Amateur Motocross racers battling it out for first place

Amateur Motocross

There is no better place to test your motocross mettle — or to improve your racecraft — than through participation in AMA-sanctioned amateur motocross events.

Want proof? This is the same way the biggest names in the sport — including AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famers Ricky Carmichael, James Stewart, Ryan Villopoto, Ryan Dungey and others — got their starts.  

The AMA offers a breadth of amateur motocross racing opportunities at some of the most iconic racetracks around the nation at places like Budds Creek, Unadilla, RedBud, Washougal and more—the same tracks ridden by professionals in the Pro Motocross Championship. And, if you want to race for points and career advancement, you can participate in any number of Area Qualifiers and Regional Championships that culminate with the AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship held mid-summer each year at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn.

Now in its fifth decade of operation, the AMA Amateur Motocross National Championship is the largest and most prestigious amateur motocross championship in the world. The season starts in mid-February with over 50 Area Qualifier events, where riders must finish in a qualifying position (as outlined in the supplemental rules, depending on the region) to advance to the Regional Championship rounds.  

Regional Championships are the next step to seed riders into the National Championship, and these take place in May and June. Regional Championship events are held in eight major geographic regions across the United States and consist of separate events for amateur adult and youth competitors. Only riders who finish in a qualifying position at a Regional Championship are eligible to race in National Championship events. 

Claim: Injured motorcyclists are uninsured and disproportionately rely upon the public to pay for their injuries.

Response: Motorcyclists are just as likely to be privately insured as any other road user.

A medical center study1 reported that injured motorcyclists in the trauma center relied on public funds a lower percentage of the time than did automobile drivers to pay their hospital bills during the same time period.

A university study2 reported that automobile drivers and motorcyclists have their medical costs covered by insurance at a nearly identical rate.

Conclusion: Injured motorcyclists are less likely than the general population to use public funds to pay for injuries sustained in crashes, and no more likely to be uninsured than other vehicle operators.

AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship

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.

Supplemental Regulations

AMA Vintage Motocross National 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.

AMA Arenacross National Championship Series

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.



Supercross Futures, an AMA National Championship

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.


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More Information

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