When AMA Pro Road Racing released its 2014 calendar, there were no tracks out west, and there were only five race weekends schedule. The folks at DMG hinted a possible sixth round though, with Laguna Seca heavily rumored to be venue.
When Mid-Ohio reshuffled its schedule to accommodate AMA Pro Racing’s desire to race at Laguna Seca on the World Superbike weekend, it seemed like we were only moments away from an update to the provisional calendar. And then nothing happened.
Since then we’ve see John Ulrich put together his still unnamed “Triple Crown” event, which will bring three races, for AMA riders, west of the Mississippi. News of a complete lack of a TV deal has hit the AMA paddock shores, as even the Daytona 200 will be without a TV contract for 2014.
But, today we do have some good news for American motorcycle race fans: AMA Pro Road Racing will compete as the support class for the World Superbike stop at Laguna Seca, this coming July 11th-13th.
Three AMA classes: AMA Pro SuperBike, GoPro Daytona SportBike, and the Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series, will race at the eni FIM Superbike World Championship round, while the World Supersport and World Superstock classes remain in Europe.
“Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is a legendary circuit rich in motorcycle racing history and we’re proud to be returning in 2014,” said Michael Gentry, Chief Operating Officer of AMA Pro Racing. “The racing is always spectacular and our teams and riders look forward to heading West in July to entertain the fans once again.”
“We have a partnership with AMA Pro Road Racing that dates back to 1976,” added Gill Campbell, CEO/General Manager of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. “We want to feature the best of American motorcycle racing.”
With six rounds now on the AMA Pro Road Racing calendar, and Ulrich’s series adding three more, American road racing finally has a more complete schedule for fans and racers.
Hopefully as our sport regrows itself, precious TV contracts can once again be fostered, to help elevate American road racing back into the limelight.
Source: AMA Pro Racing; Photo: © 2009 Daniel Lo / Corner Speed Photo – All Rights Reserved