PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- The American Motorcyclist Association expresses its appreciation to the Roadracing World Action Fund and AMA Pro Racing for assisting with soft-barrier deployment at the AMA Vintage Grand Championship, taking place this weekend at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, during the BikeBandit.com AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, featuring Indian Motorcycle.
"Thanks to the Roadracing World Action Fund and AMA Pro Racing, AMA members who compete in the road-racing program during AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days will be better protected in the event of a crash," said AMA Director of Racing Bill Cumbow.
Added Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course President Craig Rust: "The Airfence is a striking example of technology making racing better, and safer for motorcycle racers. It is an invaluable rider safety feature that serves to alleviate potential incidents and allows riders to go all out in their pursuit of championships and victories."
The Roadracing World Action Fund, a charitable organization whose mission is to help prevent racetrack injuries, provides soft barriers, known as Airfence, at road race and dirt-track events. The inflated barriers are positioned in front of walls and other trackside obstacles to reduce the force of impact in the event of a rider crash.
"We're happy to provide additional soft-barriers needed for this event at Mid-Ohio," said John Ulrich, founder and president of the Roadracing World Action Fund and an AMA board member. "This weekend, between this deployment and another at the Laguna Seca World Superbike event, the Roadracing World Action Fund is deploying 125 sections of soft barriers, about 3,750 linear feet.
"The purpose of the Roadracing World Action Fund is to help improve rider safety, and deploying these sections will significantly improve rider safety," Ulrich said. "We thank those who have contributed to the Roadracing World Action Fund and made this and other deployments possible."
With proceeds supporting the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, BikeBandit.com AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, featuring Indian Motorcycle, is the country's premier celebration of vintage motorcycles and motorcycling heritage.
For 2014, the event is shining the spotlight on the famed Indian Wrecking Crew, which in the early 1950s made an indelible mark on the history books and solidified the reputation of Indian Motocycles, as the company was then known, as one of the 20th Century's greatest marques. Bobby Hill and Bill Tuman, the surviving members of the Indian Wrecking Crew, which also included the late Ernie Beckman, will serve as grand marshals of BikeBandit.com AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, featuring Indian Motorcycle.
Join thousands of other vintage motorcycling fans this July 11-13 as history comes alive in central Ohio at the country's premier vintage motorcycling event. Enjoy national championship vintage road racing, motocross, harescrambles, trials and dirt track competition, as well as bikes shows, demo rides of new motorcycles and North America's largest motorcycle swap meet.
For more on BikeBandit.com AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, featuring Indian Motorcycle, seewww.amavintagemotorcycledays.com.
About the American Motorcyclist Association
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.