The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) has announced that the 2010 AMA Racing Road Race Grand Championships will take place July 12-14, as part of a weeklong motorcycle racing extravaganza at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. The annual amateur championship roadracing event will immediately follow the AMA Racing Vintage Grand Championships and precede the AMA Pro Racing Honda Super Cycle Weekend, presented by Dunlop Tire.
"In 2009, we made a number of changes to the program at the AMA Racing Road Race Grand Championships, and it was reflected in the attendance, flow of the schedule and satisfaction of the racers," said AMA Director of Racing Joe Bromley. "In 2010, we are going to maintain that momentum, expand our partnership agreements and deliver an even better competition experience to roadracers."
AMA racers at the AMA Racing Road Race Grand Championships vie for amateur national championships and the AMA Racing national No. 1 plates that go with them. Competitors also get to compete against some of the best amateur racers in the country on one of America’s finest roadrace courses.
This year, the AMA is teaming with WERA as its operational partner for the event. In addition to AMA national recognition, AMA racers also will battle for WERA championship points in select classes, which will be detailed soon.
"WERA Motorcycle Roadracing is honored to work with AMA again in the organizing of AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days and the AMA Road Race Grand Championships for 2010," said WERA’s Evelyne Clarke. "It has always been WERA’s goal to further the sport of motorcycle roadracing, and participating in partnerships with AMA shows that the sport is strong and growing. We would like to educate more folks and show them that this is one of the most exciting types of racing out there."
Bromley added: "WERA is one of the country’s leading amateur roadracing organizations, and they have considerable experience at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. As our operational partner for the amateur vintage roadracing program that’s part of the AMA Racing Vintage Grand Championships, it only made sense to work with WERA on the AMA Racing Road Race Grand Championships as well. Championship Cup Series (CCS) did an exceptional job at the last two amateur roadrace championships, and we certainly intend to work with them as well in the planning and growth of this event in the future."
Event supplemental rules and class structure will be available soon at AMARacing.com.
The AMA Racing Road Race Grand Championships are the country’s premier amateur roadracing event, awarding AMA Racing national championships in a number of roadracing 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 Roadracing Horizon Award, which goes to the rider showing the most promise for success in the professional ranks.
Past winners of the AMA Roadracing Horizon Award have included Miles Thornton, 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.
The AMA Racing Vintage Grand Championships, which include vintage and post-vintage racing in motocross, hare scrambles, dirt track, trials and roadracing, are part of AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, the country’s premier vintage motorcycling destination. AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days features North America’s largest vintage motorcycle swap meet, motorcycling seminars, bike shows, demo rides of new models.