This year’s AMA Motocross Banquet & Season Celebration was held in a magnificent banquet room at the Pala Resort & Casino. The room was decorated beautifully, lined with motocross dÃ©cor, as well as a stage decorated with the championship bikes and awards. The line-up of food, appetizers, desserts, and beverages was very elegant and delicious.
After dinner, the awards ceremony began. Jason Weigandt, along with Tim Cotter hosted the show. And of course Jason started it just like he does many of his shows – after slamming down an energy drink.
Jason went on to talk about each round of this summer’s AMA Motocross Nationals, with a list of funny jokes pertaining to all the good and bad situations at each of the races. After that, the awards and trophies were handed out.
The night was filled with special memories, good times, and laughs. One poignant moment was when Kevin Windham accepted the award for ‘Sportsperson of the Year’. Kevin always has a great way of expressing himself, but made a great comment towards his friend & the team manager, Mike LaRocco. He commented on Mike’s motivation, that pushed Kevin to work hard and do his best … it was touching, but at the same time very funny.
Kevin Windham accepted the award for ‘Sportsperson of the Year’
To add an even nicer touch, it was Mike LaRocco who would end up receiving the ‘Team Manager of the Year’ award.
There was an award handed out called the ‘Decision of the Year’. It was handed out to the person who advised 2010 AMA 450 Motocross Champion and 2010 AMA Supercross Champion, Ryan Dungey to take a little ‘vacation’ after his ‘not so great start’ of the season at the first round at Hangtown. Davey Coombs and Tarah Gieger presented Roger De Coster with this award, which was not really a physical award, but more of a big ‘thank you’. Roger made a tremendous speech to Ryan and the entire Suzuki team.
A lot of great trophies and awards were giving out over a three hour span. For each motocross division, the top 10 finishers were presented with awards and given their time to say ‘thank you’ to all their people.
450 Motocross and Supercross Champion Ryan Dungey & 250 Motocross Champion Trey Canard
And then there was Trey Canard’s time on center stage. With his iPod in hand, and tweets in the process, Trey thanked many of individuals that have helped him get him where he is today – 2010 AMA 250 National Motocross Champion. Trey talked for 20 minutes! And getting the most laughs out of that speech was Brett Metcalfe, who a few moments later, in turn would thank Trey for thanking everyone he wanted to thank.
All in all, here is a list of the awards given out that night:
- 450 Motocross Champion: Ryan Dungey
- 250 Motocross Champion: Trey Canard
- Women’s MX Champion: Jessica Patterson
- Gary Jones Motocross Cup: GEICO Powersports Honda
- Men’s Rookie of the Year: Dean Wilson
- Women’s Rookie of the Year: Alexah Pearson
- ATV Pro Champion: Josh Creamer
- Sportsman of the Year: Kevin Windham
- Motorcycle Manufacturer of the Year: American Honda
- Team Manager of the Year: GEICO Powersports Honda’s Mike LaRocco
- Motocross Team of the Year: Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki
- Transport Driver of the Year: Wonder Warthog Racing’s Chris Parsons
- ATV Rookie of the Year: Cody Grant
- ATV Manufacturers Cup: American Suzuki
- Lifetime Achievement: Roy Janson
Ashley Fiolek finished second in the WMX championship
Women’s National Motocross Champion Jessica Patterson