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.
Tyler Clark: 2012 AMA Hillclimb Grand Championships ATV 450cc 2 Stroke class champion
March 25, 2013
Tyler Clark, of St. Joseph, Mo., raced in the 2012 AMA Hillclimb Grand Championships and took home the national No. 1 plate in the ATV 450cc 2 Stroke class. He also placed second in the ATV Open 2 Stroke and second in the Open ATV class.
Which racers were Clark's toughest competition?
"Will Shaw, Austin Welch and Zach Dierks consistently bring their A-games and fast bikes," he said. "On any given day any of the three can give me a run for my money. I've always got to ride hard and leave it all on the hill to win."
Clark has been hillclimbing since 2004 and in 2005 he attended his first AMA District 23 (Minnesota) event.
"I like the District 23 series because of the variety of the hills and other riders," Clark explained. "The level of competition is unmatched in any other area of the country. District 23 has the best ATV hillclimbers in the country."
Clark has big plans for the 2013 racing season.
"I will be racing the full District 23 series this year. The schedule looks really good with all the double header hillclimbs and it will be much easier to make the long drives up north," he said.
Beyond 2013, Clark plans to continue racing as long as he can.
"I have been riding since I was three and do not intend to stop anytime soon. I have to keep my competition on their toes!" Clark said.
When he is not working or riding, Clark enjoys spending time with his one year old daughter Aubree and his wife Lacey and they especially like trip to Florida and the Caribean!
"My current sponsors are BansheeHQ.com and Clark Concrete Construction. I would also like to thank my parents for getting me into riding as such an early age and my Dad for attending all of the events with me.
Pit crew is just as important as getting up the hill! I would also like to thank my competition for always pushing the pace. If it weren't for them, the series wouldn't be what it is today. I'd also like to thank LP Motocross for shooting awesome video at the hillclimbs. LP Motocross has captured some of my best and worst moments on the hill," said Clark.