Morgantown, WV — The two biggest pro motocross stars in the world today will return to the race that made them famous—the Air Nautiques/AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships at Loretta Lynn’s presented by Amsoil—as Makita Suzuki’s Ricky Carmichael and Monster Energy/Kawasaki’s James Stewart meet and greet fans at the Air Nautiques boat house on Tuesday, July 31st. Carmichael will begin signing autographs at 1:30 pm, Stewart at 3 p.m.
Stewart and Carmichael are both Air Nautique sponsored athletes. Carmichael, known to motocross fans simply as the Greatest Of All-Time (GOAT), is a 15-time AMA National Motocross Champion, which nearly doubles the professional motocross championship total of any racer in the history of the sport. Carmichael also collected nine AMA Amateur National Titles at Loretta’s between 1990 and 1996, which made him the winningest rider ever at the event at that time.
Stewart eclipsed Carmichael’s amateur record as he graduated to a pro career in 2001, and still sits in a tie on top of the all-time AMA Amateur National record book with 11 career titles. As a pro, he is the reigning AMA Supercross Champion and current points leader in the AMA/Toyota Motocross Championship, as well as a two-time AMA 125cc National Motocross Champion.
Stewart and Carmichael will also appear as part of opening ceremonies at the Ranch on Monday night, July 30th, and Stewart will ride the Loretta Lynn’s National track on Wednesday as part of the 2008 Kawasaki Ride.
The 26th Annual Air Nautiques/AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships Presented by Amsoil kicks off this weekend at the home of country music legend Loretta Lynn in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee. Racing action starts promptly at 7:30 am every day, Tuesday, July 31st, through Saturday, August 4th. Be sure to catch the daily video features brought to you by Racer X Films only on www.motocross.com.
About the Air Nautiques/AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships:
The MX Sports produced event is the world’s largest amateur motocross race. Hosted annually since 1982 at the home of country music star Loretta Lynn in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee, the event is the premier amateur motocross race in the world. In 2006, over 32,000 entries attempted to qualify in 33 classes for the 1320 available gates at the national. This year the National event will be held July 30th — August 4th, 2007. As proof of the significance of winning an AMA Amateur National Championship Title, most of today’s top motocross and supercross stars, including Ricky Carmichael and James Stewart, won championships at Loretta Lynn’s before turning pro. Sponsors include Air Nautiques, Amsoil, Cobra, Honda, Kawasaki, KTM, Suzuki, Yamaha, Gatorade, Parts Unlimited, Red Bull, Thor, Toyota, AGV, Alpinestars, Boyesen, Cti, DC Shoes, DeCal Works, FMF, Kicker, Moto Tees, Ogio, Renthal, Scott, Twin Air, Wiseco, Racer X Illustrated and Mini Rider Magazine.
About MX Sports
MX Sports is a Morgantown, West Virginia-based motocross production company. The group coordinates the Air Nautiques/AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships, which includes a national qualifying program consisting of 49 Area Qualifying races during February-May and 12 Regional Championship races during the month of June. Less than five percent of the Area Qualifier entries actually qualify for the national championship event, held during the first week of August at the home of country music star Loretta Lynn in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee. Most riders attend the National Championship with the help of their families. In fact, many groups consider the event their family’s summer vacation.