It’s race time. Almost. In a little over a month the MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Series will officially begin at the Circuit of the Americas in Texas. The stars of the series will take to the COTA track for the first time on Thursday, April 9 as the championship season kicks off with the MotoAmerica classes serving as the support races for the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas in Austin.
MotoAmerica will run three of its classes at the Grand Prix – Supersport and the combined Superbike/Superstock 1000 – with the Superbike/Superstock 1000 class racing twice over the course of the weekend.
Things get rolling for MotoAmerica a day earlier than MotoGP on Thursday, April 9 with the classes set to take part in a 45-minute practice session each (1 to 1:45 p.m. for Superbike/Superstock 1000, 2 to 2:45 p.m. for Supersport) on the opening day of festivities at COTA.
On Friday the racers of MotoAmerica will take to the track two more times with Superbike/Superstock qualifying set to take place from 11:55 a.m. to 12:25 p.m., followed later in the day by a 40-minute qualifying session for Supersport from 4:05 to 4:45 p.m.
Saturday’s MotoAmerica action will start at 7:50 a.m. with a 20 minute Supersport warm-up session with a Superbike/Superstock warm-up session following a few hours later at 11:55 a.m.
At 4:15 on Saturday afternoon the MotoAmerica Series kicks off with its first race of the new era with the Supersport riders doing battle for the first time in their 12-lap final on the 3.4-mile Circuit of the Americas. The Supersport race will be followed on Saturday by the opening round of the MotoAmerica Superbike/Superstock 1000 Series with defending four-time AMA Superbike Champion Josh Hayes beginning his title defense in the first of the two 15-lap Superbike races scheduled for 5 p.m.
On Sunday, the Superbike/Superstock 1000 racers get a warm-up session at 7:50 a.m. with the second of the combined Superbike/Superstock 1000 doubleheader closing out the weekend of action at COTA later that afternoon with a 3:30 p.m. race start.
One of the many racers chomping at the bit to get started is Red Bull Roadrace Factory’s Jake Gagne. The Californian will make his Superstock 1000 debut at COTA.
“It’s the first race and it’s what we’ve all been waiting for,” said Gagne. “It’s a great track and hopefully we get a great turnout. This will be our first time on the Superstock bike and racing against the Superbikes. I’m excited to get out there and turn some laps at COTA and get racing with the guys. It’s been too long.”
Tickets can be purchased for all the action at the Circuit of the Americas by clicking on the following link: circuitoftheamericas.com/motogp/tickets
For a complete schedule for the weekend, click on the following link: www.motoamerica.com/sites/motoamerica.com/files/attachments/2015/03/2015_cota_schedule-ma.pdf
MotoAmerica is the new North American road racing series created in 2014. MotoAmerica is an affiliate of KRAVE Group LLC, a partnership that includes three-time 500cc World Champion, two-time AMA Superbike Champion, and AMA Hall of Famer Wayne Rainey, ex-racer and former manager of Team Roberts Chuck Aksland, motorsports marketing executive Terry Karges, and businessman Richard Varner.