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Aug 29, 2012

NESBA Events Raise $37,000 For Roadracing World Action Fund

Northeast Sportbike Association (NESBA) Fundraising Events collect $37,000 for the Roadracing World Action Fund

Northeast Sportbike Association held fundraisers at Road Atlanta and New Jersey Motorsports Park to benefit the Roadracing World Action Fund, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that promotes motorcycle safety through the deployment of protective soft barriers at race tracks across the country.

A Southeast Road Atlanta Fundraiser, which raised $20,000, was held in conjunction with a NESBA July track day and consisted of a dinner, a silent auction, a live auction, a raffle, and the sale of commemorative T-Shirts. Many private donations were also received from NESBA members outside of the official fundraising efforts.

NESBA Southeast Regional Director John Allen said he wasn't surprised at the generosity of the NESBA members who participated in the fundraiser effort. "We had so many offers of help and sponsorship that I should have been surprised, but really I'm not. One of the best things about our club is that it's full of generous members who want to give something back," said Allen.

One hundred percent of all monies raised have been donated to the Roadracing World Action Fund and are designated for the purchase of soft barriers to be used at Road Atlanta. Allen went on to say, "The money we raised was enough to purchase thirteen sections of stationary soft barriers. That's 130 feet of track that can now be better protected and increases the safety for everyone who rides or races a motorcycle at Road Atlanta."

Road Atlanta's Director of Operations, Joey Green said, "Road Atlanta is extremely grateful for the partnership with NESBA over the past 15 years. During this time, NESBA and Road Atlanta have worked hard to keep the world-class facility safe for riders both on and off track. NESBA's recent and very generous addition of air fence modules to the Road Atlanta deployment shows how invested they are with the advancement of safety and motorbike racing as a whole. Road Atlanta would like to thank the NESBA management and staff for their continued support of Road Atlanta and road racing across the country."

The Sponsors for this event included Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., Performance Cycleworx, Swett & Crawford, Irish Racing, First Light Restaurant, Dan Q Suspensions, Crosslin Racing, Trak Jak, MRP Motorsports, FastrnU, Andrew Swensen Designs, Sharkskinz and The Pig Lebowski. A special thanks to Mike Ruhe and Kenny Walsh for making this SE event possible.

On August 11th the Northeast Sportbike Association held a fundraiser at New Jersey Motorsports Park (NJMP). The fundraiser, which raised $17,000, was also held in conjunction with a NESBA track day that weekend and consisted of a dinner on Saturday evening provided by NJMP at the Officer's Club, a silent auction, a live auction, and a door prize. Many private donations were also received from NESBA members outside of the official fundraising efforts.

NESBA Mid-Atlantic Regional Assistant Director Dave Sanders said: "This event was a success due to the generous members and contributors who want to give something back to the sport of riding and racing motorcycles. We have made a difference and everyone that throws a helmet on to enjoy a day at the track will be better protected. I am truly honored to be a part of such a generous group of individuals and want to personally thank all that made this event a huge success."

Joe Volpe, the Director of Motorsports Activities at NJMP, had the following to say: "New Jersey Motorsports Park is grateful for all the support from NESBA, the sportbike community and the Roadracing World Action Fund."

Sponsors for the Mid-Atlantic event (in alphabetical order) included: A&J Cycle Performance in Upper Marlboro, MD, BKS Tuned in Lebanon, PA, Brian Wendl of Mac Tools, Cortech, Cross Country BWM/Ducati in Metuchen, NJ, Fairfield Inn and Suites of Millville, NJ, Markbilt Racing of Millville, NJ, Nice Raxx, Revikar of Woodbridge, VA, Shagmoto, Sport Honda in Metuchen, NJ, Wicked Racing, Yamaha Champions Riding School (YCRS), Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A.

"I am so pleased the event was an amazing success. It is a true testament to the caliber of members, CR's and directors within NESBA. I was also extremely impressed with the efforts of all the sponsors who donated product and everyone who helped to organize the event," said Robert Blandford, President, NESBA.

The Northeast Sportbike Association (NESBA) is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization, formed in 1996 by sportbike enthusiasts and former racers who understand and appreciate the difference between riding fast and riding well. Visit us at NESBA.com.

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