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SuperBikes to Run 2015 Daytona 200

Monday, February 10, 2014
AMA Pro Racing announced today that the premier AMA Pro SuperBike class will return to the DAYTONA 200 in 2015. The 2015 edition of AMA Pro Road Racing's kickoff event will be a 69-lap race contested on Daytona International Speedway's 2.91-mile short course.



"Getting the SuperBikes back in the DAYTONA 200 has been a fan request for years and we're thrilled to be making this announcement," said Michael Gentry, Chief Operating Officer of AMA Pro Racing. "The DAYTONA 200 is America's premier motorcycle race, and our goal is to once again feature the biggest names in motorcycle road racing in the event."

The DAYTONA 200 is America's longest-running endurance motorcycle race, tracing its history to 1937 when the inaugural race was run on the sands of Daytona Beach. In 1961, the event became synonymous with Daytona International Speedway and has since seen many great names in motorcycling history win the storied event. Run at the culmination of Daytona Bike Week on Saturday afternoon, the 200-mile race is the only endurance race on the AMA Pro Road Racing schedule, and therefore provides a number of technical challenges.

The AMA Pro SuperBike class competed in the DAYTONA 200 from 1985 until 2004. Since 2005, the smaller-displacement motorcycles of Formula Xtreme and GoPro Daytona SportBike have campaigned the prestigious event. With the 2015 return of the AMA Pro SuperBikes for the 74th running of the DAYTONA 200, the top teams and riders will again headline the historic event.

"The DAYTONA 200 boasts a long and prestigious history since it first ran on the sands of Daytona Beach over seven decades ago, crowning some of the true legends of motorcycle racing in that time," said Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood. "Our fans have been patiently waiting for the premier class to return to the weekend's headline event. We are thankful to AMA Pro Racing, as well as Dunlop and the OEM's for working together to help make this move a reality for 2015."

The adjustments to the AMA Pro SuperBike rules package, planned as part of the recently-announced AMA Pro Road Racing class restructuring, are a key component to getting the SuperBikes back in the DAYTONA 200 for the 2015 running. Another important element is the commitment of AMA Pro Road Racing's spec tire partner Dunlop to the continual development of tires which are specifically suited to the special demands of Daytona International Speedway.

"Dunlop is excited about the prospect of having SuperBikes back in the DAYTONA 200," said Mike Buckley, Vice President of Dunlop. "Everyone on the Dunlop design and service team are enthusiasts first and foremost so the entire team is looking forward to supporting this endeavor."

The 2014 AMA Pro Road Racing season will kick off once again at Daytona International Speedway. The event is scheduled for March 13 - 15, 2014 and will have the same three-day format featured in recent years, highlighted by the 73rd running of the DAYTONA 200 on Saturday afternoon. For tickets and information, please visit http://www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com.

Keith McCarty, Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., Motorsports Racing Division Manager: "The DAYTONA 200 is an iconic event, and it's only fitting that SuperBikes--AMA Pro Road Racing's premier class--should be the bikes that compete in the 200. Over the years, Yamaha riders have won the prestigious DAYTONA 200 a total of 22 times, on everything from our two-stroke production racers and Formula 1 GP bikes, to our four-stroke middleweight machines like the YZF-R6 and SuperBikes like the FZ750, OW01, and YZF750R. As the 'Great American Motorcycle Race' approaches its 75th consecutive year of competition, we at Yamaha are excited that SuperBikes will be returning to their rightful place in the DAYTONA 200 next year."

Pat Alexander, American Suzuki Motor Corporation, Sports Promotion Manager: "American Suzuki Motor Corporation is looking forward to returning to compete in the Daytona 200 on the Suzuki GSX-R1000. We see great potential in returning to the 1000cc racing platform for the DAYTONA 200 and we're looking forward to trying to make that win happen."

Don Sakakura, Yoshimura R&D of America, Inc., Vice President: "In years past, Yoshimura and Suzuki have been very successful racing the historic DAYTONA 200 event. We're very excited to hear the 2015 DAYTONA 200 will feature the 1000cc SuperBikes. We anticipate our Yoshimura / Suzukis will be very competitive in the 200 mile format."

Erik Buell, EBR, Founder: "I was very excited to hear that the DAYTONA 200 will be returning to the premier class format it had for so many years. Years ago, one of my great aspirations as a racer was to reach the highest status so I could race in this legendary event. To have the DAYTONA 200 back in the original format is both the right tribute to the past and a proper recognition of the technology of today where modern tires and sophisticated electronics can allow top riders to harness the tremendous power of the machines."

Josh Hayes, Three-Time AMA Pro SuperBike Champion and Rider of the No. 4 Monster Energy Graves Yamaha YZF-R1: "The DAYTONA 200 is our biggest race of the season, so the biggest and best bikes should be competing in it. And, of course, that's the SuperBikes. I'm looking forward to the 2015 DAYTONA 200, when SuperBikes will make their return. I say, 'Welcome back!'"

Roger Lee Hayden, Rider of the No. 95 Yoshimura Racing Suzuki GSX-R1000: "I'm really excited for the SuperBikes to be back in the DAYTONA 200. It's the biggest race of the year and it seems only fitting for the biggest class in AMA Pro to be competing in it. I grew up watching the DAYTONA 200 and it was always the SuperBike guys I looked up to that were winning it, so it's been my childhood dream to win the race. Hopefully this will also bring some international riders over like it has in the past. I can't wait and I think it's a great idea."

Larry Pegram, Rider of the No. 72 Foremost Insurance Pegram Racing EBR 1190RS: "I'm glad that the DAYTONA 200 is on the road back to the being biggest race in the world again. The first step is getting the big bikes back in the race."

Scott Russell, Five-Time Winner of the DAYTONA 200: "As a former winner of the biggest motorcycle race in America, I'm happy to hear that the SuperBikes will be back in the DAYTONA 200. It'll create more interest when we have all of the top riders back in the big race at Daytona. I think this is an extremely important move, and it makes me very happy."

About AMA Pro Road Racing: AMA Pro Road Racing is the premier motorcycle road racing series in North America and is universally regarded as one of the most competitive road racing organizations in the world. The 2012 schedule consists of 12 rounds of competition on the country's finest road courses. Learn more about AMA Pro Road Racing at www.amaproracing.com/rr/.

AMA Pro Racing is the premier professional motorcycle racing organization in North America, operating a full schedule of events and championships for a variety of motorcycle disciplines. Learn more about AMA Pro Racing at www.amaproracing.com.
AMA Pro Road Racing Riders
Josh Hayes
Josh Hayes is a dedicated road racer who started in 1994 and won the AMA Superbike Championship in 2010. Read more about Hayes' racing career on the Josh Hayes bio page.
Blake Young
Riding since the age of four, Blake Young has become an important fixture in the AMA Pro Road Racing Series and is still searching for his first title after coming just shy in 2011.
Roger Hayden
Learn more about Roger Hayden on Motorcycle USA's Roger Hayden bio page for career highlights, pictures, and news.
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customaudiodesign   February 12, 2014 09:37 AM
Another bit of good news from DMG (Dumb Monkey Group). In addition to the announcement that the series will start to align itself with the rules and what WSBK, BSB, and THE REST OF THE WORLD have been doing. The whole time that DMG was running the series into the ground with their ridiculous class names & irrelevant-to-other-national/world racing rules. Plus the isolationist thinking they have obviously been operating under. Now that they've effectively ruined the series and ran off riders, OEMs, and entire teams, only now are they listening to what knowledgeable folks had been telling them since the beginning. Including the enthusiasts that have been loyal to AMA racing for decades. Having to watch the decline of our own national series was very painful. Why those nascar-addled dunces would not take solid advice was beyond me. You look at other successful series and emulate them, not isolate the whole thing by going your own way and making up stupid class names. It's time to stop blaming the economy; other countries enjoy full schedules, full stands, factory participation and full grids. Those economies are no better or worse than ours, so what are they doing right? Nope, let's just do what WE want and stick our heads in the sand because we know so much about racing. It hasn't worked, has it DMG? I know people that are so fed up with DMG not listening to experts in the field, that they probably will never follow the series again. They say it's completely irrelevant, to both our own country and how it relates to other series and even the world stage with WSBK and MotoGP. Down to what, 5 races? Oh yeah, another event MIGHT be announced? Makes it quite difficult for teams and riders to plan ahead for accommodations and travel, when other series have their entire calendar in place BEFORE the end of the year. Even though the race dates for Mid Ohio and Laguna conflicted, that was resolved, but still no news about an event. The date resolution was going to solve that, so there could be 6 race events. Still nothing. Too little, too late DMG. Maybe the fact that riders and entire teams were bailing out (so they CAN have a chance to compete in a series that does have similar rules as other countries), woke the nascar folks up. My friends in other countries shake their heads at what DMG has done to the series. They ask me what the hell is going on and all I can tell them is "this is what happens when nascar tries to run a 2-wheel road racing series." It's a complete laughing stock in the rest of the motorcycle road racing world and as an American enthusiast, I'm about as embarrassed as I could be. I hope these "news bites" are a good omen for the series to finally return to what it once was with full grids, sponsors, OEMs, and full stands at more than 5 races a year.
cggunnersmate   February 11, 2014 05:55 AM
That's great! Assuming there actually is an AMA Road Racing season in 2015. Odds don't seem to favor it from the looks of the 2014 season.
OutOfTheBox   February 10, 2014 07:57 PM
...you have not seen "hicks" until you watch some of the old Daytona 200 videos on YT. The first part, the pre-race intro of the video showing Freddie Spencer's win is pure Comedy Gold. They shoot the intro in the pits...just hilarious. They shoot it there to give the viewer a feel for the action in the pits and within 5 minutes everyone there is standing up looking into the camera with dumb grins on their faces. And not the most impressive human specimens you'd want to see, either.