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Sensational rider line up for AMA National Series Round 2 at Victorville

August 29, 2013

The following is an industry press release...

In just 24 days the biggest Speedway Motorcycle race in the High Desert in a decade blasts off as Round 2 of the AMA National Speedway Series hits Wheel 2 Wheel Raceway at the Victorville Fairgrounds in California.

The line up is headed by the current AMA National Champion and former World Champion Billy 'The Bullet" Hamill, out of San Marcos California. Hamill currently trails three time AMA Champion Billy Janniro out of Rancho Cordova, CA, by 3 points after a sensational Round 1 in Ventura, CA on the 29th of June where Janniro went unbeaten, a feat he will hope to repeat here. The former National Champions entered in for the race abound, with Charlie Venegas and Mike Faria keen to make up ground lost in the series opener. Next is former Grand Prix rider Josh Larsen, won last two times out at Victorville and is currently 6th in the standings on 11 points. The 'older guard' is backed up nicely with former Track Champions and local fan favorites Buck Blair and 'Fast' Eddie Castro.

The young chargers who are attempting to spoil the established superstars are led by newly crowned National Long Track Champion and USA World Cup star Gino Manzares, who is currently within striking distance of the big two. 16 year old rookie sensation Max Ruml, who just won the Under 21 National Championship, comes in in 8th place after an incredible opening round in Ventura. Aaron Fox, who came agonizingly close to winning the 2013 California State Championship in his break out season is a very respectable fourth. Tyson Talkington, who impressed to qualify at Ventura, continues his steady rise and aims to climb the standings at Victorville. The young guns are rounded out with two former National Champions - Bryce Starks, a two time Under 21 Champion, and former Youth Champion Jason Ramirez.

The seeded rider line up is rounded out with two vastly experienced Northern California - former British League rider Bryan Yarrow and two time Team USA World Cup rider Tommy Hedden.

There will be an additional two spots on the program for riders who will come through 'sudden death' qualifiers before the main show. The future of the sport will be very well represented with two classes of Youth Speedway who will be racing for the 'Nick Varner' Memorial Trophy, in honor of a young speedway rider who sadly succumbed to injuries sustained in a moto cross crash two years ago.

The 37 race program is scheduled to start at 2pm on the 22nd and the Main show will uniquely replicate the exact same format used in the 'Speedway Grand Prix Series' which determines the World Champion of the sport. Ahead of the races there will be a 'Speedway Festival' at the track commencing at noon where Family Fun is the name of the game. Rider autograph sessions, food and drink, face painting, a kids bounce house, Free Massages as well as other vendors will be present.

The day before the event a special pre race lunch and promotional event will be held at Victorville Harley Davidson where fans are welcome to attend.

Tickets are just $20 for Adults, $10 for Kids 5-15 and Seniors with Under 5 FREE. Discounted $15 adult tickets can be obtained ahead of the event from Victorville Harley Davidson or email enquiries are invited at

The event is promoted by Steve Evans and local businessman / personality 'Crazy' Chris Ackerman. Both are thrilled with the response from the riders, fans, local media and businesses for the race, the biggest at the track in almost ten years. The presenting sponsor of the race is Victorville Harley Davidson and thanks are also given to Victorville Daily Press, Advance Performance Muffler, Battery Mart, Fast Fridays Speedway, Signify Designs, Massage by Carol Gordon, Heritage Victor Valley Medical Group, Kool Jumpers, CME Promotions, State Farm, Town and Country Tire and Jack In the Box for Supporting the event and Festival. Sponsor spaces and vendor spots are still available.

The AMA National Speedway Series concludes five days after the Victorville round with the Grand Final / Round 3 at its traditional home of Fast Fridays Speedway in Auburn on Friday 27th September at 8pm in the Gold Country Fairgrounds.


AMA Series Points After Round 1
Billy Janniro 21
Billy Hamill 18
Gino Manzares 17
Aaron Fox 12
Buck Blair 11
Josh Larsen 10
Eddie Castro 10
Max Ruml 9
Tommy Hedden 7
Charlie Venegas 5
Bryce Starks 5
Bryan Yarrow 4
Bob Hicks 3
Jason Ramirez 3
Bobby Schwartz 2
Tyson Talkington 1


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