Five Classes: MotoAmerica Season Entry List

Yoshimura Suzuki's Roger Hayden

Yoshimura Suzuki’s Roger Hayden hopes to improve on his second-place-overall finish in last year’s AMA Superbike title chase.

With the inaugural MotoAmerica race weekend at Circuit of The Americas just weeks away, we now know which teams are planning to participate in all nine rounds of the 2015 AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Championship. We also know the names of their respective riders and the brands and models of motorcycles they will campaign. Let’s begin with the premier class, Superbike:

SUPERBIKE
Team – Rider – Brand/Model
Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha – Josh Hayes – Yamaha YZF-R1
Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha – Cameron Beaubier – Yamaha YZF-R1
Yoshimura Suzuki – Roger Hayden – Suzuki GSX-R1000
Yoshimura Suzuki – Jake Lewis – Suzuki GSX-R1000
Team 21 Motosport – Elena Myers – Suzuki GSX-R1000
KTM/HMC Racing – Chris Fillmore – KTM 1190 RC8 R
Geico Suzuki – Chris Ulrich – Suzuki GSX-R1000

Four of the above riders—Josh Hayes, Roger Hayden, and the two Chrises, Fillmore and Ulrich—have multiple Superbike seasons under their belts. Third overall in the 2014 AMA Pro SuperBike Championship, 22-year-old Cameron Beaubier is entering his sophomore year on big bikes, while dirt-tracker-turned-road-racer Jake Lewis and former SuperSport (now Superstock 600) race-winner Elena Myers are class rookies. Expect close, hard-fought battles with a few surprises at every track.

SUPERSTOCK 1000
Team – Rider – Brand/Model
Aprilia HSBK Racing – Devon McDonough – Aprilia RSV4
Aprilia HSBK Racing – Dustin Dominguez – Aprilia RSV4
Longevity Racing – Barrett Long – Ducati 1199 Panigale R
Team Yamalube/Westby Racing – Dane Westby – Yamaha YZF-R1
Roadrace Factory – Jake Gagne – Yamaha YZF-R1
MobiBuff/Irnie Racing – Marcel Irnie – BMW S1000RR
Sportbike Track Time Racing – Taylor Knapp – Yamaha YZF-R1
Ryders Alley Racing – Mark Heckles – Yamaha YZF-R1
Thrashed Bike Racing – Max Flinders – EBR 1190RX

Superbike and Superstock 1000 will compete alongside each other on the racetrack, and both run the same Dunlop K448 front and K449 rear slick tires, but the classes are scored separately. Based on this list, Superstock 1000 has the greatest variety of brand participation of any of MotoAmerica’s five classes, with two Aprilias, four Yamahas, a BMW, a Ducati, and an EBR. Jake Gagne, who won the AMA Pro Daytona SportBike (now Supersport) title last year, is an example of a reigning national champion moving up in class.

Back in black: Bobby Fong will race a Latus Motors Racing Triumph 675 in the Supersport class.

SUPERSPORT
Team – Rider – Brand/Model
Yamalube/YES/Graves/Yamaha – JD Beach – Yamaha YZF-R6
Yamalube/YES/Graves/Yamaha – Garrett Gerloff – Yamaha YZF-R6
Latus Motors Racing – Bobby Fong – Triumph 675
Wheels in Motion/MEEN Yamaha – Josh Herrin – Yamaha YZF-R6
Roadrace Factory – Cameron Peterson – Yamaha YZF-R6
Roadrace Factory – Ben Young – Yamaha YZF-R6
Roadrace Factory – Tomas Puerta -Yamaha YZF-R6
M4 SportbikeTrackGear.com Suzuki – David Anthony – Suzuki GSX-R600
M4 MPH Racing Suzuki – Melissa Paris – Suzuki GSX-R600
Millennium Technologies/Kyle Wyman Racing – Kyle Wyman – Yamaha YZF-R6
Veloce Racing – Hayden Gillim – MV Agusta F3
ZAG Racing – Javelin Broderick – MV Agusta F3
De Keyrel Racing – Kaleb De Keyrel – Yamaha YZF-R6

Rich with experience and talent, Supersport may be MotoAmerica’s most hotly contested class, not to mention a stepping stone to overseas competition. “The path to get to Europe, if that’s your goal, has not been clear,” Yamaha Racing Division Manager Keith McCarty said. “Josh Herrin honed his skills on a 600, came to a Superbike—transitioning from DOTs to slicks—wins a championship and then goes back to a 600 but on slicks with a single-engine rule [Moto2]. The rules have made that class very competitive. If you talk about an injustice to a rider, that was it. Wayne Rainey’s idea of changing Supersport guys to slick tires at least puts them parallel with Moto2 guys.” Stay tuned.

SUPERSTOCK 600
Team – Rider – Brand/Model
ICON/MotoSport/ADR Racing – Andy DiBrino – Yamaha YZF-R6
Tuned Racing – Jason Aguilar – Yamaha YZF-R6
Tuned Racing – Bryce Prince – Yamaha YZF-R6
M2 Racing – Kirk McConnell – Yamaha YZF-R6
Newton Racing, LLC – Jay Newton – Yamaha YZF-R6
SWANG Motorsports – Sam Wang – Triumph 675
Washington Cycle Works Racing – Casey Tobolewski – Yamaha YZF-R6
LaRoche Racing – CJ LaRoche – Yamaha YZF-R6
Team Ryno Racing Yamaha – Ryan Haddock – Yamaha YZF-R6
C&C Motorsports – JC Camacho – Yamaha YZF-R6
Yamaha Concept Store – Richie Escalante – Yamaha YZF-R6
Ian Tetrick Racing – Ian Tetrick – Kawasaki ZX-6R
ADR Motorsports – Patricia Fernandez – Yamaha YZF-R6
Wheels in Motion/MEEN Yamaha – Joe Roberts – Yamaha YZF-R6
HB Racing – Humberto Baca – Yamaha YZF-R6
Mach 1 Motorsports – Wyatt Farris – Yamaha YZF-R6

No class has more season entries—16—than Superstock 600 (formerly known as SuperSport). This category is earmarked for young riders to compete aboard middleweight sportbikes with relatively light modifications and DOT-approved Dunlop rubber. Long-time fans of the sport may recognize a few of the teams, some of which have been part of the paddock for years, but, unlike in Superbike, Superstock 1000, or Supersport, none of the riders is currently a household name. That may soon change.

Sharply styled RC 390 is the basis for the KTM RC Cup spec series. Deadline for ordering one of the track-only singles is March 31.

KTM RC 390 CUP
Team – Rider – Brand/Model
Focal Point Racing – Ezra Beaubier – KTM RC 390
Group 22 – Ruben Casarez – KTM RC 390
HNH Racing – Devin Husband – KTM RC 390
CK Racing – Chris Kosan – KTM RC 390
Drewster Racing – Drew Sivertson – KTM RC 390
HP Communications – Ashton Wright – KTM RC 390
LSTD Racing – Nick Doolan – KTM RC 390
Fell Racing – Jake Fell – KTM RC 390
Sportbike Track Time Racing – Gabe Miller – KTM RC 390
Altmeyer Racing – Brandon Altmeyer – KTM RC 390
Cool Breeze Racing – Josh Serne – KTM RC 390
Justin McWilliams Racing – Justin McWilliams – KTM RC 390
Knowles 520/Dysturbed Ryders – John Knowles – KTM RC 390
Lampkin Racing – Nolan Lampkin – KTM RC 390

Open to 14- to 22-year-old riders, this five-race spec class begins at round four of the series, May 29-31, at Road America. Priced at $9,999, the single-cylinder machines produce 38 horsepower, have fully adjustable WP suspension, roll on 17-inch wheels with treaded Dunlop tires, and resemble the Austrian manufacturer’s RC8 R superbike. KTM’s contingency program pays $500 for a win down to $100 for fifth place. The overall champion will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to England to compete in round eight of the KTM British Junior Cup at the Silverstone Circuit.

Yoshimura Suzuki's Roger Hayden

Yoshimura Suzuki’s Roger Hayden hopes to improve on his second-place-overall finish in last year’s AMA Superbike title chase.

With the inaugural MotoAmerica race weekend at Circuit of The Americas just weeks away, we now know which teams are planning to participate in all nine rounds of the 2015 AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Championship. We also know the names of their respective riders and the brands and models of motorcycles they will campaign. Let’s begin with the premier class, Superbike:

SUPERBIKE
Team – Rider – Brand/Model
Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha – Josh Hayes – Yamaha YZF-R1
Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha – Cameron Beaubier – Yamaha YZF-R1
Yoshimura Suzuki – Roger Hayden – Suzuki GSX-R1000
Yoshimura Suzuki – Jake Lewis – Suzuki GSX-R1000
Team 21 Motosport – Elena Myers – Suzuki GSX-R1000
KTM/HMC Racing – Chris Fillmore – KTM 1190 RC8 R
Geico Suzuki – Chris Ulrich – Suzuki GSX-R1000

Four of the above riders—Josh Hayes, Roger Hayden, and the two Chrises, Fillmore and Ulrich—have multiple Superbike seasons under their belts. Third overall in the 2014 AMA Pro SuperBike Championship, 22-year-old Cameron Beaubier is entering his sophomore year on big bikes, while dirt-tracker-turned-road-racer Jake Lewis and former SuperSport (now Superstock 600) race-winner Elena Myers are class rookies. Expect close, hard-fought battles with a few surprises at every track.

SUPERSTOCK 1000
Team – Rider – Brand/Model
Aprilia HSBK Racing – Devon McDonough – Aprilia RSV4
Aprilia HSBK Racing – Dustin Dominguez – Aprilia RSV4
Longevity Racing – Barrett Long – Ducati 1199 Panigale R
Team Yamalube/Westby Racing – Dane Westby – Yamaha YZF-R1
Roadrace Factory – Jake Gagne – Yamaha YZF-R1
MobiBuff/Irnie Racing – Marcel Irnie – BMW S1000RR
Sportbike Track Time Racing – Taylor Knapp – Yamaha YZF-R1
Ryders Alley Racing – Mark Heckles – Yamaha YZF-R1
Thrashed Bike Racing – Max Flinders – EBR 1190RX

Superbike and Superstock 1000 will compete alongside each other on the racetrack, and both run the same Dunlop K448 front and K449 rear slick tires, but the classes are scored separately. Based on this list, Superstock 1000 has the greatest variety of brand participation of any of MotoAmerica’s five classes, with two Aprilias, four Yamahas, a BMW, a Ducati, and an EBR. Jake Gagne, who won the AMA Pro Daytona SportBike (now Supersport) title last year, is an example of a reigning national champion moving up in class.

Back in black: Bobby Fong will race a Latus Motors Racing Triumph 675 in the Supersport class.

SUPERSPORT
Team – Rider – Brand/Model
Yamalube/YES/Graves/Yamaha – JD Beach – Yamaha YZF-R6
Yamalube/YES/Graves/Yamaha – Garrett Gerloff – Yamaha YZF-R6
Latus Motors Racing – Bobby Fong – Triumph 675
Wheels in Motion/MEEN Yamaha – Josh Herrin – Yamaha YZF-R6
Roadrace Factory – Cameron Peterson – Yamaha YZF-R6
Roadrace Factory – Ben Young – Yamaha YZF-R6
Roadrace Factory – Tomas Puerta -Yamaha YZF-R6
M4 SportbikeTrackGear.com Suzuki – David Anthony – Suzuki GSX-R600
M4 MPH Racing Suzuki – Melissa Paris – Suzuki GSX-R600
Millennium Technologies/Kyle Wyman Racing – Kyle Wyman – Yamaha YZF-R6
Veloce Racing – Hayden Gillim – MV Agusta F3
ZAG Racing – Javelin Broderick – MV Agusta F3
De Keyrel Racing – Kaleb De Keyrel – Yamaha YZF-R6

Rich with experience and talent, Supersport may be MotoAmerica’s most hotly contested class, not to mention a stepping stone to overseas competition. “The path to get to Europe, if that’s your goal, has not been clear,” Yamaha Racing Division Manager Keith McCarty said. “Josh Herrin honed his skills on a 600, came to a Superbike—transitioning from DOTs to slicks—wins a championship and then goes back to a 600 but on slicks with a single-engine rule [Moto2]. The rules have made that class very competitive. If you talk about an injustice to a rider, that was it. Wayne Rainey’s idea of changing Supersport guys to slick tires at least puts them parallel with Moto2 guys.” Stay tuned.

SUPERSTOCK 600
Team – Rider – Brand/Model
ICON/MotoSport/ADR Racing – Andy DiBrino – Yamaha YZF-R6
Tuned Racing – Jason Aguilar – Yamaha YZF-R6
Tuned Racing – Bryce Prince – Yamaha YZF-R6
M2 Racing – Kirk McConnell – Yamaha YZF-R6
Newton Racing, LLC – Jay Newton – Yamaha YZF-R6
SWANG Motorsports – Sam Wang – Triumph 675
Washington Cycle Works Racing – Casey Tobolewski – Yamaha YZF-R6
LaRoche Racing – CJ LaRoche – Yamaha YZF-R6
Team Ryno Racing Yamaha – Ryan Haddock – Yamaha YZF-R6
C&C Motorsports – JC Camacho – Yamaha YZF-R6
Yamaha Concept Store – Richie Escalante – Yamaha YZF-R6
Ian Tetrick Racing – Ian Tetrick – Kawasaki ZX-6R
ADR Motorsports – Patricia Fernandez – Yamaha YZF-R6
Wheels in Motion/MEEN Yamaha – Joe Roberts – Yamaha YZF-R6
HB Racing – Humberto Baca – Yamaha YZF-R6
Mach 1 Motorsports – Wyatt Farris – Yamaha YZF-R6

No class has more season entries—16—than Superstock 600 (formerly known as SuperSport). This category is earmarked for young riders to compete aboard middleweight sportbikes with relatively light modifications and DOT-approved Dunlop rubber. Long-time fans of the sport may recognize a few of the teams, some of which have been part of the paddock for years, but, unlike in Superbike, Superstock 1000, or Supersport, none of the riders is currently a household name. That may soon change.

Sharply styled RC 390 is the basis for the KTM RC Cup spec series. Deadline for ordering one of the track-only singles is March 31.

KTM RC 390 CUP
Team – Rider – Brand/Model
Focal Point Racing – Ezra Beaubier – KTM RC 390
Group 22 – Ruben Casarez – KTM RC 390
HNH Racing – Devin Husband – KTM RC 390
CK Racing – Chris Kosan – KTM RC 390
Drewster Racing – Drew Sivertson – KTM RC 390
HP Communications – Ashton Wright – KTM RC 390
LSTD Racing – Nick Doolan – KTM RC 390
Fell Racing – Jake Fell – KTM RC 390
Sportbike Track Time Racing – Gabe Miller – KTM RC 390
Altmeyer Racing – Brandon Altmeyer – KTM RC 390
Cool Breeze Racing – Josh Serne – KTM RC 390
Justin McWilliams Racing – Justin McWilliams – KTM RC 390
Knowles 520/Dysturbed Ryders – John Knowles – KTM RC 390
Lampkin Racing – Nolan Lampkin – KTM RC 390

Open to 14- to 22-year-old riders, this five-race spec class begins at round four of the series, May 29-31, at Road America. Priced at $9,999, the single-cylinder machines produce 38 horsepower, have fully adjustable WP suspension, roll on 17-inch wheels with treaded Dunlop tires, and resemble the Austrian manufacturer’s RC8 R superbike. KTM’s contingency program pays $500 for a win down to $100 for fifth place. The overall champion will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to England to compete in round eight of the KTM British Junior Cup at the Silverstone Circuit.