The Quail Motorcycle Gathering, a fabulous motorcycle show with rare and classic motorcycles around a golf course in Carmel, California, will take place this year on May 4. The Quail has selected AMA Motocross and Supercross racer Ricky Johnson as its 2024 Legend of the Sport.

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Johnson has had an impressive racing career, earning him induction into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1999 and the Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2012. After his career in motocross racing, he went on to find success in off-road and stock car racing. Now, he’s encouraging the next generation of motorcyclists.

Attendees will get to hear Johnson sharing stories from his career during the event. Tickets to The Quail start at $70 for general admission, and the event is pet- and family-friendly. For more information about The Quail Motorcycle Gathering and Ricky Johnson, read the press release below.

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Ricky Johnson The Quail Motorcycle Gathering 2024

Carmel, Calif. (April 10, 2024) – The Quail Motorcycle Gathering is proud to announce that it will honor AMA Motocross and Supercross icon Ricky Johnson as its Legend of the Sport on Saturday, May 4, at the acclaimed The Quail Golf Club. The highly anticipated two-wheel event will celebrate motorcycles from the past, present, and future, featuring over 300 on display, as well as a family-friendly environment with diverse offerings from food trucks and local vendors.

Ricky Johnson The Quail Motorcycle Gathering 2024

Born in El Cajon, California, Richard “Ricky” Johnson Jr. grew up in an avid motorcycling household and was gifted his first mini-bike by his father at three years old. The young Johnson instantly found his passion and went on to earn his professional license at just 16 years old.

Johnson quickly made a name for himself in the sport and won his first 250cc class national championship in 1984 as part of the Yamaha factory motocross team, but he was just getting started. He dominated the 1987 season and won both the 250cc and 500cc championships. That same year, Johnson won the Superbowl of Motocross at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. He was also a member of the winning American team that dominated the Motocross des Nations races over multiple years.

Ricky Johnson The Quail Motorcycle Gathering 2024

After competing at the highest level of motorcycle racing, Johnson went on to garner further success in off-road and stock car racing. He won the treacherous Baja 1000 twice and was named the American Speed Association stock car series Rookie of the Year in 1999. Johnson was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1999 and the Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2012. He remains involved in motorsports and has turned his focus to inspiring the next generation of American motorcycle racers and enthusiasts.

“I am thrilled to be honored at this year’s event,” said Johnson. “The Quail has such a diverse selection of motorcycles, new and old, and I can’t wait to swap stories with fellow riders on the lawn.”

Ricky Johnson The Quail Motorcycle Gathering 2024

The Quail Motorcycle Gathering event kicks off with The Quail Ride on Friday, May 3, where participants will enjoy a 100-mile ride through the backroads of the stunning Monterey Peninsula and parade laps around WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. They will also partake in lunch and dinner with other riders and enthusiasts.

“We are proud to honor Ricky Johnson as our 2024 Legend of the Sport for his passion and immense success in motorsports,” said Kai Lerman, managing director at The Quail Golf Club. “Legend of the Sport is meant to honor iconic individuals that have made significant contributions to motorcycling, and we could not think of anyone more deserving of this title.”

Ricky Johnson The Quail Motorcycle Gathering 2024

The main event, set for May 4, will celebrate four featured classes, including the 25th Anniversary of Suzuki Hayabusa, the 30th Anniversary of the Ducati 916, the 100th Anniversary of the American Motorcyclist Association and Vespa, highlighting several decades from the famous Italian scooter brand. There will also be more than 10 traditional classes that feature bikes of different styles, brands, and decades.

The Quail Motorcycle Gathering is a family- and pet-friendly event. Tickets are now on sale and range from a $70 general admission ticket to a $185 VIP credential. Admission for children ages 13-18 is $25 and free for children 12 and younger.

Tickets are available here. For more information, visit The Quail website and follow the action on Facebook and Instagram, @TheQuailEvents.


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