Neil Tolhurst races his Yamaha RZ350 in a WERA sprint race at Grattan Raceway in September of 1984. Tolhurst was one of the leading novice riders in WERA’s North Central Region in the middleweight classes. He had his best results at Indianapolis Raceway Park that season. Neil, like a lot of RZ350 riders, got the most for their money racing this versatile bike. Neil competed in the bike’s natural classes D Production and D Superbike, but he also raced up in the C Production and Superbike classes against 600 Supersport bikes and over in the Formula Two class against 250GP bikes. The RZ350 was the workhorse of club racers across the country in the early-to-mid 1980s. Last I heard Neil still owns this motorcycle.
Scott Zampach (on the Suzuki GSXR50 in the foreground) along with Dave Rosno (center), Tom Nelson (No. 962) and other riders get ready for the big WERA mini-bike race at Blackhawk Farms Raceway in September of 1987. The mini-bike races were a fun diversion usually held at the end of Sunday’s races along pit road. The races always put a smile on everyone’s face to cap off a fun weekend of racing. This is one from the Greg Sickmeier Collection.
As the first German in the MotoGP™ class since 2007, rookie Stefan Bradl has not only given his home fans something to cheer about, but also his team LCR Honda MotoGP renewed optimism. Read more.
Total Honda rider Stéphane Mertens leads Loctite Yamaha’s Terry Rymer in one of the Canadian World Superbike rounds at Mosport in June of 1990. Brit Rymer scored fourth in the first Mosport leg, ahead of Belgian Mertens, who was sixth. However in the second leg it was Mertens getting the best of the battle of WSBK regulars. Mertens earned fourth in the second leg, while Rymer was seventh. For video race recaps of both races watch here and here.
“We are pleased to announce more additions to an already exciting seminar lineup at the AMA International Women & Motorcycling Conference,” said AMA Marketing Manager Tigra Tsujikawa. “These seminars will offer something for riders of every type and skill level. The expertise of our speakers is second-to-none, resulting in a slate of offerings that is as diverse as it is informative.”
The latest additions include:
Through May 15, AMA members can realize significant savings by taking advantage of the $125 discounted registration fee to attend the conference. After that date, the fee for AMA members increases to $175. Non-members can register for $235.
At $49, an AMA membership not only pays for the conference, it provides a host of benefits, including AMA Roadside Assistance. To join, go to AmericanMotorcyclist.com. Online registration to the AMA International Women & Motorcycling Conference is available at http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=vw9ldxbab&oeidk=a07e5b2rc65a3dc83f3
Included in the AMA International Women & Motorcycling Conference registration fee is entry to seminars, the marketplace and Moto Action center, the Saturday Women’s Health Fair — where women can get a variety of health screenings such as mammograms and cholesterol and blood pressure checks — priority registration for manufacturer demo rides, the Friday Night Cookout and Saturday Night Celebration Party, as well as a conference t-shirt and gift bag.
Full conference details, as well as information about how to become an AMA member, are available at WomenandMotorcycling.com. Watch for updates on the conference Facebook page at Facebook.com/AMAWomenAndMotorcycling.
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 the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, the AMA honors the heroes and the heritage of motorcycling for future generations. For more information, please visit AmericanMotorcyclist.com.