This summer, Wichitans will have an opportunity to see some of the country’s best motocross athletes compete at Bar2Bar MX Park. The park, in conjunction with Visit Wichita, will host the 2020 North Central Monster Energy AMA Regional Championship at Bar2Bar MX Park. The American Motorcyclists Association (AMA) event was originally scheduled for June 13-14, and will now take place July 3-5.
This is the first time a Wichita-area track has been selected for this level of competition. “Welcoming this coveted event to Bar2Bar for the first time is absolutely thrilling,” said Bruce Richardson, owner of Bar2Bar MX Park. “It’s been a team effort between Bar2Bar and Visit Wichita to bring this competition to the Wichita area, and we can’t wait to showcase our remarkable racetrack.”
The Regional Championship is anticipated to bring 700-plus riders to the area, as well as their families and friends, as they compete in the final step to making it to the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) Amateur National Motocross Championship to be held later in the year. Social distancing and safety practices according to local recommendations and the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention among spectators and riders will be in place.
“After the cancellation of various sporting events this spring and summer, it’s exciting to see this competition on track to take place. Additionally, it’s an honor to host a regional championship, knowing that AMA selects the best racetracks in the country to host competitions of this magnitude,” said Josh Howell, sports sales manager at Visit Wichita.
Tickets are on sale now, and can be purchased online here. Practice and Day Passes are $15 and All Days Passes are $40. Children ages three and under will be able to attend at no charge. Gates open at 7 a.m. on Friday, July 3, and open at 6 a.m. July 4 and 5.
There are also a variety of opportunities for local businesses to get involved. For sponsorship details, reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Visit Wichita
Visit Wichita markets the Greater Wichita area and advocates for the city as a destination, increasing travel and tourism as a key economic driver for the city, county, region and state. Visit Wichita is led by president and CEO Susie Santo, and in 2018 travel and tourism contributed more than $1.1 billion in economic impact to the greater Wichita area. For more information, go to www.VisitWichita.com.
About Bar2Bar MX
Bar2Bar MX Park offers outdoor racing on a sandy loam track. With the new RACE GAS Program, Bar2Bar MX Park and Rocky Mountain ATV/MC has been voted one of the best tracks in the region. For more information, visit the official website www.bar2barmx.com or call 316-293-8132.
About the AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship
The AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship is the world's largest and most prestigious amateur motocross racing program. The national qualifying program consists of over 50 Area Qualifiers (February through May) and 13 Regional Championships (May through June), hosted at select motocross facilities across the country. The qualifying system culminates in the National Final (first week in August) hosted annually since 1982 at the home of country music star Loretta Lynn in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. Nearly 22,000 racers attempt to qualify in 36 classes for the 1,446 available positions at the National. Christened "The World's Greatest Motocross Vacation," the National event serves as a launch pad for some of the biggest names in professional motocross and supercross, including Ricky Carmichael, James Stewart, Ryan Villopoto, and Ryan Dungey. The national program is produced by MX Sports, Inc., a West Virginia-based race production company and sanctioned by AMA. For more information, visit www.mxsports.com.
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 www.americanmotorcyclist.com.