Yamaha Motor Corporation USA has announced its 2019 contingency program with $614,800 earmarked for the MotoAmerica Series.
Yamaha’s biggest contingency is in the premier MotoAmerica Superbike class with the manufacturer to offer $10,000 for a win, $5000 for second, $2500 for third, $1000 for fourth and $500 for fifth. That means a victory in a MotoAmerica Superbike class on a Yamaha will earn the rider/team $15,000 when Yamaha’s $10,000 payout is combined with $5000 from MotoAmerica.
Yamaha is posting contingency in all five of MotoAmerica’s classes. In Supersport, the payout is as follows: $3000 for a win, $2000 for second place and $1000 for third. Stock 1000 and Twins Cup will feature identical payouts of $1000 to win, $750 for second and $500 for third. The Junior Cup program pays $2500 for a win, $1000 for second, $750 for third, $300 for fourth and $100 for fifth. Yamaha has also added a Top R3 program that will pay $250 to the top finishing Yamaha R3.
Yamaha has also announced that the new balancing strategy for the 2019 MotoAmerica Junior Cup Championship will allow the use of a Genuine Yamaha Technology Racing (GYTR) performance kit for the YZF-R3. Tested by Yamaha, the kit is approved by the FIM for competition use and includes pistons, camshafts, air funnels, gaskets and build specifications. It will be sold to licensed road racers only, with priority given to MotoAmerica Junior Cup competitors, according to Yamaha. Kits will be available in limited supply, and pricing and availability will be released shortly.
“Yamaha has stepped up again with a solid contingency program for the 2019 MotoAmerica Series,” said MotoAmerica president Wayne Rainey. “And this is in addition to the rest of the support they continue to bring to the series with the factory Superbike team and their support of other teams and racers. It’s also good to see that they’ve come out with a race kit for the R3, which will bring even more parity to the Junior Cup class. We can’t wait to get this season started.”
MotoAmerica’s purse payout for the 2019 season is set at $1,430,000 across all five classes of racing.
The 10-round MotoAmerica Series gets rolling at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, April 5-7, and concludes at Barber Motorsports Park, September 20-22.
The 2019 MotoAmerica Series schedule is as follows:
April 5-7 – Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, Braselton, Georgia
April 12-14 – Circuit of The Americas, Austin, Texas
May 4-5 – VIRginia International Raceway, Alton, Virginia
May 31-June 2 – Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin
June 15-16 – Utah Motorsports Campus, Grantsville, Utah
July 12-14 – WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, Monterey, California
August 10-11 – Sonoma Raceway, Sonoma, California
August 23-25 – Pittsburgh International Race Complex, Wampum, Pennsylvania
September 7-8 – New Jersey Motorsports Park, Millville, New Jersey
September 20-22 – Barber Motorsports Park, Birmingham, Alabama