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AMA SPORTS ANNOUNCES 3RD ANNUAL BANQUET, NOMINEES FOR MAJOR AWARDS PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- AMA Sports, the amateur and pro-am competition division of the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA), has announced that the third annual AMA Sports...

AMA SPORTS ANNOUNCES 3RD ANNUAL BANQUET, NOMINEES FOR MAJOR AWARDS

PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- AMA Sports, the amateur and pro-am competition division of the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA), has announced that the third annual AMA Sports Banquet will be held Friday evening, November 18, 2005, at The Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

This year's AMA Sports Awards Banquet, which will honor nearly 400 national champions from more than a dozen motorcycle and ATV disciplines, will kick off the 2005 AMA Las Vegas Invasion Weekend.

The AMA Maxxis EnduroCross presented by Moose Racing, Monster Energy Drink and Pro Circuit will take place at the Orleans Arena on Saturday, November 19, and the 31st Annual AMA Pro Racing Championship Awards Banquet concludes the weekend on Sunday, November 20.

Tickets for the 2005 AMA Sports Awards Banquet are $75 per person. For reservations, contact Sue Mason at (614) 856-1900, extension 1244, or at smason@ama-cycle.org. Ticket information is available online at www.AMADirectlink.com.

Guests staying at The Orleans can receive a special room rate by calling (800) 675-3267 and mentioning the AMA Sports Awards Banquet.

For more information on the AMA Maxxis EnduroCross, visit www.endurocrossusa.com. For more information about the AMA Pro Racing Championship Awards Banquet, visit www.amaproracing.com.

- AWARDS NOMINEES -

The nominees for the 2005 AMA Sports Awards are:

AMA SPORTS ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Geoff Aaron, Ramona, California - Observed Trials
Barry Henson, Davie, Florida - Drag Racing
Juha Salminen, Amherst, Ohio - GNCC
Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Washington - Motocross
Russell Pearson, Henderson, Nevada - Hare and Hound

ATVA ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Bill Ballance, Oakland, Kentucky - GNCC
Chris Borich, Sunbury, Pennsylvania - GNCC
Tim Farr, Massillon, Ohio - Motocross, Dirt Track
Doug Gust, Salem, Wisconsin - Motocross
John Natalie, Jr., Houtzdale, Pennsylvania - Motocross

AMA SPORTS VETERAN/SENIOR RIDER OF THE YEAR
Jeff Fredette, Beecher, Illinois - Enduro, ISDE
Mike Katin, East Sparta, Ohio - Motocross
Craig Pickett, Linden, Michigan - Ice racing and Motocross

ATVA VETERAN/SENIOR RIDER OF THE YEAR
Todd Harrell, Coweta, Oklahoma - Dirt Track
Dave Simmons, Painesville, Ohio - GNCC
Tommy Tantillo, Manorville, New York - Motocross

AMA SPORTS FEMALE RIDER OF THE YEAR
Amanda Mastin, Whitehouse, Ohio - Enduro, GNCC, Hare Scrambles
Jessica Patterson, Tallahassee, Florida - Motocross
Elaine Seasly, Tucson, Arizona - Road racing

ATVA FEMALE RIDER OF THE YEAR
Heather Byrd, Union City, Tennessee - Motocross
Jami Luburgh, Zanesville, Ohio - Motocross
Traci Cecco, Shamokin, Pennsylvania - GNCC

AMA SPORTS YOUTH RIDER OF THE YEAR
Walker Fowler, Rogers, Ohio - GNCC
Will Ibsen, Roswell, Georgia - Observed Trials
Patrick Jacobsen, Montgomery, New York - Dirt Track

ATVA YOUTH RIDER OF THE YEAR
Walker Fowler, Rogers, Ohio - GNCC
Joel Hetrick, Seneca, Pennsylvania - Motocross, Dirt Track
Ricky Stair, Harmony, Pennsylvania - Motocross

ATVA AMATEUR RIDER OF THE YEAR
Adam McGill, West Union, West Virginia - GNCC
Cody Miller, Greenville, Texas - Motocross
Mitch Reynolds, Greenbrier, Arkansas - Motocross, Dirt Track
Josh Upperman, Louisville, Ohio - Motocross

AMA SPORTS PHOTOJOURNALIST OF THE YEAR
Adam Campbell
Jim Grant
Jeff Kardas

AMA SPORTS PRINT MEDIA JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR
Chris Hultner
Shan Moore
Kit Palmer

AMA SPORTS BROADCAST JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR
Brian Drebber
Rodney Tomlin
MX Sports Center

AMA SPORTS WEBSITE OF THE YEAR
www.coolskunk.com
www.sponsorhouse.com
www.strictlymx.com

AMA SPORTS MOTOCROSS ORGANIZER OF THE YEAR
Budds Creek Motocross Park
Unlimited Sports, Inc.
Victory Sports, Inc.

AMA SPORTS TRACK RACING ORGANIZER OF THE YEAR
Xtreme International Ice Racing
Track Racing
Steve Nace Racing Promotions

AMA SPORTS OFF-ROAD ORGANIZER OF THE YEAR
Boise Ridge Riders, Inc.
New Straightsville Enduro Riders
Vikings Motorcycle Club

ATVA ORGANIZER OF THE YEAR
IOWA ATV Hare Scrambles Series - Andy Kyner
Twin Creeks Raceway
Unadilla Valley Sports Center

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