The AMA Road Race Grand Championship returns to Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala., Oct. 22-25, with the 2020 WERA Grand National Final.

The official U.S. amateur road racing championship, sanctioned by the AMA and operated by WERA Motorcycle Racing Inc., features 13 competition classes for motorcycles from 400cc to 1,000cc.

The country’s top amateur racers will compete for AMA National No. 1 plates, as well as for the Nicky Hayden AMA Road Race Horizon Award, which goes to the rider showing the most promise for success in the professional ranks. Past winners of the AMA Road Race Horizon Award have included Xavier Zayat, Anthony Mazziotto III, Jason DiSalvo, Hayden Gillim, Jake Lewis, Ben Spies, Miles Thornton and Blake Young.

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Veteran campaign manager Peter Stockus has joined the American Motorcyclist Association staff as the government relations manager for off-highway issues.

Stockus most recently oversaw land-use, candidate campaigns and other issues for the Calvert Street Group, a political consulting firm in Nashville, Tenn. His campaign experience dates to 2016.

At the AMA, Stockus will report to AMA Government Relations Director Mike Sayre.

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The 2020 AMA Supermoto National Championship features two days of competition in November in Tucson. Ariz., to determine who receives the coveted AMA National No. 1 plate in five classes.

Originally scheduled as a six-event series, this national championship, sanctioned by the American Motorcyclist Association, will consist of four points-earning races. The format includes two races per day Nov. 7-8. Each race offers points toward the overall championship. The six scheduled events were canceled due to restrictions put in place by government officials during the coronavirus pandemic.

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With the long weekend for the Labor Day holiday Sept. 5-7, the American Motorcyclist Association asks motorists to be especially aware of nearby motorcycles as they travel to family gatherings and other outings.

“As we acknowledge and celebrate the achievements and contributions of American workers on this holiday, all road users must be aware of the increase in traffic and potential distractions that come with holiday weekends,” AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman said. “We must recognize our responsibility for the safety of our passengers and those in and on other vehicles we encounter in our travels.”

The AMA urges riders and drivers to stay alert, maintain plenty of space between vehicles and take an extra look before changing lanes.

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The AMA encourages its members—and all off-road enthusiasts—to get involved in efforts to protect and expand the opportunities for responsible off-highway recreation, whether on public or private land.

California resident Ed Stovin—profiled in the October issue of the AMA membership magazine American Motorcyclist—is a prime example of someone who became concerned about the loss of trails for motorcycles and other off-highway vehicles. He got involved in the 1990s and continues his advocacy efforts through the San Diego Off Road Coalition.

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AMA member Tiffany Cipoletti, who has worked on motorcycle rights issues in Washington, D.C., for more than a decade, is the new American Motorcyclist Association government relations manager for on-highway issues.

She will be based at the AMA Government Relations office in Washington, D.C., reporting to AMA Government Relations Director Mike Sayre.

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AMA News & Notes is a monthly publication compiled and edited by the American Motorcyclist Association, designed to inform motorcyclists of rights-related issues and events in the United States and around the world.

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The  final two rounds of the 2020 AMA Supermoto National Championship Series have been canceled, due to health concerns and restrictions associated with the coronavirus pandemic.

The six-event series had been scheduled to kick off April 4-5 in Primm, Nev., and wrap up Sept. 11-12 in Sturgis, S.D. None of the races was run.

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A federal judge upheld the U.S. Forest Service’s authority to keep a 250-mile motorcycle race out of the habitat of the bi-state sage grouse in Nevada, ruling against the Sierra Trail Dogs Motorcycle and Recreational Club.

The club, which had staged the Mystery 250 dirt bike race in June for 25 years, claimed in a 2018 lawsuit that the Forest Service bypassed the environmental review process.

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The full House of Representatives passed H.R. 2, the Invest in America Act, also known as the federal highway bill.

The bill includes several provisions that benefit motorcyclists.

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Members of the American Motorcyclist Association are eligible for a 10 percent discount on all online courses offered by Street Skills LLC, a new AMA Member Benefit Partner.

The Street Skills curriculum is based on Jon DelVecchio’s 2018 book “Cornering Confidence: The Formula for 100% Control in Curves,” and includes 109 online lessons.

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