AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days to feature Grand Championships

AMA Racing No. 1 plates will be awarded to premier-class champions; AMA Racing Vintage Grand National Champion to be crowned.

The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) is pleased to announce that AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, set for July 24-26 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, will feature the inaugural AMA Racing Vintage Grand Championships, which will honor the top riders in a variety of disciplines with championship titles and AMA Racing No. 1 plates.

In addition, the AMA Racing Vintage Grand Championships will crown a single AMA Racing Vintage Grand National Champion. The Grand National Champion will be the rider who has the highest cumulative premier-class point total across multiple vintage disciplines held at the event. Featured will be road racing, motocross, dirt track, hare scrambles and trials.

"AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days is the country’s premier event for vintage bike enthusiasts, and the world’s largest celebration of motorcycling’s heritage," said AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman. "It’s only appropriate to recognize the top competitors at the event with AMA Racing National Championships. In addition, naming an AMA Racing Vintage Grand National Champion echoes an honor that has been very important in the shared history of motorcyclists, and allows us to recognize one outstanding individual who excels across multiple disciplines."

Class champions from the AMA Racing Vintage Grand Championships, as well as the 2009 AMA Vintage Grand National Champion, will be invited to attend the end-of-year AMA Racing annual awards banquet, where AMA Racing National Champions from around the country will be honored for their 2009 accomplishments.

In addition, riders winning titles in the premier classes at this year’s AMA Racing Vintage Grand Championships, and the No. 1 plates that go with those titles, will earn the right to run and defend their plates at the 2010 AMA Racing Vintage Grand Championships.

Full details of the program, such as which classes will be considered premier and therefore eligible for AMA Racing No. 1 plates and points toward the title of AMA Racing Vintage Grand National Champion, will be announced in the near future.

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