AMA Reveals The 2016 Motorcyclists Of The Year

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The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) just announced the 2016 AMA Motorcyclists of the Year, consisting of U.S. World Trophy Team members Taylor Robert, Kaliub Russel, Thad DuVall, and Layne Michael.
All these riders managed to score a very important achievement in October this year by winning the Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme’s International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) championship.

“This shared achievement of Taylor, Kailub, Thad and Layne is historic,” said AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman. “Generations of AMA members have chased the ISDE World Trophy, and these four riders have finally caught it for all of us. This triumph is unprecedented, and it is my honor to recognize these riders as the 2016 AMA Motorcyclists of the Year.”

The AMA Motorcyclists of the Year is the group of individuals who have had the greatest positive impact on motorcycling in the calendar year. Since 1913, the ISDE has invited the countries of the world to send their best racers. It is also worth mentioning that this title has always eluded American racers, until now.

The 2016 ISDE was held between October 11-16 in Navarra, Spain. The U.S. World Trophy Team started strong, powering to a 26.02-second gap on the first day of racing. The team added to its lead on the second and third days, slipped a bit on day four, then held fairly steady on day five and six, finishing 3 minutes and 38.66 seconds ahead of the second place.

“For decades, American teams have struggled to win at the ISDE, but in 2016, all those efforts paid off,” Dingman said. “While Taylor, Kailub, Thad and Layne would surely be the first to give credit to lessons learned in previous years, they are the riders who hoisted the ISDE World Trophy for the first time in history.”

In addition, Taylor Robert won the individual overall at the event, marking the second time in history when an American scores this achievement.
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