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AMA Sports Awards Banquet
November 18, 2005
The Orleans Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas


Join us at the third annual AMA Sports Awards Banquet, where nearly 400 national champions in more than a dozen forms of motorcycle and ATV competition will be honored for their achievements in 2005.

In addition, 2005 Awards of Excellence will be presented to the year's top riders, promoters and members of the media.

The evening begins with a hosted reception at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m. The awards ceremony starts at 8 p.m.

Advance registration for the banquet is required. Register online, or download the registration form to reserve your spot by mail or fax.

For additional information, contact Sue Mason at (614) 856-1900, extension 1244, or by email at [email protected].

The nominees for the 2005 AMA Sports Awards are:

AMA SPORTS ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Geoff Aaron, Ramona, California – Observed Trials
Barry Henson, Davie, Florida – Drag Racing
Juha Salminen, Amherst, Ohio – GNCC
Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Washington – Motocross
Russell Pearson, Henderson, Nevada – Hare and Hound

ATVA ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Bill Ballance, Oakland, Kentucky – GNCC
Chris Borich, Sunbury, Pennsylvania – GNCC
Tim Farr, Massillon, Ohio – Motocross, Dirt Track
Doug Gust, Salem, Wisconsin – Motocross
John Natalie, Jr., Houtzdale, Pennsylvania – Motocross

AMA SPORTS VETERAN/SENIOR RIDER OF THE YEAR
Jeff Fredette, Beecher, Illinois – Enduro, ISDE
Mike Katin, East Sparta, Ohio – Motocross
Craig Pickett, Linden, Michigan – Ice racing and Motocross

ATVA VETERAN/SENIOR RIDER OF THE YEAR
Todd Harrell, Coweta, Oklahoma – Dirt Track
Dave Simmons, Painesville, Ohio – GNCC
Tommy Tantillo, Manorville, New York – Motocross

AMA SPORTS FEMALE RIDER OF THE YEAR
Amanda Mastin, Whitehouse, Ohio – Enduro, GNCC, Hare Scrambles
Jessica Patterson, Tallahassee, Florida – Motocross
Elaine Seasly, Tucson, Arizona – Road racing

ATVA FEMALE RIDER OF THE YEAR
Heather Byrd, Union City, Tennessee – Motocross
Jami Luburgh, Zanesville, Ohio – Motocross
Traci Cecco, Shamokin, Pennsylvania – GNCC

AMA SPORTS YOUTH RIDER OF THE YEAR
Walker Fowler, Rogers, Ohio – GNCC
Will Ibsen, Roswell, Georgia – Observed Trials
Patrick Jacobsen, Montgomery, New York – Dirt Track

ATVA YOUTH RIDER OF THE YEAR
Walker Fowler, Rogers, Ohio – GNCC
Joel Hetrick, Seneca, Pennsylvania – Motocross, Dirt Track
Ricky Stair, Harmony, Pennsylvania – Motocross

ATVA AMATEUR RIDER OF THE YEAR
Adam McGill, West Union, West Virginia – GNCC
Cody Miller, Greenville, Texas – Motocross
Mitch Reynolds, Greenbrier, Arkansas – Motocross, Dirt Track
Josh Upperman, Louisville, Ohio – Motocross

AMA SPORTS PHOTOJOURNALIST OF THE YEAR
Adam Campbell
Jim Grant
Jeff Kardas

AMA SPORTS PRINT MEDIA JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR
Chris Hultner
Shan Moore
Kit Palmer

AMA SPORTS BROADCAST JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR
Brian Drebber
Rodney Tomlin
MX Sports Center

AMA SPORTS WEBSITE OF THE YEAR
www.coolskunk.com
www.sponsorhouse.com
www.strictlymx.com

AMA SPORTS MOTOCROSS ORGANIZER OF THE YEAR
Budds Creek Motocross Park
Unlimited Sports, Inc.
Victory Sports, Inc.

AMA SPORTS TRACK RACING ORGANIZER OF THE YEAR
Xtreme International Ice Racing
Track Racing
Steve Nace Racing Promotions

AMA SPORTS OFF-ROAD ORGANIZER OF THE YEAR
Boise Ridge Riders, Inc.
New Straightsville Enduro Riders
Vikings Motorcycle Club

ATVA ORGANIZER OF THE YEAR
IOWA ATV Hare Scrambles Series – Andy Kyner
Twin Creeks Raceway
Unadilla Valley Sports Center
 

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Tickets To The November 20 AMA Pro Racing Awards Banquet In Las Vegas, Nevada Still Available
Nov 15, 2005

From a press release issued by AMA Pro Racing:

PICKERINGTON, Ohio (Nov. 15, 2005) – Tickets are still available for the 31st Annual AMA Pro Racing Championship Awards Banquet, set for this Sunday, Nov. 20 at Paris Las Vegas. Tickets must be ordered by today.

The AMA Pro Racing Championship Awards Banquet is held every year at the conclusion of the race season. The banquet honors the leading riders who have competed in AMA Motocross, Supercross, Superbike, Flat Track, Supermoto and Hillclimb. Crew members and manufacturers are also recognized.

The 2005 AMA Pro Racing SPEED Channel Athlete of the Year award will also be announced. Who will it be…..Ricky Carmichael, Chris Carr, Tommy Hayden, Mat Mladin or Ivan Tedesco?

In addition to recognizing AMA Pro Racing Champs, a special announcement will be made during the evening including an invitation to a private party immediately following the banquet.

This year’s banquet is the 31st annual and caps off the “AMA Las Vegas Invasion” weekend. The public is welcome to attend the banquet. Tickets are still available at $125 which includes admission, hors d’oeuvres and dinner. Tickets must be ordered by Tuesday, Nov. 15. For ticket information, call (614) 856-1900, ext. 1232, or visit www.amaproracing.com.

About AMA Pro Racing

AMA Pro Racing is the leading sanctioning body for motorcycle sport in the United States. Its properties include the Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series, the AMA Motocross Championship presented by FMF, the AMA Superbike Championship presented by Parts Unlimited, the AMA Ford Quality Checked Flat Track Championship and the AMA Supermoto Championship. For more information about AMA Pro Racing, visit www.amaproracing.com.
 

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AMA Banquet Honors Carmichael
11/21/2005
Courtesy of AMA Pro Racing

It was a star-studded evening Sunday where all of motorcycle racing gathered for the 31st Annual AMA Pro Racing Championship Awards Banquet at Paris Las Vegas. The evening was hosted by Jamie Little and Todd Harris. Champions of 2005 were honored and highlights of the evening included the announcement of the 2005 AMA Pro Racing SPEED Channel Athlete of the Year Award and the special announcement that Toyota signed as the new series sponsor of the AMA Motocross Championship. The evening continued with an after party hosted by Toyota.

AMA Pro Racing's SPEED Channel Athlete of the Year Award is the highest honor an AMA racer can receive. Past recipients include such racing greats as Bob Hannah, Scott Parker and Kenny Roberts, among others. Essentially, the award goes to the rider judged to have had the most successful racing year. A "lifetime achievement" approach can also be considered if the season complements a remarkable career.

Ricky Carmichael was named the 2005 AMA Pro Racing SPEED Channel Athlete of the Year. Setting yet another record, Carmichael is the only rider to have won Athlete of the Year four times. In accepting the award RC thanked his team, sponsors and complimented his fellow competitors.

"It was a great night of celebration," said AMA Pro Racing Vice President and Director of Communications Kerry Graeber. "It was nice to honor Ricky Carmichael as AMA Pro Racing SPEED Channel Athlete of the Year. Ricky had a remarkable season and added to his already solid legacy among the greatest riders in the history of AMA racing. It was also a real thrill to make the Toyota announcement. We look forward to a successful relationship with them and hope to push AMA Motocross to even higher levels of recognition."

Others honored on Sunday night included the 2005 AMA Pro Racing Rookies of the Year. Nick Cummings, of Mount Morris, Mich., was named the 2005 Ricky Graham Flat Track Rookie of the Year. Cummings, 19, battled back from injury to finish ranked 15th in the 2005 AMA Ford Quality Checked Flat Track Championship.

Jason Perez earned the 2005 AMA Superbike Rookie of the Year Award. The 21-year-old second generation AMA road racer from Brentwood, Calif., finished ranked 27th in the AMA Superbike Championship presented by Parts Unlimited in spite of only participating in the final six rounds of the 17-race series and battling back from a serious elbow injury.

Juss Laansoo made his first full season racing AMA Motocross a successful one by earning the AMA Motocross/Supercross Rookie of the Year honors. Laansoo, a native of Estonia, burst onto the scene this year with a fifth-place finish in the 250 class at Hangtown in May.

Chris Carr was awarded the AMA Pro Racing Sportsman of the Year and Pro Circuit's Mitch Payton received the Award of Mechanical Excellence. Along with Carr, the Motocross of Nations Team USA, Mat Mladin and Danny Walker were nominated for the Sportsman Award. Richard Stanboli and Kenny Tolbert were nominated along with Payton for the Award of Mechanical Excellence.

Introduced in 2004, AMA Pro Racing recognized advertisers and agencies for race win advertising. For the second year, Fox Racing took the prize for best ad, and The Creative Works who represents Suzuki, won for best campaign.

AMA President Rob Rasor presented the Chamberlain Trophy to the 2005 Motocross of Nations winning team of Ricky Carmichael, Ivan Tedesco and Kevin Windham.

AMA Sports top athletes were also recognized. Honored for their achievements in amateur racing were Horizon Award winners, Ryan Villopoto for Motocross, Stevie Bonsey for Dirt Track and Blake Young for Road Race. Juhu Salminen was crowned earlier on Friday with the 2005 AMA Sports Athlete of the Year.


No Mat No Cry
or, he won't be there to make you cry
by dean adams

Thursday, November 17, 2005

If you're looking forward to seeing six-time AMA Superbike champion Mat Mladin at the AMA banquet this weekend, to perhaps ask him how it felt to essentially grind the entire AMA Superbike grid right into a small stain on the underwear of racing by winning a record sixth title, well, you can forget it.

We understand that Mat Mladin will not be attending the banquet because he is still re-habbing from his ankle surgery in Australia.


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