PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association congratulates veteran speedway racer Billy Janniro on winning his ninth AMA Speedway National Championship. The 2018 champion won the title for the sixth consecutive year and has surpassed Greg Hancock's record of eight career titles.
Action photo of 2018 AMA Speedway National Championship winner Billy Janniro racing in the 2018 season finale at Fast Fridays Motorcycle Speedway in Auburn, Calif. Photo by Michael Kirby
"The AMA offers its congratulations to Billy Janniro on another championship season," AMA Track Racing Manager Ken Saillant said. "He is an incredibly talented racer and has entered the history books as the first person to win nine AMA Speedway National Championships. We look forward to seeing him return to the AMA Speedway National Championship in 2019."
Janniro, 38, of Winters, Calif., began competing in speedway racing in 1995. He won the 2018 title Sept. 29 at the final round of the 2018 AMA Speedway National Championship at Fast Fridays Motorcycle Speedway in Auburn, Calif.
"It was a tough season, but things worked out," Janniro said. "When I started racing, I never thought this would happen to me. I was just a kid having fun."
As an AMA national champion, Janniro will be awarded his AMA No. 1 plate and be honored as part of the AMA Legends & Champions Weekend in Columbus, Ohio, Dec. 7-9.
The AMA Championship Banquet is Dec. 8 at the Hilton Columbus/Polaris in Columbus, Ohio. Room reservations can be made at www.hilton.com/en/hi/groups/personalized/C/CMHPOHF-AMOTOA-20181205/index.jhtml. Banquet tickets are available at www.americanmotorcyclist.com.
2018 AMA Speedway National Championship Results
1. Billy Janniro - 96
2. Austin Novratil - 72
3. Luke Becker - 67
4. Dillon Ruml - 59
5. Aaron Fox - 51
6. Jim Fishback - 42
7. Bart Bast - 40
8. Russell Green - 38
9. Tommy Hedden - 34
10. Max Ruml - 26