Great American hillclimb starts Friday

2012-07-22T15:51:00Z 2013-07-05T17:01:15Z Great American hillclimb starts Friday The Billings Gazette

Advance tickets for the 94th annual Miller Lite Great American Championship Motorcycle Hillclimb are on sale.

The hillclimb is Friday through Sunday at the Billings Motorcycle Club, located in the South Hills. Tickets are available at Albertsons, Montana Honda, Reiter's Kawasaki and Archie Cochrane Ford. Advance tickets cost $10 daily, with a three-day pass available for $25. Kids 10-and-under are free. At the gate, tickets will be $15.

For the first time in the Hillclimb's history, the championship round will be under the lights Saturday night, starting between 9:30 and 10 p.m. and finishing by 11 p.m.

The pro hillclimb starts Friday at 5 p.m. with the 450 cc pro-altered, seniors class, 40-plus pro masters and 450 cc pro modified running until approximately 11:30 p.m.

New this year is the Great American Pro-Modified Showdown. It features the top 16 pro-modified riders taking on the hill side-by-side to determine the best rider.

Saturday morning at 9 a.m. the 0-600 cc pro-altered will start and conclude by 3 p.m. Following an intermission, action will pick back up at 5 p.m. with the open pro-altered bikes. The top six riders in both of Saturday's classes will qualify for the championship run-off.

Racing will resume Sunday  at 9 a.m. with the 0-700 cc exhibition class, followed by the open exhibition. Promoters hope to finish by 5 p.m.

A trophy hillclimb will begin Friday at 8 a.m. and run until its conclusion at approximately 4:30 p.m.

The Great American's purse is expected to top $50,000 promoter Darrell Devitt said. The event is the finale of the three-part Rockwell Pro Hillclimb Series, which also includes the Big Sky Challenge at the BMC in May and the Widowmaker in Utah in June.


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