UPDATED 2020 AMA PRO MOTOCROSS SEASON SCHEDULE: FOX RACEWAY NATIONAL IS THE FINALE
The news continues to develop as the Coronavirus pandemic shakes the world. Mx Sports Pro Racing just announced their updated schedule for the 2020 Pro Motocross season. After the Dirt Diggers Motorcycle Club announced that they have canceled the Hangtown Motocross Classic which was scheduled to be the season opener, all eyes were on Mx Sports to see what would happen next.
Now, the second round of the season, which was originally slated to go in Pala, California, at Fox Raceway, has been moved to the other side of the schedule and it will serve as the finale for the 11-round season on September 5th. The third round, originally scheduled for May 30th at the Thunder Valley National in Lakewood, Colorado, has now been moved to round five on July 11th. Saturday July 11th was originally scheduled to be a weekend off in the series, so moving this race will not affect any of the other events scheduled. The 2020 season will now begin at the Florida National on June 13th in Jacksonville, Florida. Along with Hangtown being canceled and Pala and Colorado being rescheduled, the Florida National has also been pushed back from it’s original date one week prior.
MX Sports Pro Racing press release:
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (March 20, 2020) – In response to the evolving health crisis surrounding the COVID-19 coronavirus, MX Sports Pro Racing has officially announced an amended event schedule for the 2020 season of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing. Under this revised championship calendar, the 49th season of the world’s most prestigious off-road motorcycle racing series will commence on Saturday, June 13, beginning with the Florida National from Jacksonville’s WW Ranch Motocross Park.
“While the whole world is trying to cope with the ongoing global pandemic that is the COVID-19 coronavirus, we have diligently looked at the impending future of our own championship and the impact this will inevitably have on this annual summer tradition,” said Davey Coombs, President of MX Sports Pro Racing. “While the series has unfortunately already been affected by this pandemic with the cancellation of American motocross’ longest running event, the Hangtown Motocross Classic, we have developed a condensed and redesigned schedule for the remainder of the championship that will now start a little less than three months from now.”
“It is our hope that in postponing the start of our season for this additional month, the extended period of time will not only allow for us to obtain a clearer picture of the state of the pandemic, but also provide ample opportunity for our series partners, teams, competitors, and fans to plan accordingly. The updated calendar would allow us to still successfully host a complete season of Lucas Oil Pro Motocross competition, in a quick and concise fashion will leave other parts of the calendar open for other racing activities.”
Under the new schedule, the 11-round series would open with seven consecutive weekends of racing, where the Florida National will be followed by the High Point National (June 20), the Southwick National (June 27), the RedBud National (July 4), the Thunder Valley National (July 11), the Spring Creek National (July 18), and the Washougal National (July 25). Following a two week break, the championship will return for its stretch run, beginning with the Unadilla National (August 15), followed by the Budds Creek National (August 22), the Ironman National (August 29), and the Fox Raceway National, which will end the season on Labor Day weekend (September 5).