Rodney Smith Inducted into AMA Hall of Fame on October 17

On Saturday, October 17 in Orlando, Florida, the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) will welcome the Class of 2015 including Loretta Lynn National competitor and five-time Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) champion Rodney Smith into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame. The AMA museum was founded in 1990 to provide a permanent home to the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, which celebrates and preserves the rich tradition of motorcycling in America through the recognition of the sport’s greatest heroes.

Smith will be welcomed in the off-road category of inductees and has earned this esteemed award through his various accomplishments in the racing industry. Smith first earned recognition when he moved to the professional motocross ranks in 1982, and then as an international contender after claiming five Brazilian National Motocross Championships. He then returned to America in 1992 and continued his dominance in off-road racing claiming 13 AMA-sanctioned National Championship Series, including five GNCC titles, along with three AMA National Hare Scramble titles, and five AMA National Reliability Enduro Championships.

Rodney Smith will be welcomed into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame on October 17.Photo: Ken HillRodney Smith will be welcomed into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame on October 17.
Photo: Ken Hill

Smith continues to make his presence known, where he has competed in the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship at the historic Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee the past two years. In both 2014 and 2015 he has maintained a consistent second overall, finishing 2-2-1 in the Masters 50+ division.

The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame induction ceremony is open to the public and tickets may be purchased HERE for $25 per person. For the second consecutive year the AMA Induction will take place in conjunction with the AIMExpo, which brings together consumers, dealers and manufacturers in one location for global product launches, demo riders, motorcycling seminars and much more. VIP tickets are also available that include an exclusive reception, reserved seating and the AIMExpo show admission for the price of $90 per person.

The 2015 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame ceremony will take place Saturday, October 17 in Orlando, Florida. For more information please click HERE or call (614) 856-2222.

About the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship

The Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship is the world’s largest and most prestigious amateur motocross racing program. The national qualifying program consists of 59 Area Qualifiers (February through May) and 13 Regional Championships (May through June), hosted at select motocross facilities across the country. The qualifying system culminates in the National Final (last week in July) hosted annually since 1982 at the home of country music star Loretta Lynn in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. Nearly 22,000 racers attempt to qualify in 38 classes for the 1,482 available positions at the National. Christened “The World’s Greatest Motocross Vacation”, the National event serves as a launch pad for some of the biggest names in professional motocross and supercross, including Ricky Carmichael, James Stewart, Ryan Villopoto, and Ryan Dungey. The national program is produced by MX Sports, Inc., a West Virginia-based race production company and sanctioned by AMA. For more information, please visit www.mxsports.com.