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Big changes coming to AMA Superbike racing
April 18, 2008
The Daytona Motorsports Group laid out its vision for the future of AMA Superbike racing, and as expected, it’s a significant shift from the status quo.
It was noted following the original DMG press conference at Daytona that while Roger Edmondson promised that the Superbike class would return to the Daytona 200 in 2009 he never specified in exactly what form. That has now been detailed.
The newly-dubbed premier class, ‘Daytona Superbikes,’ will somewhat resemble the current middleweight-based Formula Xtreme class in terms of engine configuration mix while ranking closer to Supersport in terms of allowable modifications -- with some major additions, including single tire and fuel suppliers, targeted and specified power-to-weight ratio (rider included), regular ECU exchanges, and the use of ‘homologated, available, and affordable aftermarket components only.’
The new class is being formulated to maximize both its competitiveness and manufacturer participation with rules designed to create parity for twins, triples, and fours (ten brands were specifically mentioned as having eligible machinery at the present -- Ducati 848 e 1000SS, Buell XB12R, Aprilia Tuono, Bimota DB5, Suzuki SV650 ).
The Daytona Superbike class will run a race on Saturday and Sunday of each weekend.
Sitting alongside the Daytona Superbikes is the LiterBike class (looking to be similar to the pre-DMG proposed ’09 Superbike rules with the addition of spec tires and specified maximum and minimum levels of participation to remain eligible), Moto-ST (with three twin-based classes running at once), and a fourth ‘specialty class’ such as the Red Bull Rookies Cup.
Additional details will be forthcoming but it is already clear that DMG is making good on their promise to push the series forward in a new direction.
Source: AMA Superbike.com
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Last edited by Technocrat : 21st April 2008 at 17:19. Reason: added source of Information
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