AMA Pro Racing and Cycle World announced late yesterday that the Superprestigio Dirt Track Race in Barcelona, Spain will be available for live streaming in the U.S. today beginning at 12:00 PM EST/9:00 AM PST and will be available on Cycle World's website for viewing.
The event, which was originally launched in 1979 and has seen numerous European racers and American racers alike compete in Europe to throngs of fans wanting to see what America knows as real flat track races. Kenny Roberts, Randy Mamola, John Kocinski, Rich Oliver, Colin Edwards and a host of other American champions have competed in the event throughout the years.
2013 AMA Grand National Champion Brad Baker was invited to the event several weeks ago by 2013 MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez after a flurry of writings and 'suggestions' by Backmarker and Riding Man's Mark Gardiner realized the lack of U.S. representation would make the event not only look empty, but without a true world flat track champion to compete against the strong European contingent. Gardiner is on hand in Barcelona covering the events as they happen.
In the shot above, JD Beach on the #95 TJ Burnett Farms Racing/Red Bull/Bell Helmets-sponsored Honda CRF450R leads eventual '13 Grand National Champ Baker on his #12 Fun Mart Cycle Center/Specialty Fabrication/Schenk Racing Enterprises-backed KTM 450 SX-F during heat race #1 at the Peoria TT at round 7 of the 2013 AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles Grand National Championship season on August 11.
Baker, who flew into Spain earlier this week for his first outing outside the United States, out paced all comers during early practice sessions by just over .62 seconds. Decatur, TX. resident and AMA Grand National #78 Merle Scherb, also in Spain representing the U.S., ended practice in the 4th-place slot.
Full results and info can be found here on the official website of the Superprestigio Dirt Track Race.
The complete info and link to today's race in Barcelona can be found in the press release below, thanks to Cycle World and AMA Pro Racing.
Cycle World partners with AMA Pro Racing and RPM Racing to deliver 2014 Superprestigio Race Live on CycleWorld.com
Revived by 2013 MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez, the Superprestigio brings together top roadracing and off-road stars for an exciting evening of competition using an American-style flat-track format that many riders now use as a training method. Because an international flat-track race would be incomplete without American riders, Marquez invited reigning AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Champion Brad "The Bullet" Baker to participate in this unique event. Fellow Americans Kenny Noyes and Merle Scherb will also compete, and AMA Pro Flat Track flagman Kevin Clark will be on hand to entertain the crowd.
2013 AMA Grand National Champion Brad 'The Bullet' Baker is shown during a practice session this week for the Superprestigio Dirt Track Race being held today in Barcelona, Spain. The event was organized by 2013 MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez, and Baker was invited to the event after Backmarker's Mark Gardiner strongly suggested that the field would have been incomplete without the presence of the US champion. Baker ended all early practice sessions with fast time by just over .62 seconds. Photo courtesy of Cycle World and AMA Pro Racing.
Live coverage of the 2014 Superprestigio Dirt Track on www.cycleworld.com will only be available in North America.
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