PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) is pleased to announce that Kip Bigelow has been hired as the AMA Racing motocross manager. Bigelow is an AMA Life Member, a long-time motocross racer, and a regional organizer and volunteer with AMA District 14.
"Motocross is our most popular racing discipline, and it's critical that the series manager understand first-hand the passion, dedication and excitement that drives our valued competitors," said AMA Director of Racing Joe Bromley. "Kip Bigelow brings that experience to the table, and all of us in AMA Racing are looking forward to working with Kip and leveraging his experience."
A motocross racer and AMA member since 1974, Bigelow most recently served as the off-road rider representative and motocross chairman for AMA District 14, which includes Michigan's lower peninsula. Bigelow's personal race credentials include an AMA youth national championship in the 75cc class. He went on to race professionally, ultimately riding for Team Dynamic and holding AMA National No. 94 for the 1980 season.
"I have been dedicated to motocross throughout my life, and I became involved with AMA District 14 because I wanted to give back to the sport that has given so much to me," Bigelow said. "The AMA's success in amateur motocross depends on knowledgeable guidance and leadership. I'm excited to be a part of that and to get to work for motocross racers around the country, so we can grow the sport and improve the AMA's amateur racing program."
Bigelow said a priority in his new role is enhancing the relationship between the AMA and its regional Districts.
"One opportunity that lies ahead is getting the individual AMA Districts to work better as a team, as well as within the broader AMA structure on the national level," he said. "Some AMA Districts are progressive and well-organized. Others need help in these areas. The AMA is going to do more to better serve our individual members at all levels, and that certainly includes a more robust, responsive and consistent District program."
Bigelow's professional background is in the engineering field. He was a senior lead engineer with Lear Corp., where he was a team leader and liaison between Lear Corp. and General Motors on joint projects.
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