AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Ed Waldheim Passes

American Motorcyclist Association extends condolences to family, friends of motorcycle rights advocate

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association extends heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer and lifelong off-road riding advocate Ed Waldheim, who passed away on Monday, Dec. 9.

Mr. Waldheim was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2007 for his ongoing dedication to the riding community and his tireless efforts to secure, maintain and expand off-road riding opportunities in his home state of California.

“Ed Waldheim was an extremely passionate advocate for the rights of off-highway vehicle enthusiasts,” AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman said. “He was a dedicated volunteer and relentless defender of off-highway vehicle use of our public lands.”

Mr. Waldheim began his involvement in motorcycling as an off-road racer. He later moved into helping organize races and ultimately into off-highway vehicle advocacy. Waldheim was president of the California Off-Road Vehicle Association and was appointed to the California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Commission by two governors and served multiple terms.

He won numerous awards for his advocacy on behalf of all off-road enthusiasts, including the prestigious AMA Motorcycling Advocate Award, the Golden Helmet Award from the Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Division of California’s Department of Parks and Recreation and the Off-Roader of the Year from the California Off-Road Vehicle Association. The main building at the Hungry Valley State Vehicular Recreation Area is named in his honor.

Nationally, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management awarded him its Volunteer of the Year award.

Under Mr. Waldheim’s leadership, CORVA membership tripled and the association has maintained a leading position in advocacy and education of off-roading.

The Waldheim family is planning a celebration of his life for mid-January.

To learn more about Ed Waldheim, visit www.motorcyclemuseum.org/halloffame/detail.aspx?RacerID=396.

About the American Motorcyclist Association

Founded in 1924, the AMA is a not-for-profit member-based association whose mission is to promote the motorcycle lifestyle and protect the future of motorcycling. As the world’s largest motorcycling rights and event sanctioning organization, the AMA advocates for riders’ interests at all levels of government and sanctions thousands of competition and recreational events every year. The AMA also provides money-saving discounts on products and services for its members. Through the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Pickerington, Ohio, the AMA honors the heroes and heritage of motorcycling. For more information, visit www.americanmotorcyclist.com.

Not a member? Join the AMA today: www.americanmotorcyclist.com/mobile-join 

AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame selects winning ticket for two custom Hondas

2018 Honda CBR1000RR and a 2018 Honda XR650L won by Bradley Timm

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Bradley Timm of Westerville, Ohio, was selected Friday, Dec. 6, as the winner of the two Honda motorcycles that were customized to celebrate the life of AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Nicky Hayden, the late MotoGP World Champion.

Maggie McNally-Bradshaw, chair of the American Motorcyclist Association Board of Directors, selected the winning ticket in a drawing at the Hilton Downtown Columbus before the 2019 KTM AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.

A four-year AMA member, Timm moved to the United States from South Africa 10 years ago. He currently rides AMA-sanctioned dual sports and enduros in southern Ohio. He said that he was inspired to buy a single raffle ticket while attending the American International Motorcycle Expo that was held in Columbus, Ohio, Sept. 26-29.

“That thumper just caught my eye,” Timm said. “I had an old thumper when I was much younger, and I was really drawn to that XL650. That is just one cool bike. I recently started riding bikes again, and I just love the off-road stuff. I have some pals in the Hocking Hills Motorcycle Club and they show me around the trails a lot. I enjoy riding with my son off road. I’ll definitely be riding that thumper. I’m riding it–that’s for sure! I’ve bought plenty of raffle tickets in the past and nothing has ever come from it, so I’m just thrilled.”

American Honda donated a 2018 Honda CBR1000RR and a 2018 Honda XR650L, which were customized by Tony Prust of Analog Motorcycles and Jason LeCavalier of Artistimo Customs. The CBR1000RR is decked out in a full Repsol Honda livery, while the XR650L was heavily modified in a street-tracker motif.

Throughout 2019, the bikes toured select events and were on display at the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame on the AMA campus in Pickerington, Ohio.

Following the drawing for the Hondas, the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame announced a new raffle bike.

For 2020, the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame is paying tribute to Hall of Famers Eddie Brinck, Ralph Hepburn and Shrimp Burns with a custom commemorative motorcycle inspired by board-track racing, one of the earliest motorsports that featured high speed and fearless competitors.

To commemorate that era, Kevin Dunworth of Dunworth Machines, will begin with a 2003, 100-year anniversary edition Harley-Davidson Sportster that will be clad in custom parts for performance and style.

Full details about this raffle bike will be available soon on the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame website. Tickets for a chance to win the bike will be on sale Saturday, Dec. 7, on the website.

All proceeds from AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame raffles go to the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation, a nonprofit that raises money for the Hall of Fame. More information about the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame and other raffle bikes can be found at www.motorcyclemuseum.org.

About the American Motorcyclist Association

Founded in 1924, the AMA is a not-for-profit member-based association whose mission is to promote the motorcycle lifestyle and protect the future of motorcycling. As the world’s largest motorcycling rights and event sanctioning organization, the AMA advocates for riders’ interests at all levels of government and sanctions thousands of competition and recreational events every year. The AMA also provides money-saving discounts on products and services for its members. Through the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Pickerington, Ohio, the AMA honors the heroes and heritage of motorcycling. For more information, visit www.americanmotorcyclist.com.

Not a member? Join the AMA today: www.americanmotorcyclist.com/mobile-join 

American Motorcyclist Association Honors 2019 Champions And Award Winners

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 Championship Series competition. He won his 11th AMA/NATC MotoTrials Pro Class championship in 2019.

“This is a honor, not just for me, but for the sport of trials in general,” Smage said. “We don’t always get the recognition of the other sports, as they’re much better known. Trials is growing in the [United] States a bit, and we’re trying to take it to the next level. So, I’m glad I could be a part of this.”

The Nicky Hayden AMA Horizon Awards were presented to up-and-coming amateur racers in motocross, road racing and flat track who demonstrated the talent, dedication and poise to excel in the professional ranks.

The 2019 Nicky Hayden AMA Motocross Horizon Award was presented to Jalek Swoll of Belleview, Fla. The Nicky Hayden AMA Road Race Horizon Award was presented to Blake Davis of Lynchburg, Va. And the Nicky Hayden AMA Flat Track Horizon Award was presented to Trevor Brunner of West Harrison, Ind.

AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Nicky Hayden won the first AMA Horizon Award ever presented: the 1997 AMA Dirt Track Horizon Award. The award was re-named in Hayden’s honor in 2017.

The 2019 AMA Athlete of the Year from Grand Championship events was Brunner. He won 10 races and four class championships at the 2019 AMA Flat Track Grand Championship.

“It’s the number one thing I’ve worked for in my entire racing career,” Brunner said. “To earn [this] spot in amateur racing is the pinnacle of what I’ve been working for.”

Traci Pickens was named AMA ATV Athlete of the Year. She won her 12th championship in the Grand National Cross Country Series’ WXC ATV Class.

“This means the world to me,” Pickens said. “I was just ecstatic to be nominated in this category that is basically a male-dominant category. To come out and be awarded this award tonight speaks volumes for women. I’m just so happy I’m a part of racing…. I hope this award inspires women to follow their dreams and continue on with their goals in life.”

Mikayla Nielsen of Riverside, Calif., was named the AMA Female Racer of the Year. She won the Girls (11-16) Class title at the AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship and has clinched two class championships in the AMA Grand Prix National Championship Series.

“This means a lot to me,” Nielsen said. “This was my first year [competing] at Loretta [Lynn’s], and I claimed a title there…. I didn’t think I was going to be nominated, but then I got nominated and I was super pumped about that. Then hearing them say my name, it was really cool going up there [on stage].”

Paul Krause of Irvine, Calif., was named AMA Vet/Senior Racer of the Year. He claimed the Senior (40+) Class championship in the AMA National Hare and Hound Series and competed on the Elizabeth Scott Community team at the 2019 FIM International Six Days Enduro.

“Thank you very much for this honor,” Krause said in a recorded video segment, as he was was not able to be in attendance. “When I first heard I was nominated for [AMA Vet/Senior Racer of the Year], I couldn’t believe it. So, I did what everyone does and consulted Google. After reading about the nomination, I was truly humbled to be recognized as an elite racer, especially among the group of other nominated riders.”

The 2019 AMA Youth Racer of the Year was Joseph Cunningham of Murray City, Ohio. He won the YXC1 Super Mini Senior (14-15) Class title in the Grand National Cross Country Series, an AMA National Championship.

“I’m kind of speechless,” Cunningham said. “Last year, I won the last two races of the year, worked hard in the off season and came out and won the first couple races of this year.”

During the evening’s banquet, the top-three finishers were recognized from seven regional championships and 24 national championships, representing all disciplines of AMA-sanctioned competition.

In addition to title sponsor KTM, these companies also sponsored the AMA Championship Banquet: MyLaps Sports Timing, Cobra Moto and Federal Motorcycle Transport. Other supporters included Shoei, Dainese, Dunlop, Liberty Sport, Maxima Racing Oils and Nelson-Rigg.

Other award winners announced at the banquet were:

AMA Motocross Organizer of the Year
Motosports Enterprises LTD

AMA Off-Road Organizer of the Year
Florida Trail Riders

AMA Track Racing Organizer of the Year
Steve Nace Racing Promotions

AMA ATV Organizer of the Year
Iowa ATV Hare Scramble Series

AMA Recreational Road Riding Organizer of the Year
Azratpack

AMA Recreational Off-Road Organizer of the Year
KT Riders

AMA Club of the Year
Square Deal Riders

AMA Media Award
Photos by Grumpy

AMA Volunteers of the Year
Rights: Tom Cowher, Reynoldsburg, Ohio
Riding: Matt Bucher, Swanton, Ohio
Racing: Kory Young, Hebron, Ohio

About the American Motorcyclist Association

Founded in 1924, the AMA is a not-for-profit member-based association whose mission is to promote the motorcycle lifestyle and protect the future of motorcycling. As the world’s largest motorcycling rights and event sanctioning organization, the AMA advocates for riders’ interests at all levels of government and sanctions thousands of competition and recreational events every year. The AMA also provides money-saving discounts on products and services for its members. Through the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Pickerington, Ohio, the AMA honors the heroes and heritage of motorcycling. For more information, visit www.americanmotorcyclist.com.

Not a member? Join the AMA today: www.americanmotorcyclist.com/mobile-join 

Former AMA Board Member Jim Viverito Passes

American Motorcyclist Association offers condolences to family, friends

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association offers its condolences to the family and friends of former AMA board member and current American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation board member Jim Viverito following his death on Dec. 7, 2019.

Mr. Viverito, 67, served on the AMA Board of Directors from February 2010 to July 2016. His service on the AMHF Board, which is tasked with raising money to fund the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, began July 2014.

“Jim Viverito was the consummate AMA volunteer, donating his time, energy and expertise wherever he was needed,” said AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman. “Jim proudly served on the AMA Board of Directors, helping set strategic policy at the highest levels, but a visitor to the AMA offices might also find Jim in the mailroom, helping stuff new member kits in envelopes or loading motorcycles to display at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days. To his core, Jim was passionate about motorcycling, from street to dirt, but his love of racing and history, particularly Grand National Championship flat-track competition, was extraordinary.

“Jim was a rare combination of generosity, humility, knowledge and kindness,” Dingman said. “Jim was a close friend to many AMA members, and he will be greatly missed.”

Mr. Viverito, a resident of Chicago, is survived by his wife Marilyn, of 47 years.

Visitation will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 11, from 3 p.m. until time of service at 8:30 p.m., at Cumberland Chapels, 8300 W. Lawrence Ave., Norridge, Ill.

About the American Motorcyclist Association

Founded in 1924, the AMA is a not-for-profit member-based association whose mission is to promote the motorcycle lifestyle and protect the future of motorcycling. As the world’s largest motorcycling rights and event sanctioning organization, the AMA advocates for riders’ interests at all levels of government and sanctions thousands of competition and recreational events every year. The AMA also provides money-saving discounts on products and services for its members. Through the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Pickerington, Ohio, the AMA honors the heroes and heritage of motorcycling. For more information, visit www.americanmotorcyclist.com.

Not a member? Join the AMA today: www.americanmotorcyclist.com/mobile-join 

2019 KTM AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Honors Five Inductees

Event brings together motorcycling legends, industry leaders, enthusiasts from across the country

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame inducted five new members Friday evening during the 2019 KTM AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Hilton Downtown Columbus.

The members of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Class of 2019 are rights advocate Mark Buckner, off-road racing champion Kurt Caselli, motocross champion Ron Lechien, trials pioneer Wiltz Wagner and museum founder Dale Walksler.

Ceremony emcees Perry King and Laurette Nicoll guided the audience through the careers and accomplishments of the inductees.

“Each of these motorcyclists has achieved excellence in pursuit of their motorcycling dreams,” King said. “And each one of them has inspired generations of riders to do the same.”

During the ceremony, those gathered also honored the memories of AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famers who recently passed away: Jerry Branch, Arlen Ness, Gene Romero, Peter Fonda and Clark Collins.

In addition to presenting sponsor KTM, supporters of the induction ceremony included Maxima USA, Cobra Moto and RacerTV.

The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Class of 2019
Following the introduction of each new inductee, there was a brief, formal induction ceremony conducted by American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation Board Chair and AMA Board Member Ken Ford, who chairs the AMA Board’s Hall of Fame Committee. The inductees or their friends and family members then addressed the audience.

Kurt Caselli
Kurt Caselli, whose father Rich was an active member of AMA District 37’s Prospectors Motorcycle Club, started winning at an early age. In 1998, at age 15, Caselli won the desert championship in his class. In 2000, he won an amateur championship in three disciplines: enduro, desert and grand prix.

Caselli soon took his talents overseas, participating in the FIM International Six Days Enduro on the official U.S. team. He competed in the ISDE for 12 years. Eight times Caselli was the top-finishing American rider, and he won his class twice. Caselli was on the winning U.S. Junior Trophy Team in 2006, and he was on the U.S. World Trophy Team in 2013 when the team finished second, matching its best finish in the event at that time.

Riding for the factory-backed KTM team, Caselli committed full time to the AMA National Hare and Hound Championship Series in 2011 and won the title. In 2012, he successfully defended his title before repeating that performance in 2013.

Caselli’s focus then shifted to international rally racing. In 2013, he finished strong in Dakar and won the Desafio Ruta 40. His final race before making the full leap to rally racing would be the SCORE-promoted Baja 1000.

Tragically, Caselli died in that race, colliding with an animal while competing and suffering fatal injuries.

While Caselli is remembered for his incredible skill and talent on an off-road motorcycle, his most lasting impact may be his role, inspired by his father, in fostering a deep sense of team, dedication and patriotism among U.S. riders competing at the ISDE. Those efforts paid off in 2016 when the U.S. World Trophy Team finally won the World Trophy, an achievement that had eluded American riders since the event began in 1913.

Caselli’s mother Nancy Caselli and his fiance Sarah White accepted the honor on Kurt Caselli’s behalf.

“Kurt was blessed to have traveled far and wide throughout his career, living life to the fullest and making lots of friends and memories in his 30 years,” Nancy Caselli said. “While I am proud of Kurt’s motorcycle career, championships, accomplishments and accolades, I am most proud of the son and man Kurt Caselli was.”

Caselli’s fiance Sarah White added, “I don’t know if there are words for how proud I am, and how sad I am that he can’t be here to do this himself. This would have meant the absolute world to him.”

Wiltz Wagner
Wiltz Wagner Jr. has tirelessly promoted the sport of observed trials in the U.S. the last four decades.

Wagner was first a fiercely competitive and successful trials rider in the 1960s and 1970s and then formed Colorado’s Rocky Mountain Trials Association, one of the oldest AMA-chartered trials clubs in America.

In the early 1970s, Wagner saw a need for a national organization for trials competitions. Working with the AMA, Wagner created and oversaw the North American Trials Council. For the past 46 years, the NATC series, sanctioned by the AMA, has crowned the sport’s national champion.

In 1975, The Rhode Island Trials Club worked with Wagner and the NATC to host the first World Trials Championship in Rhode Island. Since then, the NATC has arranged dozens of international events.

Wagner, who was inducted into the NATC Hall of Fame in 2005 for his contributions to trials, has competed and won in other disciplines, including ice racing and land-speed racing, where he, his late wife and his daughter hold more than 50 records.

“This is the greatest honor of my life,” Wagner said. “I’ve thought a lot about it, and I’m 0.1 percent of this huge thing [the North American Trials Council]. But, I was the first 0.1 percent, and out of that grew this enormous organization that’s so successful.”

Mark Buckner
Mark Buckner began his leadership in motorcyclists’ rights advocacy in the late 1980s as the state coordinator for ABATE of Colorado. In 1992, Buckner joined the Motorcycle Riders Foundation board of directors, becoming MRF president and chairman two years later. During his tenure, the MRF implemented strategic planning processes that led to the organization’s financial stability and significant growth.

Buckner continues to have a profound influence in the motorcyclists’ rights community, giving seminars throughout the United States on strategic planning, organizational design and member effectiveness. Over the past 25 years, he has delivered more than 100 presentations around the country at state, regional and national rights conferences.

In addition, Buckner has been a leader in promoting global harmonization of motorcyclists’ rights organizations in the United States and has fostered working relationships within the European motorcyclists’ rights community — bonds that remains strong to this day.

Buckner was not able to be in attendance. Former AMA Board of Directors chair Rick Gray accepted the honor on Buckner’s behalf.

“I’m proud to be an inductee into the AMA Hall of Fame this year,” Bucker said in a recorded video segment. “I want to thank the folks who supported my candidacy. I really do appreciate it. I think about all the great motorcycle rides I had over the years with my friends; the wonderful places I’ve been to; experiences I’ve had; and how lucky I am to have been able to do that. I want that same thing for my kids, my grandkids, my friends and for anybody who loves motorcycling the way I do.”

Dale Walksler
Dale Walksler, born Nov. 30, 1952, founded Dale’s Wheels Through Time Museum that preserves and celebrates the history of motorcycling in America.

Beginning with his purchase of a Harley-Davidson Servi-Car when he was in high school, Walksler became a passionate fan of the brand. He opened a Harley-Davidson parts business in 1970 in Glen Ellyn, Ill., then bought a Harley-Davidson dealership in Mount Vernon, Ill., four years later. As his business grew, he moved his motorcycle collection to the dealership to attract customers.

In 1999, Walksler sold the dealership and relocated his motorcycle collection to Maggie Valley, N.C. The new museum opened in 2002. Dale’s Wheels through Time Museum sets itself apart from most other museums by featuring motorcycles in running condition.

The museum’s popularity has earned Walksler appearances on several television programs about vintage car and motorcycle restoration, including “American Restoration,” “Chasing Classic Cars,” “American Pickers” and his own show “What’s in the Barn?”

Those shows helped popularize vintage motorcycling, as well as put forward a positive image of the motorcycling lifestyle.

Walksler was not able to be in attendance. His wife, Trish, and son, Matt, accepted the honor on his behalf.

AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Buzz Kanter, a longtime friend, read a letter from Walksler.

“Motorcycles are my life passion, and this honor is a lifetime dream come true,” Walksler wrote. “I am humbled to have my name added alongside so many of my heroes at the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame.

“Back in 1977, I chased my passions and bought a small Harley dealership in a small town not too far from here,” he wrote. “I could never have imagined, even in my wildest dreams, that I would one day be inducted into the AMA Hall of Fame. Or that I will, forever, be linked with the greatest names in motorcycle history. Thank you again.”

Ron Lechien
El Cajon, Calif., native Ron Lechien competed against some of the greatest motocross racers in history throughout the 1980s, winning 26 nationals and the 1985 125cc AMA National Motocross Championship.

Lechien’s natural talent and smooth riding style made him unmistakable on the track. His seemingly effortless speed translated across classes, and he earned wins in 125cc, 250cc and 500cc motocross competition, as well as in 250cc Supercross, the premier class at the time.

Lechien, born Dec. 13, 1966, won the 1985 125cc AMA Motocross Championship and was without question one of the era’s top riders. Lechien finished in the top three in national points 10 times out of the 18 series he contested full time. Lechien raced 158 races in his career and made the podium in 80 of them. Over half the time he raced, Lechien stood on the podium among some of the greatest American racers of all time.

In 1985, Lechien raced the 125cc class for the U.S. team at the Motocross of Nations in Germany and won his class with a 2-1-1 finish. At the 1988 Motocross of Nations in France, he raced the 500cc class and won both of his motos, beating the best in the world.

Lechien, who raced for the Kawasaki, Yamaha and Honda factory teams throughout his career, also competed in the 1984 and 1989 U.S. Motocross Grand Prix, collecting two wins.

While a severely broken leg in the 1989 500cc AMA National Championship Series ended Lechien’s career prematurely, he is remembered as one of the top riders from one of the most-competitive eras of the sport.

“It’s just a huge honor,” Lechien said. “It’s something I’ve been thinking about. I’ve been on the ballot for three years and finally I got in. It’s a huge relief.”

About the American Motorcyclist Association

Founded in 1924, the AMA is a not-for-profit member-based association whose mission is to promote the motorcycle lifestyle and protect the future of motorcycling. As the world’s largest motorcycling rights and event sanctioning organization, the AMA advocates for riders’ interests at all levels of government and sanctions thousands of competition and recreational events every year. The AMA also provides money-saving discounts on products and services for its members. Through the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Pickerington, Ohio, the AMA honors the heroes and heritage of motorcycling. For more information, visit www.americanmotorcyclist.com.

Not a member? Join the AMA today: www.americanmotorcyclist.com/mobile-join 

American Motorcyclist Association Announces Two New Extreme Off-Road Series

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 the world’s best extreme off-road riders in the Sunday pro races.

“When we started the Tennessee Knockout event in 2011, there were just a few extreme off-road racing events taking place,” event organizer Eric Peronnard said. “Now, as we prepare for the tenth edition of the TKO, it’s great to see the popularity of these types of events growing. We are proud to be the host event for the AMA Extreme Off-Road Grand Championship.”

For more information about the 2020 AMA Extreme Off-Road Grand Championship/Tennessee Knockout, visit www.americanmotorcyclist.com/racing/extreme-off-road.

2020 AMA Extreme Off-Road East Series

March 28-29: RevLimiter Extreme Enduro, Decatur, Texas
May 16-17: Madd Moose, Marquette, Mich.
July 4-5: Tough Like RORR, Tamaqua, Pa.
July 18-19: Fallen Timbers, Little Hocking, Ohio
Aug. 1-2: Battle of the Goats, Taylorsville, N.C.

2020 AMA Extreme Off-Road West Series

Feb. 8: King of the Motos, Lucerne Valley, Calif.
March 28-29: RevLimiter Extreme Enduro, Decatur, Texas
May 2-3: EnduroFest, Reno, Nev.
June 6-7: Last Dog Standing, Devore, Calif.
June 20-21: Stix and Stones, Kellogg, Idaho

2020 AMA Extreme Off-Road Grand Championship

Aug. 14-16: Trials Training Center, Sequatchie, Tenn.

About the American Motorcyclist Association

Founded in 1924, the AMA is a not-for-profit member-based association whose mission is to promote the motorcycle lifestyle and protect the future of motorcycling. As the world’s largest motorcycling rights and event sanctioning organization, the AMA advocates for riders’ interests at all levels of government and sanctions thousands of competition and recreational events every year. The AMA also provides money-saving discounts on products and services for its members. Through the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Pickerington, Ohio, the AMA honors the heroes and heritage of motorcycling. For more information, visit www.americanmotorcyclist.com.

Not a member? Join the AMA today: www.americanmotorcyclist.com/mobile-join