Nicky Hayden to Barber MotoAmerica
The Honda Superbike Showdown will be making its next stop at Alabama’s Barber Motorsports Park this coming weekend, June 11-12. The Honda Superbike Showdown is a three-part mini-series running within the 2016 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Race Championship.
Practices and qualifying are going on right now but all of the racing action will be kicking off on Saturday, June 11m, running all the way through Sunday, June 12.
Aside from all of the racing, there will be plenty of demonstrations taking place, such as: Stun shows, Mini GP Demonstrations, Honda and Suzuki demo rides, the Paddock Autograph Signing presented by Dunlop Motorcycle Tires and lastly, what everyone is most likely there to see – Honda World Superbike pilot Nicky Hayden riding some laps on vintage Hondas.
Hayden, who is best known for his 2006 MotoGP and 2002 AMA Superbike titles,will turn a few laps from 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on a collection of vintage Honda motorcycles, including a 1960 Honda RC161 250cc Grand Prix racer, and a 1979 CB825 Superbike straight out of the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum, which, by the way, is free for anyone attending the races that weekend. On Sunday, he’ll put down a few more laps between the MotoAmerica Superbike races from 11:30 a.m. to noon.
Honda and MotoAmerica have teamed up to offer an exclusive $99 Cycle Corral ticket package that includes two-day general-admission pass, preferred motorcycle parking, a track walk with Honda-rider MotoAmerica racer Benny Solis, and a motorcycle parade lap. The first 100 fans to go in for the ticket package will also be able to attend the Honda party from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at the museum, where fans will be able to mingle with their favorite riders and not to mention, the bikes of old. For more information regarding that ticket package, head over to Barber Motorsports Park.
Honda will have plenty of bikes on display at Barber but you’ll also be able to try out the new CRF1000L Africa Twin and VFR1200X adventure bikes that everyone has been buzzing about for some time. Rightly so, the Africa Twin, according to our very own Jess Mckinley is quite a machine.
After all of the racing has settled down, there will be a showing of “Hitting The Apex” on the Jumbotron during Movie Night, scheduled to take place at 7 p.m.
For all of the recaps and highlights, Next Moto Champion Talk Show will be on hand to take care of some interviews. Danielle Teal will preside over the interviews and sit down with riders like Chris Carr and Garrett Gerloff, competing against each other on the 1985 arcade classic, Sega’s Hang On.
Other riders present will be Josh Hayes, Roger Hayden, Cameron Beaubier, Jake Gagne and Toni Elias, all of which are skilled and professional riders in their own right but do they have what it takes to challenge random MotoAmerica fans to a race in Sega’s Hang On? Fans are welcome to stop by, mingle and chat it up as well as challenge their favorite racers to some arcade fun.