Saturday, January 26, 2013

AMA Road Racing: Superbike Saturday Cinema Takes Us Back to the '93 AMA Superbike Charlotte Round

One of the Commonwealth Racing Honda RC30s sits in the pit area at Road America during the AMA/Coca-Cola Super Cycle Classic over the June 26-28, 1992 weekend.  Being shared by riders Mike Smith #68 and Tom Kipp #16, the American Honda/Camel/HRC/Dunlop-sponsored team was sharing resources at the annual running of the Elkhart Lake, WI. event held at the 4.0 mile track located about an hour north of Milwaukee.

The AMA Superbike Championship paid a visit to the Charlotte Motor Speedway during the next season in what was a mostly-failed attempt to construct a road racing course inside a high-speed Nascar-type oval.  At least as far as the then-150hp+ bikes were concerned.  Think Daytona with pylons and hay bales.

Much like events such as Pomona and Phoenix held back in the early '90s (although those events were mostly held in parking lots), Charlotte consisted of a high-speed section that was part of the banking where track promoters and AMA Pro Road Racing constructed a chicane with road construction orange cones in order to slow the bikes down.  

During the race itself, Kipp, riding a Commonwealth Honda RC30 similar to the one above from the '92 season, was involved in a wicked accident along with Miguel Duhamel and Doug Polen, that effectively ended the Ohio native's year, suffering from a severely broken leg.  It was just by great fortune no one else was injured, or worse and AMA Pro Road Racing never returned to the track.  Thank the lord safety for the riders is more tantamount today.

Dean Adams from Superbike has put together the television video from that event that was shown by the now-defunct Prime Network back in the day.  In spite of the way the track was put together, some of the racing held at Charlotte was excellent, with names like Colin Edwards, Pascal Picotte, Dale Quarterley and Jamie James going for it throughout the day's race.  

Check it out below, and thanks to Dean for all the work!

A big thanks to Dean Adams at Superbike for this video of the '93 AMA Pro Road Racing round of the AMA Superbike Championship from the Charlotte Motor Speedway.  Sit back, pop the top on your favorite beverage and enjoy the races!

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