AMA Pro Hillclimb rider Phil Libhart will race the Superprestigio of the Americas at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015. Libhart will race his Yamaha YZF450 in the competition.Libhart is one of the most dominant and consistent riders in the history of AMA Pro Hillclimb. Libhart’s first full season in the series was in 1998 where he finished fourth in the championship standings. For the last 17 years, he has finished on the podium in the Xtreme Class Championship points every season aboard his vintage Triumph, winning a Championship in the class in 2008.
He also has finished on the podium in the Unlimited Class several times in the Championship. He is one of few riders in the history of the sport who have been able to sweep events by winning both Expert classes in the same event. In 2015, Libhart earned a podium finish in the Xtreme Class at each of the eight rounds with three wins. He also earned five podium finishes in the Unlimited Class this season, one of them a win to put him third at the end of the season.Libhart’s racing career in Flat Track started at the end of 1987 season and he raced until 2001. He won CMA North American Challenge race in Canada in 1998. He also is a recipient of the Rodney Farris Memorial Award.For Libhart the Superprestigio of the Americas is an exciting opportunity to return back to his racing roots and represent the sport of Hillclimbing as well.“It’s a huge honor to be going to the SuperPrestigio of the Americas”, Libhart says. “I’m thankful for the opportunity and I’m really excited to race this event. It’s the biggest and best event in the racing world and I’m honored to be a part of it.”Libhart will be competing with the number 910 in honor of his brother, Todd Libhart, who succumbed to injuries sustained in a racing incident at the end of the 2014 season. Todd ran the competition numbers 9 and 10 during the 2014 season, so it is a fitting tribute as he competes in the highest level of racing at the Superprestigio event.Libhart joins AMA Pro Grand National Champions Jared Mees, Jake Johnson, Kenny Coolbeth, Jr. and Brad Baker, along with X Games Flat Track Gold Medalist Bryan Smith and AMA Superbike rider Josh Hayes as riders already invited to the inaugural Superprestigio of the Americas (SOTA’15).Saturday night’s Superprestigio of the Americas will be the culmination of an exciting doubleheader weekend of racing. Friday night at the Orleans Arena will witness the AMA Pro Flat Track Final, a race that will decide this year’s AMA Pro Grand National Championship. Keep posted for future announcements of other riders who will be invited to SOTA’15.Spots are still open for additional AMA Pro Grand National riders to qualify and some of those won’t be decided until the night before the event. More details to come at www.superprestigio.com.The Superprestigio of the Americas (SOTA’15) will bring together leading motorcycle racers from various motorcycle-racing disciplines from around the world to compete head to head with the stars of AMA Pro Flat Track on a specially-designed indoor short track at the Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on Nov. 21, 2015. The special race is part of the big Las Vegas doubleheader weekend with the AMA Pro Flat Track finale taking place the night before Nov. 20, 2015 on the same track. #VegasFTFor additional information go to www.superprestigio.com or call toll free 1-844-722-6453.
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Motos and Friends—the weekly Podcast brought to you by the editorial team at Ultimate Motorcycling.
My name is Arthur Coldwells.
In this week’s first segment, Senior Editor Nic de Sena rides the much anticipated Yamaha MT-10 SP. That’s the model with the Ohlins semi-active suspension. It’s only been available in Europe for the last couple of years, but finally the good news is, that it’s coming to America. The big question is, whether the extra 3k you’re going to have to pony up for the Ohlins is actually worth it, or perhaps there’s just not that much improvement over the stock KYB suspension that has suited the Yamaha MT-10 so well until now?
In the second segment, Associate Editor Teejay Adams chats with Val Collins. Val grew up on motorcycles and learned to love speed, however her real love is Formula 1 tunnel-boat racing. These are the guys and gals that are strapped into a tiny cockpit and then hurtle down the straights at 120 mile per hour and pull 5G in the corners. We attended the recent season finale in Lake Havasu and watched our friend Mike Quindazzi try to take the win. Val chats with Teejay about her love for two-wheels and tunnel-boats. Yeah, it’s crazy stuff.
From all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode and have a great Thanksgiving Holiday!