AMA-logo-230PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association congratulates the AMA Regional Motocross Champions who will race for AMA national No. 1 plates at the Red Bull AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn., July 28 through Aug. 3.

“AMA Amateur National Motocross titles are the most coveted rewards on the national circuit, and are only won at the end of a long and highly competitive journey that culminates at the Red Bull AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship,” said AMA Motocross Manager Kip Bigelow. “This August, 36 national champions will rise from among thousands of qualifiers to claim their AMA national titles.

AMA-logo-230PICKERINGTON, Ohio — Got a cool Husqvarna motorcycle? Want to show it off? BikeBandit.com AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, July 19-21 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, is just the place.

This year’s event shines the spotlight on the riders and champions of Husqvarna. As part of the festivities, the American Motorcyclist Association will be putting Husky owners front and center in a number of ways.

“Husqvarna has a grand tradition in the U.S., from helping jumpstart AMA motocross competition in this country, to the brand’s success in off-road racing, but none of that would have been possible without the champions and riders of Husqvarna,” said Grant Parsons, the AMA’s director of communications and marketing. “This year’s BikeBandit.com AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days celebrates those riders in a number of ways. We can’t wait to greet all the riders — and their Husqvarnas — at the event.”

AMA-logo-230PICKERINGTON, Ohio — Motorcyclists and federal lawmakers spoke out about their concerns over E15 fuel in a rally at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, June 19. The riders gathered to urge their senators and representatives to call for independent testing of the E15 ethanol fuel blend in motorcycle and all-terrain vehicle engines before it is allowed for sale at retail gas stations.

The riders attending the American Motorcyclist Association’s “E15: Fuel for Thought” event represented the millions of Americans who are fearful about the high potential for inadvertent misfueling with E15 and the subsequent engine damage that could occur in their motorcycle and all-terrain vehicle engines.

Several U.S. senators and representatives joined the AMA in questioning the EPA’s decision to allow the sale of E15, calling it “not good to put in anyone’s gas tank,” “a disaster in the making” and “bad policy.”

AMA-logo-230PICKERINGTON, Ohio — A dominant AMA Supercross and motocross champion nicknamed “The GOAT” (The Greatest Of All Time), a pair of riders who helped raise tens of millions of dollars in search of the cause of and cure for pediatric brain tumors, and a founder of one of the aftermarket’s most recognizable brands are among the motorcyclists who are on the 2013 ballot for possible elevation to the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame.

Multi-time AMA champion Ricky Carmichael, the Ride for Kids’ Mike and Dianne Traynor, and K&N co-founder Norm McDonald are among the nominees on the 2013 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame ballot that includes racers, designers, tuners, and ambassadors for motorcycling in consideration of elevation to motorcycling’s highest honor.

AMA-logo-230PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The National Defense Authorization Act, which includes language to create the Johnson Valley National Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area in California to protect it from a military takeover, has cleared the U.S. House, the American Motorcyclist Association reports.

On June 14, the House approved the authorization bill, H.R. 1960. The measure now goes to the Senate for further consideration.

The legislation includes language written by Rep. Paul Cook (R-Calif.) to protect Johnson Valley from a takeover by the U.S. Navy that would virtually end riding there. The Navy wants to expand the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center at Twentynine Palms into the 189,000-acre Johnson Valley area, which is a long-standing and popular area that is across the San Bernardino Mountains from Los Angeles.

AMA-logo-230PICKERINGTON, Ohio — American Motorcyclist Association Chair Maggie McNally and several U.S. lawmakers are scheduled to speak at the AMA E15 Fuel for Thought Lobby Day on Wednesday, June 19, at the nation’s capital.

The AMA is inviting all motorcyclists to take part in the Washington, D.C., event to help educate lawmakers about the need to research the possible harmful effects of E15 fuel on motorcycle and all-terrain vehicle engines.

E15 is a gasoline formulation that contains up to 15 percent ethanol by volume. Although the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved its use in 2001-and-newer light-duty vehicles, which include cars, light-duty trucks and medium-duty passenger vehicles, none of the estimated 22 million motorcycles and ATVs currently in use are on the EPA approved list, and no manufacturer has approved E15 for use in its motorcycles and ATVs. Furthermore, use of E15 may void manufacturers warranties.

AMA-logo-230PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association is pleased to announce the U.S. riders who will contest the 88th International Six Days Enduro. Led by the World Trophy Team of Mike Brown, Kurt Caselli, Thad Duvall, Charlie Mullins, Zach Osborne and Taylor Robert, a contingent of 31 U.S. riders will face the best off-road racers in the world in Sardinia, Italy, Sept. 30-Oct. 5.

“We are honored to once again contest the ISDE and chase the American dream of winning this prestigious event,” said AMA Off-Road Manager Chuck Weir. “We are excited about our entire team for 2013, not just the World Trophy Team but all the American riders. We fully expect to achieve our goal of a team world championship at the ISDE this September.”

Antti Kallonen, who guides KTM’s off-road racing teams in North American competition, manages the U.S. ISDE team.

AMA-logo-230PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association has selected some of the fastest youth motocross racers in the country to compete at the 2013 FIM Junior Motocross World Championships Aug. 10-11 in Jinin, Czech Republic.

Multiple riders have been selected for each class — 65cc, 85cc and 125cc — to attempt to regain the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme world title that the U.S. team relinquished last year in Bulgaria, where it finished third after winning the title in 2010 in France and 2011 in Italy.

This year’s 10- to 12-year-old 65cc class racers are Max Miller from Springfield, Ore.; Aiden Tijero from Danville, Calif.; and Ty Masterpool out of Paradise, Texas. All three riders will compete aboard KTM Orange Brigade machines.

AMA-logo-230PICKERINGTON, Ohio — As Charlotte, N.C., Mayor Anthony Foxx is being considered in Washington, D.C., to be the U.S. transportation secretary, the American Motorcyclist Association is reminding lawmakers that the secretary is responsible for the Recreational Trails Program.

The AMA’s concerns were raised at the nomination hearing by U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.). She asked Foxx: “If confirmed, will you work to ensure that this valuable program [RTP] continues to meet the needs of all trail users in Minnesota and across the nation?”

Foxx responded that he “looks forward to working with you [Klobuchar] on these issues.”

Those trails are very important for tourism and rural economies, are a way to explore the nation’s natural beauty and provide a way to enjoy physical activity, wrote Wayne Allard, AMA vice president for government relations, in a column that appeared in the Washington, D.C., newspaper The Hill on May 21.

AMA-logo-230PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association is pleased to welcome support from Wellard Group Holdings for the U.S. national team’s effort at the International Six Days Enduro in Sardinia, Italy, Sept. 30-Oct. 5. Wellard will also be the title sponsor of a U.S. club team at the event.

“Racing for the ISDE World Trophy is one of the biggest financial and logistical commitments in the sport,” said AMA Off-Road Racing Manager Chuck Weir. “Wellard’s backing helps provide some of the crucial resources that we need to support our racers at this world championship event.”

In addition to buying multiple team jerseys for each U.S. national team rider at the ISDE, the riders on the Wellard Club Team will receive direct financial support to help cover their expenses. Competitors who are interested in riding for the Wellard team must qualify through the U.S. ISDE qualifier program and must pre-register with Wellard here: www.wellard.com.au/589.

Wellard Managing Director Mauro Balzarini has been involved with off-road racing for many years and was a multi-time national enduro champion in his earlier riding career. Balzarini has competed in six ISDEs himself.