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Rapp and Barnes to Race XR1200 Series

Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Steve Rapp, winner of the 2007 Daytona 200, will anchor a three-man squad in the AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Series. Rapp will team with fellow AMA Pro Racing veterans Michael Barnes and Mike Morgan. The team will be backed by sponsors Drag Specialties and Parts Unlimited. Rapp will be on hand at the Daytona opener, but not before his test riding duties are fulfilled in Motorcycle USA’s annual Superbike Smackdown. That’s right, Rapp will be the MCUSA ringer at the Chuckwalla Valley Raceway March 3 for our annual Superbike comparison. - MCUSA Ed

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Former Daytona 200 winner, Steve Rapp, will anchor a three-man Drag Specialties/Parts Unlimited-backed effort in the XR1200 Series
Aftermarket motorcycle parts distributors, Drag Specialties and Parts Unlimited are pleased to announce the formation of a three-rider team for the 2011 AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Series. With both brands each sponsoring an entry, a third bike will be sponsored by Drag Specialties exhaust brand, Python Performance.

Riding the Parts Unlimited sponsored Harley-Davidson Sportster XR1200 will be 2007 Daytona 200 winner, Steve Rapp. Finishing on the podium seven times in 2010 while competing in the Daytona Sportbike Championship, Rapp will be bringing 15 years of race experience in AMA Pro to bear on the 2011 season in the XR1200 class.

After getting his first taste of the XR1200 in the final round of the 2010 AMA Pro XR1200 Series with a second place finish at Barber Motorsports Park, Michael Barnes will be piloting the Drag Specialties sponsored XR1200. Having set the quickest time during the recent Dunlop tire test at Daytona on the XR, Barnes has the special distinction of having raced Sportsters the last time they were run in road racing competition back in the original Super Twins class.

Also making his debut on the XR1200 will be AMA Pro veteran Mike Morgan, on board the Python Performance sponsored entry. Most recently, Morgan competed in the Daytona Sportbike Championship.

“We couldn’t be more excited to bring both our Parts Unlimited and Drag Specialties brands together for the first time, along with the Python brand in a single series,” said company Vice-president, Greg Blackwell. “The XR1200s are going to bring back a thundering roar to the high banks of Daytona International Speedway we haven’t heard since the days of the Battle of the Twins back in the 90s.”

Widely known by its trademark “We Support the Sport”, Parts Unlimited along with Drag Specialties are the foremost distributors of aftermarket parts and accessories for the powersports industry in the United States and abroad. The AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Series kicks off the 2011 season during Bike Week at Daytona International Speedway, March 10-12.
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