AMA Pro Racing joins the motorcycle community in mourning the loss of the great Dick Mann. Mann passed Monday at 86 years of age. The winner of two Grand National Championships, Mann was touted as one of the greatest to ever compete in various motorcycle racing disciplines. Mann is best known for being the first person to ever win all five types of circuits included in the AMA Grand National Championship: short track, TT, half-mile, mile and roadrace. He also raced motocross, competed in trials and even medaled at Six Days.
Even after he stopped competing, Mann continued to contribute to the legacy of motorcycle racing by influencing some of the greatest names in flat track including Gene Romero, Gary Nixon, Mert Lawwill, Kenny Roberts and Dave Aldana. Mann was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1993 and the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1998.
Progressive American Flat Track will observe a moment of silence in Mann's honor during its opening ceremonies at Saturday's event at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Appropriately the event is part of a double header with MotoAmerica roadracing so Bugsy could have won both races!