2011 AMA Pro Racing
After an exciting 2010 AMA Pro Road Racing season that saw all class champions decided at the final event, AMA Pro announces their preliminary 2011 Road Racing schedule.
New this year is the change of the fabled Daytona 200 event back to its more traditional daytime running time, a return to Miller Motorsports Park over the Memorial Day weekend and some small date changes for some of the traditional events.
The 2011 AMA Pro Road Racing season will kick off at the famed Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. with the biggest motorcycling event of the year, Daytona 200 Week.
Activities will begin this year on Saturday night, March 5th with the longest continuous running Supercross event in America, the Daytona Supercross.
The opening rounds of AMA Pro Flat Track kick off Thursday, March 10 and Friday, March 11, 2011 to mark the second running of the Grand Nationals at the new DAYTONA Flat Track.
The Road Racing activities also begin on Thursday, March 10th with practice and qualifying for the four main classes of AMA Pro Road Racing. The AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike series will again race two times during the Daytona 200 Week activities on Friday, March 11th and Saturday, March 12th.
New this year will be the AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Series, making its debut at Daytona. The AMA Pro SuperSport division will also race on Friday and Saturday. The Daytona 200 will once again be run as a day race on Saturday, March 12th and will be the closing event of the 2011 Daytona 200 Week activities.
The 2010 Daytona 200 winner, Josh Herrin will lead the field in the namesake AMA Pro Daytona SportBike class for the 70th running of the famous event.
The series will then travel to Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. for the West Coast Moto Jam, May 13 – 15, 2011. The popular Infineon Raceway provides a full slate of activities throughout the weekend and this year the AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Series will make its debut at the 2.32-mile natural road course.
Next on the schedule for AMA Pro Road Racing is a return to Miller Motorsports Park on Memorial Day weekend, May 28 – 30, 2011 in conjunction with the HANNspree Superbike World Championship event. AMA Pro previously raced at the picturesque facility in Tooele, Utah from 2006 to 2008.
Elkhart Lake’s Road America will once again feature the full complement of AMA Pro Road Racing as the series travels to the legendary 4.0-mile road course through the Kettle Moraine countryside in Wisconsin, June 3 – 5, 2011.
Celebrating it’s 50th Anniversary Season, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course will host AMA Pro Road Racing one week earlier than usual, the race taking place July 8 – 10, 2011. The Honda Super Cycle Weekend presented by Dunlop Tire will once again bring the eyes of the motorcycle racing world to the gentle hills in Lexington, Ohio.
The series will then travel to Northern California to join the activities at the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, July 22 – 24, 2011. This weekend will feature single races for National Guard SuperBike, Daytona SportBike and SuperSport in addition to the first stop in the USA for MotoGP.
The next event will be in August at another great facility for motorcycle racing, Virginia International Raceway in Alton, Va. The August 12 – 14, 2011 weekend will once again see all Road Racing classes competing at the 2.25-mile country-club-like natural road course.
AMA Pro Road Racing will then travel to southern New Jersey for the Labor Day weekend at the New Jersey Motorsports Park event in Millville, N.J. Very popular with fans and competitors alike, the impressive Thunderbolt circuit will host the series, September 2 – 4, 2011.
A return to Barber Motorsports Park, located in Birmingham, Ala., is still being negotiated and the June date and confirmation are to be determined.
One additional season-ending event is also under consideration and will be announced at a later date.
Preliminary 2011 AMA Pro Road Racing Schedule
Round 1: March 10 – 12: Daytona International Speedway
Round 2: May 13 – 15: Infineon Raceway
Round 3: May 28 – 30: Miller Motorsports Park
Round 4: June 3 – 5: Road America
Round 5: TBD
Round 6: July 8 – 10: Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
Round 7: July 22 – 24: Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
Round 8: Aug. 12 – 14: Virginia International Raceway/TBD
Round 9: Sept. 2 – 4: New Jersey Motorsports Park
*Season Finale Location, Date and Banquet TBD