JUHA SALMINEN NAMED GNCC RIDER OF THE YEAR

JUHA SALMINEN NAMED GNCC RIDER OF THE YEAR


Juha Salminen was recently recognized as the GNCC Rider of the Year.

This award has special meaning as it is not automatically presented to the
Grand National Cross Country Champion at the end of the year. Riders from
the top ten of the GNCC classes attending the GNCC Banquet make a special
vote for their choice of a deserving rider.

For his winning ways, he also collected a championship ring and trophy
commemorating his amazing first AMA off-road season. In addition, Salminen
was officially presented with the GNCC National number one plate, even
though he received one when he wrapped up his season at round 12 in
Clairsville, OH.

The Finnish rider burst onto the 2005 GNCC circuit and dominated in his
first year of AMA competition, which in turn, earned him the 2005 AMA
Amateur Athlete of the Year. Juha was honored at the AMA Awards Banquet in
the Orleans Hotel and Casino in late November. Juha now joins the ranks of
such great riders like Ricky Carmichael, Mike Lafferty, and three-time award
winner, Dick Burleson.

Salminen won nine of the thirteen rounds in the series, collecting the AMA
Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Championship.

Juha said, ?This is a great honor for me; I now have received the AMA
Amateur rider of the Year and the GNCC Rider of the Year. I came to the
States to win and with the help of my mechanic, Antti Kalloneen and the KTM
Off-Road team, I have been able to succeed. I know that the American
off-road riders will be after me, and I am prepared. I am looking forward to
next year.?

 

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