PICKERINGTON, Ohio – AMA Motocross champion Mike “The Rock” LaRocco has been elected to the AMA Motorcycle Hall Of Fame Class of 2014.
LaRocco, who was elected to the Motocross/Supercross category, will be inducted at the 2014 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Oct. 17, in Orlando, Fla. The induction ceremony is part of the AMA National Convention being held in conjunction with the American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo) Oct. 16-19.
“Mike LaRocco was a tough competitor who gave it his all every time he got on the track,” said Ken Ford, a member of the Hall of Fame executive committee and treasurer of the AMA board of directors. “He was a huge fan favorite throughout his 19-year professional career.”
LaRocco said he was honored to be included in the Hall of Fame Class of 2014.
“You know, when I was racing, I was very focused on the competition, and the fan thing was a distraction,” LaRocco said. “But now, looking back, I recognize how important the fans are in making all this possible. And I appreciate the support they gave me.”
LaRocco is the fifth member of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame class of 2014 to be announced. He joins previously announced inductees motocross pioneer Pierre Karsmakers; Tom White, acclaimed racer and founder of White Brothers Cycle Specialties; George Barber, founder of the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum and the Barber Motorsports Park; and national off-road racing champion Scott Summers.
The remaining 2014 inductees will be announced in random order in the coming weeks.