Brunner named 2019 Nicky Hayden AMA Horizon Award recipient

Reese, Horn, Williams Also Win Awards At 2019 AMA Flat Track Grand Championship

Trevor Brunner wasn’t happy with his performance at the 2018 AMA Flat Track Grand Championship, but he was smiling from ear to ear at the conclusion of the 2019 edition of the event.

The 16-year-old from Aurora, Ind., was named the 2019 Nicky Hayden AMA Flat Track Horizon Award winner.

Others who won awards were AMA Youth Flat Track Racer of the Year Travis Horn, Vet/Senior Flat Track Racer of the Year Rob Williams and AMA Fast Brain Award winner Ryder Reese.

The Nicky Hayden AMA Flat Track Horizon Award honors the amateur racer who is poised for success at the professional level.

The four-day event took place July 23-26 at the Ashland County Fairgrounds in Ashland, Ohio, and the Triangle Motorcycle Club in Harpster, Ohio.

The AMA Flat Track Grand Championship is the premier amateur flat track racing event in the nation. Competitors take part in three formats of flat track racing (half mile, short track and TT).

Brunner was the event’s top performer, scoring eight main event victories and claiming four AMA No. 1 plates for winning the 450cc Modified, 450cc-Open Singles, 450cc-Open Modified and 251-500cc DTX class championships.

He said his goals were to be consistent and maintain his poise. Brunner plans on making his pro debut at the 2020 American Flat Track Daytona TT.

“He told me before we got here that he wanted to win four AMA No. 1 plates and the Horizon Award, and he went out and did it,” Brunner’s stepfather, Tommy Hensler, said. “Trevor wasn’t happy with how he did at this event in 2018 and made changes to his training and nutrition that really helped him this year.”

Horn made the most of his trip to the central Ohio event from La Verne, Calif., winning class championships in the 85cc DTX (7-11) and 85cc Modified (7-11) classes. Williams, of Holly, Mich., captured the 50+ Super Senior Class.

Reese, 11, from Elmira, N.Y., is a third-generation flat track racer who excelled in the classroom during the past year. He performed well in nearly every subject during the 2018-2019 school year, and hopes to become a pro flat track racer someday.

The AMA Fast Brain Award includes a $1,500 educational scholarship that benefits one young racer whose talent with the throttle is matched by his or her aptitude in the classroom.

The AMA thanks AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Legend Bill Werner, Zanotti Racing’s Dave Zanotti and Estenson Racing’s Tim Estenson for funding the award for 2019.