PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) announced today the 2011 schedule for the AMA Racing Kenda National Hare & Hound Championship Series, which determines the country's top desert racers every year in a number of skill- and machine-based classes.
Once again, the AMA is partnering with the National Hare & Hound Association (NHHA), which will promote the series. The NHHA is made up of four AMA District 37 clubs: Desert MC, Vikings MC, Four Aces MC and 100's MC.
"In 2010, we saw immediate benefits from working with the NHHA to promote and develop the AMA Racing Kenda National Hare & Hound Championship Series, said AMA Director of Racing Joe Bromley. "Now, with a year under our belts, we're looking forward to even more growth in 2011, and we think this schedule and our plan for next year reflect that."
The NHHA's Ryan Sanders says that the group is eager to get to work on the new season.
"From the riders who have followed the series across the country, to the sponsors who have stepped up to make each of the events happen, 2010 was everything we expected and more," Sanders said. "Series Manager Chris Blais has built a quality contingency program, and it shows each and every time we hand the riders their certificates. This series is clearly on its way to be the premier off-road racing series in the western United States."
Sanders said that in 2011 he expects contingency payments to continue to grow, along with other ways to reward amateur riders, including product giveaways and more attractions such as pro autograph sessions. The extra attention the clubs have been paying to amateur classes is paying off, Sanders added.
"The C rider program has been our best accomplishment thus far," he said. "The number of riders who have been traveling is amazing, and it's really a family thing. There are father-and-son combos, grandfather-and-grandson combos, father-and-daughter, and even husband-and-wife. The Hare & Hound Nationals have something for everyone, and it's exciting to be a part of everyone's lives for one to two weekends a month. We have really become a family, and I just can't wait to start the new year and do this whole thing all over again!"
The 2011 AMA Racing Kenda National Hare & Hound Championship Series will begin on Jan. 23 at the Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Area near Lucerne, Calif. The nine-round championship will see action in California, Idaho and Utah. The complete schedule is below. Series updates are available at NationalHareAndHound.com.
2011 AMA Racing Kenda National Hare & Hound Championship Series Schedule
LOC: Johnson Valley OHVA, Lucerne Valley, Calif.
Four Aces MC
LOC: Spangler Hills, Ridgecrest, Calif.
Roadrunner Off Road Racing
LOC: Superstition OHV Area, El Centro, Calif.
LOC: Melba, Idaho
April 9 (Note: Saturday event)
LOC: Jericho, Utah
April 23 (Note: Saturday event)
LOC: Lucerne Valley, Calif.
May 21 (Note: Saturday event)
LOC: Jericho, Utah
LOC: Johnson Valley, Calif.
LOC: Johnson Valley OHVA, Lucerne, Calif.