American John Hopkins announced he is taking a sabbatical from racing for 2013 to recover from a number of significant injuries. Hopkins’ once very promising racing career has been hampered by both a series of bad luck and injury. It seems so long ago that Hopkins finished fourth overall in the 2007 MotoGP Championship with […]
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New AMA Pro SuperBike Final Qualifying Procedure To Be Implemented At Road America
AMA Pro Racing is taking a page out of the playbook of the top racing series’ in the world and changing the qualifying format for AMA Pro SuperBike and breaking it up into three stages. This new format will debut later this month when AMA Pro Road Racing takes to the 4.05-mile track at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis., for the Subway SuperBike Doubleheader on May 30 – June 1, 2014.
All AMA Pro SuperBike competitors will participate in Qualifying 1 and 2. The 12 fastest riders from the first two sessions advance to a third and final qualifying session immediately after. Those 12 riders will battle it out to set positions 1-12 on the provisional starting grid based solely on times in the final session.
“I think it’s a really cool format, and I like that it’s similar to the way final qualifying is done in World Superbike and MotoGP,” said three-time AMA Pro SuperBike champion Josh Hayes (No. 4 Monster Energy Graves Yamaha YZF-R1). “Plus, it gives us a little more time to work on bike setup during that first qualifying session. Getting the fastest 12 guys out there on the track and all going for the pole during a short session adds excitement for the fans, and it’s going to be fun for us, too.”
“I think the new qualifying format is really cool and something different,” said Roger Hayden (No. 95 Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing Suzuki GSX-R1000). “It gives the fans something else to get excited about and I’m really looking forward to getting our first crack at it at Road America.”
For tickets and additional information regarding the event, visit http://www.roadamerica.com/buy-tickets/superbike-doubleheader-ama-pro-racing.html. Fans that are unable to visit Road America for Round 2 of the 2014 AMA Pro Road Racing season are encouraged to tune in to FansChoice.tv to catch all of the live streaming action.
We admit TV coverage of AMA Pro Road Racing has been spotty lately, so if you’ve missed some of this year’s action, here’s a chance to get caught up on the season while you digest your holiday dinner. This Friday, CBS Sports Network will be airing an encore presentation of select races from the 2013 […]