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Kyle Wyman wins 78th running of the Daytona 200

MotoAmerica AMA Superbike rider scores first career Daytona 200 victory in dramatic fashion

The American Motorcyclist Association congratulates rider Kyle Wyman on winning the 78th edition of the Daytona 200.

AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Bubba Shobert to be Grand Marshal of 2019 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, featuring Honda

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The American Motorcyclist Association welcomes three-time AMA Grand National Champion and AMA Superbike champion Bubba Shobert as Grand Marshal of...

Pfanders, Smith win multiple titles as 2019 AMA Daytona Bike Week Flat Track Championship Series comes to a close

18 riders win AMA No. 1 plates at conclusion of AMA Major Event

Bradon Pfanders and Colton Smith won multiple championships as the three-round 2019 AMA Bike Week Flat Track Series, an AMA Major Event, concluded...

Motorcyclists bring energy, excitement to Daytona Beach Main Street

Thousands of Daytona Bike Week attendees enjoy festivities

Main Street was the place to be Monday night as throngs of 2019 Daytona Bike Week attendees crowded the beachside strip.

Frye, DiFranceso, Thrasher among class champions at 2019 Ricky Carmichael Amateur Supercross event

23 amateur riders win AMA No. 1 plates on modified AMA Supercross track

Jarret Frye, Nate Thrasher and Ryder DiFrancesco were among the big winners at the 2019 Ricky Carmichael Amateur Supercross, an AMA Major Event.

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AMA Press Releases

Travis Pastrana named American Motorcyclist Association 2018 Motorcyclist of the Year

Racer, daredevil, philanthropist shined positive light on motorcycling

AMA Press Release

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association 2018 Motorcyclist of the Year is Travis Pastrana, a professional motocross racer turned action sports daredevil and charity fundraiser.

Awarded annually, the AMA Motorcyclist of the Year designation recognizes the individual or group that had the most profound impact on the world of motorcycling in the previous 12 months.

American Motorcyclist Association 2018 Motorcyclist of the Year Travis Pastrana. Photo by Nitro Circus

For one night in July, Pastrana captured the imagination of millions worldwide as he completed three motorcycle jumps in Las Vegas. The jumps were inspired by similar attempts by legendary daredevil Evel Knievel in the late 1960s and the 1970s.

Pastrana is a Charter Life Member of the AMA, signifying 25 years of continuous membership in the association.

"Few things or people in motorcycling today capture the fascination of today's youth like Knievel did for me as a boy," AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman said. "Travis Pastrana's performance no doubt captured the attention of young people in a way that hasn't been done since the days of Knievel.

Travis Pastrana performs during HISTORY's Live Event "Evel Live" on July 8, 2018, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for HISTORY

"He drew positive attention to motorcycling through mainstream media in a manner that helps to promote motorcycling and the motorcycle lifestyle," Dingman explained. "It is for this reason that the AMA Board of Directors has named Travis Pastrana the 2018 AMA Motorcyclist of the Year."

Travis Pastrana and Ryan Sipes met many local families on their relief trip to Puerto Rico in December 2018. Photo by Scooter Cooper

In addition to his high-profile Las Vegas stunts, Pastrana raised awareness of the devastation caused to Puerto Rico by Hurricane Maria and helped raise money to rebuild motocross tracks, homes and a school playground.

Pastrana’s career in extreme sports began as one of the country’s top amateur motocross racers. Pastrana won his first AMA amateur national championship at the AMA Amateur Motocross Nationals at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in 1994. In all, Pastrana won five AMA amateur titles before being awarded the AMA Motocross Horizon Award in 1999, presented annually to an amateur racer poised for excellence in the pro ranks.

The full story of Pastrana's efforts can be found in the January issue of American Motorcyclist magazine.

Industry Press Releases

Progressive International Motorcycle Shows continues to increase new ridership

Expands 'Discover the Ride' beyond the motorcycle industry

The program’s interactive attractions to reach thousands of new consumers, debuting outside of IMS for the first time at the 2019...

AimExpo presented by Nationwide begins countdown to re-imagined 2019 show

Powersports show returns to Columbus, Ohio, Sept. 26-29

It’s all change in 2019 for AIMExpo presented by Nationwide. The new and improved show will include a number of innovative features and...

Aimexpo presented by Nationwide begins countdown to re-imagined 2019 show

Powersports show returns to Columbus, Ohio, Sept. 26-29

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Motorcyclist to ride 24 hours nonstop on a dyno for MS charity

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American Flat Track announces 2019 NBCSN broadcast schedule

Flag-to-flag coverage of all 18 events

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