AMA Pro Supersport Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Preview
Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix
The exciting AMA Pro SuperSport class will show the world just how bright the future is for American motorcycle racing with another race in this year’s AMA Pro SuperSport Championship at the July 23-25, 2010 Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix event at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
The Young Gun class will be racing in company with the World Championship MotoGP event. One key element will be missing though, as last weekend’s double winner J.D. Beach will not be competing in the West Division race. Beach currently leads the East Division point standings over Rockwall Performance Yamaha teammate Cameron Beaubier, who will be racing this weekend. Beaubier will be racing out of his division as he did earlier in the year when he won the Infineon Raceway SuperSport race in May.
Newly crowned West Division Champion Joey Pascarella will be racing at Laguna Seca with a clear mission in mind. Now that he has clinched his Divisional points crown, he is only focused on winning at a track that is one of his favorites. Pascarella and his DNA Energy Drink CNR Motorsports team enjoyed a successful Sunday at Mid-Ohio in clinching his Divisional points title with his sixth place finish.
Another rider who is looking forward to returning to the West Coast is Lucas Oil Roadracingworld.com Suzuki rider Elena Myers. Myers, who hales from Discovery Bay, California, made history earlier this year when she took a well deserved and hard fought victory at the Infineon Raceway event back in May. Myers ran a spectacular race at Infineon and won the race with skill and speed right from the drop of the green flag; she took everything the other top riders in SuperSport could throw at her but she would not be denied and won the race in very convincing fashion to make history in AMA Pro motorcycle racing with the first sprint race professional win for a female rider. Her win was a truly significant event that she backed up the next day by again riding straight to the front when late in the race she was caught up in another rider’s overzealous passing attempt. Myers is in second place in the West Division points, well ahead of third place.
The main protagonists for the Rockwall Performance Yamaha team have been the LTD Racing Yamaha team. Run by racing legend Gary Medley, young riders Huntley Nash, Tomas Puerta and Jake Gagne have all been part of the close racing this year in SuperSport. Gagne, who last competed with LTD Racing at Infineon rejoins the team fresh off of his recent win in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup race at Sachsenring during the German motorcycle GP. Nash won at Road America last month and Puerta continues to accumulate podium finishes as he sits third in East Division points behind only Beach and Beaubier and one point ahead of his teammate Nash.
Another West Coast rider who is rejoining the series is Scott Gilbert on his Team Graves Yamaha. Gilbert had a couple of podium finishes at Auto Club Speedway earlier in the year and also ran well at Infineon. Tyler O’Hara is another rider who raced at Infineon earlier this year and took a couple of podium fishes himself. O’Hara and his GP Bike Parts Mach 1 Yamaha will race in the Top Gun category which enables local riders who posses an Expert Level License from an accredited Road Racing organization to enter and race under the halo of an AMA Pro Road racing event.
Practice begins on Friday, July 23rd, Qualifying and the SuperSport race will be on Saturday, July 24th. The other AMA Pro Road Racing classes along with the MotoGP races will also be taking place during the July 23-25 weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Please visit www.mazdaraceway.com for full schedule and ticket information.