AMA-logo-230PICKERINGTON, Ohio — President Barack Obama has declared September as National Wilderness Month, touting his administration’s efforts to “preserve our outdoor heritage.” While the American Motorcyclist Association supports appropriately designated federal Wilderness, the nation’s largest advocacy group for motorcyclists strongly objects to the president’s vision because it does not include motorized recreation.

In the proclamation, signed on Aug. 30, Obama said that his administration “is dedicated to preserving the nation’s wild and scenic places. During my first year as president, I designated more than 2 million acres of Wilderness and protected over 1,000 miles of rivers. Earlier this year, I established five new national monuments and I signed legislation to redesignate California’s Pinnacles National Monument as Pinnacles National Park.

AMA-logo-230PICKERINGTON, Ohio – The American Motorcyclist Association congratulates the U.S. riders who competed at the annual FIM Trial des Nations world championship. On Sept. 7-8 in La Chatre, France, the U.S. men’s team finished an impressive third in the International Trophy division at the event, while the U.S. women’s team also represented America well, finishing seventh.

The U.S. men’s team, which competed in the International Trophy division and finished behind Germany and the Czech Republic, included Pat Smage from Wisconsin, Bryan Roper from Arizona, Ray Peters from New Mexico and Eric Storz from California. For the U.S. women’s team, the competitors were Caroline Allen from Massachusetts, Caroline Altman from Maine and Rachel Hassler from New Mexico.

AMA-logo-230PICKERINGTON, Ohio — Off-highway motorcycle riders and other trail users stand to benefit from up to $82.4 million in federal funding to be apportioned to 49 states in 2014 through the Recreational Trails Program, the American Motorcyclist Association reports. Only Florida opted out of the program for fiscal 2014.

“As a federal grant program that provides funds to develop and maintain recreational trails, RTP is vitally needed to continue expanding and maintaining off-highway opportunities for riders,” said AMA Vice President of Government Relations Wayne Allard. “In fact, RTP funds come from excise taxes generated by fuel purchased for off-highway vehicle recreation — off-highway motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, snowmobiles and off-highway light trucks — so this is money that rightfully belongs to trail users.”

AMA-logo-230PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The Lone Star State will offer American Motorcyclist Association motocross racers a lot of competition events over the next three months, with a full district championship schedule that will qualify them for the AMA District 20/41/42 Championship at Cycle Ranch MX in Floresville, Texas, Nov. 9-10.

“Some of this country’s best motocross racing is in the great state of Texas,” said AMA Motocross Manager Kip Bigelow. “Fall provides excellent conditions for racing, and we can expect a lot of close battles not just for a state title, but to qualify for a spot on the line at the finale.”

Now in its third year, the AMA District 20/41/42 Championship will take place at Cycle Ranch MX, about 30 miles southeast of San Antonio. The final race will feature riders who qualified through AMA District Championship Series in District 41 (Northeast Texas), District 20 (Southeast Texas) and District 42 (West Texas). More information is available at www.texasmotocrossalliance.com.

AMA-logo-230PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association congratulates the U.S. Junior Motocross Team for its overall title at the 2013 FIM Junior Motocross World Championships in Jinin, Czech Republic, on Aug. 10-11. The Czech Republic team finished second, and Spain was third in the team-based competition.

In addition to the team title, U.S. rider Aiden Tijero, from Danville, Calif., earned the individual world championship in the 65cc class at the event, which broke participation records with 231 entries and 41 countries taking part.

Rock River Racing rider Chase Sexton, from La Moille, Ill., was the top-finishing U.S. rider in the 85cc class, finishing fourth overall, while Cernics Racing’s Jarek Balkovic from Camp Hill, Pa., led the U.S. team among 125cc riders, finishing sixth overall.

AMA-logo-230PICKERINGTON, Ohio — Members of the American Motorcyclist Association, the country’s largest sanctioning body of amateur motorsports competition, now have access to a new online portal for amateur race results.

AMA Race Center, available at http://results.americanmotorcyclist.com, offers a number of enhancements to previously available online motocross results. Although still in beta, the system features several exciting features, including results and advancement points for all classes, cross-linked results by rider or track; rider performance charts; upcoming events; speedy performance; a comprehensive search function; and an easier-to-navigate user interface.

AMA-logo-230PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said that demand for ethanol-related fuel probably isn’t enough to meet the requirements of federal law and changes may need to be made next year, the American Motorcyclist Association reports.

In a regulatory announcement released Aug. 6, “EPA Finalizes Renewable Fuel Standards,” the EPA said that for 2014 “the ability of the market to consume ethanol in higher blends such as E85 is highly constrained as a result of infrastructure- and market-related factors. EPA does not currently foresee a scenario in which the market could consume enough ethanol sold in blends greater than E10, and/or produce sufficient volumes of non-ethanol biofuels to meet the volumes of total renewable fuel and advanced biofuel as required by statute for 2014. Therefore, EPA anticipates that in the 2014 proposed rule we will propose adjustments to the 2014 volume requirements, including the advanced biofuel and total renewable fuel categories.”

Red-Bull-AMA-Logo-12-1-11HURRICANE MILLS, Tenn. – The 2013 Red Bull AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship presented by AMSOIL wrapped up a weeklong competition on Saturday, officially crowning 36 National Champions at the evening’s award ceremonies. Adverse weather conditions presented additional obstacles for the racers but in the end, the 32nd annual championship proved to be one of the most historic events to date.

For the first time ever, Loretta Lynn’s was broadcast live on RacerTV.com all week long with the ultimate culmination on Saturday afternoon as the 250 A and 250 B final motos were broadcast live on NBC as part of the Red Bull Signature Series. In front of a mass audience on network television, 250 A National Champion Matt Bisceglia and 250 B National Champion Aaron Plessinger each put in a spectacular final moto to close out their week at the Ranch.

AMA-logo-230PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association is pleased to recognize 36 new AMA national champions following a tremendous week of motocross racing at the Red Bull AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship in Hurricane Mills, Tenn., July 28 through Aug. 4.

“The Red Bull AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship is the country’s premier amateur motocross event, and the riders who raise AMA No. 1 plates over their heads here can count themselves among the best of the best,” said AMA Motocross Manager Kip Bigelow. “We congratulate all the riders for excelling on the national stage, and we once again thank our promotional and organizational partner MX Sports for providing an exceptional experience for thousands of AMA members, from track prep to the awards ceremonies.”

Among the most decorated racers over the week of competition was AMA Motocross Horizon Award winner and Amsoil/Factory Connection Honda rider Matt Bisceglia from Weatherford, Texas. Bisceglia swept all three motos in the Open Pro Sport class and scored two firsts and a second in the 250 A class for two national titles.

AMA-logo-230PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association congratulates the champions crowned at the season finale of the AMA Vintage Motocross and Hare Scrambles National Championship Series, presented by JT Racing. The series wrapped up at BikeBandit.com AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, July 19-21, at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.

Racers travelled from as far away as California to contest the five-round series in its inaugural year. Rounds were held in Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan and Illinois before the final round at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

“In previous years, our national vintage champions were determined by the single-event AMA Grand Championship format,” said AMA Vice President of Operations Jeff Massey. “Dirt track evolved to a series a few years ago, and for 2013, motocross and hare scrambles also made the transition. We’re pleased that more vintage riders were able to participate thanks to the additional rounds, and we’re looking forward to gaining even more momentum next year.”