MX Sports, producers of the AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship at Loretta Lynn Ranch, announce today the 2011 Regional Championship Schedule. The Regional Championships serve as the final races to seed riders into the National Championship at Loretta Lynn Ranch, and only riders who finish in a qualifying position at a regional event are eligible to race the national.
"We're excited to announce this schedule, which includes an all-star cast of regional tracks, including six venues with experience holding AMA Pro National events" says MX Sports Director Tim Cotter. "The tracks have been selected based on their ability to produce large and complicated events."
"The best amateur motocross racers in the world earn their way to the top through the AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships," says AMA Motocross Manager Kip Bigelow. "But qualifying to line up at Loretta Lynn's isn't easy. These competitors must race their way through a challenging Area and Regional qualifying system that guarantees a best-of-the-best lineup at the championships every summer. The AMA is looking forward to working with the dedicated and talented staff at MX Sports, and all the local track organizers who will make this happen in 2011."
Of note, Gatorback Raceway in Winter Garden, Florida, appears on the schedule for the first time in years, reducing the travel for the many Florida-based riders who usually travel further north for their Regional Championship. Thunder Valley Raceway in Lakewood, Colorado will host the South Central Regional Championship, a welcome break for the many Colorado riders who usually have to travel to Regional Championships further south. As always, the Regional Championship tracks revolve on a rotating schedule year-to-year.
Riders who qualify at the Regional Championships will then be eligible to race for the AMA Amateur National Championships at Loretta Lynn Ranch on August 1- 6, 2011.
2011 AMA Amateur National Motocross Regional Championship Schedule:
Northeast Regional Championships:
June 11 & 12 Youth: Broome Tioga - Richford, NY
June 18 & 19 Amateur: High Point - Morris, PA
Southeast Regional Championships:
May 28 & 29 Youth: Muddy Creek - Blountville, TN
June 11 & 12 Amateur: Gatorback - Winter Garden, FL
Mid-East Regional Championships:
June 4 & 5 Youth: Sunday Creek - Nelsonville, OH
June 11 & 12 Amateur: Red Bud - Buchanan, MI
North Central Regional Championships:
June 18 & 19 Youth: Sunset Ridge - Walnut, IL
June 25 & 26 Amateur: Spring Creek - Millville, MN
South Central Regional Championships:
June 4 & 5 Youth: Freestone - Wortham, TX
June 11 & 12 Amateur: Thunder Valley - Lakewood, CO
Northwest Regional Championship:
May 28 & 29 Youth/Am: Washougal - Washougal, WA
Southwest Regional Championship:
June 18 & 19 Youth/Am: Competitive Edge - Hesperia, CA