2017 MotoAmerica ScheduleWith endless battles between riders and manufacturers, and the influx of overseas participants, the 2016 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Race Championship was brilliant, to say the least. Hot on the heels of that momentum, MotoAmerica organizers have announced the 2017 provisional calendar, which includes 10 rounds–up one from 2016–and two new venues.The seventh and eighth rounds on the 2017 MotoAmerica schedule are new to the series. MotoAmerica riders will turn laps at Sonoma Raceway, in Sonoma, Calif. on August 11-13, and two weeks later, riders will compete at the Pittsburgh International Race Complex in Pittsburgh, Pa., August 25-27.
Sonoma Raceway was once a staple track on the AMA SuperBike circuit, but this will mark the first time that the MotoAmerica series has set down in Northern California’s famed wine country. Back in 2012, Josh Hayes (Yamaha YZF-R1) split victories at Sonoma with Blake Young (Suzuki GSX-R1000), marking the last time AMA Superbike would race at Sonoma.This upcoming season is also the first time that an AMA-sanctioned race will take place at the Pittsburgh International Race Complex. The 2.8-mile 19-turn raceway sits upon a sprawling 400-acre complex, 45 miles NW of Pittsburgh in Wampum, Pa..Ten rounds of MotoAmerica racing begins in familiar territory, the opening round running in conjunction with the Red Bull MotoGP of The Americas in Austin, Texas, on April 20-23. Prior to the season opener, there will be a two-day MotoAmerica team test at COTA, March 28-29.The series will once again feature four classes–Superbike, Superstock 1000, Supersport, Superstock 600–and support by the KTM RC390 Cup.MotoAmerica is on the rise. With invigorated interest from fans, and foreign talent – the paddock is growing in strength, and so too, is the calendar.Wayne Rainey, MotoAmerica President and three-time 500cc World Champion had this say: “We’re thrilled to announce that our 2017 MotoAmerica schedule will feature 10 rounds, including two new stops. It’s always been our goal to expand the series and we’ve been able to do that entering our third season. We’re excited to be going back to Sonoma Raceway because it’s a great racetrack with a long history of Superbike racing.“I won a Superbike race there way back in 1983 and wrapped up my second AMA Superbike Championship there in 1987. It’s also great to be going to an all-new racetrack for us at the Pittsburgh International Race Complex. It’s always exciting for the teams and riders to go to a new racetrack and we’re happy to be bringing our series to a new market in Pittsburgh and its surrounding areas.”