EAST TROY, WI, June 02, 2009 -(Motor Sports Newswire)- Buell Motorcycle Company and AMA Pro Racing today announced a multi-year partnership that will see Buell provide the Official Pace and Safety Bikes of AMA Pro Road Racing. As part of this unique agreement, specially outfitted Buell Ulysses and 1125R motorcycles will pace the opening laps of each AMA Pro Road Racing event and be used during caution periods for all AMA Pro Road Racing classes.
Beginning with the Honda Super Cycle Weekend presented by Dunlop Tires at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, July 17-19, a specially outfitted Buell XB12XP motorcycle (the police version of the adventure sport XB12X Ulysses) will lead the field off the grid for pre-race warm-up laps and during caution periods. In addition, a pair of 1125R motorcycles will serve as chase bikes during caution periods to bring the race leaders forward to meet the pace bike and regroup the field.
“We are excited that the opportunity was available to support AMA Pro Road Racing by bringing pace and safety motorcycles into the series,” said Erik Buell, Chairman and Chief Technical Officer of Buell Motorcycle Company. “AMA Pro Road Racing has been great to work with, and we were pleased to see how much they wanted to respond to the riders’ needs with a program that would further enhance the quality of AMA Pro Road Racing events.”
“This new partnership with AMA Pro Road Racing just puts the official stamp on what has already been a great relationship between Buell and our organization in Daytona Beach,” said AMA Pro Racing President Roger Edmondson. “Buell has made motorcycle racing history in AMA Pro competition the last few seasons and now we will see this same passion and commitment to excellence extend into the promotional arena. We welcome Buell to the AMA Pro Road Racing family of partners.”
The fleet of track-prepared bikes will be ridden by riders selected by AMA Pro Road Racing and will be maintained and transported by Buell in a uniquely configured display trailer. Details of the on-track procedures are being developed by AMA Pro Road Racing and will be announced and discussed with riders during this weekend’s AMA Pro Superbike Doubleheader event at Road America.
“It is important to Buell and AMA Pro Road Racing that we take the time to work with our competitors in developing a full understanding of this new program,” said AMA Pro Racing Vice President of Marketing and Communications Ollie Dean. “The pace and safety bike initiatives are designed to provide a better competition experience for the teams, riders and, of course, the fans. We will spend the coming weeks in advance of the Mid-Ohio race educating all involved on these programs and the end result will be a better event experience for everyone.”
Founded by visionary motorcycle designer and former privateer racer Erik Buell in 1983, Buell Motorcycle Company, a subsidiary of Harley-Davidson, Inc., produces sport motorcycles, motorcycle parts, accessories and apparel, including the 1125R superbike, 1125CR café racer, and air-cooled XB-series Ulysses, Firebolt, and Lightning. To learn more about Buell motorcycles, or to locate the dealer nearest you, log onto www.buell.com