Motorcycle Racing News Daytona 200: It Pays To Play

Daytona 200: It Pays To Play

Daytona Bike Week

Traditionally the richest round on the AMA Pro Road Racing schedule, this year’s Daytona 200 season-kickoff event is no exception.

A total of $235,750 will be up for grabs when the series returns to Daytona International Speedway, the purse spread throughout the AMA Pro National Guard Superbike, Daytona SportBike, Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport, and Vance & Hines XR1200 classes.

The 70th running of the legendary Daytona 200, which reverts to its traditional Saturday-afternoon start this year, will offer a bristling field of Daytona SportBike riders 57 laps to fight for a $20,000 winner’s purse.

The event’s second- and third-place finishers will claim $15,000 and $10,000, respectively, with the remaining $64,500 paying down through 20th position.

Each of the two 15-lap AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike races will award a $51,000 purse, for a double-header total of $102,000. SuperBike race-winners will take home $10,000 per victory, with the remaining $41,000 paying through 15th position.

The Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport class-for which Daytona serves as a combination East/West Division event-will vie for a total of $7,000 per 10-lap race, each winner claiming a $1,500 purse and the remaining prize money paying through tenth position.

The Vance & Hines XR1200 class, making its inaugural appearance at Daytona International Speedway and boasting the largest field the division’s seen yet, will race for $10,250 in prize money. The first big V-twin to tear across the line will take home $3,750, with the remainder paying through tenth position.

The stakes are high for AMA Pro’s road race stars, and fans who emerge from Daytona International Speedway’s tunnels into the legendary infield for the March 12 event will experience a full slate of pit-stops, autograph sessions, fan walks, vendors and exhibitors, live entertainment, and more.

For ticket and event information, visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com; for complete AMA Pro Racing information, visit www.amaproracing.com. For a detailed breakdown of the purse payouts listed above, please consult Competition Bulletin #2011-06.

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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