The minimum age for the MotoAmerica Stock 1000 class has been lowered to 17 years old.

MotoAmerica, the home of the AMA Superbike Championship, has changed the age limits in the Liqui Moly Junior Cup and Stock 1000 classes to increase the number of riders participating in developmental competition.

“We’ve made some changes to age limits in the Liqui Moly Junior Cup and the Stock 1000 classes,” MotoAmerica President Wayne Rainey said. “The Junior Cup age limit has been upped from 25 to 28, so it’s now aligned with the FIM World Supersport 300 class. As for Stock 1000, we’ve lowered the minimum age from 18 to 17 because there has been interest from younger riders who want to race 1000s now, so they can get the experience to ultimately move to the Superbike class.”

AMA Director of Road Racing Relations Bill Cumbow said that one of MotoAmerica’s goals has been to prepare American riders to compete at the international level of professional motorcycle road racing.

“These new age limits for MotoAmerica’s two developmental classes will prepare a greater number of talented American road racers to compete not only in MotoAmerica’s higher-spec classes, but at the world level as well,” Cumbow said.

The changes are included in the 2019 MotoAmerica Sporting and Technical Regulations. For more information about the 2019 MotoAmerica regulations and professional licensing, visit www.americanmotorcyclist.com/Racing/Road-Racing.