No MotoAmerica banquet, so Baggers champion Tyler O’Hara held on – Roadracing World Magazine

By John Ulrich

MotoAmerica King Of The Baggers champ Tyler O’Hara and his wife Lindsay hosted their own championship banquet last Sunday night (Halloween eve) because the show didn’t have one.

The event was held in their hometown of Petaluma, Calif., at Olympia’s Valley Estate, a popular event center and destination run by the O’Hara family.

Tyler and Lindsay O’Hara ruled as Tyler’s King and Queen’s Championship Celebration, held the day before Halloween. Photo by John Ulrich.

Sponsors, crew and friends were invited, and guests of honor included the series and O’Hara sponsor Juan Gonzalez, owner of Mission Foods, and Jeff Bailey, chief of engineering for S&S Cycle , the winning Wisconsin-based team behind O’Hara and teammate Jeremy McWilliams.

Mission Food's Juan Gonzalez (left) and S&S Cycle's Jeff Bailey were the guests of honor.  Photo by John Ulrich.
Juan Gonzalez of Mission Foods (left) and Jeff Bailey of S&S Cycle were the guests of honor. Photo by John Ulrich.

“They don’t hand out championships. You have to earn them,” O’Hara said. “It’s been a long road and I’ve been racing professionally since 2005 and there’s been an awards banquet every year I’ve raced. Last year I finished second and they (MotoAmerica) had an awards banquet at Barber Motorsports Park. Everyone has been invited. I finished second and was never invited. This year, they did not hold an awards banquet. So I took advantage of the situation and controlled what I could control. For me, continuing and strengthening my relationships with my sponsors and my team, I decided it was important that I throw a championship party to say thank you.

“I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who helped me along the way. It’s important. It’s very important, especially for your relationships with your sponsors. We had a great dinner, had a DJ, a video presentation and made it a party.

A general view of the dining room at Olivia's Valley Estate in Petaluma, Calif., where Tyler O'Hara's title celebration was held.  Photo of John
A general view of the dining room at Olympia’s Valley Estate in Petaluma, California, where Tyler O’Hara’s title celebration was held. Photo by John Ulrich.

Trophy display during Tyler O'Hara's championship celebration.  Photo by John Ulrich.
Trophy display during Tyler O’Hara’s championship celebration. Photo by John Ulrich.

Selfie station at Tyler O'Hara's championship dinner.  Photo by John Ulrich.
Selfie station at Tyler O’Hara’s championship dinner. Photo by John Ulrich.

Guest list with table assignments for Tyler O'Hara's title event.
Guest list with table assignments for Tyler O’Hara’s title event.

Tyler O'Hara's Indian streetbike and a pair of electric Indian minibikes for his children, parked outside the event venue.
Tyler O’Hara’s Indian streetbike and a pair of electric Indian minibikes for his children, parked outside the event venue.

Watch Mush Emmons’ flagship video on Tyler O’Hara’s testimony here: https://vimeo.com/765485356

Learn about Indian’s involvement in the MotoAmerica King Of The Baggers mission in this interview with Gary Gray, Indian Motorcycle Vice President of Racing, Technology and Service, which appeared in the July 2022 issue of World of road racing and motorcycle technology.

0722 Interview with Gary Gray

Learn more about Olympia’s Valley Estate Organic Farmstead & Event Venue here: https://olympiasvalley.com/

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