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Texas Motocross "The Beginning of a Legacy" For decades motocross riders in Texas have longed for a racing series including all the top tracks all over the state. Back in 2001 the idea was presented to several tracks across the state of Texas. Over the years the idea just didn't seem to take hold. Some track owners loved it, some did not but the unity needed was not present. Some tracks felt the state final should always be at their facility never giving other facilities the chance to represent the state or the riders. This type of thinking sidelined the program for years. It was not until 2010 when Russell Hobbs from Buffalo Creek MX and Emil Shebelbon from Three Palms double teamed the idea that things begin to happen.. The idea was to have a state wide series leading to a state final. Each year the state final event would travel from one AMA district to the next. The series would create racing in each district, then the best of the best in the state of Texas would race for an elite championship like none other. With the help from people like Kip Bigelow and Joe Bromley from the AMA, the Texas AMA Statewide Series begin to take root. There were now 14 tracks across the state ready to go. Three new AMA district championship series were established for the first time in Texas with district championships awarded in every class. Not only that, but riders would now qualify through these series to compete in the Texas AMA State Final. With all the support from the tracks, the riders and the AMA what could go wrong. Well, this effort to unite the Texas motocross scene certainly faced some adversity. The state wide series was nearly sidelined yet again and delays held the series in limbo for months. Finally, the clouds parted, the AMA blessed the series with only a few months left to promote the first round. The birth of Texas

state wide motocross racing was set to happen in the fall of 2011. Both Russell Hobbs and Emil Shebelbon began promoting AMA district racing in all three AMA Texas districts. The state wide program received tons of great press and the riders were ready for something new, something fresh. When the first round gates fell in the fall of 2011 it was clear this program would be a huge success. AMA memberships grew and riders would find a renewed hope that the AMA stood behind all the riders as well as Texas promoters. In the first year, Texas would see over 2,500 entries in district racing and over 430 riders showed up for the 2011 Texas AMA State Final. Exitement builds as all the District Series and the Texas AMA State Final embark upon their third year. Growth doesn't come over night, neither does success. It has taken lots of hard work to get here and there have been some growing pains and adjustments along the way. Since its inception, the series has grown each year and for 2013 great new tracks have been added to the series, more rounds in District 42 and factory contingency in some Districts. Rest assured that these two promoters have the riders in mind and want the best for Texas Motocross. The 2013 AMA State Wide Series is in full swing promising more growth and great racing this fall. Riders can count on the best competition in the Lone Star State on a district level and at the State Final. The Texas AMA State Wide Series is now established as the premiere series in Texas every year uniting riders, families, motocross facilities and sponsors from all over the state. MX PRESS STAFF

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