Tuesday, November 8, 2011

AMA Road Racing: AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Series to See XR Showdown in '12 Season with $60K Point Fund

Steve Rapp's #5 Parts Unlimited/Vance & Hines-sponsored H-D XR1200 gets attended to by one of the team's techs while sitting with the tire warmers on ready for the afternoon's fourth and final test session at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on August 19.  AMA Pro Road Racing was able to get in a scheduled practice at the legendary facility a week before the AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Series was scheduled to share the weekend with the MotoGP World Championship over the course of the 4th Annual RedBull Indianapolis MotoGP round, race 12 on the 2011 World Championship Series schedule.  Michael Barnes' #34 Drag Specialties/Vance & Hines/RS Taichi-sponsored XR1200 sits alongside, although Barnes did not take part in the fourth test session.

Rapp carded 2-2 finishes the next weekend, with Barnes bringing home a pair of 4th place finishes in what were arguably the best motorcycle road races ever held at the century old track.  The first event on Saturday afternoon saw lead swaps all over the track in what was a very fine display of racing in the two-year old series.  Tyler O'Hara and eventual 2011 AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Series Champion Chris Fillmore won the events that were held as part of the undercard with the MotoGP circus. 

Hopefully AMA Pro Road Racing and the powers that be with MotoGP/Dorna are able to work out bringing the XR12s back to Indy for the 5th Annual RedBull MotoGP in August '12 to help add some excitement to the already-brimming weekend.  The event this year drew 33 entries with 28 and 29 riders taking part in the finals, amongst a field that included former 2010 European XR1200 Champion Jeremy McWilliams, Jason DiSalvo, Rapp, Barnes and former/current WERA and AMA racer and hometown 'boy' Gene Burcham.

AMA Pro Racing Announces $60,000 Year-End Points Fund for AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Series in 2012

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (November 7, 2011) - AMA Pro Racing is proud to announce the introduction of the XR Showdown, a $60,000 year-end points fund that riders in the AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Series will be competing for during the 2012 AMA Pro Road Racing season. The XR Showdown, which is supported by Vance & Hines and the Harley-Davidson Motor Company, will be offered in addition to the $10,000 purse plus posted contingency available each weekend, meaning that well over $100,000 will be up for grabs over the course of the season.

The XR Showdown will begin when there are five races remaining on the 2012 schedule. The top ten riders in the XR1200 Series point standings at that time will be eligible for XR Showdown points, which will be paid for each of the five remaining events on the schedule. The rider with the most XR Showdown points at the end will take home $30,000 in prize money, with the remaining $30,000 in the points fund to be paid out to second through tenth in the final XR Showdown point standings.

"This further emphasizes the commitment from AMA Pro Racing, Vance & Hines and Harley-Davidson," said David Atlas, Chief Operating Officer of AMA Pro Racing. "We want to send a strong message to our teams and riders that we will reward them for their efforts. The addition of the XR Showdown is sure to produce even more world-class racing action."

The AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Series, which was added to the AMA Pro Road Racing class structure alongside AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike, AMA Pro Daytona SportBike and AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport at the Road America round of the 2010 season, features Harley-Davidson XR1200s modified with a specially-prepared parts-and-accessories kit from famed motorcycle performance tuner Vance & Hines. The big twins are showcased in a single-race format during each AMA Pro Road Racing event weekend except for the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Series race two action at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in August 2011 sees race one winner Tyler O'Hara #29 leading race two winner Chris Fillmore #55 and double runner-up Steve Rapp #5 in the infield part of the track during the 4th Annual RedBull Indianapolis MotoGP weekend.  AMA Pro Road Racing photo by Brian J. Nelson.

The XR1200 Series produced fast, intense and competitive racing at each round during the 2011 season. Bruce Rossmeyer's Daytona Racing/GEICO/RMR's Chris Fillmore was engaged in a season-long battle with Parts Unlimited rider Steve Rapp, and the 2011 championship came down to the season finale at New Jersey Motorsports Park. Fillmore led the Sunday final event flag-to-flag on the way to his fifth win of the season and the coveted No. 1 Plate.

AMA Pro Racing has announced contract renewals for seven tracks on the 2012 AMA Pro Road Racing schedule. Of the seven events announced so far, the incredible footpeg-dragging action of the AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Series will be featured at six: Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. on March 15-17, Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Ca. on May 4 - 6, Miller Motorsports Park in Toole, Utah on May 25 - 28, Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis. on June 1 - 3, Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala. on June 22 - 24 and New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, N.J. on September 7 - 9. The remainder of the 2012 calendar, including events conducted in conjunction with promotion by M1 Powersports, will be announced shortly.

The inclusion of the AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Series makes AMA Pro Road Racing one of the most cost-effective platforms for racing on the national stage. During the 2011 season, a total of 22 Harley-Davidson dealerships supported XR1200 Series teams and riders through sponsorship. The continuing support from the strong network of Harley-Davidson dealers across the country ensures that thousands of new fans from the Harley-Davidson street riding community will get to experience the non-stop action of AMA Pro Road Racing in 2012.

Keep up with all the latest on the AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Series by going to www.amaproracing.com, www.vanceandhines.com/xr1200 and www.harley-davidson.com.

AMA Pro Racing is the premier professional motorcycle racing organization in North America, operating a full schedule of events and championships for a variety of motorcycle disciplines. Learn more about AMA Pro Racing at www.amaproracing.com

For additional information contact:
AMA Pro Racing Communications, (386) 492-1014, communications@amaproracing.com

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