Motorcycle racers to
chase records at Bonneville Salt Flats
AMA Land Speed Grand Championships set for Aug. 23-28
PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- The world's fastest motorcyclists will compete for their
place in history this Aug. 23-28 as they race for national and world records at
the Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials.
Over a typical running of the six-day event, the American Motorcyclist
Association clocks numerous provisional record-setting runs in classes
featuring everything from 50cc mini-bikes to 3,000cc purpose-built top-speed
"The Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials, also known as the AMA Land Speed
Grand Championships, is one of the most unique competition events that we
sanction," said AMA Track Racing Manager Ken Saillant. "Land-speed
racing, and this event in particular, attracts an incredible diversity of
motorcycles and racers. Every year the competition gets even more fierce, and
we expect 2014 to be one of the most challenging ever."
Delvene Manning, owner of Deliciate Promotions LLC and the Bonneville
Motorcycle Speed Trials and former daughter-in-law of long-time event promoter
and AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Denis Manning, said that she's excited to take
the reins of the event during an era of growing popularity of the sport.
"Denis shepherded land-speed racing into a new era, drawing competitors
from all corners of the country and all backgrounds to chase their place in the
record books," Delvene Manning said. "We have everyone from weekend
warriors to fully backed factory teams at this event, and we're looking forward
to carrying on the grand tradition of AMA championship land-speed racing on the
Bonneville Salt Flats."
A number of high-profile attempts are expected this year. One is the Castrol
Rocket, a 1,000-horsepower motorcycle with an eye on the outright land-speed record.
Backed by Castrol and Triumph, the Hot Rod Conspiracy/Carpenter Racing Castrol
Rocket will be ridden by former Daytona 200 winner Jason DiSalvo.
DiSalvo will be chasing the current record of 376.363 mph set by rider Rocky
Robinson and builder Mike Akatiff in 2010.
"The outright land-speed record is one of motorcycle competition's great
triumphs," Saillant said. "It is an enormous undertaking to compete
for titles that push the frontiers of human achievement, and the investment,
practice and teamwork that goes into just a few seconds of time at speed on the
track is both mind-boggling and awe-inspiring."
Entry information, a detailed schedule, rules, classes and existing records are
available at www.bonnevillespeedtrials.com.
About the American
Founded in 1924, the AMA is a
not-for-profit member-based association whose mission is to promote the
motorcycle lifestyle and protect the future of motorcycling. As the world's
largest motorcycling rights and event sanctioning organization, the AMA
advocates for riders' interests at all levels of government and sanctions
thousands of competition and recreational events every year. The AMA also
provides money-saving discounts on products and services for its members.
Through the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Pickerington, Ohio, the AMA honors
the heroes and heritage of motorcycling. For more information, visit www.americanmotorcyclist.com.