AMA to crown amateur road-racing champions

The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) is pleased to announce that the AMA Racing Road Race Grand Championships, which will be held Sept. 10-13 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, will crown amateur road-racing national champions in a combined program that includes Championship Cup Series (CCS) classes.

Amateur racers will compete for AMA Racing Amateur National Championships and AMA Racing No. 1 plates, which they’ll receive at the AMA Racing Champions Banquet this Dec. 4 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

In addition, all competitors will be eligible for CCS regional points and contingency payouts. The weekend will also include competition in U.S. Grand Prix Racers Union (USGPRU) classes, which feature 125cc and 250cc two-stroke road-race motorcycles. The USGPRU classes will not be eligible for amateur titles.

"With timed qualifying, an opportunity to race on the world-class Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and AMA Racing National Championships on the line, the AMA Racing Road Race Grand Championships are the premier summer destination for amateur road racers," said AMA Deputy Director of Racing Kevin Crowther. "In addition, by partnering with a dedicated road-racing organization such as CCS, we can offer the highest level of organizational support to our racers, as well as regional CCS points and series contingency.

"We’re also excited about the participation of the USGPRU contingent, which will not only give these racers an opportunity for premier track time, but will provide an exciting show for everyone at the event," Crowther added.

A schedule, class list and supplemental regulations are available on the AMA Racing Road Race Grand Championships page at A schedule also will be available in the next issue of AMA Racer, available this week at

The AMA Racing Road Race Grand Championships are the country’s premier amateur road-racing event, awarding AMA Racing National Championships in a number of road-racing classes for both expert- and novice-ranked riders.

Not only do riders get ample track time and an opportunity to race against the country’s fastest amateur racers, but the best compete for the AMA Road Racing Horizon Award, which goes to the rider showing the most promise for success in the professional ranks. Past winners of the AMA Road Racing Horizon Award have included Jason DiSalvo, Ben Spies and Blake Young.

Other awards at the event include the AMA Racing Top Novice Award; the AMA Racing Youth Award, presented to an outstanding racer under the age of 16; and the AMA Racing Vet/Senior Award, presented to a standout rider who’s 30-years-old or older.

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