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Lake Elsinore To Host 2012 Lucas Oil Motocross Championship

“Not only does the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship include the best tracks in the sport, it also features the fastest riders on the planet, as well as an expanded television package with NBC Sports Group."

After a two-year run in Pala, the final round of the high-profile 2012 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship is moving to the

Event producer Davey Coombs, president of MX Sports Pro Racing, confirmed the rumor this week when he told Cycle News that the Lake Elsinore facility “is the ideal location for a national event in Southern California."

The Sept. 8 final-round championship is the premier event of the internationally acclaimed 12-race series, according to an American Motocross joint press release.

“Not only does the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship include the best tracks in the sport, it also features the fastest riders on the planet, as well as an expanded television package with NBC Sports Group,” according to the release.

“We are very fortunate to have so many great, iconic motocross tracks as part of the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship ... that challenge the racers and have strong, loyal fan bases that come out to see these races,” Coombs said in the news release. “This series is the pinnacle of professional motocross, and the growth we’ve seen in the last three years for both the live audiences and television viewers watching from all over the world has been outstanding.”

According to Cycle News, a falling out between Pala Raceway and MX Sports Pro Racing caused the event to be shifted northward to Lake Elsinore.

Lake Elsinore and surrounding cities have been a mecca for motocross racing since the 1970s. According to the American Motorcyclist Association, Riverside County is a hotbed of off-road activity and has been practice grounds for racing heroes like Jeremy McGrath, Mike Metzger and Ricky Johnson.

When the Lake Elsinore track closed in mid-2010, many motocross riders had to travel out of town after city officials determined park operator Randy Hiner was out of compliance with permit conditions.

under the leadership of new park operators Gio, Joe and Tom Nanci of Vision Quest Enterprises, and general manager Chad Azevedo.

They are hoping to turn the park into a first-class facility.

“We have put a ton of time and effort into making our track into a national-caliber facility," Tom Nanci told Cycle News.

justme January 14, 2012 at 06:51 AM
The AMA's will bring alot of revenue to LE. The riders, families and crew need places to stay and eat, the fans coming from all over as well not to mention the taxes for the ticket sales alone. This is an amazing opportunity for the city and a chance to put it on the map more so than it is in the MX/SX community :) This is very exciting for the city for sure
Anon January 14, 2012 at 04:58 PM
The council has to appove the event. Without their blessing it wouldnt happen.
Bob Bucklin January 15, 2012 at 05:54 AM
thank you Toni for sharing this with the community. This is a huge international event that will put LE on the map for national events.............thanks for the great news!
Diana January 16, 2012 at 07:20 PM
Heres hoping that Lucas oil will also bring back the truck races from Las Vegas. When they were here before the event was packed full of people, this is a win, win for everyone in the Off Road Industry and for the City.
allen March 01, 2012 at 01:20 PM
lucas oil offroad racing short course trucks are back check the schedule one in elsinore and one in glen helen this season

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