Sunday, October 18, 2015

Additional Riders Named to Superprestigio of the Americas Race in Las Vegas on November 21

The promoters of the Superprestigio of the Americas, SMI, announced late last week the addition of eight riders to the field for the big race scheduled at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, November 21.

Among the riders named were Ohio native and soon-to-be-officially announced 2015 AMA Pro Flat Track Rookie of the Year Jarod Vanderkooi, California resident and Daytona Short Track winner Stevie Bonsey, and 2015 AMA Pro Flat Track GNC2 Champion and Oregon resident Davis Fisher.

In the shot above, Bryan Smith on the #42 Crosley Brands/Howerton Motorsports/Villa-Esparza-sponsored Honda CRF450R leads Stevie Bonsey on the #80 Cernics Suzuki/Yoshimura/Cliff Racing-backed Suzuki RMZ450, and Jarod Vanderkooi on the #17F Don's Kawasaki/DPC Racing/Woody Kyle Racing-sponsored Honda battle for position during the running of round 10 of the AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship Harley-Davidson GNC1 presented by Vance & Hines series at the Peoria TT on August 16, 2015. Bonsey and Vanderkooi will join Smith among 11 other riders previously announced and announced this past week in the Superprestigio of the Americas race in Las Vegas on November 21.

As of now, a total of 14 riders have been named to take part in the United States' version of the Superprestigio event that pits riders against like-built equipment against one another in a battle royale on a 1/10th mile size track inside the confines of the Orleans Arena in Vegas. 4-Time AMA Superbike Champion Josh Hayes was announced as one of those previously announced riders that also include Jarod Mees, Jake Johnson and Bryan Smith.

Check out the official press release below to get more details on the who, what and when of what should be a super event coming up in Las Vegas in just over a month!

Press release courtesy of SMI Promotions, promoters of the Sacto Mile, Charlotte Half-Mile and the Las Vegas Finals.

LAS VEGAS (OCT. 16, 2015) – Eight additional riders have been added to the rider roster for the inaugural running of the Superprestigio of the Americas at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015. The eight riders joining those already named are pro flat track racers Doug Lawrence, Stevie Bonsey, Andrew Luker, Justin Jones, Henry Wiles, Jarod Vanderkooi, Davis Fisher and Jesse Janisch.
Those riders earned their way into the Superprestigio of the Americas by either winning AMA Pro Grand National Short Tracks or TTs in both the GNC1 and GNC2 classes this season or in the case of Davis Fisher for winning this year’s AMA Pro GNC2 Championship and Jarod Vanderkooi for being 2015 Flat Track Rookie of the Year. Lawrence earned his way for winning the 2015 Flat Track Canada Championship.
“With the addition of these eight riders we are beginning to fill out what promises to be one of the strongest fields ever assemble for a flat track event,” said promoter Steve McLaughlin, head of SMI. “This group is a combination of solid veteran riders like Henry Wiles, Doug Lawrence and Stevie Bonsey, along with a talented group of up-and-comers like top rookie Jarod Vanderkooi and those riders from the GNC2 class. This will be the first time for some of these young riders to compete against the top GNC1 riders.”
Bonsey was winner of the Daytona 1 Short Track GNC1 race. Luker and Jones were the Daytona GNC2 winners. Wiles gets in for his victory in the Peoria TT as well as Janisch for winning the GNC2 class at Peoria.
These eight join fellow flat trackers Jared Mees, Brad Baker, Kenny Coolbeth, Jr., Jake Johnson, Bryan Smith as well as Superbike racer Josh Hayes as riders already named for the competition. More riders will be named in the coming weeks.
Spots are still open for additional AMA Pro Grand National riders to qualify and some of those won’t be decided until the night before the event.  The two riders who win the GNC1 and GNC2 class in the AMA Pro Flat Track final at the Orleans on Friday night will also gain participation in the Superprestigio of the Americas. More details to come at
Riders for the most part will be competing on the same short track/TT bikes they in Grand National competition with the use of Mitas Tires, but additionally smaller 250cc machines are also eligible to run in the SOTA’15, so it will be interesting to see if any riders choose to compete on the smaller and lighter 250s on the tight confines of the Orleans Arena floor.
The Superprestigio of the Americas (SOTA’15) will bring together leading motorcycle racers from various motorcycle-racing disciplines from around the world to compete head to head with the stars of AMA Pro Flat Track on a specially-designed indoor short track at the Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on Nov. 21, 2015. The special race is part of the big Las Vegas doubleheader weekend with the AMA Pro Flat Track finale taking place the night before (Nov. 20, 2015) on the same track. #VegasFT
For additional information go to or call toll free 1-844-722-6453.
Larry Lawrence
c. (317) 332-3899
SMI Media Rep
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