When nobody else is riding, some motorcyclists go ice racing. Ice racing looks like an oval dirt-track race, except it’s run on ice. Ice racers also compete on grand prix-style courses with left and right turns. Racers modify a variety of machines to run on frozen lakes and ponds using off-road tires, often studded with hundreds of sheet-metal-style screws.
The best compete at the AMA Ice Race National Championship.
AMA Ice Race Grand Championships
The AMA Ice Race Grand Championships features classes for riders from 4 years old to 50-plus competing on bikes, sidecar rigs and ATVs that range from lightly modified off-road machines to full-on, purpose-built ice racers. Riders battle for AMA National No. 1 plates in a number of classes.
2022 AMA Ice Race Grand Championship – GP: Jan. 30: Campbellsport, Wis. Tiki Beach Resort
2022 AMA Ice Race Grand Championship – Oval: Feb. 12-13: Sumner, Mich. Leisure Lake Family Campground
2022 AMA ATV Ice Race Grand Championship: Feb. 12-13: Sumner, Mich. Leisure Lake Family Campground
In addition to racing for AMA National No. 1 plates at the AMA Ice Race Grand Championship, AMA members compete in local ice racing events every winter. Northern Indiana, Michigan, New York, Minnesota and Wisconsin are some of the premier locales for ice racing.
In recent years, promoters have branched out from traditional oval ice races to road race-inspired courses with multiple left and right turns making up the course.
Ice Racing Rules
AMA-sanctioned events run according to the rules developed and written by AMA Congress, the rules-making body of the AMA composed of AMA organizers.
The AMA Amateur Competition Rulebook is for the exclusive use of AMA-chartered clubs and promoters running AMA-sanctioned events.
The rulebook applies to all AMA-sanctioned competition. Supplemental regulations are additions to the rulebook based on the needs of a specific series. All supplemental regulations are approved by the AMA.
Ice racing rules are included in the AMA Amateur Competition Rulebook.