AMA Racing Champions
2012 was a great year for AMA and ATVA competition. Here, some of the national champions and top competitors talk about the 2012 season, look ahead to the 2013 season, and explain why AMA and ATVA competition is the best racing on the planet. No other No. 1 plate matters.
Ryan Rivenburgh: 2012 AMA NATC Youth Nationals Championship title in the Novice class
March 04, 2013
Ryan RIvenburgh, the 15-year-old Wonder Lake, Ill., resident earned the AMA NATC Youth Nationals Championship title in the Novice class, Ryan also rode the Illinois state series winning Novice, earning a 2nd place in Wisconsin and tied for 3rd in the Schoolboy class for the OMA National series. “My toughest competition is my sister, who happens to also be the Woman's NATC National Champion.” The skill and dedication that trials riders exhibit is amazing. A question many people ask is, why do they do it? Rivenburgh explains how he got involved in the sport. “I started racing Motocross when I was eight, then switched over to Hare Scrambles because you got to ride more," he said. "Then, Trials, it looked like a challenge."
One thing that Rivenburgh really loves about trials is the sportsmanship, "The people you meet at a Trials event are all awesome. In most cases, even your competition will help root for you to make a section."
In 2013, Rivenburgh plans to ride the entire National MotoTrials circuit, as well as the Youth National in Tennessee, and a few of the OMA Nationals.
Rivenburgh has at least another few years of racing in his future.
"I want to keep racing as long as I can make it to them," he explains. "I have college coming up in a few years and also want to go to West Point, so I might need to take a break to accomplish those things."
When Rivenburgh isn’t competing he enjoys riding his trials bicycle, competing in AirSoft wars, and also building speaker cabinets.
Rivenburgh said he would like to thank his supporters: John Kemper from Kemper Valves, Brad Baumert for his help at RYP Sherco and training, Motul Oils and Northwest cycle in McHenry, Il.
He also said, "If it wasn't for my Mom and Dad, I wouldn't be doing anything, but they support my sister and I 110 percent."
"I have so much fun attending all of the AMA events," he exclaimed. "The people we meet at the MotoTrials are like seeing family every time. Riding trials with my sister has really brought us together, building obstacles in our yard and trying to always ride something higher or steeper. I enjoy helping anyone who is having trouble and look forward to serving my country."