MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - 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 thirteen AMA-sanctioned National Championship Series, including five GNCC titles, along with three AMA National Hare Scramble titles, and five AMA National Reliability Enduro Championships.
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.