Joe Bromley (AMA Director of Racing) says: "The AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship, including the Area and Regional qualifying schedule, are a nationwide program that requires enormous organization and precise execution. MX Sports delivers, year in and year out, and this year is promising to be one of the best ever." One highlight of the Motocross Regional Championship Schedule is the return of Gatorback Raceway in Winter Garden, Fla. The historic Motocross track is not only a local favorite, but its convenient location will reduce travel for the large Florida contingent expected at the event. Thunder Valley Raceway in Lakewood, Colo., will host the South Central Regional Championship, a welcome break for the many Colorado riders who usually have to travel to Regional Championships further south. As always, the Regional Championship Motocross tracks revolve on a rotating schedule year-to-year. Kip Bigelow (AMA Motocross Manager) says: "The best amateur motocross racers in the world earn their way to the top through the AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships. But qualifying to line up at Loretta Lynn’s isn’t easy.""These competitors must race their way through a challenging Area and Regional qualifying system that guarantees a best-of-the-best lineup at the championships every summer. The AMA is looking forward to working with the dedicated and talented staff at MX Sports, and all the local track organizers who will make this happen in 2011." MX Sports organizes and produces the events and the AMA provides the rules package and sanctioning, which ensures an objective program for determining the best amateur motocross racers in the country. The program is headlined by the coveted AMA Motocross Horizon Award, bestowed ever year on the amateur racer poised for success on the pro level. Tim Cotter (Director of MX Sports) says: "The AMA’s amateur racing platform is, without question, the leader in the motocross world. The best riders come to compete under the AMA’s watchful eye, because they know the rulebook, procedures and their support staff ensure every rider is treated fairly and justly." 2011 AMA Amateur National Motocross Regional Championship Schedule Northeast Regional Championships:
June 11-12 Youth: Broome Tioga – Richford, N.Y.
June 18-19 Amateur: High Point – Morris, Pa. Southeast Regional Championships:
May 28-29 Youth: Muddy Creek – Blountville, Tenn.
June 11-12 Amateur: Gatorback – Winter Garden, Fla. Mid-East Regional Championships:
June 4-5 Youth: Sunday Creek – Nelsonville, Ohio
June 11-12 Amateur: Red Bud – Buchanan, Mich. North Central Regional Championships:
June 18-19 Youth: Sunset Ridge – Walnut, Ill.
June 25-26 Amateur: Spring Creek – Millville, Minn. South Central Regional Championships:
June 4-5 Youth: Freestone – Wortham, Texas
June 11-12 Amateur: Thunder Valley – Lakewood, Colo. Northwest Regional Championship:
May 28-29 Youth/Am: Washougal – Washougal, Wash. Southwest Regional Championship:
June 18-19 Youth/Am: Competitive Edge – Hesperia, Calif.