If you’ve ever come away from a race weekend still craving track time, then the World Off-Road Championship Series (WORCS) has a week in store for you. AMA Racing WORCS Bike Week, set for Aug. 1-9 at Straddleline ORV Park just north of Elma, Wash., is a new American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) championship event that will pack four disciplines into one massive week of racing, awarding AMA Racing national championships to overall class winners.
WORCS Bike Week will include two rounds of the WORCS series, an AMA Racing Western National Hare Scrambles Championship Series event, a motocross race, and a WORCS X-cross event, which puts riders up against extreme natural and manmade obstacles.
"The first-ever AMA Racing WORCS Bike Week National Championships will be a thrilling contest for riders across a number of disciplines," said AMA Off-road Manager Chuck Weir. "WORCS racers bill themselves as the fastest racers on the planet, and now the AMA Racing WORCS Bike Week National Championships will give them a chance to prove just how fast they are in these other disciplines, as well. Whether you’re a fan or a competitor, this is something you won’t want to miss."
The concept of WORCS Week was the brainstorm of Roger "Homer" Hamel, the father of WORCS series founder Dave Hamel. The goal is to combine a week of championship-level racing with ample opportunity for family-friendly activities.
"For many families, their lives revolve around racing, and this will give them an opportunity to combine their first love with some downtime," said WORCS CEO Sean Reddish. "We’ve opened up the schedule so there’s plenty of time to enjoy all that northwestern Washington has to offer.
"But don’t get me wrong — this week will be about racing, first and foremost, and lots of it," he said. "There will be $12,000 of Pro/AA purse money paid that week alone. With WORCS racing, a Western National hare scrambles, a WORCS X-cross and a motocross, each rider will get a chance to showcase his or her specialization — or flexibility. The goal is crown multi-discipline champions for off-road racing."
Riders who have the highest point total across all disciplines will earn AMA Racing national championships and be invited to the AMA Racing Champions Banquet, set for Dec. 4 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas. The following night, the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum will honor its 2009 inductees at the same location.
For more information about AMA Racing WORCS Bike Week, see WORCSRacing.com.
The AMA-sanctioned WORCS Bike Week will run the following schedule:
Aug. 1-2: AMA Racing Western National Hare Scrambles Round 4 (in conjunction with AMA Racing WORCS Round 7, paying points for both series)
Aug. 3-4: Off
Aug. 5: WORCS Motocross (motocross track only; two-moto format)
Aug. 6: Off
Aug. 7: 2nd Annual WORCS X-cross (under the lights)
Aug. 8-9: WORCS Round 8 and AMA Racing awards ceremony