Motorcycle Types Cruiser AMA Sportbike, Supersport, XR1200 to NJMP

AMA Sportbike, Supersport, XR1200 to NJMP

2011 AMA Pro Racing

The AMA Pro Racing series heads to New Jersey Motorsports Park this weekend for the final round of 2011, with much to be decided in the AMA Daytona SportBike, SuperSport and Vance & Hines XR1200 support classes (for a NJMP preview of AMA Superbike, click here).

In the Daytona SportBike Championship, the advantage rests firmly with 2009 class champion Danny Eslick (GEICO Powersports RMR Suzuki), whose closest rival – Monster Energy Graves Yamaha’s Josh Herrin – suffered the brutal disappointment of a mechanical DNF at the class’ previous round at Laguna Seca.

But in a class known for multiple winners, intense racing, and unpredictable outcomes, even Eslick’s significant points lead can’t promise protection against the hard-charging Herrin, who is himself being stalked by Latus Motors Racing’s Jason DiSalvo, just two points behind in third.

In the SuperSport class, local rider James Rispoli (ANT Racing Motorsports) has his New York-sights set on the East Division title as well as the overall SuperSport championship – in addition to part of the $25,000 year-end prize money, provided by class sponsor, that goes with it.

Rispoli holds a commanding lead in the East Division series over LTD Racing Y.E.S. Yamaha rider Tomas Puerta, whose teammate, West Division Champion David Gaviria, is Rispoli’s toughest competition for the overall title.

And finally, thanks to the incredible action of the past weekend’s Red Bull Indianapolis GP – where the AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 presented by Harley-Davidson Insurance doubleheader brought Harley-Davidson machinery to the Speedway for the first time in 100 years – AMA Pro’s newest class championship has narrowed to just twelve points.

Points-leader Chris Fillmore (Bruce Rossmeyer Daytona Racing GEICO) came back from a demoralizing crash in Race 1 to take the Race 2 victory, burning up his previous surplus of points but preserving a narrow lead. With just one race to settle the score, he and runner-up Steve Rapp (Parts Unlimited) will have each other and a full field of equally hungry competitors to contend with at NJMP.

In addition to the exciting on-track action, New Jersey Motorsports Park and AMA Pro Road Racing will play host to a wide offering of fan activities, from autograph sessions to Fan Walks to a fan-appreciation barbeque and more.

To purchase tickets or to view a full schedule of both on- and off-track events, visit or call (856) 327-7217. Same-day television coverage of the weekend’s racing begins at 10 p.m. EDT both Saturday and Sunday on SPEED, with the AMA Superbike race on at 10 p.m., followed by the SportBike class at 11 p.m.

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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