The toughest test of endurance on the 2009 AMA Pro Road Racing schedule will share the spotlight with a fast and flat-out sprint race to headline a full schedule of motorcycle road racing at Daytona International Speedway (DIS) at this weekend’s Fall Cycle Scene, Oct. 16 – 18. Saturday’s fourth annual 8 Hours At Daytona will close the 2009 AMA Pro SunTrust Moto-GT season while Sunday will be highlighted by the AMA Pro SuperSport presented by Shoei National Championship Shootout sprint race at high noon.
The 8 Hour race starts at 1 p.m.
Arai Helmets has announced a new Kevin Schwantz "Restyle" Replica retro-graphic helmet as a mid-season addition to its 2009 Helmet Line. Not surprisingly, the most immediate reaction came from the former World 500GP champion’s school. The Schwantz School, which now operates out of Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, AL, said the new Arai will now be the official student helmet at the school.
Available on Arai’s popular Vector model, the new Schwantz replica is scheduled to reach North American retail dealers in the July-August timeframe.
Michael Jordan Motorsports rolls into northern California for Round 5 of the AMA American Superbike Championship at Infineon Raceway this weekend. The #23 Jordan Suzuki and #54 National Guard Jordan Suzuki teams will take to the Sonoma, California track on Friday May 15 to start the three day Superbike Showdown, with feature races happening on both Saturday and Sunday.
Kevin Schwantz addressed an enthusiastic gathering of motorcyclists, congressional staff, and military commanders at the third annual National Capital Region Joint Services motorcycle safety event held Friday, May 1, 2009 at the Pentagon in Washington, DC. Schwantz is the 1993 500cc World Champion and founder of the track-based Kevin Schwantz School, located at the Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala.
The hottest rider in AMA Pro Road Racing today might very well be Martin Cardenas, riding for M4 Suzuki and taking two wins in the Daytona SportBike class at the Barber Motorsports Park round of the series.
The quiet Colombian, Cardenas, is showing himself as both fast and smart, making the most of his Suzuki GSX-R600, outfitted with the latest Öhlins TTX rear shock and fork kits, the same that are available to all racers.
Jamie Hacking rode to his second podium finish of the weekend and took back the points lead during the second AMA Pro Daytona SportBike race of the weekend at Barber Motorsports Park. Consistent finishes all weekend helped Hacking build a three-point advantage in the points standings. Teammate Roger Hayden pulled in early in the race, finishing 37th.
In spite of tornado threats and torrential downpours, M4 Suzuki’s Martin Cardenas celebrated an impressive race weekend at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama, over the past few days. The Colombian rider swept his first double-header race weekend by winning both Saturday’s and Sunday’s AMA Daytona SportBike races. This double victory means that Cardenas now has three AMA Daytona SportBike victories under his belt. M4 Suzuki teammate Jason DiSalvo also had a strong showing over the weekend.
Mat Mladin won his seventh AMA Superbike race of the season on Sunday afternoon at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama. Despite lengthy delays in the racing program due to heavy rain and tornado warnings, an abbreviated, 16-lap AMA Superbike race was run at the end of the day and six-time AMA Superbike Champion Mladin picked up his 79th career AMA Superbike win. Jordan Suzuki’s Aaron Yates followed Mladin home in second place and picked up his best result of the season.
The day’s three races were delayed by two hours and each race was shortened five laps from its scheduled distance as a band of severe storms swept through the area and tornado warnings were issued in the early afternoon.
In an ongoing effort to maintain a competitive balance among all manufacturers competing in the AMA Pro Daytona SportBike presented by AMSOIL division, AMA Pro Road Racing officials dyno tested the 10 motorcycles that qualified for Friday’s Superpole session at Barber Motorsports Park.
"AMA Pro Racing is dedicated to ensuring that we deliver to our fans great competition on the track between a variety of brands," said AMA Pro Racing President Roger Edmondson. "This was an important step in getting the formula where it needs to be to make good on that commitment."