Baja Legends Call on Riders to Help Stop the Ban
with New Motorcycle Industry Council Web Site
Kawasaki Teams Plus Robby Gordon Add Their
Voices to More Than 200,000 Electronic Messages
Sent to Congress
IRVINE, Calif., April 13, 2010 - History's
two winningest Baja motorcycle racers Johnny
Campbell and Larry Roeseler have added their
powerful voices to the fight against the
Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act's ban on
youth motorcycles and ATVs. So did NASCAR driver
and SCORE Trophy Truck champion Robby Gordon and
motorcycle speedway legend Bruce Penhall. All of
them, along with Honda and Kawasaki team
members, can be seen on new videos posted on the
Motorcycle Industry Council YouTube channel at
"Since February, nearly 210,000 electronic
messages have been sent to Congress because of
the Stop the Ban campaign," said Paul Vitrano,
MIC general counsel. "The new videos from these
off-road superstars give our cause a real boost.
Whether you're into racing or weekend family
fun, remember that there's only a temporary stay
of enforcement on the ban and the battle is
still on. We must convince Congress to
permanently end the ban by changing the law or
it will be a lot harder to produce future
legends like these guys, and harder for kids to
get properly sized machines and safely enjoy
rides with their parents."
The videos were shot last month in Baja during
the pre-race festivities for the 24th
MasterCraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250.
Other racing stars featured in the videos
include JCR Honda's Colton Udall and Jeff "Ox"
Kargola, this year's overall motorcycle winners.
The Blue C / Wahoo's / Monster Energy Kawasaki
team also participated, with seven-time Baja
1000 winner Steve Hengeveld, part of the
second-place team in San Felipe, along with
Brent Harden and Ryan Penhall, team members who
finished third. Besides owning JCR Honda, Johnny
Campbell has won the Baja 1000 11 times while
the legendary Larry Roeseler won an even dozen
on two wheels and four.
"You know, I wouldn't be where I am if I wasn't
able to ride when I was a kid," Campbell said.
"There [are] a lot of kids who have a passion
for two wheels and that involves riding dirt
bikes....I encourage you to go to
A famed auto racer also spoke on camera for the
"I was young, four, five, six, seven, riding
motorcycles," said Robby Gordon, who placed
second in San Felipe in his Trophy Truck. "Where
[are] the next Robby Gordons coming from, or the
Ricky Carmichaels? Keep these young kids
SCORE International is one of the most widely
recognized off-road motorcycle and ATV race
sanctioning bodies in the world, known for the
annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000. The San Felipe
250 is the first of the three-race SCORE Baja
series that also includes the Baja 500.
A copy of a sample letter to Congress and
background information about the Consumer
Product Safety Improvement Act can be found at
Background Information on the CPSIA:
Three key reasons why youth ATVs and motorcycles
should be excluded from the CPSIA's lead content
lead content poses no risk to kids. Experts
estimate that the lead intake from kids'
interaction with metal parts is less than the
lead intake from drinking a glass of water.
key to keeping youth safe is having them ride
the right size vehicle. Kids are now at risk
because the availability of youth ATVs and
motorcycles is limited due to the lead ban.
lead ban hurts the economy for no good reason
when everyone is trying to grow the economy and
create jobs. MIC estimates that a complete ban
on youth model vehicles would result in about $1
billion in lost economic value in the retail
marketplace every year.
About The Motorcycle Industry
The Motorcycle Industry Council exists to
preserve, protect and promote motorcycling
through government relations, communications and
media relations, statistics and research,
aftermarket programs, development of data
communications standards, and activities
surrounding technical and regulatory issues. It
is a not-for-profit, national industry
association representing manufacturers and
distributors of motorcycles, scooters,
motorcycle/ATV/ROV parts and accessories, and
members of allied trades such as insurance,
finance and investment companies, media
companies and consultants.
The MIC is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., with
a government relations office adjacent to
Washington, D.C. First called the MIC in 1970,
the organization has been in operation since
1914. Visit the MIC at