Motocross is the most popular form of amateur motorcycle racing in the United States, and with classes for machines from 50cc to more than 450cc, and riders age 4 to 50-plus, it’s a sport for the whole family. Learn more in the Beginner’s Guide to Motocross.
Motocross races are run over natural- and man-made terrain courses with hills, jumps, and tight turns, typically with two races — or motos — in each class. A combined score from each moto is calculated to determine the overall placing. Recognized as one of the most strenuous sports in the world, motocross is also one of the most fun.
Each year, the best amateurs in the country compete for a spot in the prestigious AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship, with the best of the best winning the AMA Motocross Horizon Award, presented to the amateur racer who has demonstrated the most promise for a successful professional career.
Many professional motocrossers in the United States today has passed through the AMA amateur motocross competition to reach the pro ranks.
Motocross also takes place in sports stadiums and arenas in the form of Supercross and Arenacross. The scaled-down versions of motocross feature shorter, more technical temporary tracks and often attract large crowds.
Beginning in 2019, the Supercross Futures Series, an AMA National Championship, serves as the official advancement platform to Monster Energy AMA Supercross.
Championship and Premier Events
Motocross is enjoyed all over America, from hometown tracks to the annual AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. MX Sports, Inc. is the organizer of the AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship.
In the old days, motocross was mostly grasstrack with a few jumps. That style is recreated at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days. Racers are sure to notice that suspension has come a long way over the past several decades when they climb aboard a vintage motocross machine. Not racing? The motos can easily be viewed by spectators from different spots around the track.
Motocross racing goes indoors in Arenacross, with tight courses set up inside arenas and other venues across the country. The tighter indoor tracks tend to put a premium on technique and finesse, as well as fitness.
The AMA Arenacross National Championship Series recognizes the best Arenacross racers in a number of skill-, age- and displacement-based classes. AX Promotions organizes the AMA Arenacross National Championship Series, managing the promotional aspects of the series. They work with the AMA to develop the supplemental rules and program structure.
The Supercross Futures AMA National Championship serves as the official advancement platform to Monster Energy AMA Supercross. The AMA Supercross Futures experience is designed to produce a higher-quality, more competitive stadium racing landscape with an advancement path to professional AMA Supercross competition.
Feld Motor Sports is the AMA’s promoting partner for AMA Supercross Futures. Feld manages the promotional aspects of the series, while the AMA develops the rules and recognizes class champions. Feld Motor Sports is also the AMA’s partner in one of the world’s most recognized motorsports: AMA Supercross. This arrangement provides the perfect environment for dreams to be made, as athletes develop the skills needed to perform alongside the world’s best.
The series features the 250SX Futures Class, where racers earn points toward obtaining their 250SX pro license. Racers with A and B classifications will be selected to compete in the 250SX Futures Class. The AMA Supercross Futures Premier Qualifying events will take place as part of the Saturday AMA Supercross race-day schedule. Racers will get to compete at the same venue as the stars of AMA Supercross.
- Supercross Futures AMA National Championship Information
- 2023 Road to Supercross Competition Bulletin (PDF)
- Arizona Open
- Baja Brawl
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- Cash for Class Scholarship Race
- ChilliTown Classic
- Halloween Bash
- Kawasaki Race of Champions
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- The Motoplayground Race at Ponca City
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Amateur Competition Rules
- Clarification for Limited Class Husqvarna, KTM, and Gas Gas Mini E-bikes
- Clarification to the Limited Class Equipment Standards
- Classification of the Canadian MX1 and MX2 Pro Classes
- C Class-Eligibility Requirements for Loretta Lynn’s
- Competition Bulletin 2021 (PDF)
- 2023 Limited Class Clarification Chart
- 2023 AMA Approved Limited Class Motorcycles
- 50cc (4-6) Special Limited Class KTM Detail Chart
Eligibility Approval for Non-U.S. Racers
As of 2015, all international participants looking to take part in the AMA Amateur Motocross program must submit an application for approval of their eligibility. For the AMA Amateur Motocross competition, all non-U.S. citizens or riders participating in foreign motocross competitions outside the U.S. must obtain eligibility approval prior to participating at any event, by contacting AMA Motocross Racing Department. Please follow the link to the Application for the AMA International Eligibility Approval: International Eligibility Application