Rob Muzzy was elected to the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Class of 2014 in the Road Racing category. The induction ceremony, which will take place on October 17 in Orlando, Florida, is part of the AMA National Convention, which is held in conjunction with the American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo), October 16-19.
After trying to make it in the performance business in the 1970s, Muzzy finally found his niche when he started building and tuning engines for the Kawasaki and Honda racing teams during the ’80s (Kawasaki scored AMA Superbike championships in ’81, ’82, and ’83). In 1984, Muzzy was promoted to crew chief for Honda in 1984 for the team that won the AMA Grand National Motocross Championship. The machines Muzzy tuned in 1985-86 won the 125cc AMA National Motocross Championship, the Daytona 200, and the AMA Superbike Championship. In January, 1988, Muzzy reopened his own business and, after successfully building a bike for Kawasaki, he recruited Russell and Chandler who subsequently finished first and second in the 1990 AMA 750cc Supersport Championship with Chandler also winning the AMA Superbike Championship that year. After those victories, Kawasaki had Muzzy run its FIM World Superbike team. The team went on to win two world championships.
Muzzy Performance Products is still operating in Bend, Oregon, and Team Muzzy is still racing today.
Tickets for the induction ceremony along with the convention will be available to the public soon. Keep up to date by visiting MotorcycleMuseum.org.
To nominate a future Hall of Famer, visit: www.motorcyclemuseum.org/induction.