Paul James isn’t just another Harley-Davidson employee, he’s one helluva fast rider. For 2014, James will be suiting up for his 20th consecutive season of road racing as he pilots his James Gang/Hoban Brothers Racing Harley-Davidson XR1200 for the AMA Pro Racing Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson series season opener at Daytona International Speedway. And he brings […]
Who To Watch In AMA Pro SuperSport
America’s road racing champions of tomorrow are racing in AMA Pro SuperSport today, and their season kicks off this weekend at Daytona International Raceway. With events on both Friday and Saturday, there are plenty of chances for glory for the 48 competitors entered.
AMA Pro SuperSport is the most unpredictable class and the racing gives a chance for riders in the large fields to step up and prove they have what it takes. A great example is reigning AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Champion and current SuperBike pilot Cameron Beaubier, who cut his teeth in his two-victory, two-pole season in 2010.
In 2014, the series will determine a sole champion instead of two divisions and an overall winner. That makes each race equally important for all the riders.
Reigning East Champ Corey Alexander (#5 Celtic/HVMC Racing Suzuki GSX-R600) returns to AMA Pro SuperSport this year. Alexander showed great improvement in 2013, and he became a consistent challenger for wins. The New Yorker doubled at Road America and came through big at New Jersey to take the crown over Hayden Gillim in some memorable racing.
Alexander’s teammate this year will be Wyatt Farris (#19 Celtic/HVMC Racing Suzuki GSX-R600). Farris was third in last year’s West points. The Calistoga, CA, rider also built momentum throughout 2013 and by the Utah races was fighting at the front.
Dustin Dominguez (#68 HSBK Racing Yamaha YZF-R6) returns to AMA Pro SuperSport after a season in AMA Pro SuperBike. Dominguez was a force in the class the last time he entered and has six wins and a best of second in points.
Hayden Gillim (#69 TOBC Racing Suzuki GSX-R600) is another familiar name in the class. After coming up just short in his challenge to earn the East crown, the Kentuckian will return to the class on board a Suzuki GSX-R600. The former Horizon Award winner has five class wins so far and finished on the podium at Daytona last season. He should be a contender at the 3.51-mile track.
Another contender, Miles Thornton (#72 D&D Castrol Triumph Daytona 675R), has switched to Triumph for the season. Thornton has worked hard to improve his form and showed his progress at Mid-Ohio last season.
Brazilian-born Sebastiao Ferreira (#7 DMS Racing Yamaha YZF-R6) has always been a tough opponent in the class and has been a consistent challenger.
Three noteworthy young riders from last season–Nick McFadden (#16 TOBC Racing Suzuki GSX-R600), Kaleb De Keyrel (#51 De Keyrel Racing Yamaha YZF-R6), and Connor Blevins (#33 Excel Racing Kawasaki ZX-6R)–gained valuable experience in 2013.
The AMA Pro SuperSport combatants will do battle in ten-lap contests Friday and Saturday. Tune in to Fanschoice.tv as the entire AMA weekend at Daytona will be live streamed.