(July 10, 2012) – AMA Pro Racing makes its 30th consecutive trip to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course this weekend for the Buckeye SuperBike Weekend presented by Dunlop Tire
Round 7 of 12 of the nation’s top motorcycle racing series brings four classes combining for seven races to the track’s 15-turn, 2.4-mile configuration. The weekend is headlined by the Wiseco SuperBike 100 Doubleheader featuring AMA Pro’s top class, National Guard SuperBike. The GoPro Daytona SportBike and Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport classes will each compete twice and a single Vance & Hines XR1200 race fill up the schedule.
“Our history at Mid-Ohio was made in auto racing but what most people don’t realize is that motorcycles have been competing here for 30 years,” said Craig Rust, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course president. “The speed these guys reach on two wheels is amazing, it truly is a spectacular event to see live!”
Though there are dozens of hours of track time between practices, qualifying and races, there is plenty to be seen off track, including a fireworks display on Saturday night and motorcycle stunt shows team BikeStyles performing in the upper paddock throughout the weekend.
Prior to the races on Saturday and Sunday, fans with Pit and Paddock Passes are able to get onto pit lane for a fan walk and autograph opportunities. Bikes and riders from all four classes will be on the grid during the fan walks making for a packed pit lane.
Josh Hayes (#1) has won eight of the 11 AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike races this year as well as three of the last six contests at Mid-Ohio. He currently leads the championship by 37 points over rival Blake Young. In AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike, Martin Cardenas has put together a nice year with six wins and a 51-point lead over second place Jason DiSalvo, but hasn’t had much luck at Mid-Ohio with just two podiums in his last eight races.
A number of track day coaches from The Mid-Ohio School’s Performance Track Riding program are set to compete this weekend including Justin Neyra (#55) in SuperBike; Allan Pett (#66), Brandon Schweitzer (#816) and Ryan Kerr (#28) in SuperSport; and Pete Cline (#26) in XR1200. There is additional local interest in the National Guard SuperBike class with Hebron, Ohio native Larry Pegram typically running near the front of the pack.
Weekend tickets start at $60 and daily tickets at $40. General parking is free and children 12 and under are also admitted free. Visit midohio.com
anytime or call 800-MID-OHIO (643-6446) Monday through Friday from 8 a.m- 5 p.m. to order tickets or for more information.
A comprehensive motorsports facility, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course features a permanent road-racing circuit with two primary configurations: a 2.4-mile, 15 turn, and a 2.25- mile, 13-turn circuit. The park-like, 330-acre complex is located in Lexington, Ohio, near Mansfield, 60 miles north of Columbus and 75 miles south of Cleveland. The track has been called the most competitive course in the U.S. and annually hosts a diverse lineup of locally, regionally and nationally sanctioned racing events for amateur, club and professional drivers and riders. Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course opened in 1962 and is owned and operated by Green Savoree Mid-Ohio, LLC.