2010 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Welcomes Don Castro

The fourth member to be part of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame - Class of 2010 is dirt-track racer Don Castro. He first became a professional racer in 1970, riding dirt-trackers and roadracers for Triumph. For 1973, Castro competed for Yamaha and won the San Jose race. One year later, Castro won the 250cc roadrace at Daytona. He retired in 1976.

"Many consider the early 1970s one of the greatest periods for dirt-track racing in the history of the sport,"
said AMA Director of Operations Jack Penton, in a release.

"Don battled famed racers Gary Scott, Kenny Roberts, Mert Lawwill, Chuck Palmgren, Gene Romero, Dave Aldana and others, and he excelled," added Penton. "We're delighted that he has earned a spot alongside the other great racers in dirt-track history in the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame."

Castro is currently operating Racer's Edge, a motorcycle and all-terrain vehicle service center in Tres Pinos, California. He was delighted to hear the news that he is to become a Hall of Famer.

"It's just a shock,"
Castro said. "It makes your mind think of all kinds of things. It brings back a lot of memories. I'm shocked, and don't feel I deserve it."

Castrol will be joining previously announced members of the AMA Hall of Fame Class of 2010: championship team owner Mitch Payton, AMA 250cc Roadrace Champion David Emde and off-road rights advocate Clark Collins. More inductees will be announced soon.

The Class of 2010 will officially be inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame on November 19 as part of the AMA Legends & Champions Weekend.
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