News 1 Sep 2011

AMA Pro Road Racing Championship to be decided at New Jersey

The race for the AMA Pro Superbike Championship is heating up ahead of New Jersey.

The race for the AMA Pro Superbike Championship is heating up ahead of New Jersey.

The final round of the 2011 AMA Pro Road Racing Championship will play out in an action-packed Labor Day Weekend event at New Jersey Motorsports Park, where no fewer than four national championships will be decided.

At stake are the AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike, Daytona SportBike, and Vance & Hines XR1200 titles, while the young-gun AMA Pro SuperSport series will crown both an East Division Champion as well as an overall national champion.

In the premier National Guard SuperBike class, the championship battle has come down to three riders: Rockstar Makita Suzuki teammates Blake Young and Tommy Hayden, and Monster Energy Graves Yamaha’s defending SuperBike champion, Josh Hayes.

With six 2011 wins to his credit thus far, current points-leader Young is celebrating his most successful year of AMA Pro Racing to date, but Hayes lurks just five points behind as the series enters its doubleheader finale.

And while Hayden heads to NJMP a full race’s-worth of points back in third, he’s coming off of two consecutive race victories and is poised to strike should either of the top-two falter.

The Daytona SportBike Championship advantage rests firmly with 2009 champion Danny Eslick (GEICO Powersports RMR Suzuki), whose closest rival Monster Energy Graves Yamaha’s Josh Herrin suffered the brutal disappointment of a mechanical DNF at the class’ previous round.

But in a class known for multiple winners, intense racing, and unpredictable outcomes, even Eslick’s significant points lead can’t promise protection against the hard-charging Herrin, who is himself being stalked by Latus Motors Racing’s Jason DiSalvo, just two points behind in third.