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What is MotoAmerica?

MotoAmerica is the premier Superbike Championship in the United States, sanctioned by the American Motorcyclist Association and FIM North America. Going back to its early beginnings as the AMA Road Racing Championship in 1976, Superbike racing in the U.S. has been rich with talent. It has been the breeding ground for some of the sport’s biggest stars including legends such as four-time Grand Prix World Champion Eddie Lawson, three-time Grand Prix World Champion Wayne Rainey, 2006 MotoGP Champion Nicky Hayden and 2009 World Superbike Champion Ben Spies. More recently, riders like Josh Hayes and Cameron Beaubier have made an indelible mark on the sport, each with four AMA Superbike Championships.

In 2015, the National U.S. Superbike Championship changed hands from the Daytona Motorsports Group to the KRAVE Group, which is headed by three-time Grand Prix World Champion Wayne Rainey. With that fresh start, AMA Pro Road Racing was rebranded to MotoAmerica.

The new stewards of America’s professional road racing series set out to develop future American riders to compete in the World Superbike Championship while helping raise the series from the ashes.

With a minimum age of 18, the MotoAmerica Superbike class features the best riders in the U.S. and draws talented riders from across the world as well. The machines are production-based sportbikes, with engine and chassis modifications to enhance overall performance. These highly-tuned sportbikes 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 created a pure Superbike class with World Superbike-spec rules. These tech rules allow for four-stroke engine configurations with two cylinders and total displacements of 851cc to 1200cc or three or four cylinders with total displacements of 751cc to 1000cc. The minimum weight allowedis 370.5 pounds

MotoAmerica features a 10-round, 20-race event schedule. Traditionally, each race weekend is a three-day event with practice on Friday, qualifying and racing on Saturday and warmup sessions and final racing on Sunday.

The points system is identical to that of MotoGP. The race winner is awarded 25 points, with second place earning 20 and third place with 16. From there, points drop off to 13 for fourth place, 11 for fifth and each place following that earns one less point.