Laguna Seca AMA SuperbikeAfter finishing an impressive seventh and ninth during its debut in the AMA Superbike series at Mid-Ohio two weeks ago, the KTM 1190 RC8 R immediately became a competitive machine.
The HMC/KTM Race Team was originally slated to only compete at three rounds of AMA Superbike – Mid-Ohio, Virginia International Raceway and New Jersey Motorsports Park. But with the cancellation of VIR, the HMC/KTM team will compete at Mazda Raceway this weekend with the same rider who piloted the KTM 1190 RC8 R at Mid-Ohio, Chris Fillmore.HMC/KTM Race Team Manager Mitch Hansen confirmed that Fillmore will ride this weekend at Round 7 of the 2011 AMA Superbike Championship, which will be held in conjunction with the FIM MotoGP World Championship Series held at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca/Mitch Hansen says: "We were not expecting to race at Laguna Seca this year but are looking forward to the unexpected challenge. We were very happy with our results in our first AMA Superbike race two weeks ago and hope to continue to move forward as we learn from race experience. We believe racing at Laguna will aid us in furthering our development." Chris Fillmore says: "We definitely made a lot of progress after our first race on the bike. I am excited to see how we will perform at Laguna Seca. I have always wanted to race this event in the Superbike class and am very excited for race day."