Tuesday, June 21, 2011

AMA Road Racing: Read About Thomas Stevens' 1st Win in AMA Road Racing in Larry Lawrence's Archives on Cycle News.com

Thomas Stevens wrestles the #7 Vance & Hines/Parts Unlimited/Dunlop/SBS-sponsored Ducati 916 through turn 6 at the Mid Ohio Sports Car Course round of the AMA Superbike Championship Series in July 1998.  The '91 AMA Superbike Champion won his one and only AMA Superbike race at the track in August of '91, and that win, along with his consistent finishes throughout the eight-round season, would springboard him to his championship.  Stevens won his championship while also riding for the Vance & Hines team, but when the team fielded YZF-750 Yamahas, and was team mates in those days with '90 Daytona 200 winner Dave Sadowski and '89 AMA Superbike Champion Jamie James.

Stevens left the high-profile V&H Yamaha team after the end of the '91 season, taking the #1 plate with him to the Muzzy Kawasaki team, as a team mate to future AMA and World Superbike Champion Scott Russell.  After riding for the Yoshimura Suzuki team in the '93-'95 seasons, Stevens found himself riding for the Kinko's Kawasaki team in AMA 600 and 750 Supersport competition during the '96 season, and parlayed his success with the team to a return to the AMA Superbike Championship Series and to Vance & Hines for the '97-'98 seasons, the team's first in running the Ducati franchise in AMA Pro Road Racing.  In '98 the team also brought in new recruit, Australian rider Anthony Gobert, to ride alongside Stevens.

One of the all-time greats in AMA Superbike Championship Series racing history, Thomas Stevens, is profiled in this week's 'Archives' column by Larry Lawrence, over at Cycle News.com.  The '91 AMA Superbike Champion started out riding endurance racing in the WERA series, and took his first AMA Road Racing win in one of the most popular road racing series in America back in the late '80s. 

Larry has a great look back on the history of AMA Road Racing and the stars who have made it what it is over the years, in this week's 'Archives' column, which you can find here.  Thanks LL and CN for this step back in time!


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