Pro Motocross season delayed again, date of Millville races could be affected
The start of the AMA Pro Motocross season has been delayed once again, and that could affect the date of this year's pro national races at Spring Creek Motocross Park in Millville.
The series made an announcement on Wednesday that the start of the season has been postponed until August, at the earliest.
The 2020 season was originally scheduled to begin in late May, but was pushed back to mid-July due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Spring Creek is an annual stop on the AMA series summer schedule. It was originally scheduled to host races on July 18, but those races have been rescheduled for Sept. 19. The AMA series' announcement this week did not indicate an exact date of when the season could begin, nor did it indicate a possible change in date for the Millville races.
"Due to ongoing concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, notably recent spikes of positive cases in a significant number of states, series managers deem it necessary to push back the start of the series once more," a statement from the organization said. "MX Sports Pro Racing will now look to begin the season in August."
Ironman Raceway in Crawfordsville, Indiana, and WW Ranch Motocross Park in Jacksonville, Fla., were set to host the first two rounds of the series on July 18 and July 25, respectively. Rescheduled dates for those races have not been announced.
“In tandem with our event organizers, we have been in constant communication with local officials from the government, health department, and department of public safety for each respective venue to ensure every National is operated in accordance with social distancing measures established by each county and the CDC," said Carrie Russell, the CEO of MX Sports Pro Racing, the company that runs the AMA Pro Motocross series. “Following the recent spike in positive cases around the country, a pause is warranted as we evaluate the impact of the stall in state-issued reopening phases and newly implemented travel quarantines."
Many of the riders in the series also ride in the AMA Supercross series, which was halted for two months at the outset of the pandemic, then was finished last month with seven rounds of racing in a three-week span. All of those races were held in Salt Lake City, Utah, with no fans allowed in the stadium.