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2017 AMA National Number-One Plates Awarded at AMA Road Race Grand Championship, Joseph Blasius Wins Nicky Hayden AMA Road Race Horizon Award

| 18 November 2017 9:02 am

AMA Road Race Grand Championship
Barber Motorsports Park

Courtesy of the American Motorcyclists Association
Photo by Joe Hansen
LEEDS, AL, NOV. 14, 2017

The country’s top Amateur road racers vied for AMA National number-one plates during the 2017 AMA Road Race Grand Championship, hosted by WERA Motorcycle Roadracing at Barber Motorsports Park in Leeds, Alabama, November 2-5.

The 2017 Nicky Hayden AMA Road Race Horizon Award winner, Joseph Blasius, and his team.

The 2017 Nicky Hayden AMA Road Race Horizon Award winner, Joseph Blasius, and his team.

“The talent at this year’s AMA Road Race Grand Championship was phenomenal and impressive,” declared AMA track racing manager Ken Saillant. “The AMA congratulates all those who walked away from the weekend with an AMA National Championship. We also thank Barber Motorsports Park and WERA Motorcycle Roadracing for putting on a great event at this world-class venue.”

The 2017 AMA Road Race Grand Championship was held in conjunction with the 45th WERA Grand National Finals.

“WERA Motorcycle Roadracing was honored to be able to host the 2017 AMA Road Race Grand Championships in conjunction with our 45th WERA Grand National Finals,” said WERA owner Evelyne Clarke. “Congratulations to all the riders who participated in the event and to AMA National Champions! This was a great addition to our event, and thank you to all those who helped us make this possible. We are looking forward to 2018 and bringing more champions to the sport we love so much.”

Joseph Blasius of Northville, Michigan, was named the Nicky Hayden AMA Road Race Horizon Award winner, which recognizes him as the rider who is best prepared for the professional ranks, based on his attitude, enthusiasm, and past performances as an Amateur racer.

“I was extremely shocked when I heard my name called,” said Blasius. “Once I got up there, it started to sink in, so I didn’t know what to say and my whole body was shaking. I am so honored and humbled, because I know how prestigious this award is, and now having it named after Nicky Hayden makes it mean even more.”

AMA Youth Road Racer of the Year was awarded to Kayla Yaakov of Biglerville, Pennsylvania. She finished second in the AMA Lightweight Twins Superbike Novice class.

Andrew Lamoureux of Northville, Michigan, was awarded AMA Novice Road Racer of the Year after securing an AMA National Championship in the AMA 600cc Superbike Novice class.

Daniel Adams of Grand Prairie, Texas, competed in various AMA classes at the AMA Road Race Grand Championship and was awarded the AMA Vet/Senior Racer of the Year award for his top finishes.

For more information on the AMA Road Race Grand Championship, visit www.americanmotorcyclist.com/Racing/Road-Racing.

The following class winners were awarded an AMA National Championship at the 2017 AMA Road Race Grand Championship…

600 SUPERBIKE NOV: Andrew Lamoureux, Northville, Michigan.

600 SUPERBIKE EX: Joseph Giannotto, Hastings, Florida.

600 SUPERSTOCK NOV: Hunter Dunham, Griffin, Georgia.

600 SUPERSTOCK EX: Joseph Giannotto, Hastings, Florida.

1000 SUPERBIKE NOV: Jesse Ruehling, Savannah, Georgia.

1000 SUPERBIKE EX: Alan J. Nelson, Towson, Maryland.

1000 SUPERSTOCK NOV: Rhett Norman, Seneca, South Carolina.

1000 SUPERSTOCK EX: Dustin Dominguez, Newalla, Oklahoma.

FORMULA 3: Tyler Scott, Emmaus, Pennsylvania.

LIGHTWEIGHT TWINS SUPERBIKE NOV: William Nash, Amherst, Virginia.

LIGHTWEIGHT TWINS SUPERBIKE EX: Chris Parrish, Old Hickory, Tennessee.

LIGHTWEIGHT TWINS SUPERSTOCK NOV: William Nash, Amherst, Virginia.

LIGHTWEIGHT TWINS SUPERSTOCK EX: Kevin Tucker, Franklin, North Carolina.

About the American Motorcyclist AssociationAMA Logo 200 0001
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 at www.americanmotorcyclist.com/membership/join.

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