Coming up May 3rd & 4th at Sonoma Raceway is the Geico Superbike Shootout presented by Yamaha and hosted by the AFM. This is a Pro series being kicked off by John Ulrich to fill the calendar gap between rounds 1 and 2 of the AMA series, plus the lack of west coast rounds. The series will be teaming up with the AFM for round 2 of the 3 round series. The AMA Pro’s will be joining us the regularly scheduled AFM race at Sonoma Raceway, including our very own Roseville native and last year’s AMA DSB Champion, Cameron Beaubier. The SupermotoUSA races will also be running on the Sonoma Kart Track during the weekend with several Pro SM racers showing up.
We are really working hard to build back our sport from a grass-roots level and are hoping to get spectators out to the event. Please join us for this fun filled weekend and bring along all your friends and family to see what American Road Racing is about.
As a special treat Ritz Racing will answer your questions, anything about racing or our race weekend, in our race report following the event. Leave your questions in the comments section of this post and we'll address them following the races!
Saturday, May 3rd
7:45 Riders Meeting
8:15 Practice Groups 1-5, (ROUND 1)
9:25 Pro Sportbike practice
9:50 Practice Groups 1-5, (ROUND 2)
10:55 Pro Superbike practice
11:25 Practice Groups 1-5, (ROUND 3)
1:35 Pro Sportbike Qualifying
2:10 Practice Groups 1-5, short sessions (ROUND 4)
3:00 Mark grids, National Anthem
3:10 Formula Pacific - Jason
3:40 Afemme/Vintage/300 Prod/F-40 Light - Jenn
4:05 Pro Superbike Qualifying
4:40 600 Superbike
5:05 F-50/Clubman Heavy/Clubman Middle
5:30 F2/ 650 Twins
6:00 Clubman Light
Sunday, May 4th
7:45 Riders Meeting
8:00 Practice Groups 1-5
9:00 Pro Sportbike practice
9:15 Pro Superbike practice
9:30 Mark Grids / National Anthem
9:45 F3/450 Superbike/250 Prod
10:05 750 Production - Jenn
10:30 250 Superbike
10:50 Pro Sportbike Race
1:10 Open Twins/Open Production
1:30 600 Production - Jenn
1:50 Open Superbike - Jason
2:20 Formula I - Jenn
2:50 650 Production/500 Twins/Singles
3:15 Pro Superbike Race
4:30 750 Superbike
4:50 Open Grand Prix/SuperDino - Jason
5:15 F-40 Heavy/F-40 Middle - Jason & Jenn
One of the three well-known California road racing clubs; AFM offers a place where you can participate in races, watch as a spectator, or even take part as a turn-worker on the course. There are competition classes for almost all motorcycles; you can race what you own, build a bike specifically for racing, or maybe even pick up a pre-set-up bike through member want ads. Competing in expert club racing can be used to qualify for a pro racing license. Explore the website for further information.
Women race with the men?
Yes, races are structured by bike size. Women race in the same classes as men that have the same sized bike. However, there is a growing interest among women in racing , so many racing clubs have added a women’s class to encourage the ladies to give it a try.
Formed in 2001, SMUSA is now the premier Pro/Am supermoto series in the country. Many of the well known American road racers such as Bobby Fong, Joey Pascarella, Cameron Beaubier, Elena Myers, Tyler O'Hara, Garrett Willis and others all competed in Supermoto USA's Nor Cal Championship where they developed their skills.
PC Dirt Track in Sacramento, Ca holds a series of the oldest and most traditional type of motorcycle racing, flat track - sometimes referred to as “dirt track” racing. A uniquely American type of motorcycle racing. Riders finesse their machines sideways through the turns, just inches apart from each other.
Since 1924, the AMA has protected the future of motorcycling and promoted the motorcycle lifestyle. AMA members come from all walks of life, and they navigate many different routes on their journey to the same destination: freedom on two wheels. The AMA sanctions more motorsports competition and motorcycle recreational events than any other organization in the world. No one who has ever seen an AMA Pro motorcycle race ever forgets it.