The American Motorcyclist Association Motorcycle Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the second member of the induction class of 2012. Pioneering female motocross racer Sue Fish, the 1976 and 1977 Women’s National Motocross Champion, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame as part of the 2012 AMA Legends Weekend at the Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada, November 16-17.
“Sue Fish stands tall among all competitors for making a difference in motorcycling as an early pioneer in motocross, and her induction to our AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame will share with the world what we all know — that her career has inspired so many woman to join us in our joy for riding and racing motorcycles,” said Tom White, a member of the board of directors of the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation
In addition to dominating the female ranks, Fish, who currently lives in Santa Barbara, California, was one of the first women motocross racers to hold aN AMA professional racing license and compete regularly against men. Known by the nickname, “The Flying Fish,” she raced in the AMA 125cc National Motocross Championship. Fish’s talents extended beyond motocross when she competed in the 1978 Subaru International Motorcycle Olympiad, a two-day event encompassing all types off off-road racing. Fish also competed on asphalt, racing in the men’s expert ranks in 600cc road racing classes.
“I was just a young gal doing what I love to do: riding motorcycles,” Fish said. “Motocross is a sport that I love with every cell in my body, and I just feel incredibly honored to be recognized for the sport I so loved. Motorcycling was my way of life. It gave me a way of looking at things that taught me so many wonderful lessons about life.”
Even though she inspired so many woman racers to chase their dreams on the motocross track, Fish said that as a young woman racer she never viewed that as her purpose. “I don’t really consider myself a pioneer,” she said. “I was just riding motorcycles. I never had an agenda. Yes, there was a lot of press, but for me it was never about proving a point. I just loved riding. Ever since my father put me on the tank of his motorcycle when I was three years old, I’ve had to be on a motorcycle, and it was that love of riding that drove me.”
Fish is the second member of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame class of 2012 to be announced. She joins the late Rod Bush, KTM North America president and industry visionary.