AMA: Travis Pastrana namedRookie Of the year
27 September 2000
Travis Pastrana -- Rookie Of the year PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- Adding another accolade to his already impressive resume, Suzuki's Travis Pastrana has been named as AMA Pro Racing's Motocross/Supercross Rookie of the year. This award is presented each year to the rider, with the most championship points, participating in their first full-year of competition. Pastrana started strong during the AMA EA Sports 125cc East Supercross series, placing on the podium five times, never placing outside the top-5. That performance was good enough to give Suzuki's newest phenom third-place in the series, just 8 points behind 125cc East Champion, Stephane Roncada. The 17-year-old Annapolis, Md., native went on to endear himself to the fans of motocross, narrowly winning the 125cc AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Championship by a 2-point margin at Steel City, Penn., and showing his appreciation with the most emotional, fan centered lap of the track yet to be witnessed. Pastrana wheelied near the fences, exchanging high-fives with every fan in reach, and then delighted them with what they have come to expect from the perennial X-Games favorite -- acrobatic jumps, lots of them. Then it was off to France as part of the Chevy Trucks Team USA Motocross des Nations team, where Pastrana once again showed his talents and helping Team USA bring home the gold. Pastrana began his impressive career riding a 50cc machine at the age of 4, and has won the Loretta Lynn's Amateur Nationals championship 5 times including the 125A and 250A classes. In 1999 he was awarded the AMA Horizon Award, the AMA's most prestigious amateur honor bestowed on the rider most likely to continue their winning ways in professional competition. In the off season Travis participates in several freestyle motocross competitions, which usually focus on outrageous jumps and stunts, where he has won various X-Games and Gravity Games gold medals with his fearless stunts. For immediate post-race results, rider information, AMA Pro Racing notes and news, check amaproracing.com.