MX Sports, in conjunction with the NPG, has announced the 2009 schedule of amateur racing events, which are held in conjunction with the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship. These events, which are a long-standing tradition of the series, are organized to allow local motocross racers the opportunity to ride a world class facility.
"When I was making my way up through the ranks, I was one of those kids out there on any given National weekend," explained Ricky Carmichael, 10-time AMA Pro Motocross National Champion. "Jeff Stanton, Damon Bradshaw - there were so many top guys that I was a fan of back in those days, and it was cool to see all of them racing on the same track, knowing that I had just been out there as well."
For the first time in over 10 years, all 12 rounds of the 2009 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship will feature amateur events. With a variety of classes available to cover men and women of all ages and skill levels, the 2009 nationals' amateur days offer something for every rider.
2009 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship Amateur Days Schedule*
Date(s) Event Day(s)
May 21-24 Glen Helen Thursday, Friday, Sunday (Quads)
May 28-29 Hangtown Thursday, Friday
June 5-7 Freestone Friday (Night), Sunday
June 14 High Point Sunday
June 28 Thunder Valley Sunday
July 2-5 RedBud Thursday, Friday (Night), Saturday (Night), Sunday
July 16-17 Spring Creek Thursday, Friday
July 26 Washougal Sunday
Aug. 14-16 Unadilla Friday, Sunday
Aug. 21-23 Budds Creek Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Aug. 30 Moto-X 338 Sunday
Sept. 6 Steel City Sunday
*Riders should check with each specific track for specific list of classes and schedules, which are subject to change.
Motocross is unique to other professional sports in that it is rare that fans and local participants get the opportunity to enjoy the exact same facility, on the same weekend, as the top professionals in the world.
"Throughout the years, top American riders like Ricky Carmichael and Kevin Windham have grown up attending and competing in the amateur days at the outdoor nationals," said Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Director of Operations John Ayers. "With our onsite camping and a festival-like atmosphere, these events allow families the chance to enjoy the best that American Motocross has to offer. The chance to ride and compete on a track that is prepared for National Championship, including all the banners, sponsors and special touches is a special and rare treat."