Pro motocross racers headed to High Point on June 16

MORGANTOWN — The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, will make its annual journey to southwest Pennsylvania on June 16, celebrating Father’s Day American motocross style from High Point Raceway, in Mount Morris.

The Red Bull High Point National will signify the 42nd consecutive year in which the fastest riders on the planet invade the Keystone State and one of the most storied motocross tracks in the world.

This season’s 46th running of the championship will center on the title defense of Eli Tomac, who became the 24th different 450 Class champion in history last season. After years on the verge of being the sport’s next big star, Tomac is now the biggest name in motocross and will carry the weight of the coveted number 1 plate throughout the season.

Tomac’s title defense will face a stiff challenge from an international contingent of challengers, which includes Frenchman Marvin Musquin, German Ken Roczen and California’s Blake Baggett. Each of these riders is poised to unseat Tomac from atop the sport, and this summer-long battle will take a field made up of the world’s best riders across the U.S., visiting 11 states over 12 weekends through August.

At High Point, the riders must charge up and down the climbs and descents but also tackle High Point’s signature technical challenge: Sloping, off-camber corners. All that elevation change makes this track tough to master but also leads to some amazing racing.

Race day schedule:

8 a.m.: Practice and qualifying. 12:20 p.m.: 125cc All-Star Series; 12:40 a.m. opening ceremonies; 1 p.m. first motos (450 Class and 250 Class); 3 p.m. second motos (450 Class and 250 Class).

Ticket info: Saturday general admission is $40 for adults, $20 for ages 6-11; VIP is $200 for adults and $100 for ages 6-11; High Point Club is $100 and $75; Paddock Club is $100 and $50. A family 4-pack is $100 for adults and kids.

Pit passes are available.

For tickets, or information about the Lucas Oil championship: ProMotocross.com.

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