Sixteen weekends of riding available PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association has released the schedule for the 2020 AMA National Adventure Riding Series, presented by Kenda Tires. Since 2007, the AMA National Adventure Riding Series has given adventure motorcyclists opportunities to get out and ride. “Our AMA event organizers put a lot of time and effort into creating the exhilarating events that make up the AMA National Adventure Riding Series,” AMA Recreational Riding Manager Heather Wilson said. “Adventure riders are always searching out the next great route, and these organizers make it simple to have a good time on and off the bike.” The 2020 schedule has 16 events throughout the country. In addition to presenting sponsor Kenda Tires, 2020 supporting sponsors include Helite Moto and IMS Products. 2020 Schedule March 27-29: Pine Barrens 400 Pine Barrens Adventures LLC —Hammonton, N.J. April 4-5: Cross-Florida Adventure Dixie Dual Sport —Daytona Beach, Fla. April 18-19: Slate Creek Appalachian Trail Riders —Bybee, Tenn. April 25-26: Perry Mountain Tower Run Perry Mountain Motorcycle Club —Stanton, Ala. May 2-3: Yosemite Adventure Tour Family Off-Road Adventures —Buck Meadows, Calif. May 13-17: PA Wilds 1500 Pine Barrens Adventures LLC —Port Matilda, Pa. May 30-31: Durty Dabbers

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Riders can choose from 16 events nationwide and win a Beta motorcycle PICKERINGTON, Ohio—The schedule for the 2020 Beta AMA National Dual Sport Series, presented be Kenda Tires, features 16 multi-day rides organized by clubs and promoters chartered by the American Motorcyclist Association. The series has roots dating to 1987, and it attracts both casual riders and racers. It boasts a wide variety of terrain, as well as public and private land. “The dual sport riding community is very welcoming and spans more activities than just riding,” AMA Recreational Riding Manager Heather Wilson said. “It’s also about hanging out at the campfire and telling stories or discussing your next bike modification or accessory.” One lucky series participant will win a Beta motorcycle at the end of 2020. All participants in the series are automatically entered to win. “2020 will be the sixth year for Beta as the title sponsor of the AMA National Dual Sport Series,” said Beta National Marketing Manager Kris Kalar. “The growth of the series has helped with our dual sport sales, while also connecting some of our dealers with motorcycle enthusiasts at the events.” Kalar said it’s great to see that many of the event organizers

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79th running of 200-mile road race at Daytona International Speedway PICKERINGTON, Ohio — Dozens of the nation’s fastest road racers will be pushing their motorcycles to the limit around Daytona International Speedway’s 3.56-mile road course on March 14 for the 79th running of the Daytona 200. The 200-mile road race, sanctioned by the American Motorcyclist Association and the American Sportbike Racing Association, features some of the most talented road racers from around the world battling on the speedway’s 31-degree banking. “The AMA has a great partner in the American Sportbike Racing Association for the Daytona 200, and we’re looking forward to another year of close competition in this iconic race,” AMA Track Racing Manager Ken Saillant said. “The past two years have delivered great racing and thrilling finishes, and the number of international riders competing in the event has been on the rise.” The Daytona 200 was first held in 1937, with racing taking place annually — except during World War II — on an oval course along the Atlantic Ocean beach and U.S. Route A1A. The race moved to Daytona International Speedway in 1961. AMA Hall of Famers who have won the Daytona 200 include Giacomo Agostini, Brad Andres,

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East and West regional series to decide 2020 U.S. ISDE Club Team members PICKERINGTON, Ohio — Two American Motorcyclist Association-sanctioned International Six Days Enduro Qualifier Series will be used to determine which amateur off-road racers will represent the United States at the 95th edition of the FIM International Six Days Enduro in Rivanazzano Terme, Italy, on Aug. 31-Sept. 5. The 2020 AMA East Region ISDE Qualifier Series and the 2020 AMA West Region ISDE Qualifier Series will consist of three rounds each, beginning in February and ending in May. The 2020 FIM ISDE will be in August or September. “The U.S. ISDE Team is coming off its best-ever results at the 2019 ISDE, and now it’s time to determine which amateur riders will attempt to repeat that success in Italy in 2020,” AMA Off-Road Racing Manager Erek Kudla said. “The qualifier series test racers in race formats similar to the ISDE, and hopefully one of our Club teams will be able to defend the United States’ Club division title next year.” The U.S. ISDE team won the World Trophy and Women’s World Trophy championships at the 2019 ISDE, as well as the Club Cup title. The American Junior World Trophy

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Hall of Famer was first three-time winner of Daytona 200 race PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association offers its condolences to the family and friends of AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Dick Klamfoth, who passed away Dec. 13. He was 91. Mr. Klamfoth was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1998. He scored his 12 victories in AMA Grand National competition, three of which came in the Daytona 200 — in 1949, 1951 and 1952. He was the first rider to win the Daytona 200 three times and went on to be a motorcycle dealership owner and race promoter. “Dick Klamfoth was a very talented racer who turned in several amazing performances in one of the nation’s most historic motorcycle competition events,” AMA Chief Operations Officer Jeff Massey said. “He is one of the legends of American racing, and we wish his family fortitude during this difficult time.” Born in Columbus, Ohio, in 1928, Klamfoth got into motorcycle riding after getting his driver’s license at age 14. He began taking part in enduros after graduating from high school in 1946. He competed in enduros and flat track races in Ohio for three years before getting his

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U.K. rider founded Women Riders World Relay, helped unite motorcyclists worldwide PICKERINGTON, Ohio — For calling attention to the needs of women riders and for creating a worldwide connection among them, Hayley Bell of the United Kingdom has been named the American Motorcyclist Association 2019 Motorcyclist of the Year. Bell is the founder and president of global business development for the Women Riders World Relay, a movement joined by thousands of motorcyclists from 84 countries to create a “global sisterhood of inspirational women” and to demonstrate to motorcycle manufacturers and makers of riding gear that female riders are a formidable and growing market that deserves their attention. The AMA Motorcyclist of the Year designation, awarded annually by the AMA Board of Directors, recognizes the individual or group that had the most profound impact on the world of motorcycling in the previous 12 months. “For her efforts to promote the motorcycle lifestyle around the world and bring together riders from all nations and backgrounds, conveying the positive aspects of motorcycling and drawing attention to the market potential of female riders, Hayley Bell is the 2019 AMA Motorcyclist of the Year,” said Maggie McNally-Bradshaw, chair of the AMA Board of Directors. “Women

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American Motorcyclist Association extends condolences to family, friends of motorcycle rights advocate PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association extends heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer and lifelong off-road riding advocate Ed Waldheim, who passed away on Monday, Dec. 9. Mr. Waldheim was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2007 for his ongoing dedication to the riding community and his tireless efforts to secure, maintain and expand off-road riding opportunities in his home state of California. “Ed Waldheim was an extremely passionate advocate for the rights of off-highway vehicle enthusiasts,” AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman said. “He was a dedicated volunteer and relentless defender of off-highway vehicle use of our public lands.” Mr. Waldheim began his involvement in motorcycling as an off-road racer. He later moved into helping organize races and ultimately into off-highway vehicle advocacy. Waldheim was president of the California Off-Road Vehicle Association and was appointed to the California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Commission by two governors and served multiple terms. He won numerous awards for his advocacy on behalf of all off-road enthusiasts, including the prestigious AMA Motorcycling Advocate Award, the Golden Helmet Award from the

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American Motorcyclist Association offers condolences to family, friends PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association offers its condolences to the family and friends of former AMA board member and current American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation board member Jim Viverito following his death on Dec. 7, 2019. Mr. Viverito, 67, served on the AMA Board of Directors from February 2010 to July 2016. His service on the AMHF Board, which is tasked with raising money to fund the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, began July 2014. “Jim Viverito was the consummate AMA volunteer, donating his time, energy and expertise wherever he was needed,” said AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman. “Jim proudly served on the AMA Board of Directors, helping set strategic policy at the highest levels, but a visitor to the AMA offices might also find Jim in the mailroom, helping stuff new member kits in envelopes or loading motorcycles to display at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days. To his core, Jim was passionate about motorcycling, from street to dirt, but his love of racing and history, particularly Grand National Championship flat-track competition, was extraordinary. “Jim was a rare combination of generosity, humility, knowledge and kindness,” Dingman said. “Jim was a close

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2018 Honda CBR1000RR and a 2018 Honda XR650L won by Bradley Timm COLUMBUS, Ohio — Bradley Timm of Westerville, Ohio, was selected Friday, Dec. 6, as the winner of the two Honda motorcycles that were customized to celebrate the life of AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Nicky Hayden, the late MotoGP World Champion. Maggie McNally-Bradshaw, chair of the American Motorcyclist Association Board of Directors, selected the winning ticket in a drawing at the Hilton Downtown Columbus before the 2019 KTM AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. A four-year AMA member, Timm moved to the United States from South Africa 10 years ago. He currently rides AMA-sanctioned dual sports and enduros in southern Ohio. He said that he was inspired to buy a single raffle ticket while attending the American International Motorcycle Expo that was held in Columbus, Ohio, Sept. 26-29. “That thumper just caught my eye,” Timm said. “I had an old thumper when I was much younger, and I was really drawn to that XL650. That is just one cool bike. I recently started riding bikes again, and I just love the off-road stuff. I have some pals in the Hocking Valley Motorcycle Club and they show me

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Athletes of the Year, Nicky Hayden AMA Horizon Award winners among those recognized COLUMBUS, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association honored the 2019 season’s fastest amateur motorcycle racers and top event organizers at the KTM AMA Championship Banquet at the Hilton Columbus Downtown on Saturday, Dec. 7. The AMA sanctions thousands of motorcycle and ATV races each year on dirt, sand, asphalt, ice and snow. The competitors attending the banquet placed in the top three in their classes and are among the elite amateur motorcycle racers in the country. AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman highlighted the importance of those in attendance to the sport. “This night is for the riders, racers and their families who invest emotion, time and money into the sport we all love,” AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman said. “Your dedication and passion are the fuel that powers AMA racing and riding. You are the heart of the most expansive sanctioned motorsports program in the world. Thank you for your commitment to motorcycling in all its forms.” The evening’s program was emceed by Laurette Nicoll and Kevin Kelly. Pat Smage of Elkhorn, Wis., was recognized as the AMA Athlete of the Year from AMA National

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Event brings together motorcycling legends, industry leaders, enthusiasts from across the country COLUMBUS, Ohio — The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame inducted five new members Friday evening during the 2019 KTM AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Hilton Downtown Columbus. The members of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Class of 2019 are rights advocate Mark Buckner, off-road racing champion Kurt Caselli, motocross champion Ron Lechien, trials pioneer Wiltz Wagner and museum founder Dale Walksler. Ceremony emcees Perry King and Laurette Nicoll guided the audience through the careers and accomplishments of the inductees. “Each of these motorcyclists has achieved excellence in pursuit of their motorcycling dreams,” King said. “And each one of them has inspired generations of riders to do the same.” During the ceremony, those gathered also honored the memories of AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famers who recently passed away: Jerry Branch, Arlen Ness, Gene Romero, Peter Fonda and Clark Collins. In addition to presenting sponsor KTM, supporters of the induction ceremony included Maxima USA, Cobra Moto and RacerTV. The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Class of 2019 Following the introduction of each new inductee, there was a brief, formal induction ceremony conducted by American Motorcycle

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Qualifying system for 2020 AMA Extreme Off-Road Grand Championship opens 26 more spots PICKERINGTON, Ohio — Nine events in two qualifying series provide more opportunities to secure a spot in the 2020 AMA Extreme Off-Road Grand Championship, the Tennessee Knockout on Aug. 14-16 at the Trials Training Center in Sequatchie, Tenn. The new format and additional events open up 26 more spots at the TKO. “With this new format, more riders can qualify directly to the Saturday afternoon and Sunday races, instead of having to race their way in on Saturday morning,” AMA Off-Road Racing Manager Erek Kudla said. “The nine qualifying events bring extreme off-road competition to regions across the nation, and we welcome back several events to the qualifier schedule that did a great job serving as AMA State Championships in 2019.” Riders can secure starting spots in the Saturday afternoon TKO 2 race based on their participation at any of the qualifying events. The top 10 finishers in each event move directly to the TKO 2 competition. Additionally, the top three riders from each qualifying series — who are not on the “invited riders” list — skip Saturday’s TKO 1 and TKO 2 competitions and compete against

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Events include AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and AMA Championship Banquet PICKERINGTON, Ohio — KTM will be the title sponsor for the 2019 AMA Legends & Champions Weekend, the American Motorcyclist Association has announced. The weekend includes the 2019 KTM AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Dec. 6 and the 2019 KTM AMA Championship Banquet on Dec. 7. Both events are at the Hilton Columbus Downtown in Columbus, Ohio. “KTM is a strong supporter of AMA activities, including its sponsorship of the 2019 KTM AMA National Adventure Riding Series, Presented by Kenda Tires,” said AMA Chief Operations Officer Jeff Massey. “And the brand’s association with 2019 Hall of Fame inductee Kurt Caselli makes this sponsorship special.” The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Class of 2019 includes rights advocate Mark Buckner, off-road racing champion Kurt Caselli, motocross champion Ron Lechien, trials pioneer Wiltz Wagner and museum founder Dale Walksler. Following the induction ceremony on Dec. 6, the formal installation of the Class of 2019 takes place at the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame museum in Pickerington, Ohio, on Dec. 7. The installation will be preceded by a Hall of Famer luncheon that fans and supporters of the

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Safe, defensive vehicle operation encouraged PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association asks motorists to be on the lookout for motorcyclists during the Thanksgiving holiday and encourages riders and drivers to operate their vehicles defensively and not allow themselves to be distracted behind the wheel or behind the handlebars. “While some part of the United States may be impassable for road-going motorcyclists in late November, it’s still warm enough to ride comfortably in many parts of the nation,” AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman said. “There also will be off-road and dual sport riders using the holiday weekend to get out and ride, with many of them crossing or using portions of public roadways. The AMA encourages all riders and drivers to operate their vehicles safely, sober and distraction-free.” As communities and families celebrate Thanksgiving, Nov. 28, with parades and get-togethers, and shoppers rush from store to store on Black Friday, Nov. 29, all road users should plan extra time to reach their destinations. Impaired and distracted driving are more prevalent during holiday travel times, and motorcyclists are always more vulnerable than other road users. “Don’t let the holiday spirit affect your performance behind the wheel or on your motorcycle,”

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First Area Qualifiers kicks off Feb. 15 PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association and MX Sports are pleased to announce the AMA Area Qualifier and Regional Championship schedule for the 2020 AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship presented by Lucas Oil. “The top amateur motocross riders in the U.S. will once again qualify on tracks across the nation for their shot at an AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship,” AMA Director of Racing Kevin Crowther said. “For more than 35 years, the AMA has been sanctioning the national championship on the hallowed grounds of Loretta Lynn’s Dude Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn., and we are looking forward to another year of intense competition in the Area Qualifiers and Regional Championships.” AMA Area Qualifiers are the first step in qualifying for the AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship. The 51 Area Qualifiers begin in February and continue through the end of May. Racers of all ages compete in various engine displacement classes, from 50cc to 450cc, in the hope of advancing to a Regional Championship. The AMA Regional Championships then serve as the next step to seed riders into the annual AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship. Only riders who finish in a qualifying

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Nation’s best ice racers to compete for AMA National No. 1 plates at charitable events PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The nation’s best motorcycle ice racers will have two opportunities to compete for AMA No. 1 plates in 2020, with AMA Ice Race Grand Championship events scheduled a week apart in January in Wisconsin. The first event, the High Voltage Ice Races, takes place Jan. 12 and features oval racing at Wilson Park in downtown Milwaukee. The second event is a grand prix-style competition that runs concurrently with the Steel Shoe Fund’s three-hour endurance race on Jan. 19 at Kettle Moraine Lake in Campbellsport, Wis. The events will be scored separately, and class winners at each event will be awarded AMA National No. 1 plates. “We are delighted to be working with the Steel Shoe Fund for the second consecutive year, and we’re happy to welcome High Voltage to the ranks of AMA Championship promoters,” AMA Track Racing Manager Ken Saillant said. “Both organizations work hard to support good causes, and we’re looking forward to some great ice racing in January.” This will be the first year the High Voltage Ice Races will be sanctioned as an AMA Grand Championship. The event

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Voting for AMA Racers of the Year is open to AMA members PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association has announced the nominees for the 2019 AMA Championship Banquet awards. The awards recognize individuals and organizations that excelled in AMA-sanctioned competition and recreational activity in 2019. “The AMA Championship Banquet honors this year’s national and regional champions and recognizes individuals and clubs who have gone above and beyond to support and protect the motorcycling lifestyle,” AMA Director of Racing Kevin Crowther said. “We are grateful for the opportunity to recognize the accomplishments of motorcycle and ATV competitors, volunteers and advocates across the nation, and we invite the motorcycling community to come and enjoy this very special event.” AMA members help choose the winners of selected racing categories, including the coveted AMA Athlete of the Year awards. AMA members may visit www.surveymonkey.com/r/22CK9RK to cast votes for the 2019 AMA Racing Awards. Voting ends at midnight Sunday, Nov. 17. The special award winners will be announced at the 2019 AMA Championship Banquet on Dec. 7 at the Hilton Columbus Downtown in Columbus, Ohio. The event is part of the 2019 AMA Legends & Champions Weekend, Dec. 6-7. Among those recognized at the

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Veterans Day holiday marks opportunity to show thanks to former servicemen and servicewomen PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association is grateful for the role U.S. military servicemen and servicewomen have played in preserving American freedom and thanks them for their service to their country on Veterans Day, which will be observed Monday, Nov. 11. Thousands of veterans are AMA members, and many veterans motorcycling organizations are AMA-chartered. “Many American veterans have played a role in maintaining and growing the motorcycling lifestyle, and we thank them for their service and their contributions to America’s rich motorcycling heritage,” AMA Chief Operations Officer Jeff Massey said. “We extend our gratitude to the sacrifices these veterans and their loved ones have made in defending our freedom, including the freedom to ride.” Veterans Day is a federal holiday, so those who are not working may be on the nation’s roadways during their three-day weekend. The AMA urges motorists to exercise caution and be alert for motorcyclists. The AMA also urges motorcyclists to stay alert and ride sober. One way the AMA honors veterans is by granting them free admission to the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame each Veterans Day. The AMA also demonstrates its

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Partnership allows MRA competitors to earn points toward pro license PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association welcomes the Motorcycle Roadracing Association to its ranks of AMA-chartered competition organizations for the 2020 season. The Colorado-based amateur road racing organization will sanction all of its 2020 events with the AMA. The sanctioning agreement also allows MRA racers’ championship points to be counted toward earning an AMA professional road racing license, which is required for competing in MotoAmerca, the home of the AMA Superbike Championship. “The MRA is one of the best road racing organizations in the country, and the AMA is delighted to have a sanctioning agreement in place with them for 2020,” said AMA Track Racing Manager Ken Saillant. The series features 17 competition classes for a wide variety of motorcycles, as well as its SuperStreet program that allows street riders to try riding their motorcycles on a track without first investing in track bike preparation work and riding gear. MRA riders will be required to purchase an AMA membership to compete in 2020 MRA events, which will allow them to enjoy a wide range of benefits and discounts. AMA memberships are available at www.americanmotorcyclist.com/join.  

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Haaker wins third career title PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association congratulates the five riders who won AMA National Championships in the 2019 AMA EnduroCross National Championship Series. About 300 entries took part in the official U.S. extreme off-road indoor championship series, which kicked off on Aug. 24 and featured rounds in Arizona, Colorado and Idaho. Among the class champions is Colton Haaker of Perris, Calif., who claimed his third career Super EnduroCross Pro Class title. Haaker scored two wins and a runner-up finish in the three-round series, beating Taddy Blazusiak by 5 points to win the top-class championship. The only rider to score three wins on the season was Shelby Turner of Barons, Alberta, Canada, who also claimed the Women’s Class crown. Nick Tolman of West Jordan, Utah, won the Intermediate Class; and the Vet 35+ Class title went to Craig Thompson of Fresno, Calif. Ty Cullins wrapped up the Junior Class Championship, which recognizes Super Pro Class riders who are 21 and younger. “Congratulations to our five EnduroCross AMA National Champions,” AMA Off-Road Racing Manager Erek Kudla said. “EnduroCross is one of the wildest action sports on two wheels. It combines the race format of motocross with

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