Steve Whitelock, AMA Supercross and Motocross Director, announced the creation of the ATV Pro division of AMA Pro Racing on November 11, 2006, at the 2006 ATVA National Motocross Championship Awards Ceremony in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee .
With the recognition of AMA Pro ATV status, the ATV Pro class riders will enjoy AMA Pro License benefits, such as a $50,000 rider medical insurance program, issuance of a pro license, and award of the AMA Pro National Championship No. 1 plate at the annual AMA Pro Racing Awards Banquet in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Last week, 51 ATV racers were issued invitations by AMA Pro Racing to apply for the AMA Pro ATV license. The annual fee for the license is $250, and entitles the holder to free gate entry to all ATV motocross national events. All riders participating in the Pro class must hold an AMA Pro ATV license. Licenses must be applied for and issued in advance by the AMA, and cannot be obtained at the events.
Pro riders who did not receive an application should contact AMA Pro Racing at 800.AMA JOIN.
As AMA Pro Racing Motocross Director, Whitelock will oversee the new ATV Pro division for AMA. A Series Manager will be announced soon by AMA Pro Racing, to attend and officiate the Pro class at all events. A further significant development resulting from ATV’s new status with Pro Racing is the creation of the AMA Pro Racing Rulebook, setting forth rules specifically applicable to ATV Pro Racing. The ATV Rules Committee is finalizing the Rulebook at this time, and will release the new book shortly.
About the AMA ITP/Moose ATV National Motocross Championship Series
Presented by Parts Unlimited:
Sanctioned by the AMA and ATVA, the AMA ITP/Moose ATV National Motocross Championship Series is the nation’s premier amateur and professional ATV motocross series, and is hosted by many of America ’s premier motocross facilities. The 12-round series approaches its 21st season with the Pro class newly under the wing of AMA Pro Racing. The 2006 series hosted over 8,000 entrants, making it America ’s largest and longest-running ATV National Motocross series. Series sponsors include title sponsors ITP Tires and Moose, and presenting sponsor Parts Unlimited. Premier and feature sponsors include ATV Sport, MotoTees, Scott USA, Maxxis Tires, Elka Suspension and H-Bomb Films/Division Four. Associate sponsors include Weekend Warrior Trailers, Denton Racing, and Hinson Racing. Media partners include ATV Insider, ATV Rider and ATVRiders.com.
About AMA Pro Racing:
AMA Pro Racing is the professional racing division of the American Motorcyclist Association (“AMA”). 2007 will mark the inaugural year for AMA Pro ATV Racing, as the sport’s top pro riders will be recognized as professional-licensed racers by the AMA Pro Racing division. Founded in 1924, the AMA has an unparalleled history of pursuing, protecting and promoting the interests of the world's largest and most dedicated group of motorcycle enthusiasts. The AMA focuses on rights, riding and racing through its government relations work, by sanctioning road and off-road riding activities and overseeing professional and amateur racing events. For more information about AMA Pro ATV Racing, visit www.amaproracing.com.
About the ATVA:
The ATV Association (“ATVA”) is the official sanctioning body of the amateur divisions of the ATVA ITP/Moose ATV National Motocross Championship Series Presented by Parts Unlimited. The 9,000 member ATVA is the sister organization of the 260,000 member American Motorcyclist Association (“AMA”). ATV racing has experienced phenomenal growth at the rate of 25% in the past two years alone, and continues to gain momentum and support, outselling off-road motorcycles annually. Each round attracts 600-700 racers who compete for bragging rights to one of 31 amateur national titles. For more information about ATVA, visit www.atvaonline.com.
About the ATVPG:
The ATVPG is comprised of the 12 individual promoters that host the AMA ITP/Moose ATV National Motocross Championships, presented by Parts Unlimited. The goal of the ATVPG is to raise awareness of ATV motocross through the production of professional and amateur championship racing events. For more information on the ATVPG and the ATV National events they produce, go to www.atvmotocross.com.