, riders do not need to qualify at other races in order to participate in the Daytona event.
Monday’s Ricky Carmichael University marks the only U.S. riding school opportunity with the 15-time AMA Supercross and MX National Champion. RC and his team will share exclusive riding secrets during a one-day-only Supercross camp on the Daytona track, with breakfast, lunch, instruction and plenty of riding included.
Amateur riders and their families are encouraged to come down early and camp on the Daytona infield, where hookups are available. Move in, sign up and camping begins on Saturday, March 5, so amateur families can watch the pros compete on Saturday night in the Daytona Supercross. Amateur racing takes place on Sunday, March 6, with Ricky Carmichael University commencing on Monday, March 7.