<pre> AMA Superbikes Tackle Road Course at Sears Point Raceway, May 4-6 WHAT: Sears Point Raceway will host the most exciting motorcycle road-racers in the country in the American Motorcycle Association (AMA) Superbike Challenge, May...
<pre> AMA Superbikes Tackle Road Course at Sears Point Raceway, May 4-6
WHAT: Sears Point Raceway will host the most exciting motorcycle road-racers in the country in the American Motorcycle Association (AMA) Superbike Challenge, May 4-6. This is the second round in the 11-round Chevy Trucks U.S. Superbike Championship series.
WHERE: Sears Point Raceway, Highways 37 & 121, Sonoma.
WHEN: Friday, May 4; Saturday, May 5; Sunday, May 6. Gates open at 7 a.m. all three days.
WHO: Miguel Duhamel (Honda) has dominated the Superbike class at Sears Point Raceway, winning three of the last five events on the twisting 12-turn road course. Honda teammate Nicky Hayden is also a threat, having finished second in the Superbike championship in 2000. Mat Mladin (Suzuki) returns as the defending U.S. Chevy Trucks U.S. Superbike champion. His lone victory in 1999 came at Sears Point. The native of Australia is off to a great start, having won the prestigious Daytona 200 in March. Doug Chandler (Kawasaki) is a three-time AMA Superbike champion, but he has still yet to win a Superbike race at Sears Point since he entered the series in 1987. Chandler, a native of Salinas (Calif.), is bidding to become the first four-time Superbike champion . Local rider Steve Rapp (HMC Ducati) of Lafayette (Calif.) might be a darkhorse on his home track. Rapp was eighth in the Superbike race at Sears Point in 1998. </pre> ABOUT AMA: Superbikes consist of 750cc four-cylinder engines, and twin-cylinder machines up to 1,000cc engine displacement. Manufacturers include: Kawasaki, Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, Harley-Davidson and Ducati, The series features the top pavement motorcycle riders in the country.
COURSE: Racers will complete 25 laps over the 2.32-mile road course.
TICKETS: ADVANCE - A three-day weekend event ticket is $30. Children 12 and under are free. Tickets are available by calling the Sears Point ticket office at (800) 870-RACE (7223) or by visiting www.searspoint.com. Special rates are available for groups.
WHAT'S NEW: Riders will navigate a modified road course that features changes at Turns 5 and 11, which are designed to increase rider safety. Turn 11 was shortened by two-tenths of a mile, giving riders nearly 300 feet of run-off room, as compared to less than 20 feet prior. The re-configured Turn 11 will also eliminate the chicane at Turn 12. The second safety enhancement came at Turn 5, where there is now more than 100 feet of run-off room, as compared to 20 feet a year ago. Both upgrades were made under the guidance of Doug Chandler. The event at Sears Point Raceway in 2000 was canceled because of weather conditions.
ON TV: Live coverage of the AMA Superbike Challenge will be on Speedvision on Sunday, May 6, at 2 p.m. (PDT).
PAST CHAMPS: Mat Mladin (1999); Miguel DuHamel (1993, '95, '97, '98); Aaron Yates (1996); Colin Edwards (1994); Doug Polen (1988). Note: The Superbikes did not run at Sears Point from 1989-1992.