MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (August 7, 2020) – Just one week remains before the long and anticipated wait for the start of the 2020 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, comes to an end, allowing the world’s most prestigious off-road motorcycle racing series to embark on its 49th season of competition. In the midst of one of the most challenging periods this country has ever faced, American Motocross continues to find a way to return to racing, with a different look and feel that will provide the most unique atmosphere in the history of the sport. The beginning of this “new normal” will feature a landmark moment for the championship, which will open the season with an inaugural visit to famed Loretta Lynn’s Ranch on Saturday, August 15, for the Circle K Loretta Lynn’s National.
Since 1982 this sprawling landscape and tourist attraction nestled in the quaint rural town of Hurricane Mills, Tennessee, has served as some of the most hallowed ground in American Motocross. For four decades, the namesake home of the country music icon has hosted the single-largest motocross event on the planet – the AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship – where a showcase of the sport’s future generations has fostered an unprecedented legacy. This proving ground has given rise to the career of virtually every motocross superstar, whether it’s “The G.O.A.T.” Ricky Carmichael and James “Bubba” Stewart, or current household names like Eli Tomac and Ken Roczen. Simply put, the legacy of Loretta Lynn’s Ranch is a who’s who of motocross history and now that legacy will deepen even further with the addition of the Pro Motocross Championship.
“We’re currently in the midst of completing the 39th running of the AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch and now, just one week from now, we’ll be watching the fastest professional racers on the planet show us how to navigate this legendary track in a whole new way,” exclaimed Davey Coombs, President of MX Sports Pro Racing. “This is set to become one of the most special periods in the history of American Motocross, and given how challenging 2020 has been for all of us, that’s a pretty incredible opportunity to have. The tiny town of Hurricane Mills, Tennessee, is literally the center of the motocross world at the moment.”
As the world continues to navigate its way through the coronavirus pandemic, MX Sports Pro Racing, organizers of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, will implement a cohesive health and safety plan at every event on the 2020 schedule, developed in conjunction with local government and health officials. These policies will place an emphasis on social distancing, and as a result, a limited quantity of tickets will be available for the Loretta Lynn’s National, with a capacity capped at 5,000 spectators.
“The well being of our fans, participants, and staff is paramount to hosting a successful 2020 season and a memorable debut at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch,” said Tim Cotter, MX Sports Pro Racing Event Director. “By limiting our ticket sales and establishing a maximum capacity for spectator attendance we will be able to get the most efficient use out of the available space, ensuring that fans can spread out, practice social distancing, and still enjoy the best professional motocross racing on the planet. We’re all going to be faced with adjusting to a new normal this season, and this framework will allow for our attending audience to cooperate more easily with the new policies being implemented.”
Tickets for the Circle K Loretta Lynn’s National, and select rounds of the 2020 season, are now on sale at ProMotocross.com. Available tickets to the opening round are going fast, with more than half of the 5,000 capacity already pre-sold. Interested buyers are urged to purchase their tickets online in advance before the event sells out.
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