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Motocross of Nations returns to US in 2007

AMA WELCOMES MOTOCROSS OF NATIONS' RETURN TO U.S. IN 2007 PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) has announced that the 62nd Annual Motocross of Nations will be held at Budds Creek Motocross Raceway in Maryland, ...

AMA WELCOMES MOTOCROSS OF NATIONS' RETURN TO U.S. IN 2007

PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) has announced that the 62nd Annual Motocross of Nations will be held at Budds Creek Motocross Raceway in Maryland, September 21 - 23, 2007.

This marks only the second time that the U.S. will host the Motocross of Nations, and the event's fourth appearance outside of Europe. Today's announcement was made in Southwick, Massachusetts, during round 3 of the AMA Toyota Motocross Championship presented by FMF, and in Montevarchi, Italy, at the Italian round of the 2006 World Motocross Championship Series.

The Motocross of Nations will be sanctioned by the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM), the international governing body for motorcycle sport and touring; the AMA, the FIM's sole U.S. affiliate, will serve as the host federation.

"The AMA is excited to help bring the Motocross of Nations back to America on the 20th anniversary of AMA Team USA's victory in Unadilla, New York," said AMA President Robert Rasor, who also serves as an FIM Vice President. "Budds Creek Motocross Raceway is a proven grand prix circuit and will be an excellent venue. We look forward to welcoming teams from throughout the world to the USA in September of 2007."

Often called "The Olympics of Motorcycling," the Motocross of Nations features three-rider teams from around the world competing in three races, or motos. The U.S. is the event's defending champion, having defeated a strong field in 2005 to take the winner's trophy for a record-tying 16th time. From 1981 to 1993, the U.S. was undefeated in the Motocross of Nations, winning 13 straight times. The U.S. last hosted the Motocross of Nations in 1987.

Budds Creek Motocross Raceway is located 35 miles south of Washington, D.C., in rural Maryland. The facility previously has hosted numerous AMA nationals, AMA amateur national qualifiers, All-Terrain Vehicle Association nationals, and FIM grand prix.

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