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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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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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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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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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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United States captures World Trophy, Women’s World Trophy, Club championships, U.S. Junior World Trophy team finishes runner-up Story and photos by Mark Kariya PORTIMAO, Portugal — There’s cause for celebration as three U.S. ISDE teams took top honors in their respective classes Saturday on the final day of the 94th FIM International Six Days Enduro. American teams successfully defended the leads they started Day 6 with in the World Trophy, Women’s World Trophy and Club team divisions. The U.S. Junior World Trophy team finished second place in class. The United States won its first World Trophy crown in 2016, and all three of its Trophy teams finished runner-up in 2018. The oldest competition on the FIM’s extensive calendar had been the exclusive property of teams from Europe until the United States got its first World Trophy title four years ago in Spain. Leading Australia by just over two minutes, the four American World Trophy riders (Steward Baylor, Taylor Robert, Kailub Russell and Ryan Sipes) simply had to ride conservatively in Day 6’s motocross-style competition; they didn’t need to win their final motos. The Aussies tried their best and actually beat the American team for the day by 17.18 seconds. Robert’s

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All three American Trophy teams finish first day in second place Story and photos by Mark Kariya The U.S. ISDE team is off to a strong start in all competition classes at the 94th edition of the FIM International Six Days Enduro. The off-road racing action got underway this morning at the grueling, week-long motorcycle competition, which takes place this year in Portimao, Portugal. Cool, misty weather proved nearly ideal for the field of more than 500 riders from 26 countries who competed in seven special tests. The day’s course consisted of a loop that competitors rode twice, a total length of 173 miles. In the FIM World Trophy division, the American quartet of Steward Baylor, Taylor Robert, Kailub Russell and Ryan Sipes ended Monday in second place, 19.53 seconds behind defending champion Australia. Italy is third, 2:03.59 seconds behind the Aussies. Daniel Sanders put in a stellar performance for the Australian team and is the overall individual leader by 34.03 seconds over Josep Garcia of Spain. American rider Sipes is 38.17 seconds in arrears of Garcia while teammates Robert and Russell are fourth and fifth fastest at gaps of 0.32 and 5.15 seconds. “It got way rougher than I

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Annual international off-road competition kicks off Monday Story and photos by Mark Kariya Hopes and expectations are high for the U.S ISDE team in the hours before the start of the 94th FIM International Six Days Enduro in Portimao, Portugal. The annual international off-road competition takes place Nov. 11-16 on the grounds of the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve. Having finished second last year in all three Trophy classes (FIM World Trophy, Junior World Trophy and Women’s World Trophy), the American Trophy teams have their sights set on the top step of the podium. “I think we have a really strong team and a good shot at winning,” U.S. ISDE Trophy Team rider Kailub Russell said. “We just need to have luck on our side. Hopefully everybody stays healthy, the bikes stay together and we keep motivated.” Russell and his teammates Steward Baylor, Taylor Robert and Ryan Sipes are all coming off successful individual seasons and exude a quiet confidence about competing against defending champion Australia, as well as other contending teams like France, Great Britain, Italy and Spain. For the U.S. ISDE Junior World Trophy Team, the trio of Grant Baylor, Ben Kelley and Josh Toth remains unchanged from 2018.

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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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Lynchburg, Va., resident among four to win AMA Racing Awards at 2019 AMA Road Race Grand Championship PICKERINGTON, Ohio — Blake Davis was named the 2019 Nicky Hayden AMA Road Race Horizon Award winner and was one of four riders to receive AMA Racing Awards at the 2019 AMA Road Race Grand Championship on Oct. 27 at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala. Other riders to win AMA Racing Awards included AMA Youth Road Racer of the Year Eli Banish, of Burlington, Ky.; AMA Vet/Senior Road Racer of the Year Charles Ivey, of Augusta, Ga.; and AMA Novice Road Racer of the Year Will Ray, of Etowah, Tenn. Davis, 13, from Lynchburg, Va., is no stranger to winning AMA Racing Awards, having won the AMA Youth Road Racer of the Year in 2018. “I was definitely surprised,” Davis said. “There are a few other people I was expecting to win it.” The Nicky Hayden AMA Road Race Horizon Award honors the amateur racer who is poised for success at the professional level. The award is named after AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Nicky Hayden, who won the first AMA Horizon Award in 1997. The 2006 MotoGP champion died in 2017

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AMA Racing Awards winners also announced at 2019 AMA Road Race Grand Championship BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Chris Bettis was among seven riders who claimed eight AMA National No. 1 plates Sunday as the 2019 AMA Road Race Grand Championship came to a close. The national amateur road racing championship featured 129 entries who took to Barber Motorsports Park’s road course during the two-day event. Bettis, of Lawrenceville, Ga., was Sunday’s top performer, taking top honors in the AMA 1000 Superbike Novice and AMA 1000 Superstock Novice classes. He said his participation in Thursday’s WERA Motorcycle Roadracing Inc./N2 Track Days endurance race helped him earn the victories. He rode a Ducati 1199S in the endurance race and found better racing lines around the track as he  figured out how to manage the Ducati’s power. He also was happy to win the championships with his father, Michael Bettis, in attendance. The only other rider to win two AMA National Championships at the event was Will Ray. After winning the AMA 600 Superstock Novice title on Saturday, Ray claimed the AMA 600 Superbike Novice title Sunday. The Etowan, Tenn., resident said he was nervous about racing in the rain Saturday, because he had

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Nation’s best amateur road racers compete in 2019 AMA Road Race Grand Championship By Michael Marino BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Six racers won AMA No. 1 plates Saturday on the rain-soaked first day of competition at the 2019 AMA Road Race Grand Championship at the Barber Motorsports Park. The nation’s amateur road racing championship kicked off with 42 entries from 14 states and one Canadian province taking to the track, although two classes were unable to race due the incredibly wet track conditions late in the afternoon. Among the day’s winners were Tyler Freeman of Dawsonville, Ga., and Kayla Yaakov from Biglerville, Pa., each taking a win and a second place in the AMA Lightweight Twins races. Other riders who won class titles were Connor Funk of Glendale, Calif.; Will Ray of Etowan, Tenn.; Aden Thao of Fresno, Calif.; and Rodney Vest of North Topsail, N.C. Yaakov took the lead early in the AMA Lightweight Twins Superstock Expert race, but Freeman picked up his pace about halfway through the race. He passed Yaakov and built a lead, beating her to the finish line by 13.268 seconds. “I love riding in the rain,” Freeman said. “I pray for it every time. It’s

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Two-day amateur Supercross event takes place on modified 2019 Monster Energy Cup track PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association congratulates the 21 riders who claimed 26 class titles at the inaugural Supercross Futures AMA National Championship, which took place Oct. 20-21 in Las Vegas. The event featured 366 entries who qualified based on their performance in the eight-round Supercross Futures Series, battling bar to bar for AMA National No. 1 plates. Five riders claimed two titles each, including Kaeden Kniffing (250 B and Schoolboy 2 (ages 12-17) classes), Dylan Cunha (250 C and Open C), Michael Mercer (30+ and 35+), Kelana Humphrey (65cc, ages 7-11) and 65cc (ages 10-11)) and Casey Cochran (85cc, ages 9-12) and Mini Senior (ages 12-15). More than 6,100 entrants competed in the Supercross Futures Series in 2019 across 26 competition classes, ranging from the 51cc Limited (ages 4-6) Class to a 250cc class modeled after the 250SX pro class. “The Supercross Futures platform provides riders across the nation with an opportunity to gain experience racing on a Supercross track while working their way toward joining the ranks of pro Supercross riders,” AMA Supercross Manager Mike Pelletier said. “The pace and competitiveness that these riders

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AMA Pro ATV Championship Set to be Presented on November 30 The following is an industry press release … MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — With the 2019 ATV Motocross National Championship (ATVMX) season over, MX Sports and ATV Promoters Group are excited to announce the details for the 2019 Annual Awards Celebration. The season ending banquet will take place at the Morgantown Marriott at Waterfront Place in Morgantown, West Virginia on Saturday, November 30 at 5 p.m. The Morgantown Marriott overlooks the picturesque Monongahela River, while offering a full service Starbucks coffee shop in the lobby and signature restaurant, Bourbon Prime. This year marks the 34th anniversary of this truly unique championship, which visited some of the most well-known motocross tracks in the country over the course of a 10-round pro schedule. After challenging for the title, the entire season, Joel Hetrick will be awarded his second AMA Pro ATV Motocross National Championship. Hetrick will also be awarded the DirtNation.com Top Qualifier and SSi Decals Holeshot awards. ATVMX is the world’s longest-running and most prestigious ATV racing series, and is the world’s premier showcase of four-wheeled off-road racing talent. The top 10 class finishers in each amateur championship class will also be

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12-race series begins in January PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The 12-event AMA Arenacross National Championship Series gets underway Jan. 3 in Loveland, Colo., as top riders from across the country compete on national television. The 2020 championship series is organized by Tod Hammock, who has operated an indoor motocross series since 1995. “Our series has always been a lifelong passion of mine, and to now be aligned with the American Motorcyclist Association and have it be a sanctioned AMA series is beyond exciting,” Hammock said. “I am looking forward to working alongside the AMA to continue to grow the wonderful sport that is Arenacross racing.” AMA Arenacross is motocross racing moved indoors, with tight course that place a premium on racer technique, finesse and fitness. “Arenacross is an important part of the AMA racing program and the AMA Arenacross National Championship will benefit fans and competitors,” said AMA Racing Director Kevin Crowther. “With Tod and his crew coming on board with the AMA, we know the series is in good hands. We welcome Tod and his series as the new AMA Arenacross National Championship and look forward to a successful 2020 campaign.” Hammock said the AMA Arenacross National Championship Series will

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