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AMA Announces Extreme Enduro Championship (sort of)
The One And Done Championship
So the big news in the off road world this week was the American Motorcyclist Association announcement of the Grand Nation Extreme Enduro Championship and the accompanying race schedule.
Hurray! The US has lagged behind the rest of the world in the hard enduro arena. Frankly, we always will. Why, simply because we have insurance issues that will never let us do the cool things you see at Romaniacs and other events.
But nevertheless, this looked like a real step forward. Anyone who has even a mild familiarity with AMA events knows how difficult it is to get new things on the schedule. There are so many competing events, little room is left for more. The same can be said of getting a new series. Anything new ends up competing with other established series. Some are certainly growing, like National Enduro, but others are battling for riders and recognition.
So just how did the AMA pull off this feat of adding a new series? Once you look at the fine print it becomes clear. They didn’t really do anything. They basically tacked a championship name onto a few completely unrelated events.
If you thought it would be a series where riders would travel and accumulate points at different types of events, you are out of luck. Want to be the “AMA Grand National Extreme Enduro Champion”? Simply show up at the Tennessee Knockout and win the thing, done deal.
What about those other races? They are qualifiers for the TKO. But of course you don’t actually have to qualify for TKO to ride it, just sign up. Granted, the qualifiers do offer the opportunity to get a spot directly into the main event. But TKO offers those spots to the top riders automatically anyway, so don’t expect them to show up at the State Championships unless they have an opportunity to make money (sort of like the qualifier series).
So does anyone have to ride multiple races? No, you only ride one of the newly named “State Championships” to get your TKO qualification. I guess you can ride more than one if you want to try to improve your place, but they don’t add up to points or anything.
A championship that doesn’t include points or the component of having to compete in multiple races just doesn’t hold water in my book. Granted, the TKO is probably the best extreme event in the country and the winner is probably the best of the badass extreme guys. But that doesn’t do much for helping us develop a series that features a wide variety of events and riders.
I am sure some of the events will be pretty good. If you want to find out more take a look at the link.