The race for AMA National No. 1 plates begins this weekend at the first 2015 AMA Area Qualifier

Top qualifiers advance to the AMA Regional Championships

PICKERINGTON, OH – February 12, 2015 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –  This weekend, the first American Motorcyclist Association Area Qualifiers of the 2015 season take place, and the motocross journey of a lifetime will begin for many AMA members.

The AMA Area Qualifiers are the first step to earning a spot at the gate at the 2015 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship. The top riders from each area will advance to compete at 12 AMA Regional Championships. From there, they can advance to the July 26 to Aug. 1 national event in Hurricane Mills, Tenn.

The two-day events this weekend are in Buckeye, Ariz.; Citra, Fla.; and Marysville, Calif. The following weekend will include motocross races in Floresville, Texas; Elizabeth City, N.C.; and St. George, Utah. For the full schedule of the AMA Area Qualifiers and AMA Regional Championships, see

“The first step toward amateur racing greatness at the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship begins with this weekend’s AMA Area Qualifiers,” said AMA Motocross Manager Kip Bigelow. “The AMA Area Qualifiers feature top local talent, racing for the right to ascend to an AMA Regional Motocross Championship. We’ve worked hand in hand with our promoting partner MX Sports to find the best facilities in the country to host these racers. We have no doubt that this will be one of the best amateur motocross seasons ever.”

The AMA’s promoting partner for the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship is MX Sports. MX Sports has been successfully promoting the national series since 1982.

“We are excited to embark on this schedule that, as always, features the best facilities and organizers in America,” said MX Sports Director Tim Cotter. “However, the 2015 season will prove to be a landmark year for the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship as we welcome an all-new region in the Mid-East, many new venues and enjoy some of the lowest gas prices we’ve seen in quite some time.”

Riders from all across the country compete in the AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship qualifier program. Classes are available for competitors from 4 years old to 50-plus on a range of motorcycles, including 50cc minibikes to state-of-the-art, highly modified 450cc motocross machines.

The AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship qualifying system and the finale in Hurricane Mills, Tenn., represent the premier amateur motocross program in America. Nearly every professional racer competing in the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship made it to the pro ranks through the AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship.

About the American Motorcyclist Association

Founded in 1924, the AMA is a not-for-profit member-based association whose mission is to promote the motorcycle lifestyle and protect the future of motorcycling. As the world’s largest motorcycling rights and event sanctioning organization, the AMA advocates for riders’ interests at all levels of government and sanctions thousands of competition and recreational events every year. The AMA also provides money-saving discounts on products and services for its members. Through the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Pickerington, Ohio, the AMA honors the heroes and heritage of motorcycling. For more information, visit