Schedule Change Completes the Set of Top-Tier Rider Talent on Event Roster
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., April 27, 2009 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – With approval from event organizers, AMA Pro Racing and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca today announced the addition of AMA Pro Daytona SportBike presented by AMSOIL to the weekend schedule of the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix, complementing the already notable schedule of premier international motorcycle racing including the MotoGP World Championship and AMA Pro National Guard American Superbike presented by Parts Unlimited, as well as AMA Pro SuperSport presented by Shoei.
“We are very excited to bring the Daytona SportBike division to the Monterey Peninsula,” said AMA Pro Racing President Roger Edmondson. “The Daytona SportBike riders will round out the world-class talent already scheduled to participate and the intense competition will provide the fans with as thrilling an experience as you can get in motorsports.”
On-track activity will begin on Friday, July 3rd with MotoGP and AMA Pro Practice. Saturday, July 4th will see MotoGP and AMA Pro Qualifying and will end with the AMA Pro SuperSport race. Each premier class will have one race, ending the weekend on Sunday with the AMA Pro American Superbike, AMA Pro Daytona SportBike and MotoGP World Championship finals.
“We are showcasing the premier overseas and American motorcycle riders,” said Gill Campbell CEO/general manager, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. “During the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix you will be able to watch the amazing talents of our U.S. riders – Nicky Hayden, Colin Edwards and Ben Bostrom.”
The event weekend will see a racing reunion for the championship-winning Hayden brothers across the three premier classes, with 2002 AMA Pro American Superbike and 2006 World Champion Nicky Hayden in MotoGP, 2005 AMA Pro SuperSport Champion Tommy Hayden in AMA Pro American Superbike, and 2007 AMA Pro SuperSport Champion Roger Hayden in AMA Pro Daytona SportBike.
“It’s kind of cool to have everyone race together and it’s great for my family – less stressful for my parents – to see us race all together and not be spread out all over the world,” said Tommy Hayden, rider of the No. 22 Rockstar/Makita Suzuki GSX-R1000. “So it’s really great for all of us and we always look forward to that race weekend.”
“This will be the fifth year that we all get to be together at this race,” added Roger Hayden, who will compete aboard the No. 95 Monster Energy Attack Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R. “I really like having the whole family there. It’s nice to be able to race and also cheer on my brothers at the same time.”
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.