Pomeroy named Grand Marshal of AMA Vintage Motorcycles Days West. SONOMA, Calif. - Jim Pomeroy will be honored at Cycle Gear Sonomafest 2002, April 26-May 5, as Grand Marshal of the first weekend at Sears Point Raceway. Pomeroy, who is not...
Pomeroy named Grand Marshal of AMA Vintage Motorcycles Days West.
SONOMA, Calif. - Jim Pomeroy will be honored at Cycle Gear Sonomafest 2002, April 26-May 5, as Grand Marshal of the first weekend at Sears Point Raceway.
Pomeroy, who is not only responsible for a number of firsts in the world of motocross, but is also considered to have played a key role in the revolution of the sport, will have that honor at AMA Vintage Motorcycles Days West, April 26-28.
Pomeroy, riding his Bultaco to victory in the 1973 World Motocross Grand Prix, became the first American to win a world championship motocross event, and the first rider to win the Grand Prix on a Spanish motorcycle. Pomeroy was inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1999 to acknowledge his accomplishments. The Spanish motorcycle is the featured bike for this year's VMD-West. Sonomafest was co-founded seven years ago by Sears Point Raceway and Cycle World magazine.
Pomeroy's introduction to motorcycle riding and racing came early with a family deeply involved in the sport. Both Pomeroy's mother and sister were involved in motorcycle racing, and his father, Don, was a successful racer in the 1950s-60s. Pomeroy began racing as a pre-teen against men twice his age in flat track, hill climbs, motocross and hare scrambles events. By 13, Pomeroy had collected a large variety of trophies and his racing continued to gain popularity in the Pacific Northwest and Canada.
In 1970, Pomeroy turned 18, which made him eligible to compete in AMA pro races. Although his top-20 finishes were not notable, his brash riding style quickly gained the attention of some of the series' top riders, including Brad Lackey and Jim Weinert. Other riders soon began adopting Pomeroy's style just to keep up with the young competitor.
Pomeroy's status on the motocross circuit boomed during the 1970s when he became the first rider to win his debut World GP motocross race (1973); the first American to lead the World Motocross Championship (1973); the first winner of an indoor Supercross event (1974); and the first non-world champion to win the Trophies des-Nations event (1974).
Pomeroy retired from professional motocross racing in 1980, but continued his involvement through his motocross school. Today, Pomeroy lives in Yakima (Wash.) with his wife, Linda, and their daughter, Jamie. He remains active with his motocross schools at vintage and regional club events throughout the West.
Fans will have a chance to meet Pomeroy at two Grand Marshal autograph sessions on Saturday, April 27 and Sunday April 28, at 2:45 p.m. at Sears Point. Pomeroy will also take exhibition laps around the Sears Point road course as part of the weekend's festivities. Cycle Gear Sonomafest is a 10-day bonanza for motorcycle enthusiasts, highlighted by the AMA Supercuts Superbike Challenge, presented by Honda of Milpitas, May 3-5. Please visit www.searspoint.com or www.cycleworld.com for more information.