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Suzuki Named Associate Sponsor of 2022 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days

PICKERINGTON, Ohio (July 8, 2022) — The American Motorcyclist Association is pleased to announce that Suzuki Motor USA will be the Associate Sponsor of the 2022 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days presented by Royal Enfield, which takes place July 22-24 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.

“Suzuki is happy to sponsor AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days. With legendary Suzuki world champion Kevin Schwantz as Grand Marshal, we are thrilled to join the AMA in honoring Kevin as he leads this important motorcycle event,” said Kerry Graeber, Suzuki’s Vice President, Division Manager, Sales and Marketing. “2022 is shaping up to be an excellent year for Suzuki in the United States, with landmark new products like the all-new Hayabusa sport bike and the sport touring GSX-S1000GT+. We look forward to AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days as a celebration of Suzuki’s heritage and as a great opportunity to showcase the excitement Suzuki offers riders today.”

Suzuki Motor Co.’s roots reach back to loom-making in the early 1900s, and by the 1930s it built its first car, and by the early 1950s was building engines for bicycles. Its first motorcycle was the 1954 Colleda, and by the 1960s Suzuki was winning at the Isle of Man and capturing five Grand Prix world titles in the 50cc and 125cc divisions. In the 1970s it was Joel Robert and Roger DeCoster winning multiple world motocross championships with Suzuki, with the 1980s bringing the world-renowned and legendary GSX-R750 and GSX-R1100 to market.

“It’s impossible to quantify the impact Suzuki has had on the motorcycling world since the 1950s,” said AMA Editorial Director Mitch Boehm – who owns a couple of Suzuki GS1000S machines himself. “From the X6 Hustler to the GT750 water buffalo to the GSX-Rs and to today’s new Hayabusa and GSX-S1000GT+ sport tourer, Suzuki has been at the forefront of technology and design, and having them display new and legendary bikes at VMD will be a treat.”

AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer and 500cc World Champion Kevin Schwantz will serve as Grand Marshal for 2022 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days. Along with signing autographs and speaking to enthusiasts from the AMA Soundstage, the legendary rider will participate in a Lap for History each day.

The three-day event also includes all the vintage-oriented happenings classic-bike fans love, including bike shows, Hall of Fame activities, Wall of Death motorcycle stunt show, shows by Moto Motion, special seminars by industry leaders and legends, and the largest motorcycle swap meet in North America.

AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days also features vintage roadracing and off-road racing in multiple disciplines. Those who want to register to race or learn more can visit

Tickets to AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days may be purchased at or at the gate.

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