The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) issued separate penalties today to professional motocross riders Jason Lawrence and Josh Hill for off-track activities detrimental to the sport at last weekend’s AMA Toyota Motocross Championship Presented by FMF at Freestone County Raceway in Wortham, Texas, June 7-8.
“AMA Racing conducted an investigation on the reported incidents involving each rider at the event,” said AMA Director of Motocross/Supercross/ATV Ryan Holliday. “It was determined that unacceptable behavior detrimental to the sport had occurred, and that the professionalism and the integrity of the series and its promoters had been severely compromised.”
The nature of Lawrence’s and Hill’s offenses have been reported elsewhere in the media.
Lawrence and Hill have each been fined $25,000 by the AMA, payment for which will be suspended contingent upon the successful completion of a one-year probation period with no further offenses. If either rider is involved in any disciplinary action during the next 12 months, the suspended fine would be enforced, as well as the second offense penalty. In addition, further disciplinary action will be considered, including the suspension or loss of license from AMA competition.
The riders were notified of the penalties on June 12.
Yamaha’s official response: Yamaha Motor Corp. regrets the recent actions of Yamaha of Troy rider Jason Lawrence and Yamaha Factory Rider Josh Hill during the Freestone National in Wortham, Texas on June 9, 2008.
Yamaha’s Race Team has already implemented short term actions and is creating a long term plan to discourage these types of incidents in the future.
Josh Hill had this to say about this past weekend events, “I regret everything that happened off the track at the Freestone National. I embarrassed my family, myself and Yamaha. I hope I can turn this whole situation into a positive and look forward to the future”
Supercross.com’s response is that neither the AMA or Yamaha explained what the offenses were, and, there have been many media reports of what transpired. Without knowing the truth about what actually happened, it would be irresponsible of us to report on what could be rumors. It would also be nice if Yamaha and the AMA took the time to publish press releases on these offenses, they would report them correctly to both the media, and fans alike.