We remain open for business Dear AMA Partner, As are all of you, the American Motorcyclist Association continues to monitor, respond and take preemptive measures during the unprecedented developments concerning the COVID-19 coronavirus situation. Ohio’s governor has asked all nonessential businesses to put into place remote work plans. The AMA is responding by outfitting and training certain employees to work from home. We are approaching this in a measured, careful way to ensure all tasks can be done efficiently and accurately. As part of that process, we are doing a practice run today, March 20, with plans to begin remote operations in earnest on Monday, March 23. During our practice run, we will test and measure our networks, connectivity and communications in case we have to make adjustments leading into next week. Our mission to promote and protect the motorcycle lifestyle is always our priority. Part of how we achieve that mission is our work with you, our valued partners, in organizing member activity, rides, races, member benefits and more. Our relationship with you and your organization is invaluable to our success, and we will continue to honor that relationship while adhering to federal, state and local regulations to keep

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The United States Finally Owns Dakar By Scot Harden Whether you’ve followed the sport from a distance or have been deeply involved as I have for more than 40 years, Ricky Brabec’s win at Dakar will go down in the record books as one of the greatest accomplishments of any American motorcycle racer ever. Dakar remained the last unclimbed mountain for America racers—the last unchartered territory that America had failed to claim victory over as a motorcycling nation—and now it is ours. Last years’ ever so promising run at the top of the leader board and the subsequent frustration and disappointment that ensued when Ricky suffered mechanical problems near the end are now all but a distant memory. Today is our day to shine as a country, and we have an unassuming, polite, hard-working, and respectful young man from Hesperia, Calif., who grew up through the ranks of AMA District 37 desert racing to thank for it. I have a unique perspective on what it takes to win a rally race and Dakar in particular. I was the first American to win a North African Raid Rally and led the U.S. KTM Red Bull Dakar effort for three years. I

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Enduros offer adventure, friendship, tough trails and opportunities to triumph. Entering one might just be the best 50 bucks you’ll ever spend. By James Holter When Coach, my fellow Row 30 rider and colleague, asked me Monday morning if spending nine minutes helping him at the Ohio State Enduro Championship cost me first place, I answered appropriately. “I would have won States, Coach!” I was joking. That lost time made no difference. Ralph Withem, the guy who did win my class (Vintage) beat me by well more than all the minutes my charity, lack of planning and absent-mindedness spotted him. Coach and I were riding the 2019 Milk Run, which the Athens Motorcycle Club (one of the oldest AMA-chartered clubs) started in 1946. The Milk Run enduro is steeped in history, having been won by off-road racing legends such as Terry Cunningham, Mike Melton, Mark Hyde, Wally Wilson and John Penton. Even though the Milk Run isn’t on the AMA National Enduro Championship schedule, winning it means something, and it pulls national-caliber riders. Recent champs have included Russell Bobbitt, Zach Klamfoth and Robbie Jenks. The Milk Run is a throwback hard-core, traditional southern Ohio enduro, which means timekeeping, hills, roots,

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