Former AMA Pro racer Ron Mass, of Milner, Georgia, died of complications of COVID-19 pneumonia January 6, 2023, in a hospice care facility in Georgia. He was 74.
Mass raced in AMA Nationals during the 1970s, including riding Yamaha TZ750s in AMA Formula One races with the likes of Dave Aldana, Steve Baker, Mike Baldwin, Richard Chambers, John Long, King Kenny Roberts, and Gene Romero, often finishing in the top 10.
Along the way, Mass, a U.S. Air Force veteran, graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a degree in Aeronautical Science. After racing, he worked as an airline pilot.
He is survived by his stepson Zeke Shohfi.