John Ulrich, owner and editor of Roadracing World, and, perhaps, the most outspoken critic of the American Motorcyclist Association is now an insider. Ulrich, along with his slate of co-candidates, former GP World champion, Kevin Schwantz and racer Jeff Nash, were all elected to the AMA Board of Directors earlier this month.
To call Ulrich’s criticism of the AMA “harsh” is a dramatic understatement. Ulrich’s comments have made it clear he feels the AMA has acted both incompetently and, with regard to some existing directors, self-servingly. Two of the biggest targets of Ulrich’s criticism of the AMA have been the AMA’s lawsuit with Roger Edmondson (ultimately settled with the AMA agreeing to pay several million dollars in damages) and the AMA’s handling of road racing safety issues, including, particularly, air fence.
With Ulrich now sitting on the twelve member AMA Board of Directors with his like-thinking slate next to him, significant changes could be on their way for AMA members and racers who participate in AMA-sanctioned events.