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AMA Press Releases

Award nominees announced for 2018 AMA Championship Banquet

Voting for AMA Racers of the Year is open to AMA members

AMA Press Release

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association has announced the nominees for the 2018 AMA Championship Banquet awards. The awards recognize individuals and organizations that excelled in AMA-sanctioned competition and recreational activity in 2018.

"The AMA Championship Banquet is an annual celebration that honors national champions in AMA competition and recognizes recreational and competition organizers and special accomplishments," AMA Director of Racing Kevin Crowther said. "This prestigious event spotlights individuals and organizations from a variety of motorcycle and ATV disciplines who represent the country's best. We welcome the opportunity to publicly recognize them and what they accomplished this year."

2017 AMA Championship Banquet. Photo by Jeff Guciardo

AMA members help choose the winners of selected categories, including the coveted AMA Athlete of the Year awards.

AMA members may visit to cast their votes for the 2018 AMA racing awards. Voting ends at midnight Sunday, Nov. 11.

The special award winners will be announced at the 2018 AMA Championship Banquet on Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Hilton Columbus/Polaris in Columbus, Ohio. The event is part of the 2018 AMA Legends & Champions Weekend, Dec. 7-9.

Among those recognized at the banquet are top clubs and promoters in competition and recreational riding categories.

Class champions from national and regional motorcycle and ATV championships will be honored with AMA National No. 1 plates at the banquet, while second- and third-place finishers also receive awards.

The AMA Championship Banquet recognizes hundreds of top racers from across the country in disciplines ranging from flat track to motocross to woods racing and everything in between.

Recreational organizers will be recognized in road-riding and off-road categories. The AMA Club of the Year and the AMA Media Award also will be presented.

To reserve your space at the event, visit Tickets are $75 each. AMA Life Members receive a $10 discount and children 4 years old and younger are free.

The banquet includes dinner and door prizes.

Visit to learn more.

2018 AMA Racing Award Nominees

AMA Athlete of the Year: National Championship Series

  • Steward Baylor Jr. — Champion, AMA Enduro National Championship Series
  • Colton Haaker — Champion, AMA Endurocross National Championship Series
  • Jacob Hayes — Champion, AMA Arenacross National Championship Series
  • Billy Janniro — Champion, AMA Speedway National Championship Series
  • Kendall Norman — Champion, AMA Hare & Hound National Championship Series
  • Kailub Russell — Champion, AMA Grand National Cross Country Championship
  • Ryan Sipes — ISDE, Motocross of Nations
  • Patrick Smage — Champion, AMA/NATC MotoTrials National Championship Series

AMA Athlete of the Year: Grand Championships

  • Dallas Daniels — Nicky Hayden AMA Dirt Track Horizon Award Winner; Nicky Hayden AMA Road Race Horizon Award Winner
  • Derek Drake — Nicky Hayden AMA Motocross Horizon Award Winner
  • Koa Estrella — Kenda AMA Tennessee Knockout Extreme Enduro Grand Championship
  • Brock Riffe — AMA Hillclimb Grand Championship
  • Quinn Wentzel — AMA Vintage Grand Championship

AMA ATV Athlete of the Year

  • Walker Fowler — AMA Grand National Cross Country Series
  • Jeremy Gray — AMA Hare & Hound National Championship Series
  • Traci Pickens — AMA Grand National Cross Country Series
  • Logan Stanfield — AMA ATV Motocross National Championship Series

AMA Veteran/Senior Racer of the Year

  • Destry Abbott — ISDE, AMA National Endurocross Championship
  • Bryan Bigelow — AMA Ice Race Grand Championship
  • Mike Brown — AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship
  • Thomas Hannum — AMA Vintage Flat Track National Championship Series
  • Kendall Norman — AMA Hare & Hound National Championship Series

AMA Youth Racer of the Year

  • Caden Braswell — FIM Junior Motocross World Championship (85cc)
  • Tom Drane — AMA Flat Track Grand Championship
  • Max Fernandez — AMA Grand National Cross Country Series
  • Sebastian Palmese — AMA Youth Speedway National Championship
  • Nate Thrasher — AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship

AMA Female Racer of the Year

  • Jamie Astudillo — WMX, AMA MotoAmerica Junior Cup
  • Jordan Jarvis — AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship, WMX, AMA Amateur National Arenacross Championship
  • Tayla Jones — AMA National Enduro Championship Series, AMA Grand National Cross Country Series
  • Traci Pickens — AMA Grand National Cross Country Series
  • Kayla Yaakov — AMA Road Race Grand Championship Series

2018 AMA Organizer Award Nominees

AMA Motocross Organizer of the Year

  • Lincoln Trails Motosports, Casey, Ill.
  • RedBud Recreation, Buchanan, Mich.
  • Unlimited Sports, Winter Garden, Fla.

AMA Off-Road Organizer of the Year

  • Mid East Hare Scramble, Shelby, N.C.
  • Racer Productions Inc., Morgantown, W.Va.
  • Southwestern Idaho Desert Racing Association, Caldwell, Idaho

AMA Track Racing Organizer of the Year

  • Deliciate Promotions LLC, Poulsbo, Wash.
  • Flat Out Friday, Milwaukee, Wis.
  • WERA Motorcycle Roadracing Inc., Canton, Ga.

AMA ATV Organizer of the Year

  • Mid East Hare Scramble, Shelby, N.C.
  • Racer Productions Inc., Morgantown, W.Va.
  • Western New York Off-Road Association, Lansing, N.Y.

AMA Recreational Road Riding Organizer of the Year

  • Azratpack, Buckeye, Ariz.
  • Lebanon Valley Motorcycle Club Inc., Lebanon, Pa.
  • Sand Dollar Motorcycle Club Inc., Fort Walton Beach, Fla.

AMA Recreational Off-Road Organizer of the Year

  • Horizons Unlimited, Blane, Wash.
  • Stoney Lonesome M/C, Columbus, Ind.
  • Wisconsin Dual Sport Riders, Neenah, Wis.

AMA Club of the Year

  • Lansing Motorcycle Club, Lansing, Mich.
  • Pasadena Motorcycle Club, Pasadena, Calif.
  • Trials Inc., Louisville, Ky.

AMA Media Award

  • Braap Mag, Willow Street, Pa.
  • Mark Kariya, Pauma Valley, Calif.
  • Dave Swarts (Roadracing World & Motorcycle Technology), Lake Elsinore, Calif.

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