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Ivey and Bettis Earn Top Honors

Updated: Dec 6, 2019

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Chris Bettis was among seven riders who claimed eight AMA National No. 1 plates Sunday as the 2019 AMA Road Race Grand Championship came to a close.

The national amateur road racing championship featured 129 entries who took to Barber Motorsports Park’s road course during the two-day event.

Bettis, of Lawrenceville, Ga., was Sunday’s top performer, taking top honors in the AMA 1000 Superbike Novice and AMA 1000 Superstock Novice classes.

He said his participation in Thursday’s WERA Motorcycle Roadracing Inc./N2 Track Days endurance race helped him earn the victories.

He rode a Ducati 1199S in the endurance race and found better racing lines around the track as he  figured out how to manage the Ducati’s power. He also was happy to win the championships with his father, Michael Bettis, in attendance.

Other riders to win AMA Racing Awards included Nicky Hayden AMA Road Race Horizon Award winner Blake Davis, AMA Vet/Senior Road Racer of the Year Charles Ivey and AMA Youth Road Racer of the Year Eli Banish.

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