In just over a week’s time the MotoGP™ grid crosses the pond from its prolonged stay in Europe to contest the Red Bull US Grand Prix in Laguna Seca with local team Attack Performance lining up an in-house built CRT machine. Read more.
Jim Still leads Cam Roos, Fritz Kling (No. 421) and another rider, all on Honda 600 Hurricanes, in what is probably the C Production Expert final at the WERA Grand National Final in November of 1988. Roos was the star of the GNF that year, winning four national titles, including this race where he beat Kling and Larry Schwarzbach. After his great start Still ended up finishing sixth in this event. He came back however to win the D Production Championship.
PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation Board of Directors will conduct a supplemental vote for the inclusion of Derek “Nobby” Clark in this year’s Hall of Fame induction class.
The decision is in response to errors that occurred in the 2012 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame balloting process. The supplemental vote does not affect other 2012 Hall of Fame inductees.
“We believe Mr. Clark is worthy of induction into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame,” said Jeffrey V. Heininger, the chairman of the AMHF. “It’s important to stress that the balloting errors were not of Mr. Clark’s making, and the entire board offers its sincere apologies to Mr. Clark.”
The AMHF Board moved to put Mr. Clark’s name to a vote that could see him inducted to the Hall of Fame at this year’s induction ceremony in November.
“The only people who can elevate Mr. Clark to the Hall of Fame are the voting members, which include the living Hall of Famers,” Heininger said. “A clear vote in light of all that has happened allows Mr. Clark to enter the Hall with the honor he deserves. We expect to start contacting voting members for balloting early next week.”
The action follows a recommendation of the AMHF Executive Committee on Monday, July 16, when a report detailing problems with the 2012 Hall of Fame balloting process was discussed. The full report can be found at http://www.motorcyclemuseum.org/News/12-07-13/Statement_and_review_of_the_2012_Hall_of_Fame_induction_class.aspx.
Also in response to the errors in the 2012 ballot, Heininger told the AMHF board that the executive committee would convene a review panel to evaluate the Hall of Fame selection committees’ structure, along with procedures to ensure the adherence to, and checks and balances within, the induction process.
“There were errors made at the staff and committee levels in the formulation of the 2012 ballot.” Heininger said. “Those errors were rightly investigated, and the process must — and will be — corrected going forward.
“Recent events show that while the procedure for selecting Hall of Famers is sound, the implementation of that procedure leaves too much room for mistakes,” Heininger said. “It is important, for the integrity of the selection process and the Hall of Fame itself, to make sure our balloting is beyond reproach.”
About the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation
Founded in 1990 by the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation, the goal of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum is to tell the stories and preserve the history of motorcycling. Located on the campus of the American Motorcyclist Association in Pickerington, Ohio, the Museum’s three major exhibition halls feature the machines and memorabilia of those who have contributed notably to the sport. The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to motorcycling, including those known for their contributions to road riding, off-road riding and all categories of racing, as well as those who have excelled in business, history, design and engineering. More information can be found at MotorcycleMuseum.org.
Capistrano Beach, Calif., (July 19, 2012) – Next Level Sports Management announced today the addition of Danny Dobey as its newest team member. Dobey brings an additional 20 years of powersports industry experience to the agency’s roster and will focus on athlete representation and business development in his new role.
“Danny brings a strong motocross background and as well as a lot of enthusiasm to Next Level,” said Tony Gardea, Next Level founder. “By bringing in Danny’s experience and unique skill set, we are looking strengthen our position as an industry leading agency.”
Dobey began his career in the sales department with the original “JT Racing USA” under John and Rita Gregory. He worked his way up to Sales Manager before his 25th birthday and eventually left JT to form One Industries with partners Marc Blanchard and Ludovic Boinnard. Over the next decade One Industries grew to an innovative leader in the motocross industry and was eventually sold in 2007. Dobey remained with One until December 2011.
“I’m looking forward to my newest challenge,” said Dobey. “Over the past few years I’ve had the opportunity to work with Tony and I know he has created a great agency. I’m familiar with the Next Level staff and its list of current clients and feel like I can make a smooth transition into their already successful working environment.”
About Next level Sports Management
Next Level Sports Management is a public relations, sports marketing and athlete management firm specializing in the action sports and motorsports industries. Under the direction of founder Tony Gardea, Next Level offers a wide variety of professional services custom tailored to fit the needs of its’ clientele. From event-specific or cause-related PR and sports marketing to athlete representation, Next Level has the resources to assist companies large and small. Headquartered in Capistrano Beach, Calif., the Next Level offices are located in the Southern California hotbed that houses many of today’s leading action sport companies. Our client list includes Kawasaki Motors Corp, U.S.A., LeMans Corporation, Feld Motorsports, MX Sports, Pro Circuit and Monster Energy.
PICKERINGTON, Ohio — California and Illinois are the latest states to take stands against motorcycle-only checkpoints, the American Motorcyclist Association reports.
California’s governor signed a bill into law on July 13 to ban motorcycle-only checkpoints, while Illinois’ governor recently signed a bill into law that prohibits the use of federal funding for law enforcement to set up motorcycle-only traffic checkpoints.
Virginia and North Carolina also recently put laws on the books banning motorcycle-only checkpoints, and New Hampshire prohibits the use of federal dollars for them.
“Officials say they set up these motorcycle-only checkpoints to pull over motorcyclists to check for safety violations,” said Wayne Allard, AMA vice president for government relations. “But if officials are really concerned about motorcyclists’ safety, then they need to stop discriminating against motorcyclists with these checkpoints and start supporting programs that prevent motorcycle crashes, such as rider safety training and driver awareness programs.”
The AMA opposes motorcycle-only checkpoints and has been tracking the discriminatory practice since it first appeared in New York several years ago.
For more information on the issue, go to http://www.americanmotorcyclist.com/rights/motorcycleonlycheckpoints.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 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.