News AMA Welcomes Mid America XC Championship

AMA Welcomes Mid America XC Championship

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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 TheMAXC.com. For more on AMA-sanctioned events, see AmericanMotorcyclist.com.

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).

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