Changes to the competition classes for hare scrambles, road racing, motocross and trials have been made to create closer competition and more opportunities for youths to participate at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, July 6-8 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.
The changes include reductions to minimum age requirements, and the creation of new youth classes for competitors as young as 4 years.
"We want the competition scene at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days to be open to as wide a range of competitors as possible," said AMA Director of Racing Kevin Crowther. "Youth racing represents the future of the competitive side of the motorcycling lifestyle. We want to make sure we have close competition in all racing disciplines and create additional opportunities for youths to compete in AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days' fun, family-friendly competition environment."
In road racing, the minimum age for participants was lowered from 16 to 14. Participants ages 14 and 15 may compete only on 600cc or smaller motorcycles.
In observed trials, a Junior 4-8 class and a Junior 9-12 class were added.
In hare scrambles and motocross, the class structure was expanded:
- Vintage - Trailbike (9-16)
- Vintage - 125cc Junior (12-17)
- Evolution 3 - 85cc Youth (9-16)
- Evolution 3 - 125cc Junior (12-17)
- Non-Current - 85cc Youth (9-16)
In motocross, a Youth 50cc 4-8 support class was added (entry is free, but each participant must be an AMA member).
Other racing events taking place during AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days include dirt track and exhibition racing.
For more information about how to register as a competitor, visit AMAVintageMotorcycleDays.com. Competition registration closes July 1.
AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, the nation's premier vintage motorcycling event, also brings bike shows, live music, seminars and motorcycle attractions to the Mid-Ohio facility. The AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days Swap Meet, brought to you by Federal Motorcycle Shipping, brings hundreds of vendors together to sell, buy or trade bikes, parts and memorabilia. Current production bikes will be on hand for display and demo rides and informative seminars are scheduled.
Tickets for AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days are on sale now. AMA members can visit AMAVintageMotorcycleDays.com or call (614) 856-1900 to order. AMA members get discounts through May 31.
Non-AMA members can buy tickets through Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course online at MidOhio.com or by calling (419) 884-4000.
AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days is a family-friendly event. Children 12 and younger get in free with a ticketed adult. Free parking is also available on site.
Proceeds from AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days benefit the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, which is located on the AMA campus in Pickerington, Ohio. The mission of the Hall of Fame is to tell the stories and preserve the history of motorcycling's legends and heroes. For more information, call (614) 856-2222, or visit the Hall of Fame's website at www.motorcyclemuseum.org. Those attending AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days will be able to sign up for special text alerts during the event weekend.