Sunday, July 8, 2012

AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Road Racing Series Set for Return to Indianapolis Red Bull MotoGP Weekend August 17-19

It's time to mark your calendars and get your tickets again for the 5th Annual Indianapolis Red Bull MotoGP Weekend scheduled for August 17-19, 2012, and one of the highlights of the weekend's fine racing will be the return for the second year-in-a-row of the AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Series to the legendary Brickyard on West 16th Street in Speedway, Indiana.  After being added to the 2011 schedule at Indy on the big race weekend's undercard, the AMA Pro Road Racing XR1200 Series proved to be one of, if not the most exciting motorcycle races ever seen in modern times at the century-old racing facility.

During the 2011 weekend, one of the biggest manufacturers displays on-hand in the infield of the 2.5-mile oval was the Vance & Hines tent, in which they had one of their kitted Harley-Davidson XR1200 machines on display.  After the initial lay-out for the XR1200, Vance & Hines offers a race kit for the bike starting at $3500, which includes  a race pipe, steering damper, oil cooler remounting kit and more.

Spectators of all kinds were very interested in this full-on race version of the bike that will be now entering it's 2nd-full and 3rd-overall season of being one of the support races for the AMA Pro Road Racing schedule.  Indy is the only venue the series races at other than the regular AMA schedule.

AMA Pro Road Racing will also be running another test the week prior to the MotoGP weekend, and this year's test is scheduled for August 10-11.  Last year's field at Indy had 33 entrants for it's initial outing at the Brickyard's 2.6-mile road course, which saw Tyler O'Hara and Chris Fillmore winning each of the two races.  O'Hara will again return for the 2012 event, while Fillmore has been racing in the AMA Superbike Series for the KTM RC8 team, but is currently on the sidelines due to injuries sustained at the last round of the series at the Barber Motorsports Park event.

You can read the full press release below thanks to AMA Pro Road Racing.

Six Weeks Left Until AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Series Riders Roar into Indianapolis Motor Speedway for Second Rendezvous

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 7, 2012) - In a short six weeks, the thundering twins of the AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Series will roar into Indianapolis Motor Speedway to take part in the Red Bull Indianapolis GP for the second consecutive year. The event is a staple on the world motorsports calendar and this year's contest, scheduled for August 17 - 19, 2012, will once again feature the lone doubleheader weekend on the AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Series schedule.

Race one of the AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Series at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway round over the 4th Annual Indianapolis Red Bull MotoGP Weekend gets off to a roaring start on August 27, 2011.  Last year's event marked the first time that the iconic Harley-Davidson brand had turned a wheel at the famous Brickyard in almost a century, and the AMA Pro Road Racing undercard series will return to Indianapolis over the August 17-19 weekend this year.  AMA Pro Road Racing photo by Brian J. Nelson.

Last year's event saw 33 entries take to the historic 2.621-mile, 16-turn road course aboard the proven Harley-Davidson XR1200 platform in a set of hotly-contested battles. Some of AMA Pro Racing's finest talent took part in the thrilling races, which closed out the day's competition on both Saturday and Sunday and provided an iconic American complement to the exotic prototype machinery. Early indications and comments by AMA Pro riders indicate that the 2012 edition will likely feature even more entries, and even tighter battles.

Notable Quotes:

Tyler O'Hara (No. 29 Bartel's Harley-Davidson XR1200), winner of Race 1 in last year's event: "I'm really excited to head back to Indianapolis Motor Speedway again to be a part of the MotoGP weekend. That whole atmosphere is just awesome. Getting my first win there last year was very special to me. It felt really good, like all the hard work paid off to get that first win at the Brickyard. I got to kiss the bricks, which is something you only see on TV; it was like I was living a dream. I'm having a lot of fun this year on the bike, so I'm excited to get to ride the first doubleheader weekend in the XR Showdown. I can't wait to be there and go racing."

Kyle Wyman (No. 33 KLR Group Harley-Davidson XR1200): "It was definitely way different than any other race we had all year, not just because of the MotoGP crowd and being alongside all three of the MotoGP classes, but it's also at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which is arguably just as prestigious as Daytona International Speedway. It's another one of those places where you come through the tunnel and you see it and you get chills, even more so than Daytona. It's not only a big race in that aspect and as far as last year was, but this year it's going to be even bigger because of the XR Showdown, the first two races of the five race showdown. The racing is going to get pretty intense starting at Indy for a lot of different reasons."

Gerry Signorelli (No. 88 Kuryakyn/ Racing for a Wish Harley-Davidson XR1200): "We are incredibly fortunate to be put on the world stage at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Obviously, the place is magic as far as motorsports history goes, but to be there in conjunction with MotoGP is really exciting. Last year, the first few laps on the scooter were the coolest, because we got to see where it all happens. It didn't pan out as well as I had planned last year, with two non-results, but I cannot emphasize how excited I was to be there. There's just so much going on at the track and so much action to see."

Shane Narbonne (No. 164 MOB Racing Harley-Davidson XR1200): "It's cool to race on the same track and on the same day as MotoGP, that's huge. Especially how young I am, it's cool to be on the same track at the same time. It's definitely a cool track to go to; it's one of the oldest, so it's definitely cool you know. I'm definitely pumped about Indy, last year I qualified 13th and finished 10th in Race 2 and now we're on a new team with MOB Racing, so it might work out better. The team has definitely stepped up huge; I have to thank Dennis and Ryan for putting the program together. Every race we keep going forward, the last couple of races we're finally in the top 15 now so it's definitely going to get better from here."

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