Henry Wiles is 2011 AMA Racing Dirt Track Grand Championships Honoree

PICKERINGTON, Ohio – On July 25-31 in Du Quoin, Ill., the AMA Racing Dirt Track Grand Championships will crown the best amateur racers in short-track, TT, half-mile and mile amateur dirt-track competition. Attending as this year’s event honoree will be AMA Pro Racing Grand National Championship racer Henry Wiles.

“I’m really excited to be serving as the event honoree this year,” Wiles said. “As an amateur who raced the Grand Championships, it was an exciting time to do some traveling and race against guys I never competed against before. You find out a lot more about yourself, and it’s cool to gain the experience that comes with that.”

AMA Director of Racing Joe Bromley said that Wiles is a good role model for the young racers vying for AMA Racing National Championships.

“It’s great that established pros can come back to the AMA Racing Dirt Track Grand Championships and advise tomorrow’s stars on the best path to success,” Bromley said. “Plus, it’s a good opportunity for the kids to see on one level that their heroes are just like them — diehard enthusiasts who are addicted to the rush that comes from racing on two wheels.”

Rosanna Grzebinski, who along with her husband Patrick Grzebinski owns North America Action Sports, the group that is partnering with the AMA to promote and operate the 2011 AMA Racing Dirt Track Grand Championships, said Wiles will provide an invaluable service to the amateur racers at the event.

“We are thrilled that Henry will join us at the AMA Racing Dirt Track Grand Championships this summer,” Grzebinski said. “In addition to being available throughout the week, he’ll be our featured guest atWednesday evening’s Chillin’ with Henry Wiles, where we’ll all sit around, enjoy some ice cream and ask Henry just what it takes to be a top pro in AMA Pro Grand National Championship competition.”

Wiles joins riders such as Chris Carr, Kenny Coolbeth, Bryan Smith and JR Schnabel who have served as event honorees. He said that he’s looking forward to offering advice to the young racers.

“Current pro racers need to help lead the new crop of riders in the right direction, so they’re not scratching their heads the same way I was,” Wiles said. “I didn’t know enough to ask questions until much later, and it was already ‘go’ time. So to be able to offer some advice and be available to answer questions for the parents and riders means a lot to me, and I hope it means a lot to the racers, as well.”

Wiles added that the Du Quoin facility provides an excellent location for the event.

“The riders will have fun on all these tracks — the short-track, TT, half-mile and mile,” Wiles said. “Of course, it’s always exciting the first time you get out on the mile, so that will be really fun. My best advice for those new to the mile is not to get in over your head. Always remember that you can make a lot up on the next lap if you don’t do a perfect lap. You don’t have to pass everybody in the first corner.”

The AMA Racing Dirt Track Grand Championships crown Grand National champions based on their accumulated points in all four dirt-track disciplines. The top riders compete for the AMA Dirt Track Horizon Award, which honors the amateur racer poised for success on the pro level. Racers field traditional dirt-trackers and the latest DTX-machinery. DTX bikes begin as showroom-fresh motocross bikes that are then fitted with dirt-track tires, suspension and other modifications.

More information about the AMA Racing Dirt Track Grand Championships can be found at is available atAMARacing.com

AMA Racing East Hare Scrambles Championship Series resumes in New Jersey

PICKERINGTON, Ohio – The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) Racing East Hare Scrambles Championship Series is set to resume in Port Elizabeth, N.J., this weekend, May 7-8, with a demanding course that features a wide variety of terrain and obstacles, including sand and tight enduro-inspired single-track trail.

“While this spring’s rain and floods have taken their toll, causing the cancellation of round two in Hurricane Mills, Tenn., the AMA Racing East Hare Scrambles Championship is ready to go at full speed this weekend with the Tri-County Sportsmen MC event in New Jersey,” said AMA Racing Off-Road Manager Chuck Weir. “This club does a top job of both running the event and putting together some challenging trail, so we’re confident our racers are in store for a great weekend of off-road competition.”

Factory Husaberg rider and defending AMA Racing East Hare Scrambles Champion Mike Laffertywon the event last year and is excited to return to what he considers his home race.

“This is a tough race, and it can kick your butt if you’re not ready,” Lafferty said. “As motorcycle racers, we’re not just looking for a walk in the park, right? This race is demanding and tough. So if you’re looking for a good physical test, this is your race.”

Youth classes will compete on May 7 while all other classes will line up on May 8. For detailed sign-up times and directions, see TeamHammer.org.

The course for the 3-hour main event is expected to be 12 miles long. C riders, Masters and Golden Masters racers will compete in a 2-hour race in the morning with a slightly shorter track. Pro payout is $500 for first, $375 for second and $250 for third. All A classes will pay a minimum of $175 to win with payouts back to fifth place. The event is run in cooperation with the East Coast Enduro Association, so competitors earn points in that series, as well.

Series contingency is provided by Wiseco, Pro-X, Vee Rubber, Liquid Performance, Fly Racing and Vortex.

For more information about AMA Racing National Championship Series, see AMARacing.com.