Miller Motorsports Park may not be hosting another World Superbike round in 2013, but they will get an outdoor National. The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship will stop for the penultimate round of the 2013 season to ride on a new, purpose-built track in the infield of Miller for one of the first AMA motocross contests to be held in Utah in 40 years. Since Utah boasts some of the best off-road riding around, it seems fitting that the premier-level motocross championship in the US make a stop in the state. Tickets go on sale December 15, 2012 for the August 17, 2013 round. We haven’t seen any plans for the track yet, but will post any information as soon as it becomes available. The news of Miller's future in motocross was announced in an MX Sports Pro Racing press release, which is included in full below. – MotoUSA Byron Wilson
AMA Motocross heads to Miller Motorsports Park for the penultimate round of the upcoming 2013 season.
MX Sports Pro Racing and Alli Sports, a division of the NBC Sports Group, announce that the state-of-the-art Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah, will become the 11th stop on the 2013 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing. Following the announcement of the 2013 series schedule and advance ticket sales for next summer, the series is pleased to welcome the prestigious Miller Motorsports Park as host of the Utah National, Round 11 of the 2013 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship on Saturday August 17.
Miller Motorsports Park will construct a permanent purpose-built, national-caliber, motocross circuit in the infield of its road-racing course to host the Utah National. The proximity of Salt Lake City will be very popular with teams and fans, and the ability to use the paddock garages, grandstands and suites at Miller Motorsports Park will be a first for Lucas Oil Pro Motocross.
"The Utah National is going to be a milestone event for the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship," said Davey Coombs, President of MX Sports Pro Racing. "Miller Motorsports Park is an amazing facility, with incredible amenities that our teams and fans will love, in a market where action sports are everywhere. It is a different sort of venue than we are accustomed to visiting, but it is ideal in light of the rapid growth our series is enjoying. We think it's a perfect fit and we can't wait to show the great fans in Utah what the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship is all about."
2013 will be the first time in 40 years that a National has been held in the state of Utah. In addition to bringing great economic impact to the state and community, the Utah National will provide fans in a new area of the country the opportunity to witness the world's best motocross athletes compete for the prestigious title of Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Champion. Miller Motorsports Park is a world-renowned race center hosting prestigious racing and motorsports events throughout the year. As the newest partner with Lucas Oil Pro Motocross, Miller Motorsports Park will bring a new perspective to the 2013 series.
"Utah is excited to welcome the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship and the opportunity it brings to showcase Utah to a nationally televised audience and to generate significant economic impact to our great state," said Gary R. Herbert, Governor of Utah.
"We are very pleased to announce the addition of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship to Miller Motorsports Park's schedule of events," said Greg Miller, CEO of the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies, which owns and operates Miller Motorsports Park. "This announcement has been a long time in the making and we appreciate the cooperation of everyone involved in helping it become a reality. We look forward to hosting the riders, teams and fans in August, and to providing another world-class event for the State of Utah."
"We are very proud to bring the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship to Utah," said John Larson, General Manager of Miller Motorsports Park. "We believe the addition of a world-class motocross facility to our campus makes Miller Motorsports Park the most versatile motorsports facility in North America, if not the world. This will be one of the most exciting events ever staged at our facility, and we know that it is going to be a big hit with motocross enthusiasts and action-sports fans throughout Utah and the western United States."
"The Utah Sports Commission is thrilled to welcome the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship to 'The State of Sport,'" said Jeff Robbins, president and CEO of the Utah Sports Commission. "Our passionate Utah fans are already familiar with such household-name action-sports athletes as Ryan Dungey, Ryan Villopoto, James Stewart and Chad Reed through their annual Supercross visits to Salt Lake City. The Utah National at Miller Motorsports Park will give them another chance to see their heroes in action. We are anxiously looking forward to adding this great event to Utah's calendar of world-class sporting events in 2013."
Tickets for the 2013 Utah National at Miller Motorsports Park will be available on Saturday, December 15. To obtain tickets or information about Miller Motorsports Park, call 435-277-RACE (7223) or visit the track's website at www.MillerMotorsportsPark.com
The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship kicks off on May 18, 2013 with the Hangtown Motocross Classic. Tickets for the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship are on sale at AlliSports.com. Purchase tickets before December 24 for $20 off series merchandise and a chance to win a Moto Swag Pack, complete with ticket upgrades, series merchandise, and products from series sponsors etnies and FMF Apparel.
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MX Sports Pro Racing
MX Sports Pro Racing manages and produces the world's most prestigious professional motocross series - the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing. The industry leader in off road power sport event production and management, its mission is to showcase the sport of professional motocross competition at events throughout the United States. Through its various racing properties, partnerships and affiliates, MX Sports Pro Racing organizes events for thousands of action sports athletes each year and attracts millions of motorsports spectators. Visit www.mxsportsproracing.com
Alli Sports, is an action sports lifestyle brand whose mission is to connect fans with athletes and brands through best in class events, media, and authentic branded products. Alli Sports includes: the Dew Tour, Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship and the Red Bull Signature Series; Alli Media, which creates, produces, and distributes original content; and Alli Enterprises which includes a partnership with action sports retailer Dogfunk.com. Alli Sports is a division of the NBC Sports Group. More information can be found at www.allisports.com
NBC Sports Group
When the Comcast-NBCUniversal transaction was completed in January 2011, the sports assets of the two companies combined to form the NBC Sports Group, which serves sports fans 24/7 with premier live events, insightful studio shows, and compelling original programming. The sports media company consists of a unique array of broadcast television, cable television, radio and digital sports assets, including NBC Sports, NBC Olympics, NBC Sports Network, Golf Channel, 11 NBC Sports Regional Networks, NBC Sports Radio and all of their respective digital properties. The NBC Sports Group possesses an unparalleled collection of television rights agreements, partnering with some of the most prestigious sports properties in the world: the International Olympic Committee and United States Olympic Committee, the NFL, NHL, PGA TOUR, PGA of America, USGA, Churchill Downs, Premier League, MLS, Tour de France, French Open, Formula One, IndyCar and many more.
AMA Pro Racing
AMA Pro Racing is the premier professional motorcycle racing sanctioning body in the United States, operating a full schedule of events and championships for a variety of motorcycle disciplines. From its Daytona Beach headquarters, the organization sanctions professional motorcycle racing competition,
which includes, AMA Pro Motocross, AMA Pro Road Racing, and AMA Pro Flat Track. Visit www.amaproracing.com