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AMA ice race set for Michigan

The American Motorcyclist Association and event promoter North American Action Sports (NAAS) have announced a new date and venue for the 2012 AMA Ice Race Grand Championships, which will crown the AMA's first amateur champions of the year. The amateur championship event will take place Feb. 4-5 at the Sugarbush Golf and Country Club with racing to take place on Potters Lake in Davison, Mich.

"Motorcycle competition is as diverse as it is exciting, and that is no more apparent than at the AMA Ice Race Grand Championships," AMA director of racing Joe Bromley said. "We're looking forward to once again working with NAAS to provide a national championship program to this country's top ice racers."

The AMA Ice Race Grand Championships feature classes for riders from 4 years old to 50-plus competing on bikes that range from lightly modified off-road machines to full-on, purpose-built ice racers. Riders will battle for AMA national No. 1 plates in a number of classes. The top riders at the event also will compete for the AMA Ice Racer of the Year award, given to the most impressive rider on the ice, while the youth riders will chase the honor of AMA Youth Rider of the Year.

"Everyone at NAAS is looking forward to one of our most exciting events of the year," said Patrick Grzebinski of NAAS, which is known for mixing family fun with the racing atmosphere. "Last year, everyone had a great time, and the racing was spectacular. We can't wait for Feb. 4-5 when we can kick off the 2012 racing season in style."

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