PICKERINGTON, OH – July 31, 2014 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – As the fastest amateur motocrossers in America compete for AMA National No. 1 plates this week at the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship, presented by AMSOIL, in Hurricane Mills, Tenn., the best of the best will be in contention for special awards presented at the event.
Sponsored by Yamaha Motor Corp., which will present a Yamaha generator or power washer to the special award winners, the recognition includes the AMA Motocross Horizon Award, the AMA Motocross Amateur Rider Award, the AMA Motocross Vet/Senior Rider Award and the AMA Motocross Youth Rider Award.
“We’re pleased to recognize these standout riders with these special honors,” said AMA Motocross Manager Kip Bigelow. “A national title at the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship, presented by AMSOIL, is something that all amateur racers dream about, and these awards truly represent the cream of the crop.
“We also thank Yamaha for their commitment to the sport’s amateur racers by providing these excellent generators to the special award winners,” Bigelow said.
AMA Horizon Award
The AMA Horizon Award was established in 1997. The AMA presents AMA Horizon Awards annually to outstanding riders in motocross, dirt track and road racing. This award recognizes the A class rider who is poised for success in the pro ranks. Past winners of the AMA Motocross Horizon Award include Travis Pastrana, James Stewart, Davi Millsaps, Josh Hill and Trey Canard.
AMA Motocross Amateur Rider Award
The AMA Motocross Amateur Rider Award is new for 2014. It is presented to an outstanding non-A-class rider at the AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship. It is designed to recognize those who are ready to make an immediate impact in A-class competition.
AMA Motocross Vet/Senior Rider Award
The AMA Motocross Vet/Senior Rider Award was established in 2003. The AMA Vet/Senior Motocrosser of the Year acknowledges an outstanding rider over the age of 30 at the AMA Motocross National Championships. Results from all classes ridden are taken into consideration in selecting the winner. Past winners include Tim Ferry, Robbie Reynard, Doug Dubach and Kevin Foley.
AMA Motocross Youth Rider Award
The AMA Motocross Youth Rider Award also was established in 2003. The AMA Motocross Youth Rider of the Year Award goes to a rider under the age of 16 chosen for his or her performance in the youth classes at the motocross nationals. Youth riders who also participate in amateur classes will be considered, but only their youth class results will be factored into the selection. Past winners include Jet Reynolds, Adam Cianciarulo, Zach Bell, Joey Savatgy and Ashley Fiolek.
Dating to 1975, the AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship is one of the longest-running motorsports championships in the country. The success of the program, which has produced a long list of AMA Supercross and Motocross superstars, is unmatched. Riders who have progressed through the program include AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famers Ricky Carmichael and Jeremy McGrath, as well as current stars such as Ryan Dungey, James Stewart, Ryan Villopoto and many more.
For more information about the national championship motocross program, see www.mxsports.com. For more information about all AMA-sanctioned motocross competition, see www.americanmotorcyclist.com/racing/motocross.aspx.
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.