Former MotoGP Pilot McWilliams to Ride Harley at Indy GP

Jeremy McWilliams
Jeremy McWilliams
Jeremy McWilliams

2013 Red Bull Indianapolis MotoGP

Former World Championship star Jeremy McWilliams, who raced aboard Kenny Roberts Proton KR during the 2002-2003 seasons, will make a return to the MotoGP arena at the Red Bull Indianapolis GP Aug 16-18.

The 2010 UK Harley-Davidson XR1200 Trophy Champion will race in the AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series aboard an XR1200 for the double header.

McWilliams, of Belfast, Northern Ireland, is no stranger to Harley-Davidson XR1200 racing. Riding for London-based Warr’s Harley-Davidson Racing, McWilliams took the inaugural title by a 41-point lead and chalked up seven pole positions en route. This led to an invite to enter the AMA Pro Harley-Davidson Vance & Hines series at Barber 2010, where he rode for the Racing team. McWilliams took the win in style, leading every lap of the race.

He returned the following year to ride for multi-award-winning dealer, Harley-Davidson of Bloomington, Indiana with support from Warr’s Racing, and the team have invited the 49-year-old  and his Warr’s Harley-Davidson® Racing team to represent them again this year.

Jeff Stevens, owner of Harley-Davidson of Bloomington, is a Harley-Davidson motorcycle drag racer, four time AHDRA National champion, and team owner with many years of experience on the track. He is the 2010 H-D/Screamin’ Eagle V-Rod Destroyer Champion. Being a racer himself he understands the demands of running at the front of the field.

Jeff Stevens says: “Having Jeremy ride for Bloomington H-D in 2011 for the AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200  races was such a pleasure and it’s great that our schedules have worked out so we can repeat this experience To be able to race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and have McWilliams ride for us is truly a fantastic opportunity. Racing is an important part of H-D of Bloomington.

“I still love racing and I’m delighted to be able to continue doing it competitively. The Harley-Davidson XR1200® race series enables me to re-live all of the fun and adrenaline of racing without some of the pressures that I had when I was racing full-time. And it’s great to be able to take my support team from Warr’s Harley-Davidson Racing with me because I trust them completely and know that they are the best people to get the bike set-up in the best possible way.”

AMA Pro Racing’s newest class, which features intense competition on nearly identical Harley-Davidson XR1200 motorcycles, the AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson series features handlebar-to-handlebar action that puts a premium on rider skill and strategy due to spec-based machinery.

The AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson XR1200 division adds a fourth class of racing to the Red Bull Indianapolis GP weekend, as it joins the three world championship classes – MotoGP, Moto2 and 125cc – competing on the 16-turn, 2.621-mile circuit that combines part of the famed IMS oval with an infield section.

Harley-Davidson of Bloomington, Indiana, would like to thank it’s partners, Vance & Hines, Warr’s Racing, Harley-Davidson, Warr’s Customs, RoadracingWorld, Alpinestars, Dunlop, Rizoma,  SBS Scandinavian Brake System, MotoSpec, K-Tech, Claridon, Shark Helmets, Johnny’s Signs, Rich Hankins, Joe Stines, Hoosier Hills HOG, and French Lick Harley-Davidson.