Motorcycle racers to chase records at Bonneville Salt Flats
June 09, 2014
AMA Land Speed Grand Championships set for Aug. 23-28
PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- The world's fastest motorcyclists will compete for their place in history this Aug. 23-28 as they race for national and world records at the Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials.
Over a typical running of the six-day event, the American Motorcyclist Association clocks numerous provisional record-setting runs in classes featuring everything from 50cc mini-bikes to 3,000cc purpose-built top-speed machines.
"The Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials, also known as the AMA Land Speed Grand Championships, is one of the most unique competition events that we sanction," said AMA Track Racing Manager Ken Saillant. "Land-speed racing, and this event in particular, attracts an incredible diversity of motorcycles and racers. Every year the competition gets even more fierce, and we expect 2014 to be one of the most challenging ever."
Delvene Manning, owner of Deliciate Promotions LLC and the Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials and former daughter-in-law of long-time event promoter and AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Denis Manning, said that she's excited to take the reins of the event during an era of growing popularity of the sport.
"Denis shepherded land-speed racing into a new era, drawing competitors from all corners of the country and all backgrounds to chase their place in the record books," Delvene Manning said. "We have everyone from weekend warriors to fully backed factory teams at this event, and we're looking forward to carrying on the grand tradition of AMA championship land-speed racing on the Bonneville Salt Flats."
A number of high-profile attempts are expected this year. One is the Castrol Rocket, a 1,000-horsepower motorcycle with an eye on the outright land-speed record. Backed by Castrol and Triumph, the Hot Rod Conspiracy/Carpenter Racing Castrol Rocket will be ridden by former Daytona 200 winner Jason DiSalvo.
DiSalvo will be chasing the current record of 376.363 mph set by rider Rocky Robinson and builder Mike Akatiff in 2010.
"The outright land-speed record is one of motorcycle competition's great triumphs," Saillant said. "It is an enormous undertaking to compete for titles that push the frontiers of human achievement, and the investment, practice and teamwork that goes into just a few seconds of time at speed on the track is both mind-boggling and awe-inspiring."
Entry information, a detailed schedule, rules, classes and existing records are available at www.bonnevillespeedtrials.com.
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 its support of the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum, the AMA preserves the heritage of motorcycling for future generations. For more information, please visit AmericanMotorcyclist.com