PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- AMA Pro Racing, the leading sanctioning body for motorcycle sport in the U.S., has hired Andrew Leisner as Vice President to head a newly created AMA Pro Racing Los Angeles office. Leisner, a veteran of the motorcycle...
PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- AMA Pro Racing, the leading sanctioning body for motorcycle sport in the U.S., has hired Andrew Leisner as Vice President to head a newly created AMA Pro Racing Los Angeles office. Leisner, a veteran of the motorcycle industry as both a racer and executive, will head up AMA Pro Racing's West coast sponsorship sales efforts and be responsible for managing communications with, and responding to the needs of the motorcycle industry in California as it relates to the AMA brand of professional motorcycle racing.
Leisner's experience in the motorcycle industry is vast. Prior to joining AMA Pro Racing, he worked for four years as western advertising manager for Cycle World Magazine -- the world's largest motorcycle magazine. He also worked for Team Marlboro Roberts before becoming national advertising manager, and then publisher of American Roadracing magazine. Before working on the business side of motorcycling, Leisner enjoyed a successful amateur and professional racing career. After racing amateur motocross since age 10, he became an AMA pro at age 18 and competed in the AMA 250 Grand Prix Series from 1986-88. After consistent top-5 finishes, he spent 1989 racing in the 250cc Grand Prix World Championship. Leisner suffered a career-ending injury in 1990 and decided to pursue a college education and later earned a bachelor's degree in economics from UCLA.
"Southern California is the unofficial home of motorcycling in the United States, and it is important for AMA Pro Racing to have a presence there," said Scott Hollingsworth, CEO, AMA Pro Racing. "Andy's expertise, knowledge and respect within the motorcycle industry is well-known and we are very pleased to have him on board.
"His hiring adds to our recent staffing additions that further strengthens our team and bolsters our plan to grow the sport of professional motorcycle racing," continued Hollingsworth. Within the last 12 months, AMA Pro Racing staff has grown with key personnel, including former Chevrolet Trucks brand manager John Farris as vice president of commercial development; the most successful race team manager in history, Gary Mathers as road race operations manager; and Ken Rogers as director of timing and scoring, who has earned the respect within the motorcycle industry as well as within technology circles in CART and IRL.
"I have grown up with motorcycle racing in all forms, and to be able to help the sport grow with AMA Pro Racing is a dream come true," Leisner said. "I hope to give AMA Pro Racing a strong presence within the motorcycle industry and particularly in Southern California. I want to be accessible and responsive to our motorcycle-industry racing partners."
About AMA Pro Racing
AMA Pro Racing is the leading sanctioning body for motorcycle sport in the United States. Its Championships include the AMA Supercross Championship, the AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Motocross Championship, the AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Superbike Championship and the AMA Progressive Insurance U.S. Flat Track Championship. More than 1.7 million fans attended AMA Pro Racing events during the 2001 season.
AMA Pro Racing is the leading sanctioning body for professional motorcycle sport in the United States. For more information about AMA Pro Racing, visit www.amaproracing.com.