AMA Supersport: New Jersey Preview
AMA Pro Racing
This year’s AMA Pro SuperSport competition has seen two divisional champions crowned and a number of other exciting things happen.
Joey Pascarella took the West Division title on the strength of his three early season victories and J.D. Beach ran off seven wins in an eight race span to lock in the East Division crown.
And along the way, Elena Myers made history with her well-earned victory earlier this year and also there were first-time AMA Pro wins for Huntley Nash and Cameron Beaubier in this exciting class for 16 to 21 year old Young Gun riders.
But, heading into the Sept. 3-5 AMA Pro Racing SuperBike Weekend at the 2.25-mile New Jersey Motorsports Park, there is more to the story.
Right behind the aforementioned riders is another group of key participants that have greatly contributed to the excitement that is the SuperSport class.
Among these riders are Miles Thornton who currently sits fifth in the East Division standings on his Arai Held USA Yamaha.
After missing the Daytona season opener, Miles has accumulated two fourth, two fifth and two tenth place finishes along with an eighth and seventeenth on his way to 107 points.
Another strong competitor who is pulling double duty as he rides in the SuperSport class and also the new Vance & Hines XR1200 class is Eric Stump.
Eric has a couple of sixth place finishes as his highest result in SuperSport aboard his Markbilt Race Bikes Yamaha and he has also posted three other top ten results.
With support from Larry Pegram, Eric is getting great advice and is one to watch. Eric also took a third place finish in the XR1200 class at Road America. Ryan Kerr is another rider with great potential. Riding his MJ USA 614 Paintcraft Kawasaki, Ryan has finished every race this year with a high finish of ninth at Road America.
Travis Wyman is one of the three Wyman brothers who are racing in various classes of AMA Pro Racing. Travis rides a Harv’s Harley-Davidson AB-1 Motorsports Yamaha and is coming off his second fourth place finish of the season at VIR, matching his fourth place from earlier in the year at Road Atlanta.
Travis’ younger brother, Cody is riding a Harv’s Harley-Davidson RevisionMusic.com Suzuki and has only competed in four races this year. Their oldest brother Kyle is racing in the Daytona SportBike class.
This group of young but experienced riders is what’s great about motorcycle racing as their hard working parents keep the boys and machines all pointed in the right direction week in and week out. The obvious talent of each Wyman brother will be on display or a long time in AMA Pro motorcycle racing
James Rispoli is another rider that participates in many different types of AMA Pro Racing disciplines. James runs his share of Flat Track races and like the Wymans, he also races in the SuperSport series to further his considerable skills.
James, out of Attica, NY didn’t start the season until round two at Road Atlanta and after posting a seventh place finish; he took a solid third place result at Road America on his ANT-Racing.com Suzuki.
James has added two fifth place finishes and a seventh before he encountered a run of bad luck in recent races. But James and another rider, Daniel Guevera on his Roadracingworld.com Suzuki are part of the next group of riders to star in SuperSport.
These riders have been just out of the headlines this year and it’s not hard to see why. The lead group of riders, J.D. Beach and Cameron Beaubier from Rockwall Engineering Yamaha, the LTD Racing Yamaha team which featured Joey Pascarella (before he moved over to the DNA Energy Drink CNR Motorsports Yamaha team) along with LTD Racing’s two time winner this year, Huntley Nash and his extremely quick teammate Tomas Puerta as well as Elena Myers, who, riding her Lucas Oil Roadracingworld.com Suzuki, made history with her dramatic and convincing victory at Infineon Raceway earlier this year created enough headlines to fill a large barrel of Sunoco 260 GTX racing fuel.
All in all, there will be plenty of action on and off the track this weekend, make sure you stop by and say hi to this great group of young riders that will be racing in this sport for many years to come.
Every one of them has tremendous talent and a great story to tell…