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Barber AMA XR1200 Series Preview

Harley XR1200 Racing

This weekend’s AMA Pro Road Racing event at Barber Motorsports Park will see the final race in the inaugural AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Series.

After debuting in Wisconsin in June, the home state of Harley-Davidson, the series has showcased the racing capabilities of the Harley-Davidson XR1200 with a specialized kit of competition and appearance upgrades from famed accessory company Vance & Hines.

Racers young and old have competed in the series this year and the venerable Harley-Davidson has been the star of the show, along with a couple of riders named Danny Eslick and Jake Holden.

Riding for series supporter Richie Morris’ Bruce Rossmeyer Daytona Racing GEICO Powersports Lucas Oil Team, both Danny Eslick and Jake Holden have dominated the class, Eslick with three wins and Holden taking the checkered flag at New Jersey.

Unfortunately his motorcycle and also the motorcycle of third place finisher Kyle Wyman were later found to be running an illegally modified component and their results were nullified.

Eslick skipped the last round at NJMP as he focused on defending his Daytona SportBike Championship and now, he could win the title in two classes if he runs in the XR1200 class this weekend.

P.J. Jacobson, racing for Celtic Racing was declared the winner of the New Jersey event and with the disqualification of the number 3 and 33 RMR motorcycles, Steve Atlas riding the HOG Racing XR1200 takes second and Travis Wyman is awarded third.

Travis Wyman is now in second place in the standings and could take the championship on his Harv’s Harley-Davidson with a win or second place providing Eslick doesn’t score or run. But Holden would have to DNF since he is 30 points behind Eslick. So this will be a race to watch to see who can pull off the upset win and grab the title.

Sixteen riders have taken part in the Vance & Hines XR1200 series this year and this weekend, they will be joined by the Henderson Harley-Davidson XR1200 Trophy series (Great Britain) champion Jeremy McWilliams who will be riding thanks to Roadracingworld.com and the HOG Racing Team along with Warr’s Racing and SYN3 lubricants.

Joining Jeremy will be series regulars Joseph Rozynski, Paul Schwemmer and Paul James. Also racing this weekend at the 2.38 mile Barber Motorsports 14-turn natural terrain racetrack will be Michael Corbino, Matthew Heidel and Robert Tinagero.

If the current form holds true, the championship will be down to Eslick and Travis Wyman and Jake Holden. Holden could win provided he wins the race and takes at least one of the two available bonus points for either pole position or most laps led.

Travis will be riding his Harv’s Harley-Davidson Racing XR1200 and will be also racing in the AMA Pro SuperSport series races on the Vesrah Suzuki.

If Eslick runs, all eyes will be on him and to see if he can take the title but Travis and Jake are going to give Danny all he can get as each tries to take the first championship in this exciting class for one of the most revered brands in the world.

The first practice for the big twins will be on Saturday, Sept. 25, at 10:20 a.m. Qualifying will be later that same day at 4:15 PM and the 11 lap race will be first up on Sunday, Sept. 26, at 12:15 p.m. right after the Pit Lane Fan Walk and Autograph session.

Please check with barbermotorsportspark.com for further schedule and ticket information.

 

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