The TTC’s Dan Brown and Charlie Roberts received this email from their colleague Brad Baumert yesterday, informing them that the North American Trials Council (NATC) was awarded AMA’s 2017 Off-Road Organizer of the Year at the AMA banquet over the weekend. Dan and Charlie are on the NATC council with Brad.
Subject: 2017 AMA Organizer of the Year
Over the weekend I attended the AMA Champions Award Banquet, the 65 Trials riders and enthusiast that filled 7 tables at the banquet included 6 time National Champion Ryan Young, our 2017 Champion Pat Smage, 2017 World Trials round winner Kylee Sweeten, 2017 Expert Champion Alex Myers and many other champions from our series and Vintage trials.
I am pleased and honored to let you know that in front of the over 900 in attendance, the NATC was selected as the 2017 Off-Road Organizer of the Year. We were up against some heavy competition as the other nominees were, National Enduro Promotions Group (NEPG) and Racer Productions (GNCC).
I was totally caught off guard but had Adam Blumhorst and Jerry Young accompany me on stage to accept the award.
Everyone who takes part in the NATC has contributed to the success we have attained. The 45 years of work that some of the current council members have dedicated to this sport are responsible in great part to bringing us to this point.
I was humbled to be the one to accept the award, and would like to thank each and everyone one of you for your tireless support. The staff that has “boots on the ground” at the events, Scoring Steward-Vonda Roper, Sporting Stewards-Stan Hensley and Jim Fox, Carolyn Saum who keeps us all going in the right direction, Howard Galbreth who somehow pulls off the impossible with all our printing and communications needs and Phil Baumert with his series software and support are all invaluable. The Board of Directors who keep the “Big Picture” in sight, and all the council members, club reps, rider reps, manufacturer reps, and just plain enthusiast who keep everything fresh and interesting with ideas, suggestions and challenges, can accept ownership of this award. I wish each and every one of you could have been there to accept, it was definitely a great night for our sport!
On another note, Cody Webb won AMA Athlete of the Year, during his acceptance, he talked about the influence trials had on his success and it seemed like the whole room was looking our way….another great moment for trials.
Thanks again for everyone’s help and support in all areas.
Remember success is a journey, not a destination…..so let’s keep it up!
Again, congratulations to all!
Chief Enthusiast Officer
North American Trials Council
The Trials Training Center in Sequatchie, Tennessee will host the eighth annual Kenda Tennessee Knockout on the weekend of August 18-19, 2018. The TKO is recognized as one of the premier off-road motorcycle races in the United States, attracting some of the best racers from around the world.
Cody Webb, arguably the best American Extreme Enduro racer, has been challenged by many of the best US and international riders and has still managed to take the TKO title five years in a row.
In 2017, the UK’s Graham Jarvis challenged Webb but had to settle for second.
In 2016, South Africa’s Wade Young put up a good fight but he too finished second behind Webb. In 2015, it was the UK’s Jonny Walker that pushed Webb extremely hard but ultimately followed Webb to the finish. Spain’s Mario Roman, and top American’s like Taylor Robert and Kyle Redmond had joined Webb on the podium but have not been able to take him down.
Webb will be back on his FMF KTM aiming for his sixth straight TKO win in 2018. Any rider that finished in the top 25 on Sunday at the 2017 TKO will be qualified directly into the 2018 TKO Sunday program. In addition, the top off-road riders from other major US and International racing series and events will be invited directly into the Sunday program.
The Sunday format will again feature a multi-round Knockout format that is challenging for the riders and very spectator friendly. The expert riders will be competing for a $10,000 purse.
Saturday will be open to the first 250 amateur entries. The top 30 finishers from Saturday will earn a spot in Sunday’s expert program.
Amateur registration opens at 6:00 pm CST on Thursday, November 30, 2017. There are just 250 spots available and entries sold out in just a couple of hours for the 2017 event so please plan to get your entry in as soon as it opens. The registration link will be available on the TKO website.