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Harley XR1200 Racers Test Daytona

2011 XR1200 Racing

Making a motorcycle road race debut on the freshly-paved surface during the Dunlop Tire Test at Daytona International Speedway was the AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Series.

Former Harley-Davidson 883 series rider Michael Barnes celebrating his first ride on the new Harley XR 1200 by posting a time of 2:09.568/80.576 MPH to take the top spot of the motorcycle racing test.

Nine Harley-Davidson XR1200 riders participated in the shortened session that saw champions from a variety of AMA Pro Racing disciplines make their mark.

Recently-retired AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Champion Joe Kopp topped the timesheets for part of the outing, two-time AMA Pro Supermoto Champion Chris Fillmore ended up second overall and 2009 SuperSport Young Gun West Division champion Ricky Parker made his return to AMA Pro Racing to finish up third fastest.

Michael Barnes (Harley XR 1200 X)says: "I’m one of the few guys out there who actually raced the old 883 series back in the day," explains the long-time AMA Pro Road Racing competitor. "I just remember great battles, a lot of parity and eight-wide across the tri-oval. I think we’re going to see the same kind of exciting race here in March."

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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