Nicky Hayden AMA Flat Track Horizon Award For 2019 Goes To Trevor Brunner (Updated)

Nicky Hayden AMA Flat Track Horizon Award For 2019 Goes To Trevor Brunner (Updated)

© 2019, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc. From a press release issued By American Motorcyclist Association (AMA):.

American Motorcyclist Association names Trevor Brunner as winner of Nicky Hayden AMA Flat Track Horizon Award

AMA Youth Flat Track Racer of the Year, Vet/Senior Flat Track Racer of the Year and AMA Fast Brain Award winners also announced

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association congratulates Trevor Brunner for winning the 2019 Nicky Hayden AMA Flat Track Horizon Award, which recognizes today’s amateur flat track racer with the brightest prospects for a professional career.

Travis Horn, of La Verne, Calif., was named the 2019 AMA Youth Flat Track Racer of the Year. He won the 85cc DTX (7-11) and 85cc Modified (7-11) class titles.

The Vet/Senior Flat Track Racer of the Year Award went to Rob Williams, of Holly, Mich., who took home top honors in the 50+ Super Senior Class.

Ryder Reese, of Elmira, N.Y., won the AMA Fast Brain Award, a $1,500 educational scholarship that benefits a young racer whose talent with the throttle is matched by aptitude in the classroom.

The riders received their awards at the conclusion of the 2019 AMA Flat Track Grand Championship at the Triangle Motorcycle Club in Harpster, Ohio. The amateur national flat track championship event featured four days of competition with more than 800 entries in three formats of flat track racing.

The annual grand championship took place at the Ashland County Fairgrounds in Ashland, Ohio, on July 23 and at the Triangle Motorcycle Club on July 24-26.

“Both Trevor and Ryder put in outstanding performances during this year’s AMA Flat Track Grand Championship,” AMA Track Racing Manager Ken Saillant said. “They demonstrated great determination and sportsmanship during the event, and we are happy to present them with the two highest awards in amateur flat track racing.”

The Nicky Hayden AMA Flat Track Horizon Award honors the amateur racer who is poised for success at the professional level. The award is named after AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Nicky Hayden, who won the first AMA Horizon Award in 1997. Hayden died in 2017 after being hit by a car while training on a road bicycle.

Brunner, 16, of Aurora, Ind., was among 14 riders to win 21 class championships at the event. He won four AMA No. 1 plates and plans to make his pro flat track debut in 2020.

“My goals coming into this event were to stay consistent and keep my head on straight,” Brunner said. “Nicky Hayden was an inspiration to us all with his character, on and off the bike. It’s great to win this award and join the ranks of the riders I have looked up to.”

Brunner’s stepfather Tommy Hensler was delighted to see Brunner’s hard work culminate in winning the award.

“He told me before we got here that he wanted to win four AMA No. 1 plates and the Horizon Award, and he went out and did it,” Hensler said. “Trevor wasn’t happy with how he did at this event in 2018 and made changes to his training and nutrition that really helped him this year.”

Reese, 11, is a third-generation flat track racer who excelled in the classroom during the past year. While he performed well at nearly every subject in school, he said his favorite class is gym class. He was excited to get home and tell his friends about his award.

“He gets his homework done before he gets on his bike,” Reese’s father, Darryl Reese, said. “I’m so proud of how well he’s done. His teachers have been great about giving him work to do when we travel to go racing, and he gets it all done.”

The AMA thanks AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Legend Bill Werner, Zanotti Racing’s Dave Zanotti and Estenson Racing’s Tim Estenson for funding the AMA Fast Brain Award for 2019.

All the award winners will be honored during the AMA’s Legends & Champions Weekend in Columbus, Ohio, Dec. 6-7.

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.

Not a member? Join the AMA today: www.americanmotorcyclist.com/mobile-join

More, from another press release issued by AMA:

Fourteen riders win championships at 2019 AMA Flat Track Grand Championship

Winners to be honored at 2019 AMA Championship Banquet in December

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association congratulates the 14 riders who won class titles at the 2019 AMA Flat Track Grand Championship.

The annual four-day national championship event features the best amateur racers in the nation vying for AMA No. 1 plates while competing in three formats of flat track racing. The event took place at the Ashland County Fairgrounds in Ashland, Ohio, on July 23 and at the Triangle Motorcycle Club in Harpster, Ohio, on July 24-26.

“Winning a class title at the AMA Flat Track Grand Championship is no easy feat,” AMA Track Racing Manager Ken Saillant said. “Riders must have the endurance to compete in four days of intense competition and the versatility to perform well in short track, half mile and TT racing. These 14 riders are deserving champions, and we look forward to honoring them at the 2019 AMA Championship Banquet.”

Five of the 14 riders won multiple class titles, including 16-year-old Trevor Brunner.

The Aurora, Ind., resident was the championship’s top performer, winning four class championships.

The other riders who captured multiple AMA No. 1 plates were Colton Shafer of Fresno, Calif., Chase Saathoff of Hillsboro, Ill., Travis Horn of La Verne, Calif., and Riley Nauta of Worongary, Queensland, Australia, each taking two titles.

The 2019 AMA Flat Track Grand Championship featured more than 800 entries competing in 21 classes. Class champions will be honored as part of the AMA’s Legends & Champions Weekend, which is scheduled to take place in Columbus, Ohio, on Dec. 6-7.

2019 AMA Flat Track Grand Championship – Class Champions

50cc DTX Sr. (7-8): Colton Shafer, Fresno, Calif.

85cc DTX (7-11): Travis Horn, La Verne, Calif.

50cc DTX PW Shaft (4-8): Liam Benoist, Mascoutah, Ill.

250cc Modified: Chase Saathoff, Hillsboro, Ill.

50cc DTX PW (4-8): Colton Shafer, Fresno, Calif.

450cc Modified: Trevor Brunner, Aurora, Ind.

85cc Modified (7-11): Travis Horn, La Verne, Calif.

Super Senior 50+: Rob Williams, Holly, Mich.

450cc-Open Singles: Trevor Brunner, Aurora, Ind.

65cc Modified (7-11): Riley Nauta, Worongary, Queensland, Australia

201cc-250cc: Kody Kopp, Mica, Wash.

Senior 40+: Dallas Mayer, Carbondale, Ill.

Open Vintage: Daniel Poole, Gaffney, S.C.

85cc Modified (12-15): Talus Sather, Vancouver, Wash.

251cc-500cc DTX: Trevor Brunner, Aurora, Ind.

65cc DTX (7-11): Riley Nauta, Worongary, Queensland, Australia

Veteran 30+: Ben Evans, Galion, Ohio

Pro/Expert Singles: Max Whale, Coondoo, Queensland, Australia

250cc DTX: Chase Saathoff, Hillsboro, Ill.

450cc-Open Modified: Trevor Brunner, Aurora, Ind.

85cc DTX (12-15): Chase Anderson, Troy, Ill.

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.

Not a member? Join the AMA today: www.americanmotorcyclist.com/mobile-join

Latest Posts

AOD: Building A 2020 Yamaha YZF-R1, In The January 2021 Issue

Featured In the January 2021 issue of Roadracing World:   ...

CMRA: Team RideSmart Pirelli Announces Rider Lineup

Team RideSmart Pirelli Fielding Team In 2021 CMRA ULW...

SMRI Releases 2021 Schedule

2021 Sandia Motorcycle Roadracing, Inc. (SMRI) Events Calendar now...

Girls Gone Racing, In The January 2021 Issue

Featured In the January 2021 issue of Roadracing World:   ...

Superbike-Coach Releases Its 2021 Event Calendar

Superbike-Coach announced its 2021 class schedule today. The popular...