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THE SEASON THUS FAR: SMOKIN’ HOT!
The 2016 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Championship reached its halfway point with two incredible Superbike races at VIRginia International Raceway, May 13-15. As crazy as it sounds based on his previous record, four-time champ Josh Hayes’ victory in race one was his first of the 2016 season. In race two, Cameron Beaubier turned the tables on his Monster Energy/Graves Yamaha teammate to score his fourth win of the season, but the championship is still being led by the consistent Hayes, 137-126. Yoshimura Suzuki’s Roger Hayden and his Spanish teammate Toni Elias, who has won three times thus far in 2016, are third and fourth in the championship, respectively. In the other classes, Italian Claudio Corti leads the Bazzaz Superstock 1000 standings; Garrett Gerloff heads the Supersport title chase; Bryce Prince is atop the Superstock 600 point standings; and Anthony Mazziotto III and Brandon Paasch are just five points apart in the KTM RC Cup title chase.
For complete updates on the series with videos and reports from the opening four rounds, visit MotoAmerica.com.
ON-DECK: THE HONDA SUPERBIKE SHOWDOWN GETS ROLLING
The Honda Superbike Showdown, a three-race series within a series, gets started with the Honda Superbike Showdown of Wisconsin at the picturesque Road America, June 3-5, a week prior to the second round of the Showdown at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama, June 10-12. The finale of the three-race Showdown is scheduled for Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, July 8-10, in Monterey, California, with MotoAmerica sharing that weekend with the World Superbike Championship.
The Honda Superbike Showdown will award a 2016 Honda Civic Sedan to the rider who scores the most Superbike points in the three races – Road America, Barber Motorsports Park and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
“It’s going to be fun watching the Honda Superbike Showdown,” said three-time 500cc World Champion and MotoAmerica President Wayne Rainey. “Our series is already exciting. We’ve had some incredible races and the championship battles are all still up for grabs. Now we get to see who steps up in the Showdown and comes away with a new Honda Civic. Everyone starts the Honda Showdown at Road America with zero points, so it’s a fresh start and you never know what can happen.”
SHOP FOR MOTOAMERICA GEAR AND ACCESSORIES
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The store features everything from T-shirts to jackets to MotoAmerica accessories such as coffee cups and hats. And keep coming back as we continue to expand our product line.
ON THE RECORD: JOSH HAYES
“I have enough experience to know that championships always feel better when you beat a lot of good guys. Whoever comes out successful at the end of this year will have won a championship they will be very proud of.” – JOSH HAYES
Josh Hayes talks about the 2016 MotoAmerica Superbike Championship, his season thus far, and the challenge that lies ahead.
For the On The Record interview with Hayes, Click Here
THE WOMEN OF MOTOAMERICA
MotoAmerica is proud to say that it has six women racers taking part in the series in 2016 and we’re not sure of another professional motorsport organization that can boast that. And that’s not all. We also have women team owners, crew chiefs and other team personnel in the paddock. Thus it seemed only natural that we do a series of stories on the Women of MotoAmerica. You can find the first story on Caroline Olsen by clicking here and the second story on Shelina Moreda by clicking here. Stay tuned to www.motoamerica.com to continue to see stories on the Women of MotoAmerica.