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Wednesday, 20 February 2019

News Briefs

Combining on-highway riding with off-highway exploration, the AMA has released the schedule for the 2019 Beta AMA National Dual Sport Series, presented by Kenda Tires, featuring 16 multi-day events organized by AMA-chartered clubs and promoters in 12 states. Dual sport bikes are street-legal motorcycles that are capable of navigating a single-track trail. The series kicks off in April at Stanton, Alabama, before getting fully underway with four races in June that see the series move from Lack Haven, Pa. to the Ozark 200 at New Blaine, Ak., Wabeno, Wi., and Big Bear, Ca.

After a two-year absence, Kennedy Racing is returning to the 2019 American Flat Track (AFT) series in the AFT Twins presented by Vance & Hines class with veteran rider and proven race winner Brandon Robinson and former AMA Pro Racing ‘Tuner of the Year’ Brent Armbruster.

The AMA has expressed its “deep appreciation” to the U.S. Senate for passing a motorcyclist anti-profiling resolution in December 2018 by unanimous consent - half of all U.S. motorcyclists say they have been profiled by law enforcement. The resolution urges state law enforcement officials to condemn motorcyclist profiling in their policies and training materials. Profiling is discriminatory as it means the illegal use of the fact that a person rides a motorcycle or wears motorcycle-related apparel as a factor when law enforcement officers decide to stop and question, take enforcement action, arrest or search a person or vehicle with or without a legal basis.

Mentor, Ohio based Wiseco, Rekluse and ProX parent company Race Winning Brands (RWB) has announced the appointment of industry veteran Bob Bruegging as the organization’s VP of Product Management. Bruegging comes to RWB from Cometic Gasket after two decades with Mr Gasket Corporation (ACCELL etc).

AMA CEO and President Rob Dingman has been elected as President of the Continental Union of the FIM (Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme) that represents the international motorcycle sport governing body in North America. He will also serve as chairman of the finance committee of the FIM Board of Directors and as the elected representative to the FIM Board for all FIM Continental Unions, and as a member of the board’s executive committee.