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2012 was a great year for AMA and ATVA competition. Here, some of the national champions and top competitors talk about the 2012 season, look ahead to the 2013 season, and explain why AMA and ATVA competition is the best racing on the planet. No other No. 1 plate matters.


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James Hoegh: 2012 APF 2000cc AMA Land Speed record holder

April 09, 2013

James Hoegh of Sunbury, Pa., set a new landspeed record of 172.211 mph in the APF 2000cc class for the 2012 AMA Land Speed Grand Championships-BUB motorcycle Speed Trials.

"My experience with racing on the salt is that although it is very competitive, I do not identify any one person or team as a goal to beat," Hoegh said. "Rather, the atmosphere is one of fraternity, and to do well and to go fast is very personal. May the man, or woman, on the fastest bike win. The greatest competition is really the elements, mother nature, and fate."

Hoegh has been racing for four years and believes that, "BUB is well organized and geared to motorcycles only, no cars. Racing at the legendary Bonneville is something that must be experienced to be fully understood and appreciated. It is an absolute honor to participate and to be supported in this racing series, and consider myself very privileged to be a part of it," he said.

For the 2013 season, Hoegh plans to make some performance improvements to his bike, and return to BUB again.

Hoegh also has no plans of giving up racing any time soon. When asked about how long he plans to continue the sport he simply replied, "As long as I am physically and mentally capable."

Hoegh would like to thank, "Confederate Motors, Inc. If not for Matt Chambers and the entire team at Confederate, it is doubtful that I would have been introduced to salt racing, they make it all possible. S&S Cycle, Inc. was very instrumental to our success this year as well."

To close, Hoegh added, "I have ridden various motorcycles all my life, since age 6. The confederate bikes are like noting else I have ever experience. They were made to run unrestrained, and they love it! To be able to appreciate a world class bike like this in such a historical place as Bonneville, it truly mind boggling. Thank you, BUB."