Board of Directors Awards

Board of Directors Awards

Identifying members who best serve the AMA's mission

The AMA Board of Directors Awards recognize the individuals and organizations who have demonstrated leadership, uncommon excellence, and dedication to the AMA mission of promoting the motorcycle lifestyle and protecting the future of motorcycling.
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AMA Dud Perkins Lifetime Achievement Award

This annual award acknowledges the highest level of service to the AMA in any area of activity.

AMA Bessie Stringfield Award

This award is presented annually to an individual who has been instrumental in bringing emerging markets into the world of motorcycling.

AMA Hazel Kolb Brighter Image Award

This award is presented annually to an individual or organization that generates good publicity for motorcycling.

AMA Outstanding Road Rider Award

The AMA Outstanding Road Rider Award is presented annually to an individual who has contributed to the promotion of the motorcycling lifestyle and...

AMA Outstanding Off-Road Rider Award

The AMA Outstanding Off-Road Rider Award is presented annually to an individual who has contributed to the promotion of the motorcycling lifestyle...

Friend of the AMA Award

This award is presented to one or more in the motorcycling community who have strongly supported the AMA mission and its programs.

American Motorcyclist Association to field team for 2019 FIM Junior Motocross World Championship

Three riders to represent the United States at international event

AMA Press Release

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association announces the three riders who will represent the United States at the 2019 FIM Junior Motocross World Championship, where the best young riders in the world compete July 13-14, at Pietramurata, Arco di Trento, Italy.

"We have three top-tier American riders on the U.S. team, and we are confident they will represent our nation well," said AMA Motocross Manager Alex Hunter. "We are looking forward to the competition."

The FIM Junior Motocross World Championship pits the best 11- to 17-year-old riders from around the world against each other. This year, the competition is at Pietramurata, Arco di Trento, Italy. Photo by Ritchie C., courtesy of KTM

The AMA-supported entry of three riders includes Nicholas Romano of Bayside, N.Y., in the 85cc FIM World Championship Class; Austin Schafer of Hamer, S.C., in the 65cc FIM Junior Motocross World Cup Class; and Chase Yentzer of Carlisle, Pa., in the 125cc FIM Junior Motocross World Championship Class.

Jeff Cernic, owner of Cernic's Racing and a longtime amateur motocross supporter, will be team manager.

The FIM Junior Motocross World Championship is for competitors between the ages of 11 and 17 years. Countries from around the world select their best young up-and-coming riders to compete in individual classes and team events.

In 2018, the U.S. team finished the event in fourth place overall, despite 125cc Class rider and 2013 65cc Class Champion Aiden Tijero of Ripon, Calif., being unable to participate in the event. Australia took the overall victory, with The Netherlands finishing second and Italy third.