...and here we have the age-old problem...well, one of the age-old problems, with the AMA - different answers to the same question, in direct contradiction to what the rulebook says.
Explain to me how what you were just told is in compliance with this rule, which as noted above has been in the AMA rulebook since at least 2012, probably earlier:
AMA Pro Racing-licensed riders are not eligible to enter any Amateur National Championship meet.
You can see this rule, right now, on page 131 of the 2016 AMA Racing Rulebook. Which you can get here: http://americanmotorcyclist.com/Librari ... nload=true
There is no gray area there. No wiggle room. That rule provides exactly no way for anyone with any AMA pro license to compete in any amateur national championship. Period. Tell me how, exactly, that amateur hillclimb, under the rules published by "AMA Ohio" (whatever that means...there is only one AMA, and it exists only in Ohio), is not subject to the rules in that rulebook published by the AMA in Ohio.
So now ask yourself "how is it that someone from the AMA is telling me something that is in direct opposition to what the rulebook clearly states?"
There are many possible answers to that question - I'll leave it up to you to ponder that. But it would be interesting to ask that question to whoever it is in the AMA that's telling you these things.
Imagine if the AMA was in charge of things that affected motorcycle competition...like event scheduling, or keeping points, or providing awards...
I'm not even making a judgement call on which way the rule should be - but is it not magnificently inconcievable that anyone in the AMA, anywhere, can't read that one-sentence rule and understand what it means?