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PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) is pleased to announce the U.S. riders for the World Trophy Team that will contest the 86th International Six Days Enduro (ISDE). For 2011, taking on the best off-road racers in the world, Aug. 8-13, in Kotka-Hamina, Finland, are: Destry Abbott, Russell Bobbitt, Kurt Caselli, Jimmy Jarrett, Nathan Kanney and Kyle Summers.
“It’s no secret that Europe is home to some of the best off-road racers in the world, and the U.S. ISDE team is looking forward to facing these riders on their home turf,” said AMA Off-Road Racing Manager Chuck Weir. “The Trophy Team is a mix of new talent and veteran experience. These riders know and respect each other, and will work together to put Americans on the podium at this storied international competition.”
The World Trophy Team is one of three premier teams that represent the United States at the ISDE. The other premier teams are the Junior Trophy Team, which fields four riders younger than 23, and the Women’s Trophy Team, which fields three riders. In addition, several club team members represent the United States at the event.
The AMA Team USA Junior Trophy Team will include Brad Bakken from Powhatan, Va.; Ian Blythe from Sedalia, Colo.; Cory Buttrick from Logan, Ohio; and Andrew DeLong from Morgantown, Pa. While individual classes are still being determined for the Junior Trophy Team riders, Bakken will ride a KTM 250, Blythe will compete on a Honda, Buttrick will field a KTM, and DeLong will race a KTM 250.
The AMA Team USA Women’s Cup Team will include Nicole Bradford from Avon, Colo.; Amanda Mastin from Whitehouse, Ohio; and Kerrie Swartz from Moore, Okla. Bradford will compete on a KTM 250 in the E2 class. Mastin will race a Husqvarna 250 in the E1 class, and Swartz will ride a KTM 250 in the E2 class.
The U.S. ISDE team has also designated a Senior Club Team of veterans from the club team members. This year, the club team will feature Dennis Decker from Pleasant Valley, N.Y.; Motorcycle Hall of Famer Jeff Fredette from Beecher, Ill.; and Jake Vainio from Park City, Utah.
Riders at the ISDE compete in one of three displacement classes: the E1 class, which features 100cc to 125cc two-stroke and 175cc to 250cc four-stroke motorcycles; the E2 class, which features 175cc to 250cc two-stroke and 290cc to 450cc four-stroke motorcycles; and the E3 class, which features 290cc to 500cc two-stroke and 475cc to 650cc four-stroke motorcycles.
The U.S. Trophy Team is anchored by five ISDE veterans, along with the rookie Summers. It is led by team co-captains Abbott and Caselli.
Abbott, from Peoria, Ariz., contests the AMA Racing National Hare & Hound Championship Series for Monster Energy Kawasaki. The 38-year-old five-time AMA National Hare & Hound Champion is a five-time ISDE Gold Medalist and will represent the United States on the Trophy Team for the seventh time. Abbott is competing on a Kawasaki KX450 in the E2 class.
“Finland is going to be tough, but if we all go and ride our own race, we expect to get on the podium,” Abbott said. “We face Italy and France, two strong teams, and Finland is a team we always battle with, so with the ISDE being in Finland, it’s going to be a dogfight. I’m not real experienced with Finland, but I understand it’s gravelly, rocky, and there’s a lot of water. It sounds somewhat tight, but not like ‘gnarly tight’ Eastern U.S. trails, so our desert riders should adapt well.”
Abbott said that the ISDE is always a highlight of his season.
“I’ve always loved the ISDE,” Abbot said. “I started on a club team, got my experience and have worked my way up. It’s not easy. There are a lot of things that can happen on a bike for seven to eight hours a day, and you only have 15 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes at night, and it’s hard to understand how mentally tough it is. The transfer sections aren’t always easy, and if you lose your focus, you can find yourself off the trail. I love it, though. You have to be a great all-around rider. You have to be good at off-road, moto, working on the bike. It’s a real test.”
Although the details are still being worked out, Abbott says it appears that, with the exception of Summers in the E1 class and Kanney in the E3 class, the rest of the Trophy Team will ride 450cc bikes in the E2 class.
Caselli, from Palmdale, Calif., is returning to the team for the fifth time. The 27-year-old Caselli, who races off-road events for the KTM/FMF Racing factory team, has placed the ISDE near the top of his racing program the past few years.
Bobbitt, from Fayetteville, Ga., currently leads the point race in the AMA Racing Rekluse National Enduro Championship Series, presented by Moose Racing. He also competes in the Can-Am Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) series. Bobbitt is a three-time AMA National Enduro Champion. In 2006, he was a member of the winning ISDE Junior Trophy Team. Bobbitt races for the KTM/FMF Racing factory team.
Jarrett, from Salem, Ohio, also brings several years of experience to the team. Jarrett races the GNCC Series for GEICO Powersports Honda. This will be the Ohioan’s seventh year representing the United States on the Trophy Team.
Kanney is another veteran on the team this year. He is currently contesting the GNCC Series for WMR/Planet Fitness/KTM. Kanney is an experienced ISDE and World Enduro Championship rider.
Summers, from Florissant, Colo., races off-road events on both the west and east coasts. Most recently, he competed in the GNCCs for Am-Pro Yamaha. Summers is also a top motocross racer, and has competed in the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Racing Motocross Championship.
While the World Trophy Team, the Women’s Trophy Team and the Junior Trophy Team are critical pieces of the U.S. effort, they are but one component of the overall AMA contingent that makes the trek to the annual event. Club team riders also will ride on the team.
Club teams this year include GoFasters.com (Greg Gillian, Max Gerston and Brent Martell); Tony Agonis (Fred Hoess, Glenn Scherer, Cody Schafer), Missouri Mudders (J.D. Friebel, Caleb Wohletz, Morgan Moss), Carter Engineering (Chase Bishop, Bryan Petty, Michael Sanders). The Senior team of Decker, Fredette and Vainio also will compete with the club teams.
The AMA’s ISDE effort would be impossible without various companies that have stepped up to provide support. These include Arai, Spectro and Motion Pro.
America’s motorcyclists can help support the U.S. ISDE team, and look good doing it, by buying an official U.S. ISDE T-shirt. All proceeds support the massive effort to transport the riders, bikes and crew to and from Finland. To buy a shirt, just visit the AMA’s online store at AmericanMotorcyclist.com > ISDE Team Info > Buy An Official T-Shirt.
For more information on the U.S. ISDE team, please see AmericanMotorcyclist.com.
About the American Motorcyclist Association
Since 1924, the AMA has protected the future of motorcycling and promoted the motorcycle lifestyle. AMA members come from all walks of life, and they navigate many different routes on their journey to the same destination: freedom on two wheels. As the world’s largest motorcycling rights organization, the AMA advocates for motorcyclists’ interests in the halls of local, state and federal government, the committees of international governing organizations, and the court of public opinion. Through member clubs, promoters and partners, the AMA sanctions more motorsports competition and motorcycle recreational events than any other organization in the world. AMA members receive money-saving discounts from dozens of well-known suppliers of motorcycle services, gear and apparel, bike rental, transport, hotel stays and more. Through its support of the Motorcycle Hall of Fame, the AMA preserves the heritage of motorcycling for future generations. For more information, please visit AmericanMotorcyclist.com.
PICKERINGTON, Ohio — Scores of youngsters shared their passion for riding off-highway motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) in the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) Kids Just Want to Ride! video contest, which ended April 24.
The videos feature young riders who point out the absurdity of a federal law that will effectively ban the sale of kid-sized bikes and ATVs at the end of 2011 due to the lead content of some parts. Each video features one or more kids promising not to “eat my motorcycle!”
“The AMA sponsored the Kids Just Want to Ride! video contest to show how real children, and real families, will suffer when the de facto ban on the sale of kids’ dirtbikes and ATVs goes into effect at the end of the year unless federal law is changed,” said Jessica Irving, AMA grassroots coordinator.
“Lawmakers need to see first-hand the faces of the children who will be hurt by the lead law — the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) of 2008,” Irving said. “That law must be changed with the passage of H.R. 412, the Kids Just Want to Ride Act.”
First prize in the AMA Kids Just Want to Ride! video contest was awarded to Erin, 11, Adi, 7, and Carter, 5, Malcolm of Littleton, Colo. They will accompany their parents as the honored guests at the AMA Family Capitol Hill Climb in Washington, D.C. The May 26 event will gather children, families and other enthusiasts to urge members of Congress to support the Kids Just Want to Ride Act. The Malcolm’s video will be featured at the event.
The second prize, a $500 BikeBandit.com gift card, was won by Faith, 10, and Ellis, 7, Negron of Los Alamitos, Calif.
Third prize, a $100 BikeBandit.com gift card, was won by Cameron Reed, 12, of Denham Springs, La.
Winning videos can be viewed at www.americanmotorcyclist.com/KidsJustWantToRide.aspx.
The CPSIA was intended to ban small toys with high lead content, but because of broadly written language, it has been interpreted to apply to all products for kids 12 and under, including dirtbikes, ATVs, bicycles, clothing and books.
The AMA asks everyone concerned about this problem to urge their federal lawmakers to support H.R. 412, the Kids Just Want to Ride Act, and plan to attend the AMA Family Capitol Hill Climb at the nation’s Capitol on May 26.
Families attending the AMA Family Capitol Hill Climb will be joined by U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.), author of the Kids Just Want to Ride Act. At that time, AMA Government Relations Department staff will also help families lobby their members of Congress to support the bill.
For more information on the AMA Family Capitol Hill Climb and to register to attend, go to www.americanmotorcyclist.com/KidsJustWantToRide.aspx.
About the American Motorcyclist Association
Since 1924, the AMA has protected the future of motorcycling and promoted the motorcycle lifestyle. AMA members come from all walks of life, and they navigate many different routes on their journey to the same destination: freedom on two wheels. As the world’s largest motorcycling rights organization, the AMA advocates for motorcyclists’ interests in the halls of local, state and federal government, the committees of international governing organizations, and the court of public opinion. Through member clubs, promoters and partners, the AMA sanctions more motorsports competition and motorcycle recreational events than any other organization in the world. AMA members receive money-saving discounts from dozens of well-known suppliers of motorcycle services, gear and apparel, bike rental, transport, hotel stays and more. Through its support of the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum, the AMA preserves the heritage of motorcycling for future generations. For more information, please visit AmericanMotorcyclist.com.
More than 4,000 motorcyclists are expected to ride into the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday, April 30 during the Fifth Annual Midwest Breakout Ride and Community Day.
Riders from at least seven states and more than 90 motorcycle clubs will come to IMS between 2-7 p.m. for charity events and games, with all proceeds benefiting the Christamore Community House in Indianapolis. The Christamore House conducts many useful programs, including early-childhood education, after-school and summer day camp, teen opportunity programs and youth employment services.
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway also is playing host to the fourth annual Red Bull Indianapolis GP MotoGP race Aug. 26-28.
WHAT: Fifth Annual Midwest Breakout Ride and Community Day
WHO: More than 4,000 motorcyclists representing 90 motorcycle clubs throughout the Midwest
WHEN: 2-7 p.m. (ET) Saturday, April 30
WHERE: Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Riders will enter the facility throughout the afternoon through the Main Gate (Gate 2) off 16th Street and park adjacent to the IMS Hall of Fame Museum.