Hacking Out, Polen In For Dunlop Lap Of Honor At VIR

Doug Polen Fast By Ferracci Ducati

Doug Polen’s race-tire-development skills are legendary, so who better than the former AMA and World Superbike champion to stand in for Jamie Hacking, who was originally scheduled to ride the Dunlop Tires Lap of Honor on Sunday, May 17, at Virginia International Raceway, site of round three of the MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Championship?

According to Dunlop, three-time AMA champ Hacking was forced to bow out due to a schedule conflict. Polen will be on hand at VIR on Sunday to sign autographs during and after the fan walk from 10:15 to 11:00 a.m. He will then ride the lap of honor at 11:30 on Dunlop’s Yamaha YZF-R6 test bike. Polen will also serve as the official trophy presenter for Sunday’s two MotoAmerica Superbike races.

Polen stormed through the amateur ranks, winning dozens of races across the country on Suzuki GSX-R750s and 1100s before turning pro. He competed in AMA Pro Twins GP1, 600/750 Supersport, and Superbike before focusing on the FIM Superbike World Championship, which he dominated in both 1991 and ’92 on a Fast By Ferracci Ducati.

In 1991, Polen set fastest lap at 13 different tracks, a record that remains to this day. In ’92, he not only won the title, he also competed in enough AMA Superbike rounds to finish third in that championship. The following season, he returned to the US full-time and won the AMA Superbike title. In 1995, sharing a Honda RC45, Polen and his teammate, Aaron Slight, stood atop the podium at Japan’s prestigious Suzuka 8 Hours. In 1997 and ’98, Polen earned back-to-back World Endurance titles, also on V-four Hondas.

Dunlop is the exclusive tire supplier of the MotoAmerica series. This season marks the company’s seventh successive year partnering with AMA Superbike and its support classes. More details about the VIR race weekend, including event schedule and ticket links, are here.

Doug Polen Fast By Ferracci Ducati

Doug Polen’s race-tire-development skills are legendary, so who better than the former AMA and World Superbike champion to stand in for Jamie Hacking, who was originally scheduled to ride the Dunlop Tires Lap of Honor on Sunday, May 17, at Virginia International Raceway, site of round three of the MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Championship?

According to Dunlop, three-time AMA champ Hacking was forced to bow out due to a schedule conflict. Polen will be on hand at VIR on Sunday to sign autographs during and after the fan walk from 10:15 to 11:00 a.m. He will then ride the lap of honor at 11:30 on Dunlop’s Yamaha YZF-R6 test bike. Polen will also serve as the official trophy presenter for Sunday’s two MotoAmerica Superbike races.

Polen stormed through the amateur ranks, winning dozens of races across the country on Suzuki GSX-R750s and 1100s before turning pro. He competed in AMA Pro Twins GP1, 600/750 Supersport, and Superbike before focusing on the FIM Superbike World Championship, which he dominated in both 1991 and ’92 on a Fast By Ferracci Ducati.

In 1991, Polen set fastest lap at 13 different tracks, a record that remains to this day. In ’92, he not only won the title, he also competed in enough AMA Superbike rounds to finish third in that championship. The following season, he returned to the US full-time and won the AMA Superbike title. In 1995, sharing a Honda RC45, Polen and his teammate, Aaron Slight, stood atop the podium at Japan’s prestigious Suzuka 8 Hours. In 1997 and ’98, Polen earned back-to-back World Endurance titles, also on V-four Hondas.

Dunlop is the exclusive tire supplier of the MotoAmerica series. This season marks the company’s seventh successive year partnering with AMA Superbike and its support classes. More details about the VIR race weekend, including event schedule and ticket links, are here.

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