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Road America To Host Nation's Fastest Motorcycle Racers Elkhart Lake, Wis., June 2, 2008 - - The AMA Suzuki Superbike Doubleheader returns to Road America, June 5- 8, 2008, to headline a huge weekend of motorcycle racing. Launched in 1976, with...

Road America To Host Nation's Fastest Motorcycle Racers

Elkhart Lake, Wis., June 2, 2008 - - The AMA Suzuki Superbike Doubleheader returns to Road America, June 5- 8, 2008, to headline a huge weekend of motorcycle racing. Launched in 1976, with roots going back another 52 years, the AMA Superbike Championship is America's premier road-race series. In three decades of competition, it has become the world's most prestigious and successful national stage for production-based motorcycle competition and proudly boasts 15 U.S. racers who went on to win a combined 30 world championships. This year's 11-event, coast-to-coast series features four distinct classes: two for highly modified street bikes Superbike and Formula Xtreme and two for near-production versions of these machines Supersport and Superstock.

A combination of rider skill and changing technology pushes the limits each year, with constantly improving results. Record-breaking speeds are reached at Road America: the 4.048-mile, 14-turn track provides the fastest average lap times on the AMA Superbike Championship circuit. En route to victory in 2006, Rockstar Makita Suzuki's Mat Mladin and his GSX-R1000 set a record-breaking, 2:11.90 sec., 110.34 mph run. Current Superbike point leaders include 2007 Champion Ben Spies, Mat Mladin and Neil Hodgson.

The SunTrust Moto-ST Series and the AMA Red Bull U.S. Rookies Cup Series will also enhance the action- packed schedule. Moto-ST Series takes to the track in a three-hour, team enduro format. With its large field, and dynamic rider changes and pit stops, this series offers spectators a uniquely intense form of cycle competition. Emerging talent is featured in the Red Bull AMA U.S. Rookies Cup Series in which young riders, between ages 13 and 16, compete using identical bikes so that no talent is overlooked due to a lack of financial resources or professional backing.

Fans can experience track touring at Road America on their own motorcycles in the Dairyland Insurance Salute to Cycles. Registration is necessary with a fee of $25 on Saturday and $25 on Sunday plus daily ticket admission.

Daily track admission during the AMA Suzuki Superbike Doubleheader event is $15 on Thursday, $25 on Friday, $40 on Saturday and $40 on Sunday. Daily tickets include paddock access and autograph sessions. Children age 12 and under are free with a paying adult. Gates open at 7 a.m. and races run rain or shine.

Road America offers diverse racing venues, amazing viewing opportunities, fantastic concessions and high- speed excitement to thousands of spectators each year. Located midway between Milwaukee and Green Bay in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, it offers 640 grassy, rolling acres which include the 4.048 circuit and a .94 mile combination paved and dirt track used for karting and supermoto. For more information, please visit www.roadamerica.com or call 800/892-RACE (7223).

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Series AMA , Other bike
Drivers Neil Hodgson , Ben Spies