Hayden Gillim Is A Man In A Van With A Championship Plan

Cycle World and Suzuki are back for a second run at MotoAmerica’s Superstock 1000 title

Hayden Gillim, Cycle World‘s “Man in a Van with a Plan,” has championship expectations heading into the opening round of the 2017 MotoAmerica Series on April 21-23 at Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas. Equipped with a 2017 Suzuki GSX-R1000 racebike and an RM-Z450 flat-tracker, Gillim and his Rick Matheny-led crew will once again contest the Superstock 1000 class, as well as select rounds of the American Flat Track series.

Cycle World plans to document every step of the process as Gillim embarks on another life-on-the-road adventure. Through regular updates, Cycle World‘s worldwide audience will have a front-row seat to witness Gillim’s round-by-round progression. Last year’s video package delivered nearly 11 million views.

“Man In a Van with a Plan was more than just a racing program, it was a video series and blog devoted to the love of riding motorcycles,” said Cycle World Editor-in-Chief Mark Hoyer. “We are building on the success of last year with a great new 2017 Suzuki GSX-R1000 and another 15-plus video series.

Hayden Gillim, Cycle World, Suzuki, MotoAmerica, AMA Pro Flat Track

At the recent Dunlop preseason test at Circuit of The Americas, Hayden Gillim rode the 2016 Suzuki GSX-R1000 that carried him to two podium finishes. He hopes to have a new ’17 model for the opening round at COTA.

Photo by Brian J. Nelson

“Because the bike is new, we’ll feature more tech and development without losing the fun and hanging-out-with-Hayden feel. We’ve added daily blog updates from MotoAmerica rounds and Facebook Live video to give fans a closer look into the MVP program. We are going to have a great ride this year.”

A former AMA Pro SuperSport champion and Horizon Award winner, the 22-year-old Kentucky native finished fifth overall last season in Superstock 1000 and won the AMA Pro Flat Track Peoria TT GNC2 race. Follow Gillim during his ’17 campaign at cycleworld.com and on Instagram.

Hayden Gillim, Cycle World, Suzuki, MotoAmerica, AMA Pro Flat Track

Gillim is reunited with crew chief Rick Matheny (second from right). Former MotoAmerica race winner Josh Day (middle) has joined the team as a rider coach. Videographer Nik Wogen and mechanic Glen Veatch are at the far left.

Photo by Brian J. Nelson