Motocross

Southwick Returns To American MX As 2016 Schedule Announced

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Following a captivating 2015 season in which Red Bull KTM‰Ûªs Ryan Dungey and Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha‰Ûªs Jeremy Martin emerged as Champions in the 450 and 250 Classes, respectively, MX Sports Pro Racing and NBC Sports have unveiled the 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, schedule.

The prestigious championship will once again consist of 12 rounds of competition in its 44th season, composed of 24 motos that will take the star-studded field of international riders to 11 different states, including the highly anticipated return of the Southwick National in Southwick, Mass., for the first time since the 2013 season.

"When we made the decision to leave Southwick at the conclusion of the 2013 season there was always a belief that we would return there in the near future." MX Sports Pro Racing President Davey Coombs said.

"We are proud to say that the time has come to bring the championship back to ?the sandbox,? filling a void many fans and members of the industry have felt the last three years," s "We are excited to return to the passionate fans in New England and showcase one of the most beloved and unique venues of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship."

The 2016 season will open with back-to-back rounds in California, once again kicking off with the iconic Hangtown Motocross Classic just outside the state capital of Sacramento on May 21. The oldest round of the championship has served as the season opener for nine of the past 12 seasons and surprisingly is the only track in the championship at which defending champion Dungey has never won.

From there, the series will travel south to the heart of the motocross racing community in Southern California with its annual visit to Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino on May 28 over Memorial Day Weekend.

The championship will make one more stop in the western portion of the country at Colorado‰Ûªs picturesque Thunder Valley MX Park just outside Denver on June 3 before heading east for the heart of the 2016 season. Following the first off weekend of the summer, Mount Morris, Pennsylvania‰Ûªs High Point Raceway (June 18) will start a six-week stretch that will take the world‰Ûªs best riders to Muddy Creek Raceway in Blountville, Tennessee (June 25), Buchanan, Michigan‰Ûªs RedBud MX for Independence Day (July 2), the sands of Southwick MX Park (July 9), Spring Creek MX Park in Millville, Minnesota (July 16), and Washougal, Washington‰Ûªs Washougal MX Park (July 23).

Following a final two-week break in action, the stretch run of the 2016 season will span across three consecutive weekends, beginning at the hallowed grounds of Unadilla MX in New Berlin, New York, on August 13. Southern Maryland‰Ûªs Budds Creek MX Park, in the shadow of the nation‰Ûªs capital of Washington D.C., will host the penultimate round of the championship on August 20 before a pair of champions are crowned at Lucas Oil Pro Motocross‰Ûª newest venue of Ironman Raceway in Crawfordsville, Indiana, on August 27.

‰ÛÏThe 2016 championship schedule consists of the most renowned facilities in all of American motocross and fittingly comes to an end at the sport‰Ûªs newest track that is quickly making a name for itself after just two seasons,‰Û

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