fbpx

Hall of Famer Dave Aldana Tapped as Grand Marshal of AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days

One of motorcycle racing's all-time fan favorite riders, David Aldana, will be the grand marshal for AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, July 10-12, at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.

Aldana_Dave

One of motorcycle racing’s all-time fan favorite riders, David Aldana, will be the grand marshal for AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, July 10-12, at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.

Aldana, known for his trademark black leathers with a white skeleton print, will not only meet and greet fans at this year’s event, but he’ll also compete in the vintage motocross and dirt track programs of the AMA Vintage Grand Championship that takes place during AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days.

“These days, there’s a real vibrant community of fans, collectors and vintage racers who fondly remember the 1970-80 era of racing,” Aldana said. “Those same people are now coming out to events like AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days to re-live and re-experience those memories. They are dedicated enthusiasts and die-hard motorcyclists, and I love to spend time with them and connect over motorcycles.”

Aldana_Dave2

Aldana said vintage racing helped pull him back into motorcycling after a layoff following his professional career.

“When I was growing up, I just enjoyed riding, whether it was my motorcycle or my bicycle,” Aldana said. “When I quit road racing in the 1990s, I just stopped everything. Then when I had an opportunity to ride a vintage flat track bike, I had that same feeling that I had when I was younger. The pressure was off. I could just go out and have fun riding. That’s what vintage racing is about.”

One of the most colorful personalities in racing, Aldana teamed with AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Mike Baldwin to win the prestigious Suzuka eight-hour endurance race in 1981 as a Honda factory rider contesting the FIM World Championship Endurance Series. He later rode the revolutionary Elf Hondas in the world endurance series. One of the most versatile racers in the history of the sport, Aldana competed in nearly every form of motorcycle racing, including motocross and speedway racing.

Prior to his foray into endurance racing, Aldana was a top AMA Grand National Series competitor during the 1970s, winning four AMA nationals during his career. By the late-1970s, Aldana began concentrating on road racing. He became a factory rider for Suzuki and later joined Kawasaki’s AMA Superbike team in 1980.

When not racing in Europe and Asia, Aldana raced in select races in America. In 1983, he finished third in the AMA Superbike race at Daytona aboard a works Honda. In 1985, Aldana rode the new Suzuki GSX-R750 for Cycle Tech Racing with teammate John Kocinski, who will be inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in October, to win the WERA National Endurance Championship.

For more information: www.amavintagemotorcycledays.com.

You May Also Like

Michele Colaninno Re-elected ACEM President

ACEM is the European motorcycle industry association based in Brussels.

acem-president-reelect

Michele Colaninno, CEO of the Piaggio Group, has been elected for a second term as president of Association des Constructeurs Européens de Motocycles (ACEM), the European motorcycle industry association based in Brussels, to which all the world motorcycle and scooter groups belong.

“The market and urban environments are changing fast, and mobility is evolving. This is a challenge for the industry but also an opportunity not to be lost: Sustainability, connectivity, safety and competitiveness are the key points of our agenda and the ACEM Manifesto,” commented Colaninno. “Geopolitics will make 2024 a crucial year for political and commercial stability: The elections in Europe, the USA and India will set the course for the coming decades. In this scenario, transport and mobility are a decisive factor for development and the quality of life. Scooters and motorcycles offer different solutions for society’s new needs in urban and rural areas. At ACEM, we shall continue to engage with European, national and local bodies in the interests of clients and private individuals.”

Polaris Launches First-of-Its-Kind Off-Road Charging Network

The network supports around 100 miles of scenic off-road trails in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

polaris-off-road-charge-station
Snell M2025 Helmets Coming This Fall

Every five years, Snell Standards are reviewed and updated.

Snell stickers
RWB Adds V-Twin Horsepower to Powersports Sales Team

David Zemla is an industry veteran with experience at multiple powersports companies.

rwb-david-zemla
Segway Powersports Continues to Staff Up

Todd Martin joins as regional business manager and Loren Templeton as the company’s newest business development manager.

segway-martin-templeton

Other Posts

MIC Members Now Have the Power of Data

New interactive dashboards and historical sales data files are now available on the Motorcycle Industry Council’s website.

Motorcycle Industry Council
Honda Announces National Technician Contest

Top qualifiers from Honda’s online technician test will travel to Alpharetta, Georgia, for the National Final.

honda-technician-contest
OTR Hires Global Vice President of Sales and Marketing OEM

OTR Engineered Solutions appointed Ben Brown to grow the company’s OEM business globally.

ben-brown
Peugeot Motorcycles Italia Sentenced to Pay Piaggio Group in Patent Infringement Case

Piaggio continues its fight to protect its products against counterfeiting.

piaggio-peugot