What is MotoAmerica?
MotoAmerica is the premier Superbike Championship in the United States, sanctioned by the American Motorcyclist Association and FIM North America. Superbike racing in the U.S. has been rich with talent going back to its early beginnings as the AMA Road Racing Championship in 1976. It has been the breeding ground for some of the sport’s biggest stars, both at home and overseas, including legends such as four-time Grand Prix Champion Eddie Lawson, three-time Grand Prix Champion Wayne Rainey, 2006 MotoGP Champion Nicky Hayden and 2009 World Superbike Champion Ben Spies. In more recent times, riders like four-time AMA Superbike Champion Josh Hayes have made an indelible mark on the sport, amassing an incredible 61 wins during his tenure.
In 2015, the National U.S. Superbike Championship changed hands from the Daytona Motorsports Group to the KRAVE Group headed by three-time World Champion Wayne Rainey. With that fresh start, the AMA Pro Road Racing series was rebranded to MotoAmerica.
The new stewards of America’s professional road racing series set about with the goal to bridge the gap with the World Superbike Championship and to help develop future American World Champions. In addition to that task, they also had to help rise the series from the ashes.
The MotoAmerica Superbike class is the premier championship in the series, featuring the best riders in the U.S. and drawing talent from overseas as well with the minimum age set at 18. The machines are the cream of the crop, highly tuned sport bikes that can reach top speeds of nearly 200 miles per hour.
During its first three years, the MotoAmerica Superbike Championship had a class within a class, allowing for Superstock 1000 machines to compete simultaneously with Superbikes. In 2018, the series made the move to a pure Superbike class with World Superbike-spec rules. The tech rules allow for engine configurations of 750cc to 1000cc, 4-strokes with 3- or 4- cylinders and 850cc to 1200cc, 2 cylinder 4-strokes, all with a minimum weight of 370.5 pounds. New for 2019 is a mid-level electronics system to help cut the costs for privateer teams.
MotoAmerica boasts a 10-round schedule and traditionally each race weekend is a three-day event with practice on Friday, qualifying and racing on Saturday, and races on Sunday. However, next season, the series will have four events with a two-day schedule featuring practice, qualifying and racing on Saturday and races on Sunday.
The points system is the same as MotoGP, with the race winner awarded 25 points, second place 20 and third 16. From there, it drops off to 13 points for fourth, 11 for fifth and each place after that earns one point less.