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Ty Davis To Be Inducted into AMA Hall of Fame

One of the most versatile off-road motorcycle racers of the ’90s, Davis will be join the 2012 induction class as part of the AMA Legends Weekend at the Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas.

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Ty Davis, one of the most versatile off-road motorcycle racers of the 1990s, will be inducted into the AMA Hall of Fame as part of the 2012 AMA Legends Weekend at the Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas, Nev., Nov. 16-17.

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"If it involved an off-road motorcycle, Ty Davis probably raced it," said Jeffrey V. Heininger, chairman of board of the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation, which oversees the Motorcycle Hall of Fame. "Breaking into the pro scene in AMA Supercross, it didn’t take long for this multi-talented racer to start earning AMA No. 1 plates in other disciplines as well. Congratulations, Ty, we look forward to welcoming you to the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame this November."

Born in Bakersfield, Calif., in 1969 and raised in Hesperia, Calif., Davis was encouraged by his father to start riding at an early age. He developed into a top regional amateur motocrosser, winning the Golden State National Championship in the 250cc Pro class in 1987 then both the 125cc and 250cc TransCal Series championships in 1988. Davis’ most high-profile title was the 1990 AMA Supercross 125cc West Region Championship when he beat future AMA Supercross star and Hall of Famer Jeremy McGrath.

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He went on to be a part of the four-time winning Baja 1000 team from 1993 to 1996. He also earned Kawasaki its first and only overall AMA National Enduro Championship, and repeated that championship in 1999 to win for Yamaha. He won the AMA National Hare & Hound Championship in 1997, 1998 and 2002.

Davis’ success hasn’t been limited to the racecourse. In 2001, while still actively competing at the highest levels, Davis started Zip-Ty Racing Products, which continues to sell high-performance specialized parts for off-road race bikes. Today, he continues to run his business, sponsor factory teams and riders, and compete. He says he’s honored to be recognized by the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame.

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"It’s amazing, really," Davis said. "To be honored with so many of the guys I raced against and those who I’ve looked up to is humbling. Being in the Hall of Fame is a huge honor, and I’m excited to be recognized like this."

Davis joins the late Rod Bush, KTM North America president and industry visionary; pioneering female motocrosser Sue Fish; 1975 AMA Supercross Champion Jimmy Ellis; world-class bike restorer Brian Slark; and iconic race flagger Al Wilcox as a member of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Class of 2012.

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