The American Motorcyclist Association welcomes Yamaha Motor Corp. U.S.A. as the title sponsor of the Yamaha AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony being held Saturday, Oct. 17, during the American International Motorcycle Expo at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.
"From the groundbreaking DT-1 to the Super Ténéré, from Bob Hannah to Wayne Rainey, Yamaha motorcycles and riders have made a profound impact on American motorcycling," said AMA Chief Operations Officer Jeff Massey. "For the company to step up and support this year's Hall of Fame induction ceremony in such a big way speaks volumes regarding Yamaha's reverence for motorcycling's history."
"Yamaha is truly honored to be the title sponsor of this year's AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony with the inductions of longtime Yamaha icon Keith McCarty, rider John Kocinski, and Hall of Fame Legend honoree Wayne Rainey, all part of the event," said Bob Starr, Yamaha general manager of motorsports communications. "And we could not think of a better way to celebrate the careers of these gentlemen and the 60th Anniversary of Yamaha Motor Company all on one stage!"
Tickets to the Yamaha AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony are available now at www.motorcyclemuseum.org. Regular entry is just $25 per person. VIP tickets that include an exclusive reception, reserved seating and one-day AIMExpo admission are $90 per person.
The Class of 2015 includes road racing champion John Kocinski, off-road racing champion Rodney Smith, former Harley-Davidson CEO Richard Teerlink, entrepreneur and industry patron John Parham, dirt tracker Alex Jorgensen and longtime Yamaha Motor Corp. U.S.A. race team manager Keith McCarty.
The event also will honor Yamaha icon and three-time road racing world champion Wayne Rainey as the 2015 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Legend. Rainey, who himself was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1999, is the president of MotoAmerica, the new home of the AMA Superbike Championship.
The Yamaha AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is held in conjunction with AIMExpo Oct. 15-18. The AIMExpo is a diverse powersports event that is open to trade and media Oct. 15-16 and open to the general public Oct. 17-18.
For updates on the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, keep an eye on www.motorcyclemuseum.org, as well as the AMA's social media channels, including Facebook (www.facebook.com/AmericanMotorcyclist and www.facebook.com/AMAHallofFame) and Twitter: @AMA_Riding.
To nominate a future Hall of Famer, visit: www.motorcyclemuseum.org/induction.