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AMA Superbike Racing Returns to Alabama

Written by  July 29, 2015

On September 4, 2014 it became official: The KRAVE Group, led by three-time 500cc World Champion Wayne Rainey, had taken over the promotional and management rights for AMA Road Racing in North America, through it’s newly formed MotoAmerica Series. Then, just over seven months later, the series made its debut at Circuit of the Americas in conjunction with the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas. Now it readies for its fifth round at Barbers Motorsports Park in Leeds, Alabama.

“There are two main reasons we took on the challenge of bringing you the MotoAmerica series” Rainey said. “For starters, we want road racing in the United States to grow. We want it to be bigger than it ever has been, and we want to provide a series that’s enjoyable for everyone involved- fans, competitors, sponsors, and media. The second reason we started MotoAmerica is to groom riders to one day race internationally.”

The 2015 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Championship will run five classes at the majority of its rounds in the debut season: Superbike, Superstock1000, Supersport, Superstock600 and the new KTM RC 390 Cup.

In mid-June the series will run all five of its classes at Barber Motorsports Park: Superbike and Superstock1000, which will run together but will be scored separately, Supersport, which features modified 600cc motorcycles running on slick racing tires, Superstock600, which are less modified and run on DOT tires, and the second round of the KTM RC 390 Cup.

Well first off, MotoAmerica said they wish to make this a more enjoyable experience for the fans and media – THEY FAILED! To start with, there were NO HARLEYs racing! Second EVERYONE was bitching because they were responsible for producing and distributing the Fan Guides, which tells EVERYONE what is going on for the weekend and where, along with a lot of other useful information. There was not a single guide on the property ALL weekend. Very aggravating for everybody!

There were no Harley’s racing, but the Harleys were represented, at least over in the Fan Zone. The Hondas were supposed to be giving ride demos, but we never saw any sign of them. We did find a couple of really cool “go-fast” boats that we had to go check out. We picked ours out; it was the one without the bathroom, because it had too many gadgets to accommodate a bathroom too. They had a few new food choices as well, with the “Cantina on Wheels,” which offered great Mexican food, and we went to get a “Reuben” sandwich from McAllister’s Deli, but that was one item not on their limited menu; bummer.

Before the lunch break on Sunday, the KTM RC Cup Race, with 11 laps, was underway with NCR Racing’s #25- Gage McAllister taking the first place trophy. All were riding KTM-RC-390s. #516 Anthony Mazzlotto III with Jimmy Winters Motorsports, came in second, # 259-Hayden Schultz with Hayden Schultz Racing took third place, and #551- Braeden Ortt with Braeden Ortt Racing took the fourth position.

During lunch, they had the usual Fan Walk, and then after lunch, it was on to the Superbike/Superstock 1000 Race #1 with 11 laps. The Bazzaz Superstock 600 SST6 Race #2 was next out on the track. At the end of 17 laps, #27 Joe Roberts with Wheels in Motion Motorsports, on his Yamaha YZF-R6, was front and center on the winner’s podium, #74 Bryce Prince with Tuned Racing, on his Yamaha YZF-R6, took second place, #54 Richie Escalante with Escalante Racing took third riding a Yamaha YZF-R6, and in fourth place was #96 Jason Agullar with Tuned Racing riding a Yamaha YZF-R6.

Next out, were the Supersport racers with a 21 lap race, at the end of which, #95 JD Beach with YamaLube/Y.E.S/Graves/Yamaha, racing on his Yamaha YZF-R6, held up the first place trophy, #2 Josh Herrin with Wheels in Motion Racing, also riding a Yamaha YZF-R6, took second place, # 50 Bobby Fong with Lotus Motors Racing, riding a Triumph Daytona 675R, took third, and # 31 Garrett Gerloff with YamaLube/Y.E.S/Graves/Yamaha, racing riding a Yamaha YZF-R6, came in fourth.

The last race out of the gate was the Superbike/Superstock 1000, with 23 laps. This was confusing to me but they sorted it all out. For the Superbike SBK/SST - # 6 Cameron Beaubler with Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha, on his Yamaha YZF-R6, took first place, with #1 Josh Hayes also with Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha racing, and also riding a Yamaha YZF-R6, came in second, and third place went to #95 Roger Hayden with Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing, riding a Suzuki GSX-R1000. Fourth place went to #85 Jake Lewis, also with Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing, and also riding a Suzuki GSX-R1000.

As for the Superstock 1000 SBK/SST part of the race, #3 Jake Gagne with Road Race Factory, riding a Yamaha YZF-R6, took home first place, #86 Sheridan Morals with Aprilla HSBK Racing, riding an Aprilla RSV4RR, took home second, #44 Taylor Knapp with TOBC Racing, riding a Yamaha YZF-R6, claimed third, and #00 Joshua Day with YamaLube/Wesby/Racing, also riding a Yamaha YZF-R6, went home in fourth place.

It was an interesting weekend to say the least, but we always manage to have fun out at Barbers, and George Barber always makes us feel welcome when we run into him. There’s no doubt-we’ll be back!