2014 AMA SuperBike Qualifying Change RulesBeginning at Road America AMA Pro Road Racing May 31-June 1 – round 2 – a new qualifying format will occur in the SuperBike class. The format slightly resembles what is now used in the MotoGP and World Superbike championships.
All racers will compete in Qualifying 1 and 2, with the 12-fastest riders from each of those sessions heading into a third and final session. The top 12 riders in the Qualifying 3 session will make up the top-12 positions on the grid.“The new qualifying procedure has been geared to provide even more excitement for our fans,” said Michael Gentry, Chief Operating Officer of AMA Pro Racing. “We look forward to seeing the top riders put on a great show for the fans at Road America.”AMA Pro Racing says the riders are excited about the new format.“I think it’s a really cool format, and I like that it’s similar to the way final qualifying is done in World Superbike and MotoGP,” said three-time AMA Pro SuperBike champion Josh Hayes (No. 4 Monster Energy Graves Yamaha YZF-R1).“Plus, it gives us a little more time to work on bike setup during that first qualifying session. Getting the fastest 12 guys out there on the track and all going for the pole during a short session adds excitement for the fans, and it’s going to be fun for us, too.”“I think the new qualifying format is really cool and something different,” said Roger Hayden (No. 95 Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing Suzuki GSX-R1000). “It gives the fans something else to get excited about and I’m really looking forward to getting our first crack at it at Road America.”For tickets and additional information regarding Road America, visit http://www.roadamerica.com/buy-tickets/superbike-doubleheader-ama-pro-racing.html. Fans that are unable to visit Road America for Round 2 of the 2014 AMA Pro Road Racing season are encouraged to tune in to FansChoice.tv to catch all of the live streaming action.
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