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Bar2Bar MX Park, Visit Wichita Team Up to Bring Regional Motocross Competition to Wichita Area

20 Feb, 2020


First Time a Wichita Track Has Been Selected for Competition

Bar2Bar MX in conjunction with Visit Wichita have been selected to host the 2020 North Central Rocky Mountain ATV/MX AMA Amateur Nation Motocross Regional Championship June 13-14, 2020, at Bar2Bar MX Park. This is the first time a Wichita-area track has been selected for this level of competition.

“Bringing this coveted event to Bar2Bar has been a goal for the past seven to eight years, so to be able to now say, for the first time, it’s coming to Wichita this summer is 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.

“Knowing that AMA has selected the best racetracks in the country to host regional championships, it’s very exciting to be among those chosen to host this competition,” said Brian Hargrove, executive director of sports development at Visit Wichita. “It’s also a great opportunity for Wichita – both in positive local economic impact and quality of life for locals. In addition to the many sporting events coming to Wichita in 2020, this is yet another way for sports fans in the city to be a part of a tremendous and unique competition.”

Area Qualifiers serve as the first step in qualifying for the world’s largest and most prestigious amateur motocross championship, the AMA Amateur National. After Area Qualifiers, Regional Championships then serve as the next step to seed riders into Nationals. The National Championship has been hosted annually since 1982 at the home of country music star Loretta Lynn in Hurricane Mills.  

Only riders who finish in a qualifying position at a Regional Championship are eligible to race during the National Championship, which takes place Aug. 3-8, 2020, in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. Nearly 22,000 racers attempt to qualify in 36 classes for the 1,446 available positions at the National.

“We have assembled the best racetracks and the best organizers in America to produce the 2020 AMA Amateur National Championship area qualifier and regional championship schedule,” said MX Sports Director Tim Cotter. “The competition between the hundreds of AMA racetracks in the country is very fierce. Each AMA track aspires to host one of these coveted events. The 52 Area Qualifier and eight Regional Championship organizers are eager to greet the best amateur motocross riders in the world as they embark on their journey to The National Championship.”

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online through Eventbrite here. Practice and Day Passes are $15; All Days Passes are $40; and a VIP Weekend Pass is $100. Children ages three and under will be able to attend at no charge.

There will also be a variety of opportunities for local businesses to get involved. For sponsorship details, reach out to barbarmx@yahoo.com.

For more information on the AMA Amateur National, visit the series official website at www.mxsports.com.

Additional sporting events Visit Wichita is hosting in 2020 includes, but is not limited to:

  • January 15-19: US Figure Skating Midwestern & Pacific Coast Synchronized Skating Sectionals
  • January 20-22: ECHL All Star Game
  • March 4-7: NAIA Men’s Wrestling National Championship
  • June 26-30: US Figure Skating National Theatre on Ice
  • July 30-Aug. 2: The Basketball Tournament (TBT)
  • July 21-26: NCAA College Basketball Academy

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.comor 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.

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