News AMA Welcomes Mid America XC Championship

AMA Welcomes Mid America XC Championship

2012-ama-welcomes-mid-america-xc-championship (1)

2012 AMA Mid-America XC Championship

The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) welcomes the AMA Mid America XC Championship as an AMA Featured Series for 2012. The 10-round hare scrambles series includes events in Indiana and Illinois from March through October.

The AMA Mid America XC Championship includes both open cross-country style course sections as well as tighter hare scrambles trail. It is promoted by Mike Gibbs and Mid America XC in Monrovia, Ind. The full schedule is below.

Joe Bromley (AMA Director of Racing) says: “We’re very happy to have Mike on board with this AMA Featured Series. The AMA Mid America XC Championship has a reputation for premier Midwest woods racing, with competitive classes at every level of age, skill and displacement. It provides excellent opportunities for AMA members to compete, and we’re pleased to elevate the series for 2012.”

Gibbs said he has seen steady expansion of the series since it was launched in 2010. He said much of that is due to Mid America XC’s philosophy of putting riders first.

Mike Gibbs says: “My sons have raced hare scrambles, and I have a long sprint-car racing background, so we definitely bring a racer’s perspective to promotion. Improving organization, registration, track quality and definitely payouts and recognition, have played a role in our growing rider counts. For example, our pro purse is a set amount each round — it isn’t dependent on rider counts — and every other class down to beginner receives product awards in addition to trophies.”

Gibbs said that AMA sanctioning, including stepping up as an AMA Featured Series for 2012, has been a critical component to his series’ success.

Mike Gibbs says: “AMA affiliation has always been important to us. While we’re out here competing, the AMA is in Washington, D.C., protecting our rights to ride and to race. The recent success of fixing the lead law to exempt youth-model motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles from the ban was a perfect example of that. Without the youth classes, our sport can’t survive.”

For more on the AMA Mid America XC Championship, see For more on AMA-sanctioned events, see

AMA Mid America XC Championship Schedule

  • March 3: Greenfield, Ind.
  • April 21: TBA
  • June 9-10: Casey, Ill.
  • June 17: Springville, Ind. (Riley Hospital Miracle Trail Race)
  • July 21: Martinsville, Ind.
  • Aug. 11: Merango, Ind.
  • Sept. 8: Canaan, Ind.
  • Sept. 22: Spencer, Ind.
  • Oct. 13: Veedersburg, Ind.
  • Oct. 27-28: Casey, Ill.

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

2021 Indian Challenger Lineup First Look: Photos, Prices, and Colors

The performance-oriented Challenger bagger lineup from Indian returns for 2021, with three models to choose from. All three 2021 Indian Challenger models get the...

2021 GasGas Motocross Lineup First Look (Specs and Photos)

When under Spanish ownership, GasGas was never known as a motocross brand. However, under the guidance of Pierer Mobility AG and Bajaj Auto—the owners...

2021 Indian Chieftain Lineup First Look: 3 Big-Inch Baggers

There are three baggers in the 2021 Indian Chieftain lineup, with just a few changes to the motorcycles this year. There are new colors,...

2021 GasGas Trial Lineup First Look (8 Fast Facts: 3 TXT Racing Models)

The first GasGas motorcycles of the Pierer Mobility AG and Bajaj Auto era have arrived. Those who were expecting wholesale redesigns of the line...

Lieback’s Lounge: This Will All Pass [Thoughts on Simic and Motorcycles]

There is a menace in the air Of tragedies in the making. These lines are from "Late September," written by the American minimalist poet Charles Simic....

Racing Classic Motorcycles: First You Have to Finish by Andy Reynolds [Review]

Author Andy Reynolds’ new book, Racing Classic Motorcycles: First You Have to Finish, is about a man livin’ the classic motorcycle racing dream—with some...