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Pala replaces Glen Helen in AMA shake-up

Pala has replaced Glen Helen as the Southern California venue for this year’s AMA Nationals. And the WW Ranch Motocross Park in Jacksonville, Florida, will host the inaugural Florida National on June 22.  

Pala previously served as the season finale of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship for back-to-back seasons in 2010 and 2011, which signified the return of the sport to the San Diego area following an absence that spanned multiple decades after the closure of famed Carlsbad Raceway. During those two seasons, Ryan Dungey and Dean Wilson claimed back-to-back victories in the 450 Class and 250 Class, respectively, with Wilson amassing an undefeated record by winning all four motos.

A total of 24 motos will provide plenty of drama and excitement in the 450 Class and 250 Class, where the world’s most prominent and up-and-coming stars will push their physical and mental limits in an all-out battle to win the most coveted title in motocross.  The action will kick off as it has for 12 of the past 15 seasons, with the Hangtown Motocross Classic on May 18, before traveling across the country and to every corner of the U.S. on a championship journey that will visit 11 states.

After emerging on the global motocross scene as the host venue of the final round of the 2017 FIM MXGP season, WW Ranch Motocross Park will bring the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship back to the state of Florida for the first time since the 1997 season. The Florida National will serve as the fifth round of the season on June 22.   

“The southeast has long been a hotbed for the sport of motocross, with a significant number of competitors calling the Sunshine State home, and we are committed to ensuring the region has a presence in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship,” said Davey Coombs, President of MX Sports Pro Racing. “WW Ranch was a terrific venue for the USGP last year and received rave reviews from both the U.S. and European riders. It’s always been our hope to eventually make a return to Florida, and this track will surely become an immediate favorite amongst racers and fans alike.”

Reigning back-to-back 450 Class Champion Eli Tomac will look to join elite company in his quest to win the Edison Dye Cup for the third straight season, while newly crowned 250 Class Champion Aaron Plessinger will make his premier class debut, where he’ll join the likes of Marvin Musquin, Ken Roczen, Justin Barcia, and more in unseating Tomac. Plessinger’s departure from the 250 Class means that the Gary Jones Cup will be up for grabs, opening the door for the sport’s next star of the future to emerge. 

2019 RACE SCHEDULE

DATETRACKCITY
May 18Hangtown Motocross ClassicSacramento, CA
May 25Pala NationalPala, CA
June 1Thunder Valley NationalLakewood, CO
June 15High Point NationalMt. Morris, PA
June 22Florida NationalJacksonville, FL
June 29Southwick NationalSouthwick, MA
July 6RedBud NationalBuchanan, MI
July 20Spring Creek NationalMillville, MN
July 27Washougal NationalWashougal, WA
August 10Unadilla NationalNew Berlin, NY
August 17Budds Creek NationalMechanicsville, MD
August 24Ironman NationalCrawfordsville, IN

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