September Pop Quiz
What is the AMA (American Motorcyclist Association)?
The American Motorcyclist Association is a 270,000-member-plus organization with an unparalleled history of pursuing, protecting and promoting the interests of the world’s largest group of motorcycle enthusiasts. Founded in 1924, the AMA exists to further the interests of American motorcyclists.
The AMA is the leading defender of motorcyclists’ rights in the United States. The work of the AMA Government Relations Department extends beyond AMA members to all motorcyclists. Staff members ferret out bad laws and anti-motorcycling discrimination at the local, state, federal and corporate level. When critical issues and problems arise, education, common sense, political clout and, when necessary, compromise are used to make changes beneficial to all riders — even those who aren’t AMA members.
The AMA is also the world’s largest motorsports sanctioning body. Its AMA Pro Racing division oversees more than 80 national-level racing events all over the United States, from the high banks of Daytona and the high jumps of supercross to the shoulder-to-shoulder combat of dirt-track racing and the explosive action of hillclimbs. The AMA’s Member Events & Entertainment Department coordinates thousands of amateur races with dozens of competition classes for everyone from grade-school kids to senior riders.
In addition, the AMA is the sole American affiliate ofthe FÃ©dÃƒÂ©ration Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM), the international governing body for motorcycle sport and touring activity.
Since its founding, the AMA has relied on its chartered clubs and promoters to help advance the goals and protect the interests of motorcyclists. Today, there are more than 1,200 chartered clubs and promoters organizing over 3,700 events each year.
The AMA also publishes American Motorcyclist magazine, covering every facet of motorcycling. In addition to the people, places and events that make up the American motorcycling experience, the magazine offers in-depth stories on the legislative issues that affect everyone who rides.
Should you join the AMA? Only if you care about motorcycling and it’s future. They work hard to fight issues that affect every motorcyclist, including land closures. Also, AMA members enjoy dozens of benefits, including discounts on specialized insurance, vehicle rental, lodging, motorcycle training, eyewear and bike shipping. Those discounts, and optional benefits like roadside assistance and trip-routing programs, can easily pay back more than the $39 cost of annual dues.
The AMA’s headquarters in Pickerington, Ohio, is also home to the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum, where visitors can see a collection of vintage bikes and informative displays showcasing the beautiful designs and remarkable technologies that have placed motorcycles at the leading edge of the transportation industry.
If it’s motorcycling, the AMA is very likely involved in it. Fighting for motorcyclist’s rights since 1924!
What is AMA Pro Racing?
AMA Pro Racing is the commercial subsidiary of the 270,000 member AMA, and, the leading national sanctioning body for professional motorcycle sport in the world. AMA Pro Racing was formed in 1995 to respond to the rising popularity and tremendous growth of motorcycle racing in America. The formation of a separate company with a separate Board of Directors and management staff allows the AMA to continue its focus on government relations, protecting and promoting the interests of motorcycle enthusiasts, membership growth and other issues. AMA Pro Racing concentrates exclusively on the business and complexities of professional motorcycle racing.
Rights to the four most successful national championship series are managed by AMA Pro Racing. Those series are: AMA U.S. Supercross Championship, AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Superbike Championship, AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Motocross Championship and AMA Progressive Insurance U.S. Flat Track Championship. AMA Pro Racing’s successful management of these series dates back several decades.
AMA Pro Racing’s newest series, the AMA Red Bull U.S. Supermoto Championship, began earlier this year. For all of these series, AMA Pro Racing sanctions and manages the operations of nearly 100 professional racing events annually through its 28 full time employees and dozens of part-time employees and volunteers. As the sanctioning body, AMA Pro Racing makes and enforces the sporting and technical rules for competition, creates the class structure for races, and determines rider eligibility. It also manages the commercial development of its series, securing sponsorships, negotiating television packages, exploring new markets for racing and planning for the long-term success of the sport by attracting more fans and sponsors.
AMA Pro Racing oversees the production and distribution of motorcycle racing television coverage for AMA Superbike, AMA Motocross and AMA Flat Track. AMA Pro Racing events are televised to over 190 million U.S. households via leading cable networks ESPN, Speed Channel and the Outdoor Life Network as well as millions of additional homes in key international markets worldwide. AMA Pro Racing’s vision is for it to continue to be the premier provider of motorcycle racing in the United States. The organization’s goal is to provide a fair and stable environment for competitors while managing the commercial development of the sport in a manner that continuously improves the economic growth opportunity for all stakeholders.
AMA Pro Racing headquarters are located in the Columbus, Ohio suburb of Pickerington. Additionally, AMA Pro Racing has established an office in Los Angeles, California to respond to the expanding needs of the motorcycle industry and racing community. The CEO is Scott Hollingsworth, and the Chairman of the Board is PJ Harvey.
To learn more about the AMA, or to become a member, you can visit this link.