The Kenda Big Sky Cross Country is one of the most popular amateur races offered by the AMA. Beginning this year, that event will be expanding to crown national champions in the AMA Big Sky Amateur National Off-Road Championship. On August 24 and 25, the organization will hold championship races for a variety of off-road racing types at Montana’s famed Big Sky Resort.
“The AMA Kenda Big Sky Amateur National Off-Road Championship, presented by KLIM, will recognize the best amateur off-road riders in the country,” said Chuck Weir, manager of AMA Off-Road Racing. “Riders will come from a range of backgrounds – enduro, hare scrambles, EnduroCross, cross country and desert racing – to battle for bragging rights on the national stage.”
In order to qualify for the event, riders must have finished in the top 10 in 2012 or be in the top 10 of their current series’ point standings as of mid-July. From February 16 to July 7, twelve different regional qualifying races in the various divisions will be taking place across the U.S., with the top 10 in each race qualifying for the Big Sky Amateur National Off-Road Championship, as well as giving amateur riders a chance to make their mark on off-roading before battling it out for the title.
The are also 150 spots open for bidding by interested riders who have not qualified elsewhere, however over the next few years these open spots will be removed. Racing at the AMA Off Road Nationals will eventually only be available for racers who’ve qualified via through racing.