MotoAmerica Road Racing
When Wayne Rainey and the KRAVE Group LLC established MotoAmerica in early, the new North American road-racing series immediately received support.
The first pledge of support arrived from Carmelo Ezpeleta, the CEO of Dorna, which is the commercial rights holder for MotoGP.
“The American Motorcycle Championship has always been a key reference for our sport, and the extremely high level of racing has provided the perfect development ground for aspiring World Championship riders,” said Ezpeleta. “Now it’s great to see that Wayne Rainey, along with the KRAVE Group, will be heading up this new challenge to increase the talent pool even further – and bring yet more excitement to American racing fans.”
And on Wednesday, MotoAmerica received another pledge of support, this time from the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM), the global governing and sanctioning body for international motorcycle racing.
Speaking on the matter was Vito Ippolito, president of the FIM: “We are very excited about the potential of the new MotoAmerica road racing series. American motorcycle racing has always been important to the FIM, and we are proud to be a part of the MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Motorcycle Road Racing Championship.”
Three-time 500cc MotoGP Champion Rainey responded “The FIM is the premier governing body for motorcycle racing worldwide. MotoAmerica and everyone at the KRAVE Group LLC are honored to have the endorsement of Mr. Ippolito and the FIM.
“This FIM support will allow our series to become a recognized member of the international motorcycle racing community, paving the way for our riders to make the transition to international road racing championships like World Superbike and MotoGP in the future.”
The new North American road racing series MotoAmerica took over promotional and management rights for AMA Pro Road Racing in early September.
MotoAmerica is an affiliate of KRAVE Group LLC, a partnership that includes Rainey, ex-racer and former manager of Team Roberts Chuck Aksland, motorsports marketing executive Terry Karges, and businessman Richard Varner.