Indy 500 move necessitates change The following is an industry press release … IRVINE, Calif. — Indianapolis Motor Speedway has announced that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic it has rescheduled the Indy 500 to Aug. 23. To accommodate the change, MotoAmerica has rescheduled its Superbikes at the Brickyard event to Oct. 9-11. “We knew that with the current situation of the Coronavirus outbreak, more changes could be coming,” said MotoAmerica President Wayne Rainey. “We understand Indy’s position on this and we’re happy to make the move to the Oct. 9-11. As our fans, racers, teams and sponsors understand, things are changing on a daily basis and we are working diligently to have a 10-round 2020 MotoAmerica Series.” As it stands now, the Superbikes at the Brickyard event will be round nine of the 10-round series.  

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Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta To Host Round Five The following is an industry press release … MotoAmerica has announced that it has rescheduled the Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta round of the 2020 MotoAmerica Series from April 17-19 to July 31-Aug. 2 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. With the opening round of the series originally scheduled for Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas, already postponed until November because of the Coronavirus, Road Atlanta was slated to be the opening round of the 2020 MotoAmerica Series. As it stands now, the series will begin at VIRginia International Raceway in Alton, Virginia, May 1-3, though MotoAmerica is continuing to monitor that situation as well. “We are all in this together as everyone in the world is affected in some way by COVID-19,” MotoAmerica President Wayne Rainey said. “There are a lot of people who are struggling right now on so many levels. Even though racing motorcycles doesn’t rank highly in the list of problems going on in our world, our teams and our racetracks rely on racing because it’s their livelihood. With that being said, racing right now just isn’t possible. However, we’ve been working with the good people at Michelin

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No Pause for MIC Staff as We Ride It Out The following is an industry press release … IRVINE, Calif. — As the coronavirus pandemic continues, Motorcycle Industry Council staff members are operating remotely and haven’t slowed down one bit. In the interest of physical distancing, MIC offices are empty but the work for association members goes on without interruption. “Things change, we adapt,” MIC President and CEO Erik Pritchard said. “Our industry is facing a new world, along with everyone else. The association approach stays the same: collective efforts to benefit the powersports business and riders at large. We’re well aware that the coronavirus pandemic will affect our members, big and small. We are dedicated to doing whatever it takes to help us all ride it out, together.” MIC leaders and department heads have canceled or postponed events in March and April, taking all precautions, while still performing critical functions and making plans for projects that can be done without assembling groups of people. This month, MIC staff members have: • Written to the White House, congressional leadership, and all governors, seeking to keep powersport manufacturing facilities, distribution centers, and dealerships in operation during emergency declarations. This way, service by

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Nelson Rigg USA is offering AMA members a 20 percent discount on all its brands like Nelson Rigg Journey soft luggage for streetbikes, tourers and cruisers as well as Rigg-Gear products for ATVs and UTVs. The company also has products for dual sport and adventure-touring riders, including the company’s Sahara & Hurricane Series 100 percent waterproof luggage. Whether you need a tank bag for your road bike, a tail bag for your dual sport or a carrier for your pooch, Nelson Rigg has it. The company’s Journey Highway Cruiser Magnetic Tank Bag (above, $81.95), has a tapered fit for most cruiser tanks, lockable zipper pulls that are easily operated with gloves, a clear touch screen device friendly top pocket, integrated rain cover and more. With dimensions of 10 inches in length by 8 inches wide by 4 inches high (10 x 8 x 6 expanded) the bag holds five liters (seven expanded). The Trails End Adventure tail bag ($149.95) mounts to most racks and seats. It has heavy duty webbing and buckles for secure mounting, water-resistant lockable zippers, inner self-fastening straps to secure contents and a rubberized carry handle for easy transport. The bag measures 14 inches x 11 inches

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A lot of riders are forced to spend long hours inside the house these days. But we can still have some motorcycling fun. For example, have you ever daydreamed about owning your own motorcycle repair shop, or riding the famed Isle of Man TT? How about doing insane tricks on a dirtbike, or racing speedway? What about riding Route 66? You can do all that and more in the safety of your own home on your computer. Here are some of the videogames that will let you experience those daydreams without losing your shirt operating your own motorcycle shop or losing part of your hide in a motorcycle trick gone wrong. On the flip side, you could be a great business person and get rich, or be an awesome racer and get to be crowned world champion. Some of these games also have demos so you don’t need to shell out hard-earned cash without playing part of the game first. Find these games and more at www.steampowered.com. “Biker Garage: Mechanic Simulator” (photo above) allows you to be a motorcycle mechanic, buying, repairing and selling bikes. You start your adventure in a home workshop with the goal of becoming a world-class

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For many of us, the 1970s were some of the best years in motorcycling history. Here’s a look back at some of the things that made the 1970s a great motorcycling decade. In 1970, AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Dick Mann won the Daytona 200 on the new Honda CB750. Mann ran strong all day and held off challenges by former world champion and future AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Mike “The Bike” Hailwood. and future AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famers Gene Romero and Gary Nixon. The win gave Mann his first victory at the Daytona classic and marked Honda’s first win in an AMA national. In 1971 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Bruce Brown produced his classic motorcycling movie “On Any Sunday.” The movie conveyed the fun and enjoyment that motorcycling added to people’s lives and helped spur the explosive growth of motorcycling in the 1970s. AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Don Emde won the Daytona 200 on a Yamaha TZ350 in 1972. This was Yamaha’s first Daytona 200 win and the smallest motorcycle to ever win the race. With his victory in the 1972 Daytona 200, Emde became the first son of a former Daytona 200 winner to

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The following is an industry press release … No decision made yet on Road Atlanta round IRVINE, Calif. — MotoAmerica is continuing to assess the situation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the opening round of the series, scheduled for April 17-19 at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, and will make decisions in a timely manner based on the safety and well-being of its fans, racers, teams and all support personnel. MotoAmerica is and will be following directives from several entities, including national, state and local governments, as we move closer to our events. Although we all want to race motorcycles, there are more important things happening in the world and MotoAmerica is taking the Coronavirus very seriously. While we are hopeful of going to Road Atlanta and having our first race of the year as scheduled, we will only do so if the safety of our fans, riders and teams is not compromised. Things are changing so quickly that it’s not possible to make any decisions on Road Atlanta or any other rounds at this point. We will, however, make a decision as quickly as possible when the time is right. Safety is paramount to everyone at MotoAmerica,

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The following is an industry press release … DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Due to the ongoing unprecedented situation regarding COVID-19 and expanding restrictions on domestic and international travel, and in accordance with national, state and local governments prohibiting large group gatherings, American Flat Track has decided to postpone its March 28 Atlanta Short Track and April 4 Charlotte Half-Mile events until further notice. The health and safety of everyone involved in our sport continues to remain our top priority, and it is for this reason that we will continue to assess the situation ahead of the remaining events within the CDC’s recommended eight-week window of caution. Because of this, ticket sales for the May 2 Texas Half-Mile and May 9 So-Cal Half-Mile have been postponed until further notice. As more information is available within the coming weeks, specific announcements regarding those two events will follow. Advance ticket holders are offered equivalent admission for any other AFT Events race occurring within the next 18 calendar months. Contact tickets@americanflattrack.com for inquiries and requests. We value all of our fans and appreciate your understanding while we continue to monitor the situation. For additional information contact: AMA Pro Racing Communications, (386) 492-1014, communications@amaproracing.com

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A 1967 Husqvarna 360 used by AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Bud Ekins to earn an International Six Day Trial gold medal sold for $15,000 at the Mecum motorcycle auction held March 11-14 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. Other Hall of Famer-related motorcycles sold at the auction include a 1974 Suzuki 400 TM RN motocrosser reportedly built for Hall of Famer John DeSoto to race and a 1973 Triumph X75 Hurricane designed by Hall of Famer Craig Vetter. A bike that didn’t sell was a 1926 Excelsior Super X alcohol-burning factory flat tracker/hillclimber once owned by Ekins and then Hall of Famer Steve McQueen. The rare 750cc, two-cylinder still runs. Ekins was one America’s pioneering off-road motorcyclists and one of the first Americans to compete in the World Championship Motocross Grand Prix circuit in Europe during the 1950s. He rode the 1967 Husqvarna 360 that sold at the auction to a gold medal in the 1967 ISDT (now known as the International Six Day Enduro) in Poland. After his racing career, Ekins went on to become one of Hollywood’s leading stuntmen. His most famous stunt was the climactic motorcycle jump scene in the 1963 movie, “The Great Escape,”

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The weather is finally getting good enough in most of the country to get out and ride. Here are seven tips to get you started. First, check your bike. Fresh fuel, fresh oil, chain oiled, hydraulic fluids topped off or replaced, fresh coolant, tires in good shape, all bolts tight, and all lights working are all a must. Next, check yourself: If you’re lucky enough to live somewhere you can ride year-round, great! But the rest of us can benefit with a bit of a mental and physical tune-up. Find an empty parking lot and practice hard braking, swerving and tight turns for an hour or so. Third, SEE (Search, Evaluate, Execute) all the time. Search out and identify potential dangers, evaluate what needs to be done and execute your plan. Fourth, consider your lane position. The left wheel track is a good starting place, but be open to varying your position within your lane to maintain a buffer between you and potential dangers. Fifth, keep asking “What if?” What will you do if that car turns in front of you? What if that dog runs out? What if that van moves over into your lane? Be ready for anything.

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Let the world know that you are a serious rider and that you support riders’ freedoms by proudly wearing an AMA Life Member patch and a pin. You can get those, and more, at www.amagear.com. The patches and pins show everyone that you belong to the largest motorcyclist advocacy organization in the world. A Charter Life Member patch, a Life Member patch, a Freedom patch or an AMA black patch are $5 each. An AMA Life Member Plus pin is $10, a Charter Life member/25-year pin is $3, and a Life Member pin is $3. Other milestone-year pins including 70-year and 60-year pins are available for $7 each. If you simply want to let people know that you are an AMAzing motorcyclist, you can do that by buying an “I’M AMA-ZING” jersey for $35. All proceeds go toward promoting the motorcycle lifestyle and protecting the future of motorcycling.

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North Carolina rider clinches AMA National No. 1 plate PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association congratulates Kyle Peters on winning the overall title in the 2020 Kicker AMA Arenacross National Championship, presented by Lucas Oil. The Honda rider from Greensboro, N.C., clinched the championship Feb. 29 in the second of two rounds in Salt Lake City, Utah. He scored podium finishes in both 250 Pro Sport Class and both 450 Pro Sport Class main events. Peters ended the season March 7 with a 47-point lead (543 to 496) over Kawasaki rider Kyle Bitterman. “Kyle Peters has had a truly remarkable season, and we congratulate him on winning the Kicker AMA Arenacross, presented by Lucas Oil title, the first AMA Arenacross National Championship awarded as part of this series,” AMA Motocross Manager Mike Burkeen said. “Kyle’s relentlessness and consistency have earned him an AMA National No. 1 plate, and we look forward to seeing Kyle defend his title in next year’s championship.” Peters delivered a dominant performance in this year’s AMA Arenacross series. He placed first in 13 of 24 450 Pro Sport and 250 Pro Sport main events and did not finish off the podium in any race he

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The Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas, a round of the FIM MotoGP World Championship, has been postponed by the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme, the International Road Racing Teams Association and Dorna Sports, due to concerns about the coronavirus. Originally scheduled to take place April 3-5 at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, the event has been rescheduled for Nov. 13-15. The Grand Prix of the Americas is North America’s only MotoGP round this year. The city of Austin, Texas, declared a “local state of disaster” on March 6, which effectively bans public events of 2,500 or more people. The MotoGP event at the Circuit of the Americas draws tens of thousands of spectators each year. The opening round of the 2020 MotoAmerica season was scheduled to take place in conjunction with the Grand Prix of the Americas. AMA Director of Road Racing Relations Bill Cumbow said the MotoAmerica season is now scheduled to kick off at Road Atlanta April 17-19 in Braselton, Ga., which was originally Round 2. It has not been determined whether MotoAmerica will be part of the rescheduled Grand Prix of the Americas event in November. To accommodate the postponement of the Grand Prix

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The following is an industry press release … Beta is proud to launch the 2020 RR-S 125 model, adding new colors for the new year. The 2020 125 RR-S was designed for many different riders and is determined to put a smile on all that experience it. The bike is very reliable with its 125cc electric start four-stroke engine that provides a soft power delivery yet enough torque to inspire riders of all abilities. All this while being street legal in all 50 states. Beta owns the phrase rideability, and the 2020 125 RR-S continues this experience with a slim, lightweight bike that is safe, reliable, and easy to ride while creating a riding experience like no other manufacturer can provide. Also new for 2020 is the ability for customers to order a 125 RR-S model straight from the factory with a 1.5-inch lower seat height over the stock models. These “lowboy” models have parts installed inside the front fork and rear shock to lower the seat height. Prices: $4999.00* (No price increase for 2020) *plus sales tax, license, and other dealer fees. Availability: April

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The following is an industry press release … DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — On Saturday, March 7, the Daytona Supercross will celebrate a significant milestone in its event history with the 50th running of the prestigious Supercross event. And to celebrate the longest continuous Supercross event in America, several of those champion riders will travel to Daytona International Speedway to be a part of the event, with a couple competing in the grueling and challenging race. Here’s a look at the Daytona Supercross champions that race fans will be able to see either on track, during opening ceremonies or at other appearances throughout the day: · 2000-03, 2006 champion Ricky Carmichael, who also serves as the course designer · 1989-92 champion Jeff Stanton · 2016-17, 2019 champion Eli Tomac (competing) · 2004-05, 2009 champion Chad Reed (competing) · 1986 and 1988 champion Ricky Johnson · 2018 champion Justin Brayton (competing) · 1997 champion Jeff Emig · 1975 champion Jimmy Ellis · 1971 champion Gunnar Lindstrom · 1980 champion Rex Staten The Daytona Supercross will feature the best Supercross riders in the world battling for a coveted win in this special Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship event. The course

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The following is an industry press release … DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Construction has begun in the tri-oval area between pit road and the start/finish line to create the course for the historic 50th running of the Daytona Supercross, scheduled for Saturday, March 7. For the 13th straight year, Supercross legend Ricky Carmichael returns as the course designer and Bomber Built–owned by three-time AMA 125cc National Motocross Champion Mark Barnett–is building the course. Carmichael is a five-time Daytona Supercross champion who retired from competition in 2007 as the most decorated rider in history with 15 AMA championships and 150 wins. This year’s Ricky Carmichael Signature Design features a nod to the history of the Daytona Supercross and includes elements from past Daytona courses such as the over-the-wall jump, the Daytona tunnel jump and grass as a fourth racing surface; the Daytona logo will also be displayed in the center of the extended course. Daytona International Speedway has been hosting the Daytona Supercross since 1971, making it the longest continuous Supercross event in America. Here’s a look at some of the numbers behind the construction of this year’s Daytona Supercross course: 400 – Truckloads of dirt 8,600 – Tons of dirt

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Schedule includes new venues in Colorado, Hawaii PICKERINGTON, Ohio — Two of the six rounds on the 2020 AMA Supermoto National Championship Series schedule take place at new venues, including one in Honolulu. The series, sanctioned by the American Motorcyclist Association, kicks off 2020 in Primm, Nev., on April 4-5, followed by the round at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu on May 2. The remainder of the schedule includes four events in the United States and Canada. The other new venue is Colorado National Speedway, which hosts Round 3 on May 30. The Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, Canada, round is sanctioned by the Canadian Motorcycle Association. That round, coupled with the event in Sturgis, S.D., determines the FIM North America Supermoto Championship. “This year’s AMA Supermoto National Championship Series schedule features a great mix of proven venues and new markets for one of motorcycling’s youngest competition disciplines,” AMA Track Racing Manager Ken Saillant said. “We’re looking forward to another year of intense supermoto competition.” Supermoto racing includes a mix of street-style racing and motocross. Riders compete on tracks that feature dirt and pavement sections with jumps and turns. Venues can range from football stadiums to closed-course streets or parking lots. The AMA Supermoto

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Bay City’s Valley Springs Motorcycle Club to host amateur national championship event in August PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The nation’s best amateur hillclimb competitors will duke it out for AMA National No. 1 plates at Valley Springs Motorcycle Club this summer. The club hosts the 2020 edition of the AMA Hillclimb Grand Championship at its Bay City, Wis., grounds Aug. 7-9. The club’s 500-foot hill also was the site of AMA Hillclimb Grand Championships in 2012 and 2014. “The Valley Springs Motorcycle Club has a reputation for putting on stellar hillclimb events, and its facility has proven to be a great host for an amateur national,” AMA Track Racing Manager Ken Saillant said. “We’re looking forward to another year of great battles between the best up-and-coming hillclimb racers in the United States.” In addition to competing for AMA No. 1 plates, racers will vie for awards recognizing the AMA Hillclimb Racer of the Year, AMA Vet/Senior Hillclimb Racer of the Year and AMA Youth Hillclimb Racer of the Year. The King of the Hill award will go to the fastest competitor in a run-off. Riders with the 10 fastest times during the weekend will compete for King of the Hill in

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Yesteryear’s flat track machines compete in short track, half-mile, TT events PICKERINGTON, Ohio — Racing fans have 13 opportunities to watch the flat track machines of decades past roar back to life in 2020, as the AMA Vintage Flat Track National Championship Series visits nine venues in six states. The 2020 schedule includes three rounds during Daytona Bike Week and a round at 2020 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days. Events include a mix of half mile tracks, short tracks and a TT course that are sure to challenge the nation’s top vintage flat track competitors. “This year’s schedule features tracks that have delivered great vintage flat track racing year-in and year-out,” AMA Track Racing Manager Ken Saillant said. “It’s always great to see the flat track racing machines, that many of us saw in action growing up, back on the track for these events. We’re expecting another year of great, bar-banging competition.” The series recognizes national champions in period-correct classes that reflect the storied history of AMA flat track competition. Class champions are recognized as AMA National Champions and are awarded AMA No. 1 plates. For more information, visit www.americanmotorcyclist.com/flat-track-racing. 2020 AMA Vintage Flat Track National Championship Series Schedule March 7:

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