Suzuki AMA Pro Superbike Challenge Wheels Into Auto Club Speedway March 20-22nd
San Bernardino County, Calif. (March 11, 2009) - Auto Club Speedway looks to provide fans with the same racing excitement during the Suzuki AMA Pro Superbike Challenge in 2009 as it did in 2008 when Ben Spies nipped teammate Mat Mladin at the finish line by .011 seconds – the speedway’s closest finish ever when the all-new AMA Pro Road Racing series roars into Auto Club Speedway March 20-22nd.
The nation’s top motorcycle riders will compete in the AMA Pro Road Racing series’ AMA Pro American Superbike, AMA Pro Daytona SportBike and AMA Pro SuperSport divisions at the 2.36-mile, 21-turn layout motorcycle course at Auto Club Speedway.
Along with a weekend full of on track excitement, plan to experience a full weekend of entertainment in the Auto Club Speedway Opportunity, California Motorcycle Expo, located in the infield. There, fans will find bike manufacturers like Suzuki whose display will be filled with motorcycles and rider gear; Buell will be onsite with motorcycle demo rides for fans wanting a piece of the action and in between all the racing and entertainment, the Speedway food court will keep fans replenished. A rider autograph session is also scheduled on Sunday, March 22nd at 12:15 p.m. at the Opportunity, California Motorcycle Expo.
AMA Pro American Superbike
Riders to compete in the AMA Pro American Superbike races at Auto Club Speedway include winner of the AMA Pro American Superbike 2009 season opener and six-time AMA Pro American Superbike race winner at Auto Club Speedway Mat Mladin (No. 7 Rockstar/Makita Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000). Mladin's teammates at Yoshimura Suzuki include Tommy Hayden (No. 22 Rockstar/Makita Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000) and Blake Young (No. 79 Rockstar/Makita Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000).
Other Suzuki threats come from riders Aaron Yates (No. 23 Jordan Suzuki GSX-R1000) and Geoff May (No. 54 National Guard Jordan Suzuki GSX-R1000) of the Michael Jordan-owned Jordan Suzuki.
Winner of the AMA Pro Daytona SportBike 2009 season opener- the Daytona 200 Ben Bostrom (No. 2 Yamaha Motor Corp. USA Yamaha R1) and teammate Josh Hayes (No. 4 Yamaha Motor Corp. USA Yamaha R1) will both contest the full 2009 AMA Pro American Superbike season on Yamaha's latest R1 motorcycle.
The 21 Lap (50mi/80km) AMA Pro American Superbike races are scheduled for Saturday, March 21st at 2:30p.m. (race 1) and Sunday, March 22nd at 4p.m. (race 2).
AMA Pro Daytona SportBike
Riders gunning for an AMA Pro Daytona SportBike win at Auto Club Speedway include Chris Peris (No. 10 Erion Racing Honda CBR600RR), Jamie Hacking (No. 88 Monster Energy/Attack Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R) and teammates Jason DiSalvo (No. 40 M4 Suzuki GSX-R600) and Martin Cardenas (No. 36 M4 Suzuki GSX-R600). Yamaha's young standouts Josh Herrin (No. 8 Team Graves Yamaha YZF-R6) and 16-year-old Tommy Aquino (No. 6 Team Graves Yamaha YZF-R6) will also be among the dozens of riders with a legitimate shot at victory.
The 21 Lap (50mi/80km) AMA Pro Daytona SportBike races are scheduled for Saturday, March 21st at 4p.m. (race 1) and Sunday, March 22nd at 2:30p.m. (race 2).
AMA Pro SuperSport
The AMA Pro SuperSport class is AMA Pro's showcase of America's future motorcycle racing stars today. The proving ground series is reserved strictly for up-and-coming riders between the ages of 16 and 21 who compete on 600cc sport bikes that are only minimally modified from what you will find at your local Suzuki, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Honda and other motorcycle dealerships.
AMA Pro SuperSport riders are scheduled for the 17 laps (40mi/65km) race on Sunday, March 22nd at 11amPDT.
Last season’s Suzuki AMA Pro Superbike Challenge at Auto Club Speedway was a recorded-breaking, photo finish as rider Ben Spies edged teammate Mat Mladin at the finish line by .011 seconds, breaking the previous record of .014 seconds set in 2002, making it the closest Superbike race in Auto Club Speedway history.
To purchase tickets, for more information on the Suzuki AMA Pro Superbike Challenge at Auto Club Speedway, call toll free at (800) 944-RACE (7223) or visit www.autoclubspeedway.com.
About Auto Club Speedway: Don’t miss out on the 2009 edition of the AMA as it roars into Auto Club Speedway March 20-22 for the Suzuki AMA Pro Superbike Challenge. Come see the best bikers in the world competing for bragging rights in American Superbike and Daytona SportBike classes. Also enjoy demo rides from the nation’s top bike manufacturers including, Suzuki. Enjoy the day in the infield with a sponsor displays, live musical entertainment, great food, an autograph session and fun for the whole family.
Then, mark your calendars as the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup races to Auto Club Speedway for its inaugural debut in California on October 11, 2009 for the Pepsi 500. To purchase tickets for the Suzuki AMA Pro Superbike Challenge or the Pepsi 500 weekend call 800-944-RACE (7223), or visit the new www.autoclubspeedway.com for more information.
About AMA Pro Road Racing: 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. From its Daytona Beach headquarters, the organization operates and manages AMA Pro Road Racing, which includes AMA Pro American Superbike, AMA Pro Daytona SportBike, AMA Pro SuperSport and AMA Pro SunTrust Moto-GT. AMA Pro Racing also manages and works closely with the day-to-day operational organizations of the AMA Pro Flat Track Championship and the AMA Pro Supermoto Championship Series in addition to other two-wheel and ATV series. Learn more about AMA Pro Racing at www.amaproracing.com.