Courtesy of American Motorcyclist Association
The American Motorcyclist Association has appointed Kevin Crowther as
the association’s director of racing. Crowther, who vacates the
position of director of Supercross
and pro racing relations, will oversee all AMA amateur and professional
competition operations, including maintaining his management
responsibilities with respect to AMA Supercross.
“As the largest motorsports sanctioning body in the world, the AMA
maintains a world-class racing program, and Kevin is well-qualified to
help us meet and exceed that goal,” said AMA President and CEO Rob
Dingman. “From the beginning, motorcycle racing in all its forms has
been core to the AMA’s mission. Kevin will provide the day-to-day
guidance and hands-on leadership to ensure the association continues to
deliver for AMA members in the racing community.”
In addition to serving as director of Supercross
and pro racing relations, Crowther has been the AMA’s director of
technical development and the chief technical inspector for the AMA Superbike
Championship Series. By virtue of his positions with the AMA, the U.S.
affiliate of the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme, Crowther
also has served in various roles for World Superbike, MotoGP, MXGP and the Motocross of Nations.
“Since Christmas morning in 1971 when I found a 1971 Yamaha Mini Enduro under the tree, motorcycles
have always been a big part of my life, and I’m excited to continue that
journey in this new role,” Crowther said. “I will put forward all of my
experience to guide the AMA’s racing department into the future. We
have a strong, efficient and experienced racing staff, and we will work
hard with our promoting and operational partners to continue to better
serve our racing members across all disciplines, from trails to Supercross.”
Prior to working for the AMA, Crowther was an amateur competitor in
motocross, off-road and road racing. He also has built or developed race
bikes for road racing, drag racing, motocross, Supermoto, off-road and
dirt track. A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Crowther also was a certified
Motorcycle Safety Foundation Instructor on the Naval Air Station North
Island in California.
Crowther replaces outgoing AMA Director of Racing Bill Cumbow, who
has held the position since 2014. Cumbow, who will maintain an advisory
role with respect to day-to-day operations, has been a key member of the
AMA racing staff since 2006 and was instrumental in the 2014 effort to
shepherd the promoting responsibilities for the AMA Superbike Championship to MotoAmerica. Cumbow will continue his AMA responsibilities with respect to MotoAmerica and the FIM.
“One of Bill’s many strengths is that he considers all AMA racers and
their interests to be equally important, whether they are competing in a
local enduro or the U.S. round of MotoGP,” Dingman said. “I’m pleased
that Bill will remain involved in AMA racing activities as Kevin
transitions into his new role.”
For more information on the disciplines, events and series sanctioned by the AMA, see www.americanmotorcyclist.com.
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