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AMA Pro Racing Helping Tornado Victims

Barber AMA Pro Racing

This Saturday evening, June 18, road race fans can get an inside look at what it takes to navigate the challenging 2.38-mile Barber Motorsports Park, thanks to those who know it best: AMA Pro racers. AMA Pro Racing, Barber Motorsports Park, and ZOOM Motorsports have teamed up on a special event that not only gives fans a rare opportunity, but also raises funds for those affected by the devastating tornadoes that hit Alabama and other areas of the South in late April.

The walk will take place at 5:30 p.m. Saturday following the day’s Barber Superbike Classic activities, and $10 Track Walk tickets can be purchased at Gates 2 or 10 upon Saturday entry, or in Lot E prior to the start of the walk. Participating fans have the option of walking the entire track, or just sections of it.

A huge number of top AMA Pro racers have already signed on to accompany fans around the beautiful Alabama circuit, headed up by reigning AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Champion Josh Hayes, his Monster Energy Graves Yamaha teammate, Josh Herrin, and Hayes’ wife, HT Moto Yamaha rider Melissa Paris. The powerhouse Rockstar Makita Suzuki SuperBike duo of Blake Young and Tommy Hayden will likewise put sneakers to pavement on behalf of tornado victims, and the list of participating riders doesn’t stop there.

Roger Lee Hayden and Ben Bostrom will represent the National Guard/Jordan Suzuki crew, and they’ll be joined by Daytona 200 winner Jason DiSalvo (Team Latus Motors Racing), SuzukiScoopFans Racing’s Elena Myers–known for notching the historic first AMA Pro win by a female just last year–Danny Eslick (GEICO Powersports/RMR Suzuki), Vesrah Suzuki’s Cory West and Taylor Knapp, young-gun Cameron Beaubier (GP Bike Parts), and Y.E.S/Pat Clark/Graves Yamaha’s Chris Clark and Tommy Aquino.

Even injuries can’t stop at least two additional riders from participating in support of the local community, as Chris Ulrich will join M4 Suzuki teammates Martin Cardenas, Dane Westby, and Santiago Villa, and Jake Holden will represent the Jake Holden Racing crew. Ulrich and Holden are both scheduled to sit out the Barber double-header while recuperating, but with the help of a pit scooter or two, they’re determined to be present Saturday evening.

SPEED TV announcers Greg White and Scott Russell (a Superbike legend at home and abroad) will likewise be joining fans on the walk, all proceeds from which will directly support tornado-relief efforts through the Christian Service Mission, a local non-profit organization that connects resources with community needs. With additional participating riders being announced during the Barber Superbike Classic itself, expect Saturday’s Track Walk to be a stroll to remember.

Additionally, this year’s Barber Superbike Classic is a tribute to the men and women of the Alabama National Guard; visit barbermotorsports.com for special ticket offers for military personnel, as well as for regular tickets and event information.

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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