Story by Heather Wilson
Photo by Jeff Guciardo
Trials Inc.’s Brad Baumert was presented the 2016 Friend of the AMA Award by AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman at the trials competition riders’ meeting during AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days on Sunday, July 10.
“Anytime we need support for anything, Brad is always there,” Dingman said. “He’s been a tremendous friend of the AMA.”
The Friend of the AMA Award recognizes one or more in the motorcycling community, including clubs, companies, sponsors and/or partners that have strongly supported the AMA mission and programs. Baumert was among three recipients selected by the AMA Board of Directors this year.
Baumert was happy to receive the award while he was among trials riders, the people who support him.
“This award means that all the hard work and effort put into the sport of motorcycling sometimes comes back to reward you,” Baumert said. “The AMA has always been there for me.”
Baumert has ridden trials since he was 10 and has competed since 1991.
Baumert is CEO for the North American Trials Council and principal of Trials Inc.
He has been a longtime volunteer and supporter of the sport of trials and was instrumental in organizing events at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days and the AMA campus. In so doing, Baumert has encouraged new riders, young and old, to discover motorcycling.
He raced in the Twin Shock Intermediate class at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days.