AMA Racing has implemented a new rule requiring red number plates be displayed by reigning champions in both the Amp'd Mobile AMA Supercross Series and AMA Toyota Motocross Championship presented by FMF.

The rule has been introduced to help identify the current champion if, as is now common, he elects not to use the traditional number 1. The champion in the Supercross and Motocross classes will run a red plate with white numbers while the Motocross Lites champion will display a red plate with black numbers.

Reigning AMA champion Ricky Carmichael debuted his red plate at last weekend's Amp'd Mobile AMA Supercross Series opener in Anaheim (pictured). Carmichael is also the reigning AMA Toyota Motocross Champion and will continue displaying a red plate when that series begins on May 19-20 at the Hangtown Motocross Classic in Sacramento. Ryan Villopoto is the reigning champion in the AMA Motocross Lites class and will also run a red number plate at that event.

Other changes implemented for 2007 include new fuel testing procedures; lowered sound limits; and new licensing criteria and qualifying procedures for both motocross and supercross. Riders are also now required to be equipped with an emergency helmet removal device.

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