With the success of the Superprestigio in Spain, AMA Pro Flat Track is looking to copy the model for the American market. Dubbed the Superprestigio of the Americas, the November 21st race will presumably heavily feature American riders, though no names have been announced just yet.
The announcement is just the latest of events to come from the Daytona Motorsports Group, in order to promote the sport of flat track racing in the USA. As you may know, Just recently flat track racing was included as part of the X Games in Austin, Texas, which gave the sport a captive mainstream TV audience.
Now appealing to riders from road racing, supermoto, and other two-wheeled diciplines, the Superprestigio of the Americas can bring together fans from different parts of the two-wheeled racing world…just don’t expect to see Marc Marquez going head-to-head again with America’s finest.
Taking place November 21st at the Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, the 2015 Superprestigio of the Americas is being promoted by Steve McLaughlin, and features a course designed by Grand National Champion Chris Carr.
“We’re pleased to be ending our season in America’s home for entertainment and in conjunction with such a prestigious event,” said Michael Gentry, Chief Operating Officer of AMA Pro Racing. “Fans can expect incredible excitement both on and off the race track as we crown the next GNC2 and Grand National Champions.”
“Like many things in the states, we’re going to do some things a little differently with the Superprestigio of the Americas,” said Steve McLaughlin, CEO of SMI.
“We’re not just going to feature road racers and dirt trackers, this is going to be an invitational event for champions and top riders from all forms of motorcycle racing throughout the Americas. There might even be some interest from Supercross, Motocross, Freestyle, Supermotard and Speedway riders, and we would certainly welcome their participation. It’s all about broadening the appeal base of the sport, and we’re real excited about this opportunity.”
Our sources suggest that the rider lineup will be mostly an American affair, and the Superprestigio of the Americas isn’t expected to have the star-studded cast of its Spanish equivalent, where champions from both the MotoGP, Moto2, CEV, and World Superbike Championships competed in the Barcelona event.
Still, it should provide an entertaining format for American motorcycle fans, and be a strong springboard to get flat track racing the fan following it deserves. You can expect A&R to be there.