Classics (Note: If the race hasnít been on the
amateur schedule for at least 15 years, then
itís not in this list).
The Spring Classic has been a part of the amateur national racing scene for nearly 25 years.
Its always the first big race of the year, and its the first opportunity for everyone to check out the competition after the January 1st move-up date (when riders must advance because of age or skill). The race started out at the now closed Lake Whitney facility in Texas, but has recently moved to the Mill Creek MX facility just outside of Birmingham, Alabama.
March 3-9, 2013
Pell City, AL USA
Dirt with an uphill left-hander
Finals at Oak Hill
This race started out at the historic Mosier Valley track back in the 1970s and has since moved to the Oak Hill facility when Mosier closed. The Oak Hill facility is a great track and it is
run professionally. The GNC rules are generally the same as AMA rules when it comes to age classification, however, this race also runs an Open class and a Mod class for the 50cc riders. Mod rules allow up to a 60cc displacement with wheel size staying the same as stock class rules allow. This offers a nice opportunity for the 50cc-only racer to get a lot of track time over the course of the week.
Location: Denton, TX USA
Start: Concrete leading to a downhill left-hander
Clay with sand mix
Mini Grand Prix
race is the grandfather of all amateur national
events. Last year marked the 40th anniversary of the World Mini. Initially promoted at the long-closed Indian Dunes track in southern California, this race has been held at a few different venues in the Western USA. In the 1980s, the race was moved to Las Vegas, and two years ago, the track changed once again to Mesquite Nevada (about 90 miles up the road). By all accounts, the Mesquite track is a great facility with nice dirt and some elevation changes. Count on at least one day of blowing dust! Both 50 Mod, & Super Peewee classes available.
Location: Mesquite MX - Mesquite, NV USA
Start: Concrete, flat, dogleg left then a sharp left hander
Fairly hard packed and rocky
For nearly forty years, this race was held at the Ponca City motocross track right within the
city limits of this motocross-made famous town. Rumor has it that this year the race is moving to a new location (still within the state of Oklahoma). While the size and history of this race is second to none, there have been questions recently regarding how well the race is run - particularly with respect to track maintenance. Let’s hope that the new location will prove to inspire a new level of track prep and care for the customer.
Location: Oklahoma Motorsports Complex - Norman, OK USA
Lynnís AMA National Championships
Over the past thirty years, this race has developed into the most prestigious amateur motocross event on the planet. Only 42 kids per class qualify for the race through a series of grueling area and regional qualifiers. Roughly one in 25 qualifiers make it to ‘The Show’, so just being able to line up at the starting gate is a huge accomplishment. Each year, this race is held in the first week of August at Loretta Lynn’s ranch about an hour west of Nashville. The weather is hot, the track is always well prepared, and since this is the only motocross race of the year at this facility, there is no ‘home track’ advantage for any rider.
Dates: July 29 - August
Location: Loretta Lynn’s Dude Ranch - Hurricane Mills, TN USA
Dirt: Sticky Clay with lots of sand added over the past few years
National Olympics (or Mini Os as everyone calls
name ĎOlympicsí was derived back in the
1970s when in order to win the Olympiad, racers
had to finish at the top of several different
disciplines. In the beginning, there was
Motocross, Cross Country, Flat Track, and
Supercross. Today, only the Supercross and
Motocross races persist, but that doesnít
lessen the importance of this incredible race
held each year over the week of Thanksgiving.
Racers from all over the world converge to test
their mettle against the best tracks and the
best competition, and with two separate
opportunities crammed into the course of one
week, itís worth the trip!
Location: Gatorback Cycle Park Gainesville, FL USA
Dirt (same gate for SX and MX)
Hard pack Clay
is only one series in the USA that matters when
it comes to ATV motocross, and that is the ATVA
Nationals. This ten round series zigzags across
the Midwest at many of the same tracks that the
pro and amateur motorcycles run on (like Red
Bud, Millcreek, and Loretta Lynnís Ranch), and
it offers the very cool experience of having the
pros and amateurs race on the same weekends on
the same track.
Across the Midwest
- MOTORCYCLE AND ATV
Ė East Coast
Grand National Cross Country series is a must-do
series for any off-roader from the East Coast.
This thirteen-round tour covers an enormous
variety of terrain from the deep sand of Florida
to the tight twisted tree-lined hillsides of the
upper Midwest (and there is always a motocross
section or two added in). Kids typically run
Saturday morning on a jam-packed weekend
schedule that includes bikes, quads, amateurs,
and pros. If you are looking for a compact
schedule, a lot of seat time, and a
professionally run series, this is it!
East of the Mississippi
Ė West Coast
like the GNCC series east of the Mississippi,
the WORCS series attracts great riders and great
facilities on the West Coast. This series offers
separate weekend schedules for bikes and ATVs,
and the tracks vary from motocross conditions,
such as Glen Helen MX, to more desert-like
conditions at venues like Buffalo Bills in Prim,
Nevada. WORCS also take special care of the kids
with special events like bowling and scavenger