125 ALL-STARS WILL NOT RACE AT THE 2020 AMA NATIONALS

2019 Hangtown 125 All Star Race

125 ALL-STARS WILL NOT RACE AT THE 2020 AMA NATIONALS

The 125 All-Star class has been a huge attraction for race fans to enjoy during intermission at the Nationals and it also has been a homecoming event that brought Ryan Villopoto back to the starting line at tracks like Hangtown, Glen Helen and Washougal. With the 2020 Pro Motocross season being at the mercy of the ever changing state and county guidelines, the series is already having a hard time landing secure dates and locations. To make things more simple and to better comply with the social distancing policies, Mx Sports decided to skip the 125 All-Star series for 2020. We’re gonna miss hearing the two-strokes sing at the Nationals this summer! Read the press release from MX Sports below:

Ryan Villopoto 125 All-Star 2019 Washougal AMA national motocross -5345Ryan Villopoto has been loving the 125 All-Star series each year. Here he leads during the exhibition race at the 2019 Washougal National.

MORGANTOWN, W.V. (June 24, 2020) – MX Sports Pro Racing, organizers of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, have announced the difficult decision to forego the 125 All-Star Series for the 2020 season. The choice to suspend the amateur exhibition series comes as a result of thorough social distancing policies that have been established for implementation this summer, developed both in accordance with CDC guidelines in addition to working alongside local government and health officials in the counties surrounding each respective venue.

“We understand this news is not something anyone in the racing community wanted to hear, and it wasn’t a decision that we came to lightly,” said Tim Cotter, MX Sports Pro Racing Event Director. “As we continuously work towards creating a safe environment for an opportunity to welcome fans throughout the 2020 season, we are also actively developing a paddock layout that appropriately addresses social distancing measures that ensure the health and well-being of our athletes, their team members, and their families. As a result, there will be a limited occupancy within the paddock, for which we need to prioritize our professional competitors.

“We want to emphasize that this is a temporary course of action, predicated on proactive measures to address the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus,” added Cotter. “The addition of the 125 All-Star Series has been a tremendous asset to the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, as fans have had the privilege of basking in the one-of-a-kind sounds emitted from beloved two-stoke motorcycles. We know the importance of the role this division plays into the ethos of American motocross, and that’s why we look forward to its return for the 2021 season.”

125cc all-star podiumRyan Villopoto, Wil Hahn and Mike Brown landed on the podium at the 2018 Washougal National 125 All-Star race.

As the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship season nears its start on July 18 with the Circle K Ironman National from Crawfordsville, Indiana’s Ironman Raceway, fans expecting to attend the opening round, or any round on the 2020 schedule, should take care to review the COVID-19 Social Distancing Protocols being implemented this summer.

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