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AMA SPORTS 2005 YEAR-AT-A-GLANCE PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- AMA Sports, the amateur and pro-am competition division of the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA), has announced that its 2005 season will showcase more competitors, more events,...

AMA SPORTS 2005 YEAR-AT-A-GLANCE

PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- AMA Sports, the amateur and pro-am competition division of the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA), has announced that its 2005 season will showcase more competitors, more events, and more championships than at any time in the AMA's 82-year history.

For the third straight year, the AMA Sports calendar will conclude with the annual AMA Sports Awards Banquet, scheduled for Friday, November 18 in Las Vegas, Nevada. This annual celebration will honor nearly 400 AMA Sports and ATVA national champions. Special awards include Sportsman of the Year; Athlete of the Year; Veteran/Senior, Amateur, Female and Youth Riders of the Year; Organizers of the Year in Motocross, Track Racing, and Off-Road; Website, Print-Media Journalist, Photojournalist and Broadcast Journalist of the Year for coverage of AMA Sports and ATVA events.

Throughout the 2005 season, the most up-to-date information and official results will be available on AMADirectlink.com at www.ama-cycle.org/amrace/amasports.asp.

Here's a preview of AMA Sports' 2005 series and championship events, grouped by MOTOCROSS, TRACK RACING (which includes dirt track, road racing, hillclimb, and speedway), and OFF-ROAD.

MOTOCROSS

* AMA Air Nautiques Amateur and Youth Motocross National Championship: This week-long championship event will be held the first week in August at Loretta Lynn's ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee. Riders in ProSport, amateur and youth motorcycle classes, in a three-moto format over the course of the week, will compete to earn national championships. Special awards will include the Motocross Horizon Award, Veteran/Senior Motocrosser of the Year and Youth Motocrosser of the Year. For the event schedule and official results, visit www.mxsports.com.

* AMA Western Thundercross Championship Series: This seven-round regional series started February 19 at Lake Whitney and will conclude August 7 in Eagle, Idaho. In two premier Pro-Am 4-stroke classes, 250cc and 450cc, open to all licensed Pro motocross riders and eligible "A" riders, riders earn points toward a western national title. Promoters offer an entire amateur and youth motorcycle program in conjunction with the premier classes. For the series schedule and official results, visit home.ama-cycle.org/raceresults/typeindex.asp?s=25&year=2005.

* AMA Eastern Thundercross Championship Series: This regional series, with six to eight rounds, will begin August 27-28 in Dinwiddle, Virginia and will conclude October 29-30 in Macon, Georgia. In two premier Pro-Am 4-stroke classes, 250cc and 450cc, open to all licensed Pro motocross riders and eligible "A" riders, riders earn points toward an eastern national title. Promoters offer an entire amateur and youth motorcycle program in conjunction with the premier classes. For the series schedule and official results, visit home.ama-cycle.org/raceresults/typeindex.asp?s=26&year=2005.

* ATVA ITP Moose Grand National Championships Motocross Series: This 12-round national series began February 5 at Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, California and will conclude at Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee on August 16. The series features ATV riders only, with classes ranging from factory-sponsored pros to amateur and youth. Riders earn points at each round to determine national champions. For the series schedule and official results, visit home.ama-cycle.org/raceresults/atvtypeindex.asp?s=9&year=2005.

TRACK RACING

* AMA Dirt Track Grand Championships: This week-long championship event, scheduled for July 3-10 in Springfield, Illinois, features ProSport, amateur and youth motorcycle classes on four different dirt-track venues: short track, TT, half-mile and mile. Riders will compete not only for National Championships, but also overall Grand National Championship titles. Special awards will include the Dirt Track Horizon Award, Veteran/Senior Dirt Tracker of the Year and Youth Dirt Tracker of the Year. For the championship schedule and official results, visit www.ama-cycle.org/amrace/2005/dt/index.asp.

* AMA Dirt Track Nationals: These events will take place in each AMA region, featuring ProSport, amateur and youth motorcycle riders, intended as warm-ups to the AMA Dirt Track Grand Championships. For regional schedules, along with contact information and official results, visit www.ama-cycle.org/amrace/2005/dt/index.asp.

* ATVA FMF Racing Grand National Championship TT Series: This seven-round national series will begin on June 11 in Orrville, Ohio and will conclude on October 1 in Brashear, Texas. The series features ATV riders only with classes ranging from factory-sponsored pros to amateur and youth. Riders will earn points at each round to determine national champions. For the series schedule and official results, visit home.ama-cycle.org/raceresults/atvtypeindex.asp?s=11&year=2005.

* AMA Hillclimb National Championships: This championship event will take place in Delbarton, West Virginia on August 20-21. It will feature amateur motorcycle and ATV classes and youth motorcycle classes in which riders will earn national class titles. Special awards will include Hillclimber of the Year, Youth Hillclimber of the Year and ATV Hillclimber of the Year. For the event schedule and official results, visit www.ama-cycle.org/amrace/2005/hc/index.asp.

* AMA Road Race Grand Championships: This championship event, to be held July 19-20 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, Ohio, will feature club road racers from road-racing organizations around the country, competing both at the expert and novice levels to determine national champions. Special awards will include the Road Race Horizon Award, Club Challenge Championship and the inaugural Novice Rider Award. For the event schedule and official results, visit www.ama-cycle.org/amrace/2005/rr/index.asp.

* AMA National Championship Speedway Series: This three-round national series will take place in Auburn, California, where riders will compete for the title against international-level competitors; this event is inscribed by the FIM. For the series schedule and official results, visit www.ama-cycle.org/amrace/amasports.asp.

* AMA Under-21 (Junior) Speedway National Championships: This National Championship will take place in Auburn, California, where junior riders will compete for a single national title. For the championship schedule and official results, visit www.ama-cycle.org/amrace/amasports.asp.

* AMA Youth Speedway National Championships: This National Championship event will take place in California, where riders under age 16 compete for a single national title. For the championship schedule and official results, visit www.ama-cycle.org/amrace/amasports.asp.

OFF-ROAD

* AMA MAXXIS Endurocross Indoor Championship: This one-day event, scheduled for November 19 in Las Vegas, Nevada, will feature professional off-road racers from around the U.S. and around the world competing for a single championship. For the event schedule and official results, visit www.endurocrossusa.com/.

* AMA FMF Racing National Enduro Series: This nine-round national series began on February 20 in Coalinga, California and will conclude on October 30 in Delaware City, Delaware. The series features professional and amateur off-road motorcycle riders, competing for points at each round to determine National Champions. For the series schedule and official results, visit home.ama-cycle.org/raceresults/typeindex.asp?s=12&year=2005.

* AMA FMF Racing National Hare & Hound Series: This six-round national series began on January 23 in Lucerne Valley, California and will conclude there on October 23. The series features professional and amateur off-road motorcycle riders and one ATV Open class. Riders earn points at each round to determine AMA Sports National Champions. For the series schedule and official results, visit home.ama-cycle.org/raceresults/typeindex.asp?s=13&year=2005.

* AMA National Hare Scrambles Series: This ten-round national series began on January 9 in Hollister, California and will conclude on October 16 in Eaglewood, New Jersey. The series features professional and amateur off-road motorcycle riders. Riders earn points at each round to determine National Champions. For the series schedule and official results, visit home.ama-cycle.org/raceresults/typeindex.asp?s=14&year=2005.

* International Six Days Enduro (ISDE): From September 13-18 in Povazska Bystrica, Slovakia, riders representing the United States will complete as Team USA on trophy, junior trophy and club teams. For the schedule of events and official results, visit www.ama-cycle.org/amrace/amasports.asp.

* ISDE Qualifiers: To earn a spot on ISDE Team USA, riders must compete in one of these two qualifier events. The first will be June 4-5 in Idaho City, Idaho; the second will be June 18-19 in Athens, Ohio. For information on ISDE qualifiers and Team USA, visit www.ama-cycle.org/amrace/2005/isde/index.asp.

* AMA/NATC National Observed Trials Series: This 12-round national series will begin April 9 in Muenster, Texas and will conclude August 7 in Alma, New York. The series will feature professional and amateur riders competing to earn points toward national championships. For the series schedule and official results, visit home.ama-cycle.org/raceresults/typeindex.asp?s=16&year=2005.

* Trials des Nations: A United States Team, selected by the Trials des Nations committee based on results from the 2004 and part of the 2005 AMA/NATC National Observed Trials Series, will represent the U.S. on a Men's and Women's team at the World Team Championship Trials in Sestriere, Italy September 24-25. For the event schedule and official results, visit www.ama-cycle.org/amrace/amasports.asp.

* AMA/NATC Youth Trials National Championships: At this National Championship event in Sequatchie, Tennessee, scheduled for July 2-4, riders up to age 15 years will compete for AMA Sports national titles. For the event schedule and official results, visit www.ama-cycle.org/amrace/amasports.asp.

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