Area qualifiers kick off 2018 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship

The first step to qualify for the 37th Annual Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship, presented by Lucas Oil, begins this weekend in the Southwest region. Arizona Cycle Park in Buckeye, Arizona will play host the first of 57 different Area Qualifiers, this weekend, February 10 and 11.

Arizona Cycle Park in Buckeye, Ariz., will play host the first of 57 different Area Qualifiers this weekend, Feb. 10 and 11. Photo courtesy of Arizona Cycle Park

Arizona Cycle Park in Buckeye, Ariz., will play host the first of 57 different Area Qualifiers this weekend, Feb. 10 and 11. Photo courtesy of Arizona Cycle Park

"This is perhaps the most exciting time of the year as racers get to dust off their motorcycles and get back onto the dirt on their Road to Loretta's," said MX Sports Director Tim Cotter. "The organizers for the AMA Area Qualifiers are all prepped and ready to go and ready to welcome an estimated 25,000 entries at their race tracks for the 2018 season."

The Area Qualifiers serve as the first phase in qualifying for the world's largest and most prestigious amateur motocross championship. The Regional Championships then serve as the next step to seed riders into the National Championship. Only riders who finish in a qualifying position at a Regional Championship are eligible to race the National the week of July 30 through August 4, 2018 in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee.

The AMA Amateur National Championship is the world's largest and most prestigious amateur motocross race where riders from all over the world compete in the National class structure that includes classes for youth riders on 50cc bikes all the way up to vet and senior classes.

As with past years, the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC Race Gas program will be in effect for the Area Qualifiers in 2018. Participants who race in at least one class will receive $10 in Race Gas Cash, which can be used on any product purchased on the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC website.