Ricky Parker picked up his second career AMA Pro SuperSport presented by Shoei victory, Mat Mladin kept his 2009 pole-winning record intact in AMA Pro National Guard American Superbike presented by Parts Unlimited qualifying and Martin Cardenas earned his first career AMA Pro Daytona SportBike presented by AMSOIL pole position in qualifying at the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
As the global racing community descends on California’s Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Ducati’s AMA star prepares to defend his recent Superbike victory.
This coming weekend marks the seventh round of the AMA Pro Racing American Superbike Championship; held in conjunction with the United States Grand Prix. Ducati Corse’s MotoGP squad has flown over to participate in the World Championship event, enabling Pegram to shine in front of the 1098 R’s Bolognese fabricators.
Highlighted by back-to-back races for AMA Pro National Guard American Superbike presented by Parts Unlimited and AMA Pro Daytona SportBike presented by AMSOIL that will cap three full days of action at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, AMA Pro Road Racing will share the world-stage spotlight this weekend with MotoGP at the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix, July 3 – 5.
After the initial motorcycle press launch, select journalist had mixed reviews regarding the styling the actual performance of the 2008 Buell 1125R motorcycle. Subsequently, up-and-coming but largely unknown Danny Eslick hops aboard a relatively stock 1125R and proceeds to start cleaning-up in the new AMA Pro Racing Daytona SportBike class.
Larry Pegram’s race win with the Ducati 1098 R last Sunday at Road America is all the more significant as, after a three year absence from the class, Ducati returned to action in the American Superbike series only three months ago. Larry’s triumph highlights the competitiveness of the Ducati Superbike and marks Ducati’s 40th win in the class.
The performance of the Ducati 1098 R Superbike over the race weekend, in spite of difficult climatic conditions, only highlights, if further proof were needed, that it is indeed a winning machine.
AMA Pro Racing at Road America
On a nearly perfect day for racing at Road America, Larry Pegram captured his first AMA Pro Racing National Guard American Superbike presented by Parts Unlimited victory in 10 years on the final day of the Suzuki Superbike Doubleheader.
Aaron Yates Speaks… 6th place in race 1 & 3rd place in race 2
"That was a long, cold, wet race," said Yates. "We had a small chassis issue during the race thahung with me the whole time. We set the motorcycle up a little stiff, hoping the track would dry out, but it didn’t work out that way. That made it challenging to ride in the full wet, as the bike was overly stiff. I’m happy to bring my Jordan Suzuki home in one piece and tomorrow we’ll give it another go."
Larry Pegram and the Foremost Racing Ducati 1098 R won after a race long dual at historic Road America- only three months after Ducati’s return to Superbike racing in America.
Larry Pegram used the stable chassis and massive horsepower of the Ducati 1098 R Superbike to defeat the long dominant Suzuki squad today. The fast, flowing circuit has historically suited Ducati well, and entering the weekend Pegram was confident of a win.
Larry Pegram Speaks…