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AMA thanks Roadracing World Action Fund for soft barrier deployment

July 18, 2013

AMA members who compete in the road race program during the AMA Vintage Grand Championships July 19-21 will be better protected in the event of a crash, thanks to the Roadracing World Action Fund.

"We appreciate the Roadracing World Action Fund stepping up to provide soft-barrier deployment," said AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman. "AMA members deserve a safe racing environment, and thanks to the generous support of the Roadracing World Action Fund, which donates the use of their soft barriers, the AMA Vintage Grand Championships will be a safer venue for our road race participants."

The Roadracing World Action Fund, a charitable organization whose mission is to prevent racetrack injuries, provides soft barriers, known as Airfence, at road race and dirt-track events. The inflated barriers are positioned in front of walls and other trackside obstacles to reduce the force of impact in the event of a rider crash.

WERA is the AMA's organizational partner for the road race program at the AMA Vintage Grand Championships. WERA CEO Evelyn Clarke said she welcomes the cooperation of the Roadracing World Action Fund.

"The Roadracing World Action Fund has always been there for the safety of the riders, and WERA and its riders have always supported and done what we can for the Roadracing World Action Fund," Clarke said.

The AMA Vintage Grand Championships take place during BikeBandit.com AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, featuring the riders and champions of Husqvarna, at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.

"We're happy to assist the AMA with the additional soft barriers needed above and beyond the 50 Airfence sections deployed by AMA Pro Racing," said John Ulrich, founder and president of the Roadracing World Action Fund and an AMA board member. "The purpose of the Roadracing World Action Fund is to help improve rider safety and deploying 26 additional sections -- 780 linear feet -- of Airfence brand soft barriers will make a significant difference. We'd like to thank all the people who have contributed to the Roadracing World Action Fund for making this and other deployments possible."

With proceeds supporting the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, BikeBandit.com AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, featuring the riders and champions of Husqvarna, is the country's premier celebration of vintage motorcycles and motorcycling heritage. The grand marshal this year is AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Dick Burleson. From 1974 to 1981, Burleson won eight consecutive AMA Grand National Enduro Championships during his remarkable career, earning the nickname "King Richard."

Activities at BikeBandit.com AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days include the AMA Classic Field Meet Challenge; amateur national championship road racing, motocross, hare scrambles, trials and dirt-track in vintage classes; a motorcycle skills test; a Wall of Death stunt show; and demo rides of current street and off-road motorcycles. The weekend also features North America's largest motorcycle swap meet, seminars conducted by notable motorcycling experts and autograph sessions with AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famers.

AMA Pro Racing is a registered trademark of the AMA that is licensed to Daytona Motorsports Group, which sanctions professional motorcycle racing in the United States.

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