AMA Pro Road Racing Slated to Heat up Sonoma for Great Clips West Coast Moto Jam at Infineon Raceway
NEWS May 4, 2012
Photo by Brian J. Nelson
SONOMA, Calif. (May 2, 2012) – Infineon Raceway has been a staple on the AMA Pro Road Racing calendar for over four decades, and the series makes a return to the picturesque 2.32-mile natural road course located in Sonoma, Calif. this weekend for the Great Clips West Coast Moto Jam. Based on the fierce battles witnessed during the opening two rounds of the 2012 season, the cool climate of California’s wine country is set to turn red hot beginning with the first official practice session, scheduled for Friday, May 4 at 12:00 p.m. noon.
SPEED will once again feature the AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike and AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike race finals in a set of same-day delayed broadcasts scheduled to begin during primetime on Saturday at 8:00 p.m. ET (5:00 p.m. PT) and on Sunday at 11:00 p.m. ET (8:00 p.m. PT).
Follow along live as the AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport and AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Series riders battle it out by logging onto http://www.speed2.com. SPEED2 is a broadband service available to customers of Time Warner, Bright House Networks, Cablevision, DISH and Cox. For more information and instructions on gaining access to all of the AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com and AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Series races, please review the SPEED2 FAQ located at http://www.speed2.com/faq.
Live Timing & Scoring of all on-track sessions is available at http://live.amaproracing.com/rr/. Between the races, stay connected with AMA Pro Road Racing at www.twitter.com/AMAProSBK and www.facebook.com/AMAProRoadRacing; keep up with Infineon Raceway at http://twitter.com/infineonraceway and http://www.facebook.com/infineonraceway.
AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike
There are 21 AMA Pro National Guard SuperBikes representing six manufacturers entered for this weekend’s doubleheader, led in the point standings by two-time defending Champ Josh Hayes (No. 1 Monster Energy Graves Yamaha YZF-R1) and hard-charging Blake Young (No. 79 Yoshimura Racing Suzuki GSX-R1000).
Hayes is the only entered rider with an AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike win to his credit at Infineon Raceway and his riding prowess at the track makes him a solid prospect for success this weekend. His breakthrough National Guard SuperBike win came here in 2009 over Mat Mladin, and he has taken victory by at least three seconds in four of the last six National Guard SuperBike races here. Hayes has also turned in consistent fast qualifying times in Sonoma to capture two consecutive pole positions; his qualifying lap in 2011 was 1:35.717, just .006 seconds off of his 2010 pole time of 1:35.711.
His strategy during both of his championship-winning seasons involved grabbing the all-important bonus points for fastest qualifier and lap leader as often as possible, and he is on a similar track this season. Although the 2012 National Guard SuperBike wins are split 2-2 between Hayes and Young, the Mississippian has grabbed every available bonus point and leads the Wisconsin-native 116-110 in the point standings heading into this weekend’s doubleheader.
Despite Hayes’ strength in Sonoma, success isn’t guaranteed. Young’s dramatic and inspirational victory in Race 1 at Road Atlanta last month served as a notice that his championship aspirations are as strong as ever and that he has the mettle to clinch victories against the odds. Young’s late-race talents are remarkable, as is his ability to overcome issues throughout the weekend leading up to the race and then turn it on and find the winning pace when it matters the most. If Young wins, it will likely be a battle to the end; of his 12 National Guard SuperBike victories, only one has been taken by more than a second.
Suzuki is the outright leader in National Guard SuperBike wins at Infineon with 19, including the win of Young’s former teammate Tommy Hayden over Hayes in Race 2 last year. This season, Young is joined by Chris Clark (No. 6 Yoshimura Racing Suzuki GSX-R1000) and the young talent has already shown speed, posting lap times within a second of his veteran teammate during a test at Homestead-Miami Speedway in March.
The latest addition to the National Guard SuperBike division is Hayes’ teammate on the Monster Energy Graves Yamaha squad, Josh Herrin (No. 2 Monster Energy Graves Yamaha YZF-R1). Herrin has enjoyed a relatively speedy transition to the class and the more powerful 1000cc Yamaha flagship, grabbing hole shots and taking home a set of podiums in just his second event weekend. The rising star has been strong here, earning a podium finish in each of the three years that he competed in AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike with a best result of second place in the 2010 running.
Roger Hayden (No. 54 National Guard Jordan Suzuki GSX-R1000) has taken two thirds and two fourths in 2012 and will almost certainly be challenging for race wins this season, if not this weekend. The Kentucky-native was riding as hard as any National Guard SuperBike rider at Road Atlanta two weeks ago, and is just missing that tenth or two required to become the new fixture in a 2012 version of last year’s Hayes/Young/Hayden trio.
Hayden’s teammate on the Michael Jordan Motorsports roster, Ben Bostrom (No. 23 Jordan Suzuki GSX-R1000), has had an uncharacteristic and frustrating start to the season and will look to this event to bolster his 2012 effort. Born in Redding, Calif. and now residing in Malibu, Bostrom performs well at this second-home track, posting two runner-up results in National Guard SuperBike in 2010 and taking the AMA Pro SuperSport race win during the 2008 season.
Larry Pegram (No. 72 Foremost Insurance/Pegram Racing BMW S1000RR) currently sits fifth in the standings on the strength of three top-five finishes. The Ohio native would likely have been higher except for a slight miscue in Race 1 at Road Atlanta that left him with a 12th place result. Pegram has had a number of intense battles recently with Steve Rapp (No. 15 Motorcycle-Superstore.com/Big Kahuna/LeoVince Attack Kawasaki ZX-10), who sits just one point back.
The riding style of Chris Fillmore (No. 16 KTM/HMC Racing KTM RC8R) lends itself to natural road courses and his recent six- and seventh-place finishes at Road Atlanta are a testament to that fact. Stefan Nebel (No. 12 KTM/HMC Racing KTM RC8R) joins Fillmore this weekend on the KTM/HMC Racing team in his debut AMA Pro Road Racing event. The German standout is a 2-time IDM Superbike Champion and former IDM Superstock Champion and will compete in six rounds this season. Fillmore’s 2011 AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Series win and trio of top 10 GoPro Daytona SportBike performances at Infineon combined with the fact that Nebel has been with the KTM brand since the beginning of the KTM 1190 RC8 Superbike project are positive indicators for the Austrian manufacturer.
Robertino Pietri (No. 3 Team Venezuela Suzuki GSX-R1000) has had a consistent return to AMA Pro Road Racing and enters this weekend ninth in the points. The Venezuelan posted a front-row qualifying effort in AMA Superstock during the 2007 event at Infineon and has made steady improvements since coming on board with his new team in March.
Representing the newest marque in the field, Geoff May (No. 99 AMSOIL Hero Moto EBR 1190RS) is joined on the Erik Buell Racing squad for the 2012 season by two-time AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Champion Danny Eslick (No. 69 Hero Moto EBR 1190RS). Still a relatively new team/manufacturer/bike, May made it look pure class at Road Atlanta; only a Sunday mechanical mishap could prevent him from taking a pair of top fives. Eslick’s consistent top 10 results will likely be bettered round after round as he acclimates himself to the larger machine after spending the last two seasons piloting a Suzuki GSX-R600.
The EBR 1190RS is the second-most populous brand in the field. The brand’s third entry is privateer Shawn Higbee (No. 19 CrotchRocket.tv/Higbee-Racing EBR 1190RS), who has mounted a grassroots effort with backing from Rob Weaver and CrotchRocket.tv. Fans can logon to the video-centric motorcycling entertainment website at http://www.crotchrocket.tv to follow along with behind-the-scenes video content as Higbee works to develop the only American-made brand in National Guard SuperBike.
Sitting 12th in the standings, Jake Holden (No. 59 EvanSteelPerformance.com BMW S1000RR) has a 2008 AMA Superstock win at Infineon to his credit and was the runner-up in last year’s GoPro Daytona SportBike Race 1. Taylor Knapp (No. 44 Riders Discount/Vesrah Suzuki GSX-R1000), David Anthony (No. 25 Kneedraggers.com/ Motul/Fly Racing Suzuki GSX-R1000) and Chris Ulrich (No. 18 M4 Roadracingworld.com Suzuki GSX-R1000) round out the Top 15 in the points heading to Infineon.
The National Guard SuperBike division will kick off the weekend with a Friday practice session at 12:00 noon and basic qualifying at 3:00 p.m. Grids will be set after Saturday morning’s final qualifying session at 9:50 a.m., followed by Race 1 at 3:15 p.m. The weekend’s festivities will close out on Sunday with AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Race 2 scheduled to go green at 3:30 p.m.
AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike
With an impressive and deep talent pool making up the 31 AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike field for this weekend’s Great Clips West Coast Moto Jam at Infineon Raceway, no rider has a clear-cut advantage heading to the 2.32-mile natural road course in Sonoma, Calif.
Series points leader Martin Cardenas (No. 36 GEICO Suzuki GSX-R600) is a likely front-runner. The 2010 Champion competed in AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike last season and has returned to AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike stronger than ever. During his 2009 and 2010 seasons in AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike, Cardenas won 16 times but only locked up one pole position; this year he has taken two poles and as many wins with just three races in the books. The Colombian, who has won half of the GoPro Daytona SportBike races contested at Infineon Raceway, now leads the points by 20 markers and will look to widen that gap to strengthen his hopes for a championship repeat.
In last year’s contest, Jason DiSalvo (No. 40 Team Latus Motors Racing Triumph Daytona 675) took pole position and then led a confident march to victory, finishing at least four seconds ahead of the field in both race finals. The New Yorker had an impressive run at the 2012 season-opening DAYTONA® 200 and although he suffered mechanical woes in Round 2 at Road Atlanta, his determination and the strength of his team make him a sure bet for a top finish this weekend at Infineon.
One of the most impressive rising stars in GoPro Daytona SportBike, Dane Westby (No. 5 M4 Suzuki GSX-R600) earned his maiden AMA Pro victory last season at Mid-Ohio and is poised to take home another one very soon. Westby, whose top result at Infineon is a third-place finish earned during the 2010 season, finished fifth after leading seven laps of this year’s DAYTONA® 200 and took home second- and third-place results at Road Atlanta to lock in second position in the point standings.
The Y.E.S. Graves Motorsports team was plagued by early-season injuries to its young talent and enlisted the support of AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike veteran Tommy Hayden (No. 8 Y.E.S. Graves Yamaha YZF-R6) as a substitute for Garrett Gerloff. Even though he hadn’t competed on a 600cc machine in several seasons, the multi-class AMA Pro Champion found success immediately in the highly-competitive class, taking home third- and second-place results at Road Atlanta after race-long battles with Westby. Hayden’s last outing at Infineon Raceway resulted in a National Guard SuperBike Race 2 win over Josh Hayes.
This weekend marks the return of Cameron Beaubier (No. 6 Y.E.S. Graves Motorsports Yamaha YZF-R6). Beaubier, who took home the final spot on the podium at the DAYTONA® 200 in March before suffering a knee injury, is healthy and ready to be back. At Infineon Raceway in 2010, he led Huntley Nash (No. 75 LTD Racing Yamaha YZF-R6) to the line for his second career victory during the last season the two competed in AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport.
Joey Pascarella (No. 52 SGA Racing/Yamaha Champions Riding School Yamaha YZF-R6) became the 71st winner of the DAYTONA® 200 after an incredible performance at Daytona International Speedway in March. The 2010 AMA Pro SuperSport West Division Champion was nearly without a ride for the remainder of the season until a last-minute collaboration came together between The Jon Block Group and SGA/Katra Racing - Yamaha Champions Riding School. The local star, who hails from Vacaville, Calif., posted a pair of top 10 finishes at Road Atlanta two weeks ago and heads to his home track fourth in the point standings.
Jake Zemke (No. 98 Ducshop Racing Ducati 848) has two AMA Formula Xtreme wins to his credit at Infineon Raceway (2005, 2008), along with several podium finishes in National Guard SuperBike and AMA Superstock. The Californian has found his pace after just two rounds with his new team, turning in a sixth place finish at Daytona and two fourth place results at Road Atlanta.
Another rider that has posted solid results with a new team, local rider Bobby Fong (No. 50 Meen Motorsports Racing Yamaha YZF-R6) is now sixth in the point standings after two sixth place finishes at Road Atlanta. Fong, who lives in nearby Stockton, Calif., considers this his home track and will have a large number of family and friends in attendance.
J.D. Beach (No. 95 RoadRace Factory/Red Bull Yamaha YZF-R6) and teammate Jake Gagne (No. 132 RoadRace Factory/Red Bull Yamaha YZF-R6), sit in seventh and ninth positions in the standings, respectively. The two rising stars, both of which have Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup Championships to their credit, are settling in with their upstart team. Gagne’s fifth-place finish in Race 2 at Road Atlanta is their best to date.
Cory West (No. 57 Riders Discount Vesrah Suzuki GSX-R600) leapt to seventh in the standings after his top five finish in Race 1 at Road Atlanta but his Race 2 crash resulted in a 28th place finish that puts him in 10th position. The Riders Discount Vesrah Suzuki crew has another rider in their stable that has had some difficulty early on but promises to be a threat this season in Benny Solis (No. 35 Riders Discount Vesrah Suzuki GSX-R600), exemplified by his ninth-place finish in Race 2 at Road Atlanta.
Huntley Nash (No. 75 LTD Racing Yamaha YZF-R6), Michael Beck (No. 60 Full Tuck Racing Yamaha YZF-R6), Cameron Beaubier (No. 6 Y.E.S. Graves Motorsports Yamaha YZF-R6), Barrett Long (No. 29 Longevity Racing Ducati 848) and Austin Dehaven (No. 56 Kneedraggers.com/Triple Crown Industries Yamaha YZF-R6) round out the top 15 in the standings heading into this weekend.
AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike riders will take to the track for practice on Friday at 1:00 p.m., followed by their first qualifying session at 4:00 p.m. Grid positions will be set after Saturday morning’s 8:55 a.m. final group qualifying sessions and the class will take on Infineon Raceway in a set of 22-lap race finals, scheduled for Saturday, May 5 at 2:00 p.m. and Sunday, May 6 at 2:15 p.m. local time.
AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport
This weekend’s Great Clips West Coast Moto Jam at Infineon Raceway is the first chance for AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport riders with a West Division declaration to put some more points on the board. The field of 48 pre-entered riders is still growing, with post-entry available for this class until Friday morning.
AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport West points leader and defending series champion James Rispoli (No. 1 Celtic Racing/Orient Express Racing Suzuki GSX-R600) heads to the 2.32-mile natural road course in Sonoma, Calif. with a five point lead over Elena Myers (No. 21 SuzukiScoopFans on Facebook Suzuki GSX-R600). Rispoli, who has never competed in and AMA Pro event at Infineon, has been somewhat of a Race 1 winner this season, taking home a victory in Race 1 at Daytona International Speedway in March and grabbing a non-points paying victory in Race 1 at the Triumph Big Kahuna Atlanta two weeks ago.
California-native Myers is the only active AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport rider with a win to her credit at Infineon. Her 2010 Race 1 victory here made her the first female to win a professional AMA Pro Road Racing sprint race, and the Race 2 win she claimed earlier this year at Daytona International Speedway gave her the record as the first female to win a professional motorsports event at the “World Center of Racing.” Those accolades aside, Myers has put together a string of impressive finishes around the country and is guaranteed to be competitive this weekend.
2011 AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport East Division runner-up Hayden Gillim (No. 69 RoadRace Factory Yamaha YZF-R6) has transferred regions for 2012 and sits third in the points heading to California. Gillim’s teammate Tomas Puerta (No. 12 RoadRace Factory/American Supercamp Yamaha YZF-R6) is one of six East Division riders on the entry list.
Fourth in the standings, Sebastiao Ferreira (No. 73 Life in Christ Race Team Yamaha YZF-R6) took home a top five result in Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport Race 2 during last year’s contest. Just behind him is Travis Ohge (No. 4 Meen Motorsports/Graves Motorsports Yamaha YZF-R6), whose podium result in Race 2 at Infineon is tied for his career-best finish with the third place he garnered at Miller Motorsports Park that same year.
Rocco Horvath (No. 14 Kneedraggers.com ·Motul ·FLY Racing Yamaha YZF-R6), Charles Weaver (No. 13 Racer13.com ·Pacific Track Time Yamaha YZF-R6), Ryan Matter (No. 222 Citizens of Humanity Suzuki GSX-R600), Colter Dimick (No. 606 Gearzy Yamaha YZF-R6) and Javelin Broderick (No. 814 Dynojet Research ·Diablo Racing Yamaha YZF-R6) round out the top 10 in the AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport West Division point standings.
The out-of-region Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport East Division riders that are entered include notable riders Corey Alexander (No. 5 National Guard/ Fairhills Group Suzuki GSX-R600), Stefano Mesa (No. 37 Kneedragger.com/ Galfer Yamaha YZF-R6), Jake Lewis (No. 85 Riders Discount/ Vesrah Suzuki GSX-R600), Dustin Dominguez (No. 68 Castrol/Triumph/GE Capital Triumph Daytona 675) and Zach Herrin (No. 17 Graves Motorsports Yamaha YZF-R6).
AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com is a post-entry class and often features a strong local talent draw. This event will feature California riders Elena Myers, Charles Weaver, Ryan Matter, Andrew Artola (No. 36 Attack Performance/ Arai/ West Yamaha YZF-R6), Roi Holster (No. 7 Napacom Racing ·Mach One Motorsports Yamaha YZF-R6), Jeremy Simmons (No. 195 Impact Racing Yamaha YZF-R6) and Nicholas Hayman (No. 30 Munroe Motors ·Ducati Performance Ducati 848).
The first practice and qualifying sessions for the AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport division are scheduled for Friday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., respectively, with the final grid to be set after Saturday morning’s 8:00 a.m. final group qualifying sessions. The first 18-lap race for AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport will begin at 1:00 p.m. local time on Saturday afternoon and the second is slated for 1:15 p.m. on Sunday.
AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Series
The AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Series is an exciting and unique division of AMA Pro Road Racing featuring Harley-Davidson XR1200s modified with a special parts and accessories kit provided by famed tuner Vance & Hines. With two AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Series races completed in the 2012 season, three dominant riders have taken each of the podium spots in hotly-contested and highly-competitive battles.
Tyler O’Hara (No. 29 Bartel’s Harley-Davidson Harley-Davidson XR1200) has made it known that he is a force to be reckoned with. He backed up his breakthrough victory in AMA Pro Road Racing’s inaugural event at Indianapolis Motor Speedway last year with a solid performance in this year’s season-opener at Daytona International Speedway and an impressive point sweep at Road Atlanta. The 25-year-old, who hails from Petaluma, Calif., took his first AMA Pro Road Racing pole position, led the most laps and grabbed the race victory in Braselton, Ga., taking the points lead in the process. O’Hara’s last race at Infineon resulted in a fourth-place finish.
Defending Vance & Hines XR1200 Series Champion Kyle Wyman (No. 33 KWR/ Vesrah/ Kuryakyn Harley-Davidson XR1200) took an early lead with another impressive victory at Daytona International Speedway in March. Despite a Road Atlanta crash in the AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike division that resulted in a broken heal, the New Yorker persevered and gridded up for the Vance & Hines XR1200 Series final. Heading into Turn 10a at Road Atlanta on the sighting lap, Wyman’s Harley-Davidson hit fluid dropped by another competitor which sent him crashing to the ground yet again. Unable to continue on his primary machine, he switched to a back-up bike and started the 10-lap race from the back of the field. In a dedicated march reminiscent of Blake Young’s dramatic come-back in AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Race 1 at Road Atlanta the day before, Wyman picked off competitors lap after lap to finish third and maintain second in the point standings.
O’Hara’s teammate is longtime AMA Pro veteran Michael Barnes (No. 34 Bartel’s Harley-Davidson Harley-Davidson XR1200), who currently sits third in the standings with a season-best finish of second at Road Atlanta. Still looking for his first AMA Pro Vance & Hines Series victory, Barnes has collected four podiums in the class since 2010 including a second-place finish in last year’s race at Infineon Raceway.
Kyle Wyman’s younger brother Travis Wyman (No. 24 Harv’s Harley-Davidson XR1200) is fourth in the Vance & Hines XR1200 Series points heading into the third race weekend of 2012, followed by veteran David Estok (No. 123 Trev Deeley/Ruthless Racing Harley-Davidson XR1200).
Michael Corbino (No. 15 XP Motorsports Harley-Davidson XR1200), Darren James (No. 229 Ruthless/Deeley Racing Harley-Davidson XR1200), Gerry Signorelli (No. 88 Kuryakyn/Racing for a Wish Harley-Davidson XR1200), Bennie Carlson (No. 45 Suburban Harley Davidson ·Bell Harley-Davidson XR1200) and Josh Chisum (No. 10 Bartel’s Harley-Davidson XR1200) hold positions six through 10 in the point standings, respectively, and all but Carlson are entered in this weekend’s event. Chisum is another rider with local ties, hailing from Bakersfield, Calif.
Post-entries for the AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Series are accepted until Saturday morning. The first practice for the class will begin on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and a 45-minute qualifying session starting at 4:15 p.m. will set the XR1200 Series grid and close out the day’s on-track AMA Pro Road Racing activity. The big twins will begin their 11-lap battle at 12:30 p.m. local time on Sunday afternoon.
Great Clips West Coast Moto Jam Event Features
For its 2012 motorcycle weekend, Infineon Raceway has developed a number of new ticket packages and events targeted specifically at those who prefer to do their cruising on two wheels. Here’s a peek at what we have planned for anyone who was “born to ride:”
Ride-In Bike Show
Motorcyclists can show off their rides with parking in the main paddock and a chance to win cash and prizes! A $200 cash prize will be awarded to the top bikes in Vintage, Cruiser and Sportbike classes on Saturday and Sunday. Fans will be able to peruse the show and enjoy the great selection of bikes on display.
Paddock Park & Sell
Have a motorcycle you’re looking to sell? Or perhaps you’re looking to buy? Put your bike in front of thousands of fellow motorcycle enthusiasts. Add this paddock parking pass to your race ticket and sell your bike while watching the races! Only $10.
Representatives from The Moto Shop in South San Francisco will be on-hand to host a do-it-yourself seminar on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. in the Wine Country Winner’s Circle. Topics include how-tos on chain adjustments and tire checks.
In addition, Joanne Donn from GearChic.com will host a Gear 411 seminar on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. in the Panasonic Technology Center. Gear 411 is all about protective motorcycle gear: how to shop for it, what to look for when you're looking for gear and how it's supposed to fit.
Japanese Motorcycle Heritage Foundation Display (JMHF)
The JMHF will host a display of more than 40 Japanese motorcycles in the main paddock, featuring classic bikes from Honda, Yamaguchi, Suzuki and more; some dating as far back as 1942.
Sonoma Drift, powered by NOS Demonstration
Drifting will take to the Sonoma road course on Saturday and Sunday of race weekend. The demonstration will be performed by drifters from the weekly Sonoma Drift, powered by NOS program.
Mat Mladin Featured at Track Talk
Seven-time AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike champion Mat Mladin will be featured in the Wine Country Winner’s Circle on Sunday at 11:45 a.m. for a Track Talk Q&A session with race fans. The raceway will also host a Track Talk Session with current top AMA riders on Saturday at 11 a.m., also in the Winner's Circle.
AMA Pro Rider Autograph Session/Fan Walk
Get autographs from the riders from the AMA Pro Road Racing Series, including defending Sonoma SuperBike champions Josh Hayes and Tommy Hayden, during the Fan Walk on pit lane. The Fan Walk will begin at noon on Saturday and at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday. Fans can enjoy the Fan Walk as well as opening ceremonies by purchasing a Grid Pass.
Clint Ewing Stunt Show
Enjoy sportbike freestyle riding by professional street bike stunt rider Clint Ewing, who will perform three 25-minute stunt shows on Saturday and Sunday in the main paddock.
‘Supermoto Slide’ Demonstration
Top riders from Supermoto USA will slide into the Turn 10 island to perform Supermoto demonstrations on Saturday (noon) and Sunday (11:30 a.m.). To check out Supermoto USA competition, head to the Infineon Raceway Karting Center.
Motorcycle Art Show
Head to the Panasonic Technology Center for the 7th annual Motorcycle Art Show. Several local artists will be featured and admission is free!
Born To Ride
3Js Motorcycle Track Day
Race week starts on Wednesday, May 2, with a motorcycle track day benefitting the Sonoma Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities. The track day includes an event t-shirt, lunch and evening reception. Visit 3JsMotorcycleDays.com for details.
Leo Vince Grape Crushers Run
Enjoy a day of riding through the Sonoma Valley with the Leo Vince Grape Crushers Run on Thursday, May 3.
City Bike Ride to the Races, Sunday, May 6
Meet other riders in San Francisco and ride over the Golden Gate Bridge and through the Marin Headlands to Infineon Raceway! Race & Ride Ticket ONLY $25, a savings of $15 when you buy in advance. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Scott Hartwick at (800) 870-7223 ext 161 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bay Area Riders Forum Flex Ticket
Infineon Raceway has teamed up with Bay Area Rider’s Forum (B.A.R.F.) to bring members a great deal on a flexible ticket. The B.A.R.F. Flex Ticket is only $30 and is good for admission either Saturday or Sunday!
For more information on the Great Clips West Coast Moto Jam or to purchase tickets, call 800-870-RACE (7223) or visit www.infineonraceway.com/ama. Specially-discounted advance pricing ends soon, so act fast!