Motorcycle lovers get weekend full of races

If early March is a NASCAR lover’s dream for Las Vegans, this weekend is the same for those who can’t get enough of motorcycles.

The key event is the Monster Energy AMA Supercross on Saturday night at Sam Boyd Stadium, but that’s far from the only attraction.

Two arenas – South Point and Orleans – host events today and Sunday around the big one at Sam Boyd.

Riders in five regions throughout the country qualified for the AMA Amateur National Arenacross Championship today and Sunday at South Point. The event, which starts at 1:15 p.m. today with qualifying and continues at 6 p.m. with the main events, attracted 540 racers.

The GEICO AMA Endurocross begins at 8 tonight at Orleans Arena, with racers from all over the country and Europe scheduled to participate. At 5 p.m. on Sunday at the arena, the GEICO Mini Moto will be held and, according to a news release, is considered the world’s largest minibike race.

All these events make way for the AMA Supercross to take center stage at 7 p.m. Saturday at Sam Boyd, but the season’s champion won’t compete. Ryan Villopoto, who clinched the title with four races left, is out with a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

It was a tough setback for the 23-year-old, who nailed down the series championship earlier than any other rider in the Supercross’ 38-year history.

It has been that kind of season, with many riders being forced to drop out of various races.

But there still is drama with Davi Millsaps and Justin Brayton, who are separated by seven points, battling for second place.

The Supercross Lites Series title is on the line Saturday between West Divison winner Eli Tomac and East Division champion Justin Barcia. Both are Honda team members.

■ MEET THE RIDERS – Tomac, Barcia, Kevin Windham, Justin Bogle and Will Hahn join top Endurocross racers at
7 p.m. today to sign autographs on the concourse level at Orleans Arena.

A ticket to Endurocross is required for access to the autograph session.

■ MIDWEEK DRAGS – Car club members can take to The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Wednesday.

The two brackets are divided between groups who sign in with at least 10 members by 8:30 p.m. and those with fewer than that number.

But the night is not limited to those in car clubs. Anyone who wants to race is invited, and those interested in putting $20 on the line can do that in the Bracket Gambler before the first round.

Gates open at 4 p.m.

Contact reporter Mark Anderson at or 702-387-2914. Follow him on Twitter: @markanderson65.

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