PICKERINGTON, OH – February 19, 2013 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – The American Motorcyclist Association is pleased to announce that the American SportBike Racing Association and U.S. Grand Prix Riders Union Championship Series have joined the AMA sanctioned events calendar as AMA Featured Series. The events, which feature some of the country’s most competitive amateur roadracing, run March through October.
“Each of these series brings an exciting and unique flavor of competition to the AMA-sanctioned calendar,” said AMA Track Racing Manager Ken Saillant. “We’re looking forward to working with both ASRA and the USGPRU to advance the roadracing discipline and bring greater awareness to the top-notch competition that both of these series feature.”
The ASRA Championship Series (www.asraracing.com) features both sportsman classes and classes for aspiring professional racers. It includes both Amateur and Expert competition in Thunderbike, SportBike and SuperStock classes.
“We are looking forward to our new relationship with the AMA as a featured series,” said ASRA LLC President Kevin Elliott. “This not only elevates our series but it provides value to our racers and their sponsors by becoming a part of the largest motorcycle organization in the Americas. We feel that this gives both the AMA and the American Sportbike Racing Association a better position in our sport by providing riders with a clear stepping stone leading into the professional roadracing ranks. After years of running our series as a standalone, it was the logical move to join with the AMA and promote our sport with the help of such a great organization.”
The USGPRU (www.usgpru.net) features 125cc and 250cc two-stroke roadrace bikes, as well as Moriwaki MD250H spec bikes. The USGPRU format includes extended-length grand prix racing with timed qualifying and is designed to prepare riders for two-wheel racing at the highest levels. For 2013, USGPRU events are running in conjunction with select events on the ASRA calendar. In addition, select rounds of the ASRA Team Challenge endurance series are also sanctioned. More information about AMA-sanctioned racing can be found at www.americanmotorcyclist.com/racing. 2013 ASRA Series www.asraracing.com
March 9-10: Bloomingdale, Ga. Roebling Road Raceway (Includes ASRA Team Challenge) May 25-27: Summit Point, W.Va. Summit Point Circuit June 15-16: Alton, Va. Virginia International Raceway (Includes ASRA Team Challenge) July 6-7: Elkhart Lake, Wis. Road America July 20-21: Millville, N.J. New Jersey Motorsport Park Aug. 17-18: Loudon, N.H. New Hampshire Motor Speedway Sept. 21-22: South Beloit, Ill. Blackhawk Farms Raceway Oct. 19-20: Daytona Beach, Fla. Daytona International Speedway (Includes ASRA Team Challenge) 2013 USGPRU Series www.usgpru.net
March 9-10: Bloomingdale, Ga. Roebling Road Raceway April 14-15: Kershaw, S.C. Carolina Motorsport Park (Includes ASRA Team Challenge) May 25-27: Summit Point, W.Va. Summit Point Circuit June 15-16: Alton, Va. Virginia International Raceway July 6-7: Elkhart Lake, Wis. Road America July 20-21: Millville, N.J. New Jersey Motorsport Park Aug. 17-18: Loudon, N.H. New Hampshire Motor Speedway Sept. 21-22: South Beloit, Ill. Blackhawk Farms Raceway
About the American Motorcyclist Association
Since 1924, the AMA has protected the future of motorcycling and promoted the motorcycle lifestyle. AMA members come from all walks of life, and they navigate many different routes on their journey to the same destination: freedom on two wheels. As the world’s largest motorcycling rights organization, the AMA advocates for motorcyclists’ interests in the halls of local, state and federal government, the committees of international governing organizations, and the court of public opinion. Through member clubs, promoters and partners, the AMA sanctions more motorsports competition and motorcycle recreational events than any other organization in the world. AMA members receive money-saving discounts from dozens of well-known suppliers of motorcycle services, gear and apparel, bike rental, transport, hotel stays and more. Through the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, the AMA honors the heroes and the heritage of motorcycling for future generations. For more information, please visit www.americanmotorcyclist.com.