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AMA MOTORCYCLE NEWS APRIL 2021

Avid Motorcyclist Erin Reda Joins AMA Government Relations Department

Reda brings experience and passion for advocacy to the position of AMA Government Relations Grassroots Coordinator

“I have benefited immensely from the inclusive and diverse communities that motorcycling has brought into my life,” Reda said. “I am excited to further advocate for the motorcycling community through the Grassroots Coordinator position and am eager to work hard to ensure that everyone has the right to experience all the positive aspects of motorcycling.”

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — Avid motorcyclist Erin Reda, who has a history and passion for advocating for her local riding communities, is the American Motorcyclist Association’s new Government Relations Grassroots Coordinator.

Reda will be based at the AMA Government Relations office in Washington, D.C., reporting to AMA Government Relations Director Mike Sayre.

“Erin’s experience with organizing at the local level will be a great asset to the AMA Government Relations team,” Sayre said, “and the fact that she has built that experience serving her community around motorcycling makes her a natural fit for the Grassroots Coordinator role.”

In that role, Reda will support the AMA Government Relations department in its advocacy work by activating AMA members on issues that impact motorcycling as well as furthering the AMA’s work through connections with local activists and organizers.

Reda is the Co-founder of MotoXmission, a community service-focused riding organization. She spends her free time leading rides and volunteering for events with members to uplift the communities around them. Reda also serves as the Mid-Atlantic Regional Representative for Engines For Change, an organization that mobilizes motorcyclists to make a positive difference in the world.

As an avid rider, Reda has experienced her fair share of unexpected breakdowns on the road. In a coincidental stroke of luck last summer, after her clutch cable broke and she was left stranded on the side of a highway with a dead phone, the first person to stop to lend a helping hand was AMA Government Relations Manager for On-Highways Issues Tiffany Cipoletti. On and off the road, the AMA Government Relations department is always there to support fellow riders.

Reda can be reached at ereda@ama-cycle.org or grassroots@ama-cycle.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 americanmotorcyclist.com.

Not a member? Join the AMA today: americanmotorcyclist.com.

AMA HALL OF FAME MUSEUM IS OPEN

The Hall of Fame Museum is Open! Click to visit site!

Like the rest of society, the motorcycling world has been massively affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, and that includes the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum. Fortunately, it was able to re-open last June with certain restrictions, and traffic has been slowly increasing over time as folks – especially motorcycle folks – begin to get out and do more. 

So as you plan your riding weekends and travel plans, keep us in mind! There’s a lot to see at our Pickerington, Ohio location, including a Lords of the Board Track exhibit, the Hall of Fame Gallery and a host of legendary motorcycles and motorcycle memorabilia from motorcycling’s beginnings in the early 1900s to today. 

If you can’t make it in person, be sure to check out our AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Facebook page at @AMAHallOfFame. We’ve got some interesting news we’ll be able to share a bit later this season, so keep in touch as we move into springtime. Ride safely out there! 

2021 AMA Amateur Ice Racers of the Year Named

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2021 AMA Ice Racers of the Year

Ama Ice Racers Of The Year

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Brady Bargeron (No. 29) of Bentley, Mich., and Kyle Johnson of Muskegon, Mich., were named the 2021 AMA Amateur Ice Racers of the Year.

March 23, 2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

2021 AMA Amateur Ice Racers of the Year Named; First AMA champions of 2021 decided at annual event

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — Brady Bargeron of Bentley, Mich., and Kyle Johnson of Muskegon, Mich., were named the 2021 AMA Amateur Ice Racers of the Year for their performances in the 2021 AMA Ice Race Grand Championship, held on Feb. 6 in Oshkosh, Wis.

Bargeron won the Open Amateur Champion Class on the oval track at the 2021 High Voltage AMA Ice Race Grand Championship and was runner-up in the 450cc Amateur Class.

For Johnson, he won the 450cc Amateur Class and finished second in the Open Amateur Champion Class, making the two racers tied.

“Both Brady [Bargeron] and Kyle [Johnson] raced incredibly well at the championship this year and were fierce competitors,” said AMA Track Racing Manager Ken Saillant. “We don’t often have ties, but both racers are certainly deserving of the Amateur Ice Racers of the Year award and they clearly proved it.”

The AMA is the ultimate decider in who receives the award, with input from race promoters, referees and race results factoring into the decision, Saillant explained.

The Youth Ice Racer of the Year Award goes to another Michigan native, Blake Bradish, who pulled off victories in both the 65cc and 85cc Class Championship races in Oshkosh.

The AMA Ice Race Grand Championship – Oval event was put on by longtime AMA member and Milwaukee, Wis. native Ron Brefka’s iRon Enterprises, LLC. All proceeds from the races go to the WeCare Fund, benefitting world-class cancer research at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

The Senior Ice Racer of the Year award went to fellow Michigander Craig Pickett for his running in the 2021 AMA Ice Race Grand Championship GP hosted by promoter Chris DaRonco and the Steel Shoe Fund, Inc. The race was held on Kettle Moraine Lake at the Tiki Beach Bar and Resort in Campbellsport, Wis., on Feb. 21.

“Craig [Pickett] is just a legend in the world of ice racing and is always ready to compete,” Saillant said.

The Steel Shoe Fund is a nonprofit organization that helps flat track motorcycle racers cope with injuries from competitive racing.

COVID-19 public gathering restrictions altered the races for this season, with safety protocols preventing traditional awards ceremonies from being held at the end of the races. Instead, racers will be receiving their awards through the mail.

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 americanmotorcyclist.com.

Not a member? Join the AMA today: americanmotorcyclist.com.

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