2012 AMA National Championship Events & Series
National Championship Series
Season-long, multi-event pro-am and amateur competition series featuring motorcycle track racing, off-road competition and ATV racing.
Featured Series & Events
Grand Championship Events
Stand-alone events that crown the country's best amateur racers on both motorcycles and ATVs in various disciplines.
- AMA Ice Race Grand Championships: William Mitchell State Park, Lake Cadillac, Cadillac, Mich., Feb. 11-12 Results
- AMA Vintage Grand Championships: Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, Ohio, July 20-22
- Red Bull AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships, Presented by Amsoil: Hurricane Mills, Tenn., July 29 - Aug. 4
- AMA Road Race Grand Championships : Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Fla., October 18-21, 2012
- AMA Dirt Track Grand Championships:Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, Ill., May 29 - June 1
- AMA Hillclimb Grand Championships: Bay City, Wis., Aug. 17-19
- AMA Land Speed Grand Championships-BUB Motorcycle Speed Trials: Bonneville Salt Flats, Wendover, Utah, Aug. 26-30
- AMA Kenda Tennessee Knockout Grand Championship: Sequatchie, Tenn., Sept. 1-2
AMA Racing Pro/Am Motocross
The AMA Pro/Am Motocross calendar is where tomorrow's professional motocross and Supercross stars earn the points they need to apply for a pro license.
See the International Competition section of this website for information about U.S. rounds of world championship events, as well as news about U.S. team events and qualifier rounds. Follow this link for information for U.S. participants in team events, such as the International Six Days Enduro.
To find a local event that's not on the AMA National Championship calendar, search here.
AMA Racing: By Racers, for Racers
Since the AMA was established in 1924, racing has been a core function of the Association’s activities. That is evident in the benefits racers realize from competing in AMA-sanctioned events. Here’s a quick rundown of everything you get with your AMA membership:
- Access: Your AMA card is your license to race, giving you access to thousands of local, regional and national championship events all over the United States. As an AMA member you are a card-carrying motorcycle racer.
- Rules: The AMA offers a standardized national rulebook, written by the AMA Congress, that ensures fairness and legitimacy. When you win an AMA event, it means something.
- Results: The AMA Racing department compiles results submitted by clubs and promoters from all over the country in all racing disciplines sanctioned by the Association. Submitted results are available at AMARacing.com.
- Classification: Skill-based class assignments at an AMA-sanctioned event are based on a standardized classification process detailed in the rulebook. They are not based on the honor system. That means when you line up at an AMA race, the guys and gals to your left and right are about your speed.
- A higher standard: To be eligible for an AMA sanction, a club or promoter must undergo risk-management training. The organizer must work to minimize risk to participants, and when injuries do occur, the organizer must have competent medical staff on location.
- Protection: AMA events must carry suitable insurance coverage. AMA organizers are given access to excellent insurance through Wells Fargo. Other carriers may be used if they provide comparable coverage. (Note: The AMA receives no income from this sale of this insurance.)
- Fraternity: The greatest motorcycle racers in the country are AMA members, and many of them still compete in AMA events, even after their pro careers are behind them.
- National championships. Only AMA racers are eligible to win the prestigious AMA Racing National No. 1 plates and to compete in the series and events that award them. More than any other symbol, that No. 1 plate represents the gold standard of AMA-sanctioned competition.
Ready. Set. Race!
It’s 7:15 a.m. on your first race day of the season. You’re zoned out, standing in line at sign-up.
There’s a chill in the air, dew on your shoes and the smell of nylon, coffee and pre-mix wafting through the crowd. The faint sound of a two-stroke cracking to life on the other side of the pits shakes you to attention, and the scene around you comes into focus.
Kids are clutching helmets for inspection. Parents are clutching kids to keep them from wandering off before practice. And racers of all ages who are AMA members are clutching their membership cards.
That card represents their golden ticket to one of the most-exciting sports in the world: motorcycle racing. And, in many cases, they are competing at the highest levels in their disciplines, lining up for AMA Racing National Championship Series and Grand Championship Events (see box at right). In other cases, they are at one of thousands of local events run by AMA-chartered clubs and promoters.
'Everybody's Dream': The No. 1 Plate
“Everybody’s dream is to wear the No. 1 plate. That’s my dream. Like my dad says, ‘Your time will come.’ All the other stars, like Ricky Johnson or Jeff Ward, they all started at the bottom, too.”
A young AMA member named Jason Raines wrote those words in February 1990 for a school project -- and they proved prophetic. Raines went on to win the AMA National Hare Scrambles Championship in 2003, 2004 and 2007, the 2008 AMA Eastern and National Hare Scrambles Championships and the 2009 AMA Eastern Hare Scrambles Championship.
For many AMA racers, an AMA Racing National No. 1 plate represents the pinnacle of achievement. It validates a passion. It certifies a profession. It symbolizes the payoff for a season, or a career, built around a lifetime of motorcycling competition.
Whether you want to be the next Ricky Johnson, Jeff Ward or Jason Raines -- or if you’re just looking for an experience worthy of launching a national championship career -- you’ll find it at an AMA-sanctioned race. At those events, the AMA not only expects organizers to provide a No. 1 experience to all members, we help them deliver it as well.
AMA Racing is not only where dreams come true, but it’s also where they begin.
The AMA Is More Than Just Racing
Your AMA membership also gives your Association the resources it needs to watch your back in Washington, D.C. -- working to keep riding areas and tracks open despite challenges from municipalities and nearby landowners.
Not only is the AMA the largest amateur motorsports sanctioning body in history, but it is also the country’s leading defender of motorcyclists’ rights. The AMA is on the front lines of many fights, including keeping trails open, fighting discriminatory insurance policies that deny motorcyclists coverage, and battling local ordinances that shut down streetbike access to public roads, or even aim to stop you from riding your dirtbike on your own land.
When you become an AMA member, a portion of your $39 annual membership fee funds the efforts of the AMA Government Relations Department. With staff in Washington, D.C., at AMA headquarters in Pickerington, Ohio, and on the West Coast, these dedicated people come to work every day with a single purpose: to make America a better and fairer place to be a motorcyclist.
To learn more, visit the Rights section of this website.