AMA-logo-230PICKERINGTON, Ohio – Some of the toughest racers in American Motorcyclist Association amateur competition will line up at the Feb. 8-9 AMA Ice Race Grand Championship in Cadillac, Mich., to determine the first AMA national championships of the 2014 season.

The event, promoted by North American Action Sports LLC, will take place at the Mitchell State Park.

“The winter season isn’t the off season for everybody,” said AMA Track Racing Manager Ken Saillant. “For many racers, January and February offer prime racing conditions with thick ice and plenty of competition to keep it fun and fast at the AMA Ice Race Grand Championship. We’re looking forward to working with NAAS to offer our racers another great event.”

AMA-logo-230PICKERINGTON, Ohio — American Motorcyclist Association amateur dirt-track racers have plenty of opportunity to get out and race this winter. The AMA Indoor Dirt Track National Championship Series, now in its third year, has expanded to 18 rounds with events in Du Quoin, Ill., Springfield, Ill., and Sturgis, Ky., from October through February 2014.

Promoted by Steve Nace Racing Promotions, the series will feature short-track and TT competition in a number of classes, with youth, amateur and vet/senior riders all racing for AMA national No. 1 plates.

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association honored the accomplishments of hundreds of AMA champions from all motorcycle racing disciplines on Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Aladdin Event & Conference Center in Columbus, Ohio. The banquet celebrated the 2012 racing season and announced the recipients of a number of special awards that recognize the best of the best.

Speaking at the banquet, AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman thanked all AMA competitors for their contributions to the sport of motorcycling and congratulated them on an unforgettable year.

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association will crown the first amateur champions of 2013 at the Feb. 9-10 AMA Ice Race Grand Championships. This event, promoted by North American Action Sports LLC, will take place at the Mitchell State Park in Cadillac, Mich.

“The winter season is no reason for racers to shut down,” said AMA Track Racing Manager Ken Saillant. “In fact, this is when some of the most hard-core racers on the planet converge on the Ice Race Grand Championships. Once again, we’re excited to work with NAAS to provide a top-level program for our competitors.”

David Pearson is one race away from reclaiming the title he first won in 2007: king of the AMA Racing/Kenda National Hare & Hound Championship Series. The THR Motorsports / Monster Energy / Precision Concepts Kawasaki KX450F-mounted racer maintains his lead in series points after a strong runner-up finish at round eight of the series on October 14 at the Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Area outside of Lucerne Valley, California, behind Kurt Caselli. Purvines Racing Kawasaki’s Nick Burson rounded out the podium in third.

Caselli of the FMF/KTM Factory Off-Road Racing Team got the holeshot and immediately tried to gap the field with Pearson sticking close, the two title rivals never far apart. In fact, Pearson made a few passes that put him in the lead during the first two 40-mile loops of the So Cal Motorcycle Club’s three-loop race. Their battle would separate them from the rest of the pack as the race wore on, the pace they ran a brisk one.

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — A thrilling 2012 season of classic battles in vintage dirt-track racing will conclude Sunday, Sept. 23, at the AMA Vintage Dirt Track National Championship Series finale in Cuddebackville, N.Y., with a short-track event promoted by Tri-State M/C.

“The country’s top vintage dirt-track racers are headed to southeastern New York for what will certainly be one of the most exciting rounds of the 2012 series,” said AMA Director of Racing Joe Bromley. “With AMA National No. 1 plates up for grabs, riders won’t hold anything back as they push their vintage machinery to the limit for national championships.”

Alex Snoop, Tri-State M/C vice president, said the club typically runs hare scrambles races, but club members are looking forward to their first dirt-track event.

The THR Motorsports/Monster Energy/Precision Concepts Kawasaki KX450F-mounted trio of Robby Bell (the Rider of Record), Steve Hengeveld and David Pearson heads into the 44th Tecate/SCORE Baja 500 on Saturday, June 2, confidently riding a wave of momentum that promises to see them challenging three factory-backed teams for the overall victory.

Pearson, of course, won the recent Cherry Creek National hare & hound in Utah. That marked his first series triumph since winning the AMA Racing/Kenda National Hare & Hound Championship Series opener last year and catapulted him into the series points lead for the first time; he now has a fairly comfortable margin over the injured Kurt Caselli of the FMF/KTM Factory Off-Road Racing Team with three rounds remaining after the traditional summer break, 142-120.

That same weekend saw Bell take his first podium at the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC World Off-Road Championship Series (WORCS) with a 2-2 score in California. He’s a close sixth in points with four rounds left.

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — As the 2012 AMA Supercross season reaches its stretch run, AMA Live Timing & Scoring continues what has been a successful year of upgrades to the popular portal to real-time race results.

The free service, available on AMASupercross.com, includes not just live results that keep fans plugged into the action, but is supplemented by archived results, photo galleries, race reports and the official series media guide, including rider bios and the full history of AMA Supercross.

“The 2012 season has been a banner year for AMA Live Timing & Scoring,” says AMA Director of Supercross Kevin Crowther. “Not only have we enjoyed even more reliable results reporting thanks to infrastructure upgrades at various facilities, we’ve also rolled out a new more-readable and more-responsive interface that fans love. One thing we haven’t changed, though, is that live timing and scoring remains a free service to the fans of AMA Supercross.”

THR Motorsports ace David Pearson kicked off the AMA Racing/Kenda National Hare & Hound Championship Series with a strong runner-up finish to defending series champ Kurt Caselli after a fast, dusty 45th Winter Classic hosted by the Desert Motorcycle Club in Lucerne Valley, California.

“Getting second overall at the first round behind Caselli [means you’re] pretty consistent and you’ve got to be consistent all year to have a chance at winning the championship,” Pearson pointed out.

Pearson was second off the start behind Caselli, but Destry Abbott snuck past Pearson in the early going, the five-time series champ putting in an inspired ride until brake issues popped up.

“I came into the pits [and] I was right behind [Abbott]; Caselli was probably 25 seconds ahead of him or whatever,” Pearson explained. “I went out on the second [loop] and put my head down and caught up and passed Destry. He didn’t have any brakes; I’m not sure when he lost them. I took a different trail than him and was able to pass him.

“From there, I just rode solid.”

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) is pleased to announce the 2012 AMA Pro/Am Motocross schedule. AMA Pro/Am Motocross provides the proving ground for amateur racers to earn the credentials they need to line up at an AMA Supercross or AMA Pro Racing Motocross event.

“AMA Pro/Am Motocross represents the pinnacle of amateur motocross competition,” said AMA Director of Racing Joe Bromley. “Racers at these events compete at premier tracks around the country for the points, purse money and contingency that will help them get to the next level — AMA Supercross and AMA Pro Racing Motocross.

“This year’s schedule is one of the best ever, with more than 40 events at some of the country’s most challenging race tracks run by the sport’s top promoters and organizers. This schedule is designed to test riders with top competition and national-caliber tracks and prepare them for the pro ranks.”

Bromley added that the current AMA Pro/Am Motocross schedule is just the start for 2012 and that additional events will be added and announced throughout the course of the season.