Josh Hayes claimed the American SuperBike crown at Barber finale last year. The AMA has confirmed a June return to Alabama on the 2011 schedule.
The AMA Pro Road Racing series first visited Barber Motorsports Park in September 2003, then moved to a spring date from 2004 through 2009. Last year, Barber Motorsports Park played host to the final round of the year, an event that saw each road racing class championship decided. Additionally, the AMA Pro Road Racing banquet was held at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum, which houses one of the finest collections of motorcycles and racing cars in the world.
“We are delighted to be returning to Barber Motorsports Park,” said David Atlas, C.O.O. and Managing Member of AMA Pro Racing. “George Barber has made a tremendous investment in motorsports and motorcycle racing in particular, and our entire series appreciates the first-class facilities that are available to participants and fans alike.”
“We are excited to host the AMA Pro Road Racing Series at Barber Motorsports Park and look forward to another exciting weekend of superbike racing,” said Gene Hallman, President of ZOOM Motorsports, the exclusive event promoter of the Barber Motorsports Park. “While we enjoyed having the season-ending championship last fall, we are equally excited to be back in our more traditional spring date this year. With the parity of competition in this series at its highest, it’s only fitting they return to what is considered one of the finest road racing facilities in the world.”
Past AMA Pro National Guard American SuperBike winners at Barber Motorsports Park include Aaron Yates, Mat Mladin, Ben Spies, and Blake Young. The 2010 AMA Pro Daytona SportBike Champion, Martin Cardenas, has won every DSB race held at Barber Motorsports Park, but a number of current DSB riders have posted wins in other classes at the 14-turn, natural-terrain road course, including Josh Herrin, Jake Zemke, and Jason DiSalvo. Additional current AMA Pro competitors who’ve claimed previous wins at Barber include Josh Hayes, Roger Hayden, and Tommy Hayden (the latter in three different classes).
The AMA Pro National Guard American SuperBike, AMA Pro Daytona SportBike, AMA Pro SuperSport, and AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 series will compete at the June 17-19, 2011 weekend. In SuperSport, this will be an East Division event.