PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- Motorcycle racers on vintage machines dating to the 1940s will display their skills as they continue their quest for the coveted AMA National No. 1 plate during a half-mile event July 9 at the Ashland County Fairgrounds in Ashland, Ohio.
The race, sponsored by AMA Business Member Nationwide Insurance, is Round 10 of the 14-round AMA Vintage Dirt Track National Championship and is a featured event during AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, July 8-10, at nearby Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.
"Ashland continues to be one of the favorite stops on the AMA Vintage Dirt Track National Championship schedule," said Ken Saillant, AMA track racing manager. "Riders from around the country come to enjoy great racing at one of the premier half-mile venues the series offers. Along with all the cool vintage bikes, we throw in a few modern classes, as well."
A complete list of vintage and modern classes for AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days is available at www.americanmotorcyclist.com/events/amavintagemotorcycledays/vintageracing.
"AMA racers are some of the most dedicated motorcyclists on the planet," said Ann Ritterspach, AVP, Nationwide Affinity Solutions. "And Round 10 of AMA Vintage Dirt Track National Championship Series, presented by Nationwide, will feature some of the best vintage dirt track racers in the country. It's our pleasure to support the AMA as it showcases the talent and daring of these enthusiastic and talented members."
Dirt track registration is 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., July 9 at Gate 5 of the Ashland County Fairgrounds. Practice begins at 4 p.m. Heat races are scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m., with the finals at 8:30 p.m.
For 2016, with the generous support of Suzuki Motor of America, AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days honors the career of Suzuki rider and AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Wes Cooley. The infield display, Celebrating 40 Years of AMA Superbikes, presented by Suzuki, will showcase the rich history of AMA Superbike racing with a number of historic championship-winning machines. The central piece of the display will be Cooley's 1980 championship-winning GS1000, which Cooley will ride in demonstration laps around the road race course each day.
AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days features the Moto Armory AMA Off-Road Vintage Grand Championship, including vintage and post-vintage motocross, hare scrambles and trials, as well as vintage and post-vintage road racing on Mid-Ohio's road race course. Mini road racing and a pit bike race also will be held during the event.
The weekend includes North America's largest motorcycle swap meet sponsored by Federal Motorcycle Transport, the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Bike Show presented by Old Bike Barn, the American Motor Drome Wall of Death, a classic motorcycle field meet, demo rides of current production bikes, seminars, live music, raffle bikes, a beer garden with the region's best craft beers, and displays of AMA clubs and custom bike builders.
Tickets are available for purchase on the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course website at www.midohio.com or at the gate. A weekend pass is $60, a single-day admission for Friday or Saturday is $40 and a single-day admission for Sunday is $35. Kids 12 and under get in free.
For more details on AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, see www.amavintagemotorcycledays.com and www.facebook.com/AMAVintageMotorcycleDays.
AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days is a fundraiser for the nonprofit AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame. Financial contributors include Moto Armory, Nationwide Insurance, Suzuki Motor of America, Federal Motorcycle Transport, Old Bike Barn, Iron Pony/Pony Powersports, and Sena Technologies Inc.