The Honda Riders Club of America(TM) (HRCAÂ®) is posting 10 million dollars
in racing contingency awards for 2007. The dash-for-cash rewards scores
of Honda-mounted professional and amateur motorcycle and ATV riders at
nearly 700 events across the country representing all the major racing
disciplines, including AMA-sanctioned Supercross, motocross, enduro,
dirt track, Supermoto, roadracing, drag racing and ATV.
“The HRCA Contingency Program represents a significant investment in
the future of racing in America,” said HRCA Manager Bill Savino. “Many
of todays top Honda athletes rose through the ranks of their sport with
the backing of Honda’s contingency program and we’re proud to support
the many competitors who receive our assistance today.”
Supercross tops the payout charts with Pro racers receiving $50,000 for
a single race win, and Lites Pro racers can earn $25,000 per win. Of
special note, this year Honda is offering a $25,000 Championship bonus
for both the AMA GNCC and the AMA GNCC ATV XC1Pro class Series
Champions. HRCA will be providing trackside support to all Honda Riders
at posted Amateur Nationals.
“Honda is also proud to recognize our sponsor support from Visa,” said
Savino. “Their debit card program allows instant access to Red Rider
Rewards dollars and it’s accepted at more than 32 million places.” Now
in its 7th year, the HRCA Visa program also provides online account
access for reward payment and transaction tracking, payment alert via
text message or email and 24/7/365 customer support.
For all the details, go to www.hondaredriders.com and click on the
“Contingency Program” button in the right-hand column. Downloadable
claim forms make it easy to sign up and receive payments. Winnings will
be issued through the HRCA Red Rider Visa Rewards Card, a debit card
that can be used at any Honda Dealer or anywhere VisaÃ‚Â® is accepted.
For more information call the Honda Red Rider hotline @ 310-781-5111
The Honda Riders Club of America(TM) (HRCAÂ®) is posting 10 million dollars
AMA Racing has announced that riders Joshua Hill, Jason Thomas and Nick
Wey have been penalized for using illegal fuel at round three of the
Ampd Mobile AMA Supercross Series at Angel Stadium in Anaheim CA, on
Fuel samples from nine motorcycles were collected at the Anaheim 2
round and the samples from the motorcycles of Hill, Thomas and Wey were
found to be in non-compliance. Fuel from the motorcycles of Steve
Boniface, Michael Byrne, Kyle Partridge, Chad Reed, James Stewart and
Jake Weimer was found to be in compliance.
As is required by the AMA Supercross/Motocross rulebook, the samples
were sent to a certified testing lab which confirmed the results of the
Hill, Thomas and Wey have been disqualified from the event and have forfeited their event points and purse.
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Looking back at my motorcycle racing career, I think of a lot of things. People that I’ve met …. goals that I accomplished ….. places I traveled to …. and more.
One aspect that really stands out is the people that influenced and helped me along the way. One person stands out the most. That person was my father: Richard ‘Dick’ Johnson. He would take a bullet for me, he would fight for me, he was always on the side of the track cheering for me at every race.
Fathers play a very important role in motocross. They can play the role of mechanic. They can play the role of friend. They can play the role of cheerleader. They can play the role of disciplinarian and drill sergeant. They can play role of sponsor. They do it all sometimes, especially when you are young. They take you riding, they fix your bikes, and they pick you up when you fall down.
Now that I’m a father, and my sons are wanting to start racing, I start to look at the things my father did when I was growing up. The first impression I have of my dad is that he was Super-Man. If there was a frightening noise outside of our house late at night, he would walk outside in his underwear to see what is was. In my small brain, I’m thinking that the noise was a combination the biggest monster in the world, Dracula, and Frankenstein. But there was my dad, going out to protect our family.
On the other side of the coin, as you are growing up, you sometimes get to a point in your life where you think you know more and are much smarter than your dad. “My dad hasn’t experienced what I’m going thru in my life.” If your dad tells you not to play with fire ’cause you are going to get burned, you think “that’s not going to happen to me”, and you won’t learn until you do play with fire and get burned.
When I was 11 years old, my friend and I were racing at Barona Oaks. As kids, we went down toward a stream nearby to throw stones. My friend’s dad came by and asked him what he was doing. He said “I’m throwing stones with Rick”. His father then slapped him across the face, knocking him to the ground. He then berated his child, screaming at him “Why aren’t you watching other races and the riders and the lines they are taking?”
I also had a friend named Ted. His mother and father were divorced. Most of the time, Ted’s dad would just drop him and his motorcycle off at the races, leave him to race all day, and then come back to pick him up.
I’ve seen obsessive fathers who are trying to live out their childhood thru their kids, to fathers that have put their kids on motorcycles just to shut them up and give them something to do. I was very fortunate that I had a father and mother and sister that supported what I did. They were always proud of me when I did well. They tried to cheer me up when I did bad. When I got hurt, they looked after me. Racing was a positive experience.
Now, my oldest son Luke is begging me to race. I have to admit – I’m scared. I know he will fall. And I know he will get hurt. I don’t care who you are, or what you do, thinking you can get on a motorcycle and race and not get hurt is thinking like a fool. Both of my hands have been partially fused. I’ve broken my leg and collarbone. I’ve dislocated a hip and fingers. I’ve had surgery on both of my knees and one ankle. It’s like putting your kid into a boxing ring time after time and thinking he won’t get his nose broken. It is going to happen, I guarantee it. Right now, I struggle with wanting to protect him from getting hurt. But I also think about all the joy and fun and daydreaming that I would do on a motorcycle as a boy. I could express myself any way I wanted on a motorcycle. And I don’t want to cheat my son out of those experiences.
My message to fathers is: Remember when you were a kid, and at times you questioned everything your dad said. Also, let your kids be kids. Let them have fun. Let them do things that make them laugh. Don’t make it too serious, or by the time they turn 17 or 18 they might resent you and/or motocross.
My message to kids: Remember your parents put their heart and soul into your racing, and you have to show them the amount of respect that theydeserve. You need to try hard every time you compete. If you get tired when racing, then work on improving your conditioning. If someone is faster than you, work on whatever you can do to be a better rider.
My message to both parents and kids: Have a goal. Is racing just a way to get out and have a good time? Or is it a way that you want to go for a career? One of the best father-son combos I’ve ever seen was John and Jonathon Knight. They both raced, although not seriously. As father and son, both enjoyed motocross, and it gave them an opportunity to go out and have fun, and to be able to talk with one another. It wasn’t about winning races, or getting trophies, it was about a bond between father and son. Ultimately I believe that’s what every father wants in the long run.
Now, I’m a father, and to my sons I’m sure sometimes I’m a SuperHero. And sometimes I’m sure they think I’m an idiot. As in all aspects of life, you are going to experience up and downs. It’s the same with motorcycling. I believe the joy involved with motorcycles outweighs any drawbacks. I don’t care if it’s winning a race, winning your first championship, or clearing a double jump on your practice track for the first time, it can bring a lot of joy. The bottom line is “Is it worth it?” I say “Yes!”. Would I do it all over again? Absolutely. Will I let my son try to experience it? Yes (but I’ll be scared to death too).
Courtesy Motorcycling Australia
Motorcycling Australia has announced the official dates and venues for the 2007 Australian Supercross Championship.
The Championship will be contested over four rounds, with the opening
round to be staged in South Australia, rounds two and three to be
hosted in Victoria, and the final round to take place in New South
February 10 is the date set for the opening round, while the Championship will draw to a close towards the end of March.
Motorcycling Australia’s CEO, David White, believes that with the 2007
Supercross calendar now in place, we can look forward to a fine
Championship of Supercross racing.
“It has been a long and difficult process in finalising the venues and
dates for the 2007 Australian Supercross Championship, but I am
particularly pleased with the end result,” White said.
“The Championship itself promises to provide plenty of action and
quality racing and if it is anything like last year’s series we will be
in for a real treat!”
The following is the official schedule for the 2007 Australian Supercross Championship:
1. February 10 – Wayville Showgrounds SA – promoter Wayville Speedway Promotions
2. February 24 – Avalon Speedway VIC – promoter Full Throttle Sport
3. March 10 – Rosedale Speedway VIC – promoter Full Throttle Sport
4. March 24 – Dapto Showgrounds, Wollongong NSW – promoter Full Throttle Sport