The newly renamed AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series heads to it's original roots this weekend as Road America will again host the Geico Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing Series and the class that got it's start at the Elkhart Lake, WI. facility as a support card event during the 2010 season.
With the H-D factory just 60 some odd miles down the road in Milwaukee, Road America was the perfect choice to host the series' first event when the powers that be at AMA Pro Road Racing were considering adding a support event to their calendar, and in the form of the spec series based on the Milwaukee iron and alloy that is the XR1200 mount. In the series first season three years ago, five support events were held in hopes that enough sponsorship and interest would happen to possibly add it to the calendar in the coming seasons.
And enough there was and the rest, as they say, was history as the AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Series was born and added as a full support event in 2011. Since it's first year of competition, three men have emerged as champions in what is now a full-blown class that has drawn interests globally from supporters and riders alike. Danny Eslick (2010), Chris Fillmore (2011) and Michael Barnes (2012) all have one thing in common-they have captured the class championship in that series. And in it's fourth year, the class has been renamed to the AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series, mainly since the H-D factory discontinued producing the XR1200 model in the States for the 2013 season.
In the shot above taken at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway-hosted 5th Annual Red Bull Indy MotoGP round, in which the XR1200-based class has acted as a support race for what will this year be it's third season, the top-ranked bikes in the XR1200 Series sit at the ready for the weekend's first round of practice on Friday, August 17, 2012.
Michael Barnes #34 KLR Group/Spyke's H-D/Vesrah/GK Motorsports-sponsored mount, along with team mate Kyle Wyman's #33 like-sponsored machine both flank Tyler O'Hara's #29 JCR/Scrubblade/Bartel's H-D/RS Taichi-backed XR1200 in the Gasoline Alley staging area at Indy, awaiting their chance on the track to thrill the legions of fans on hand for the weekend's popular activities. Wyman and O'Hara would split the victories over the weekend, but at the end of the season it was Barnes who would walk away with the #1 prize and championship.
Thanks to AMA Pro Road Racing for the full press release preview of this weekend's event at Road America, which you can check out below.
ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (May 30, 2013) - The AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series returns to its spiritual home track this weekend as GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing heads to Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis., just up the road from Harley-Davidson's Milwaukee headquarters.
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