Alton, Va. The final race of the AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Superbike Championship season - the AMA VIR Lightning Nationals - will be held at VIRginia International Raceway September 28th, 29th, and 30th. The 150 Kilometer Superbike race is the only ...
Alton, Va. The final race of the AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Superbike Championship season - the AMA VIR Lightning Nationals - will be held at VIRginia International Raceway September 28th, 29th, and 30th. The 150 Kilometer Superbike race is the only event on the schedule besides Daytona that includes pit stops, which are certain to add to the drama and excitement.
After the penultimate race of the season at Willow Springs in California was cancelled due to the terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, DC the championship will now be decided at VIR. This will be the first AMA Superbike race held at VIR since it's re-opening. Several riders still have a shot at the title, including 20 year old Nicky Hayden from Owensboro, Kentucky who won the last three races.
Hayden is ranked third behind two-time defending AMA Superbike champ Mat Mladin, of Australia, and Temecula, California rider Eric Bostrom. With the championship to be determined by the race at VIR, four riders still have a shot at the title; Mladin, Bostrom, Hayden and three-time AMA Superbike champ Doug Chandler, from Salinas, California.
Mladin is attempting to become the first rider to win three AMA Superbike championships in a row since Fred Merkel pulled off the feat in 1986. Mladin had a huge points lead cut in half after crashing out of the race at Brainerd, Minn., in July. It was only the second time in his six-year AMA Superbike racing career that he'd crashed out of a race. HMC Ducati rider Scot Russell is also scheduled to compete in the feature race at VIR. This will be his first race since suffering serious injuries in an accident during the season opener in Daytona.
This race is the debut of the 2.25 mile north course at VIR for the AMA circuit. The AMA riders who have tested the track call it one of the most scenic and challenging on the circuit. The course includes 16 turns, a 3000 ft. straightaway, and an elevation change of approximately 136 feet. In addition to the Superbikes, the race weekend at VIR will also include thrilling action in 600cc SuperSport, 750cc SuperSport, ProThunder, 250cc Grand Prix, and Formula Xtreme.
Spectators will be invited to tour the track in their own vehicles during the lunch break with a portion of the proceeds going to the Massey Cancer Center in conjunction with the Virginia Motorcyclists Against Cancer (VaMAC). A portion of the gate proceeds will also be donated to the Massey Cancer Center.
Spectator admission includes parking and access to the paddock. Children 12 and under will be admitted free with a paying adult. Gates will open for camping at 6:00 p.m. Thursday Sept. 27th for any spectators holding a 3-day ticket. Tent spaces are $10 for the weekend; spaces for RV's are $25 for the weekend. Each additional vehicle entering the camping area will be $10. Complete information and advance tickets are available on-line at www.virclub.com