2010 AMA Arenacross gets new format

A new format to determine the country’s top amateur Arenacross champions is just one of the enhancements planned for the 2010 AMA Racing Amateur National Arenacross Championships. The series will crown AMA Racing amateur champions in a number of age-, skill- and displacement-based classes at Las Vegas’ Sam Boyd Stadium on May 9.

"We’re excited about the developments in Arenacross for 2010," said AMA Director of Racing Joe Bromley. "The AMA Racing Amateur National Arenacross Championships will help provide a solid foundation for aspiring riders to develop their skills on a stadium track. For many riders, this series will become the route through which they achieve their ultimate goal of competing in the AMA Supercross Championship."

The 2010 AMA Racing Amateur National Arenacross Championships will be held the day following the final round of the AMA Monster Energy Supercross Championship, giving the top amateurs the opportunity to ride on the same track as the world’s best Supercross racers. Riders will qualify for a spot at the championship race based on their finishes in regional events. The top four riders from each of the rive regions — North, South, Central, East and West — will be invited to compete in the championship.

Also new for 2010 will be the opportunity for the top eight finishing riders in the Expert class to receive an AMA Supercross Lites endorsement. The AMA Supercross Lites endorsement will allow these riders to compete in the 2011 AMA Monster Energy Supercross Lites Championship.

"In addition to improvements to the series for our amateur competitors, we’re excited that the country’s top Arenacross racers will also be on track at the season finale in Las Vegas in the AX and AX Lites classes," Bromley said. "The competition for the AMA Racing National Arenacross Championship is always one of the most thrilling in motorcycle racing, with the title often coming down to the wire."

The 2009 champions were decided at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas as part of the AMA-sanctioned Rockstar Energy Drink U.S. Open. Together with the AMA Racing national champions from all of the other racing disciplines, they will be honored at the season-ending banquet on Dec. 4 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas.