Long-time AMA road racer, former factory rider, and former Superbike World Championship competitor Geoff May will race the #99 Ameris Bank Kawasaki ZX-10R in the Stock 1000 class at round four of the 2019 MotoAmerica Championship, which takes place at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, May 31-June 2.
Aboard his mostly stock BMW S 1000 RR Superbike, May competed at round one of the MotoAmerica Series, which took place in April at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta. At the Georgian’s home track, he qualified for Superpole, was eighth-fastest in the Superpole session, finished 10th in Superbike race one, and he wrapped up his weekend with an eighth-place finish in Superbike race two.
May, who calls Road America his favorite track on the MotoAmerica schedule, returns to the series and will race a different bike in a different class than he did at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.
“I just bought a brand-new Kawasaki ZX-10R, and I’m excited to race it at Road America, which is my favorite track for a lot of reasons,” May said. “It’s where I met my wife, Jodi. Also, my mechanic is from Wisconsin, and Erik Buell, whose EBR World Superbike I used to race, is in Wisconsin, as well. Plus, my former AMA Superbike team owner Michael Jordan and his Michael Jordan Motorsports operation is located near EBR. It’ll be a big homecoming for me, my wife, and my team.”
When asked why May made the switch from racing in Superbike at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta to racing his new Kawasaki in Stock 1000 at Road America, he said, “From a business standpoint, Stock 1000 is better for me right now. My budget fits Stock 1000, and the class provides really good bang for the buck. With the purse from MotoAmerica and the contingency support from Kawasaki, I stand a good chance of walking out of there with money in my pocket. I’d still like to race in Superbike again, but Stock 1000 is a very competitive class and it’s a good place to develop this new Kawasaki.”
May’s heart is still very much in motorcycle road racing, but he’s also got a day job. He works as a Mortgage Banker for his team title sponsor Ameris Bank. “We’re a nationwide lender, except for a couple of states in the Northeast,” commented May. “We do business in Wisconsin, so racing at Road America is also good exposure for Ameris Bank. They love motorcycle road racing, so this deal is great for all of us.”
May hopes to keep the ball rolling after Road America and compete at more upcoming MotoAmerica rounds.