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Paul Thede's Race Tech powers AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Legends Weekend

November 16, 2012

Paul Thede's Race Tech, innovative leaders in motorcycle suspension since 1984, will be the weekend sponsor for the 2012 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Legends Weekend, Powered by Paul Thede's Race Tech. The two-day event takes place Friday and Saturday, Nov. 16-17, at the Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa in Las Vegas, Nev.

"The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame is very pleased to have Paul Thede and Race Tech come aboard to power the best weekend in motorcycling," said Jeffrey V. Heininger, chairman of the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation. "Paul and his company have long been focused on making motorcycles better for everyday street riders as well as off-road and road racers. Their vision also honors the sport's history through their sponsorship of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Legends Weekend."

The weekend is made up of two premier events honoring the fast and the famous of motorcycling on Friday night, the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, presented by KTM, will officially welcome the class of 2012: the late Rod Bush, KTM North America president and industry visionary; world championship roadracing tuner Nobby Clark; off-road racing champion Ty Davis; 1975 AMA Supercross Champion Jimmy Ellis; pioneering female motocrosser Sue Fish; world-class bike restorer Brian Slark; and the late iconic race starter Al Wilcox. Two Hall of Fame Legends will also be honored: 1998 inductees Malcolm Smith and Mert Lawwill.

The 2012 AMA Legends Weekend, Powered by Paul Thede's Race Tech, also includes one of the country's leading motorcycle shows. On Saturday, Nov. 17, the Red Rock will host the 2012 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Dave Mungenast Memorial Concours d'Elegance, featuring many of the country's most impressive original and restored classic motorcycles.

Topping off the weekend at the nearby Orleans Arena is the finale of one of the most thrilling AMA-sanctioned national racing series, the 2012 GEICO AMA EnduroCross National Championship Series.

"Over the years I've watched the evolution of motorcycles and the motorcycle community," Thede said. "Through all the changes, one thing has remained the same. There isn't a group of more passionate and talented individuals on the planet. The community we all love today would not be possible without the amazing accomplishments of those who have built our sport. We at Race Tech are proud to honor these heroes in the AMA Hall of Fame and to power this special weekend that shines the light on motorcycling's wonderful heritage."

Tickets for the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, presented by KTM, and the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Dave Mungenast Memorial Concours d'Elegance are available by calling (800) 342-5464.

The induction ceremony and bike show will be held at the Las Vegas Red Rock Resort, a world-class spa, hotel and casino, featuring a range of entertainment, dining and family-friendly attractions. Room reservations can be made by calling (866) 767-7773. Online room reservations are available at www.redrocklasvegas.com.

For tickets to the final round of the GEICO AMA EnduroCross Series at the Orleans Arena, see www.endurocross.com.

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