Road racing in the US was at an all-time low. So low, in fact, that many thought it was done. Even with the news of a fresh start for the series with new management—the KRAVE Group—it was a general feeling of, “Okay, there’s hope, but let’s not get our hopes too high.”

The reasons for that hope were the four partners at KRAVE, the most notable being three-time 500cc World Champion Wayne Rainey, who is very much respected in the racing community. In addition to his racing accolades both here in the US and overseas, Rainey has also managed a team.

Also with a strong racing pedigree is the “A” in KRAVE, Chuck Aksland. Although not in the limelight as much as Rainey, Aksland also grew up around racing and is best known for his time managing Kenny Roberts’ MotoGP race team. So these are two guys with strong road-racing pedigrees.

There were some new names—Richard Varner and Terry Karges—a bit unknown in the racing paddock, but both are successful businessmen who thankfully love racing and jumped in to complete the partnership that would try and bring back road racing in the US.

Read the rest of Andrea Wilson’s editorial in the latest issue of Cycle News here.

Road racing in the US was at an all-time low. So low, in fact, that many thought it was done. Even with the news of a fresh start for the series with new management—the KRAVE Group—it was a general feeling of, “Okay, there’s hope, but let’s not get our hopes too high.”

The reasons for that hope were the four partners at KRAVE, the most notable being three-time 500cc World Champion Wayne Rainey, who is very much respected in the racing community. In addition to his racing accolades both here in the US and overseas, Rainey has also managed a team.

Also with a strong racing pedigree is the “A” in KRAVE, Chuck Aksland. Although not in the limelight as much as Rainey, Aksland also grew up around racing and is best known for his time managing Kenny Roberts’ MotoGP race team. So these are two guys with strong road-racing pedigrees.

There were some new names—Richard Varner and Terry Karges—a bit unknown in the racing paddock, but both are successful businessmen who thankfully love racing and jumped in to complete the partnership that would try and bring back road racing in the US.

Read the rest of Andrea Wilson’s editorial in the latest issue of Cycle News here.