Ulrich’s Pro-Am Motorcycle “Triple Crown” Event Is a Go

03/04/2014 @ 4:42 am, by Jensen Beeler20 COMMENTS

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In January, Roadracing World Editor-in-Chief John Ulrich penned an editorial where he outlined his desire to create a three-event road racing series that would take place between the six-week time period of AMA Pro Road Racing’s first and second rounds.

This “triple crown” event would be help bolster the current five — hopefully to be announced six — events on the AMA Pro Road Racing calendar, which in-turn would help AMA Pro Racing teams and riders meet their obligations with their sponsors.

Ulrich also hoped in his article that some sort of tape-delayed TV package could be put together for the three events as well, another item desperately needed by AMA stakeholders, yet seemingly elusive for DMG officials to put together.

Several sources have now confirmed to Asphalt & Rubber that the triple crown series is a go, with Sonoma Raceway, Auto Club Speedway at Fontana, and Miller Motorsports Park to host the three rounds on its schedule.

Ulrich’s event will piggyback off the amateur racing schedules at those race tracks, making the triple crown event a proper Pro-Am outing of motorcycling’s best professional and amateur racers.

Expected to run two classes of motorcycle: Superbike and SportBike, in addition to the normal amateur race schedule, the triple crown events will essentially use the AMA Pro Racing rulebook in order to keep things simple for professional teams and riders who wish to compete.

With subtle differences between amateur and professional rules though, we imagine non-AMA riders wishing to enter will have to overcome some hurdles in their machine setup in order to be on the starting line come race day (AMA Pro Racing uses a spec Dunlop tire, for instance), but still it is a positive move for some talented AFM, WERA, etc stars to be seen under a national spotlight.

For fans, this means three races in the Western United States, something the AMA Pro Road Racing calendar is suspiciously devoid of, even though California boasts the highest motorcycle ownership volume in the USA by a sizable margin.

For professional riders, the triple crown could be a huge boon, as everyone involved in American road racing is watching the national series slowly give its death rattle.

If that trend continues, Ulrich’s triple crown event could even serve to be a lifeboat for teams and riders, as we are sure the possibility of expanding the series in the future is something already being considered by the Roadracing World editor.

With the DMG almost universally blamed for the fall of AMA Pro Road Racing, and with Ulrich already a paternal figure in that paddock, this year’s triple crown series could prove to be more than just a well-timed, and much needed, opportunity for teams and riders, but also a pivotal point for American road racing as a whole.

That is all a bit of hyperbole for now, but we expect full details and press release to be forthcoming shortly. More information as we get it.

Source: Bothan Spies

Comment:

  1. Larry Hannemann says:

    Best news I have heard in years. Hope it is not too late to save motorcycle road racing in the US.

  2. Grey Matter says:

    This is great news and a middle finger in the air to DMG. Glad to someone actually cares about motorcycle racing here in the states.

  3. Norm G. says:

    re: “Hope it is not too late to save motorcycle road racing in the US.”

    “ask not what motorcycle road racing can do for you, but what YOU can do for motorcycle road racing…”

    see, many people don’t realize this is what JFK said later on that day in the White House. there was more to his inaugural address. that’s right, but it had to be shortened for time considerations. bummer.

    re: “Glad to (see) someone actually cares about motorcycle racing here in the states.”

    something for us all to say while looking in a mirror.

  4. Frank says:

    @Norm – ‘re: “Glad to (see) someone actually cares about motorcycle racing here in the states.”

    something for us all to say while looking in a mirror.’

    Touche! I need to get out and watch some more racing this year. I usually catch MidOhio but it would be great to get out west and try and support these ProAms. If I contributed to the series with my attention and pocketbook even a fraction as much as I commented on it in these threads, well – that would be a start. And something I know would be rewarding.

    This is good news indeed. Looking forward to the official releases.

  5. MikeG81 says:

    The Daytona 200 won’t be televised this year.

    If your premier event gets no coverage, then the rest of the series doesn’t have a hope in hell.

  6. Norm G. says:

    re: “If I contributed to the series with my attention and pocketbook even a fraction as much as I commented on it in these threads, well – that would be a start. And something I know would be rewarding.”

    see, Frank get’s it. he ain’t just sitting back counting his Hot Sauce fortune…? oh no, he’s thinking of ways he can DELIBERATELY recycle his quid into the “Mo-conomy”. read a hybrid of motorcycle and economy. brand new term this. fresh out the oven.

  7. Mark says:

    Does anyone know if DMG is owned by International Speedway Corp (ISC), or is it owned as a personal asset (I use that term loosely) by members of the France family?

    If it’s part of the publicly traded concern, I’d have to think the shareholders can’t be too happy w/ the way the DMG assets, which cost money to purchase in the first place and cost more money to run ever since, have been such losers. Are the shareholders griping? They should be.

  8. Tannercortes says:

    Ulrich is no dummy. He sees an opportunity and has the right resources and connections to make something happen. However, something any American series has always been missing is the “Euro Look”. It’s a term I coined to describe the look and feel you get when you watch BSB or WSBK, or even follow some of the Spanish CEV series. American racing always looks grassroots.

    Anyway, whatever, good for Ulrich to keep American racing alive. Afterall, some of the worlds best champions come from USA.

  9. Craig says:

    There has been so much bad to talk about, I think all of us like above have become great bashers and decided to jump in the negative game… which is easy to do by the way.

    Part of me wants to support the 3-crown and let the others go, but I live in FL, so to the AMA I go… :)

    Thank you John for your hard work and making a difference for not only your team, but every other team in the paddock. See you around!!!

  10. Dave says:

    Now if they can put something together here on the east coast ………Utilizing VIR, Barber, etc..

  11. sunstroke says:

    Breakaway time. Hope this goes better than CART vs. IRL, though it’s difficult to imagine motorcycle racing getting any worse.

    I’m not surprised this is happening, since DMG announced performance balancing rules for Superbike in 2015. DMG got sideways with the teams and manufacturers by using performance balancing in DSB. Looks like the Ulrich clan is banking on better participation rates if they use the current AMA Superbike regulations and proper Supersport regulations. Maybe the manufacturers will agree.

    Best of luck to the Ulrich clan. No reason to ban Supersport engine modifications in AMA. DMG are just trying to hijack control of the machines.

  12. Bruce Monighan says:

    This is the basis of good roadracing, people that care stepping up and making it happen. John was the man behind the air fence when AMA said it couldn’t happen. John made it happen. He has been a steady support of roadracing as a publisher, a team owner and a back room guy helping get things done. When the AMA series went from bad to worse to laughable with no west coast racing (shades of AHRMA) John quietly stepped in yet again to see if he could make something happen.

    AFM racing is great racing and I did it for a few years, fast guys and a high quality program. Getting the Pros out there with the best of the AFM will be a guaranteed great weekend. If you are a west coaster hit one of these races. You will help prove a point and see some great racing.

  13. JoeD says:

    Excellent news !! I hope the series grows and eventually shuts down the AMA/DMG cabal.

  14. Chris Blair says:

    So I have been watching the Netflix series House of Cards lately, and while I occasionally entertain a conspiracy theory every once in a while just for fun, I can’t help but wonder sometimes if the DMG has been PURPOSELY running the series into the ground? Was the apology to Steve and the AMA payout not enough? Is he still butt hurt after all these years? It’s incredibly hard to believe that people who have done so incredibly well at car racing are so blatantly bad at dealing with two less wheels. Could they just be doing it to be vindictive? They certainly have enough money not to care whether or not the series lives or dies. Just thinking out loud I guess, but maybe I shouldn’t have….

  15. the start of something very good by the right people in the sport. Does this also mean a fresh start for other tv coverage such as Velocity or NBC’s new one? Velocity already airs BSB are-runs.

  16. Grey Matter says:

    Last year I was able to help sponsor an AMA Superbike at Daytona. Due to the TV coverage, it was a good idea. Now, I’m not sure why or how these teams are securing funding. Just one race weekend is a massive investment on many angles and without MAJOR sponsorship, there’s no way to fund a team out of your own pocket unless you win the lottery a few times. It’s unfortunate that the AMA has let itself come down this low and it shows how much they give a damn about motorcycle racing unless it’s flat track, motorcross or the XR1200 which gets limited air time as it is. Ulrich has his head screwed on straight and he’s doing the right thing at the right time while DMG reorganizes and tries to pull it’s head out of the NASCAR sand. The AMA won’t go away but road racing could. The only ace they have up their sleeves is the Daytona 200 and they fouled it up a couple years ago when the sportbikes took it over.

  17. Norm G. says:

    re: “It’s unfortunate that the AMA has let itself come down this low and it shows how much they give a damn about motorcycle racing”

    substitute the term “fan-sumer” for AMA, then pause for the epiphany…

    wait for it… wait for it.

  18. Rich says:

    This is great news!

    However I’d like to make one observation – California does have the allot of registered motorcycles but it also a huge state. If you consider the contiguous 3 states of OH, PA and NY – the number of registered motorcycles far exceeds that of CA and yet total land area is smaller than that of CA. And when you consider the other eastern states …

  19. Jack says:

    @Rich, Don’t forget New Jersey!!! That’s why Millville is the biggest draw that the AMA has.

  20. buellracerx says:

    Good on you John! If anyone can start a new series, its him.

    Now do away with the spec tire, please!! And bring back Formula Xtreme!