All You Need to Know about the West Coast Moto Jam
Infineon Raceway will host the AMA Pro Road Racing Championship, stacked with the top motorcycle road-racers in the country, at the West Coast Moto Jam. The weekend will feature double-header racing in the series' premier AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike, AMA Pro Daytona SportBike, and AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport classes.
New for 2011 will be the AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Series, whose big-twin Harley-Davidson XR1200s will run a one-race battle over the weekend. The weekend will also feature the return of the TTXGP North American Championship electric, zero carbon motorcycles.
May 11-15. This is Round 2 on the 2011 AMA Pro Road Racing calendar. Overall, there will be seven main events on Saturday and Sunday of race weekend (May 14-15).
Infineon Raceway is a 12-turn, 2.32-mile road course for all AMA Pro-sanctioned events.
National Guard SuperBike and Daytona SportBike main events will span 22 laps. Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport main events are 18 laps. The Vance & Hines XR1200 and TTXGP events will be 11 laps.
National Guard SuperBike: Josh Hayes (Monster Energy Graves Yamaha). Hayes won both main events; Daytona SportBike: Race 1, Danny Eslick (GEICO/RMR Suzuki); Race 2, Martin Cardenas (Team M4 Suzuki); Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport: Race 1, Elena Myers (SuzukiScoopFans Racing); Race 2, Cameron Beaubier (Crozier Motorsports).
National Guard SuperBike: Ben Spies (Suzuki) 84.365 mph, 2008; Daytona SportBike: Tommy Aquino (Yamaha) 84.843 mph, 2010; Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport: Cameron Beaubier (Yamaha) 86.225 mph, 2010.
WHAT TO EXPECT:
Josh Hayes dominated at Infineon Raceway in 2010, sweeping the SuperBike doubleheader en route to his first-ever SuperBike championship. … Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Blake Young swept the 2011 season-opening double-header at Daytona International Speedway in SuperBike. ... Discovery Bay’s Elena Myers became the first female in history to win an AMA Pro Road Race when she took the checkers in Sonoma in the SuperSport class in 2010. … Martin Cardenas and Danny Eslick split SportBike wins in Sonoma last year. … Ben Bostrom (Petaluma High graduate) is racing SuperBike for Jordan Suzuki in 2011. … Steve Rapp (Acalanes High graduate) will ride in the new AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 series. Rapp will ride for Parts Unlimited. … Vacaville’s Joey Pascarella won the 2010 SuperSport West Division Championship and has moved up to the Daytona SportBike class for 2011. … In addition to AMA Pro Road Racing, fans will be treated to Supermoto USA, Flat Track, TTXGP electric motorcycles and AHRMA National Vintage Motocross over race weekend. … The race weekend kicks off on Wednesday, May 11, with a 3Js Motorcycle Track Day and Motorcycle Drag Racing at Infineon Raceway. On Thursday, May 12, LeoVince will host the 6th annual LeoVince Grape Crushers Run.
- Supermoto USA: Supermoto USA returns for the sixth consecutive year to the Infineon Raceway Karting Center with racing slated for Friday-Sunday.
- AHRMA National Vintage Motocross: New for 2011 will be the AHRMA Legends of Motocross Nationals in the hills behind Turn 7. Legendary motocross racer and Bay Area resident Brad Lackey will host two rounds of vintage racing on Saturday and Sunday, plus a vintage swap meet and vintage bike show.
- TTXGP North American Championship: Zero-carbon motorcycle racing comes to Sonoma for a second year with two feature races, one for the newly created Formula 75 class, as well as the premier Formula GP.
- Flat Track: Flat Track will take place on a quarter-mile oval created behind the Turn 9 Terrace with Eddie Mulder’s West Coast Dirt Track Series.
- There will also be a motorcycle art show, Grape Crushers Run motorcycle ride, rider autograph sessions, Track Talk Q&A sessions and more. Please visit www.infineonraceway.com for a full list of weekend activities.
LEGENDS IN SONOMA:
Fans will be treated to a glimpse of racing history with the Legends in Sonoma program. The raceway will honor two-wheel legends Brad Lackey, Rich Oliver and Scott Russell. The legends will be featured during an autograph session on Saturday at 10:30 a.m., as well as a Track Talk Q&A session on Sunday at 11 a.m. in the Wine Country Winner’s Circle. These racers will also be honored during pre-race ceremonies on Sunday.
SCHEDULE HIGHLIGHTS (all times Pacific):
Friday: Daytona SportBike Practice, Noon – 12:50 p.m.; National Guard SuperBike Practice, 1 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.; SuperSport Practice, 2 p.m. – 2:40 p.m.; Daytona SportBike Qualifying 1, 2:50 p.m. – 3:35 p.m.; National Guard SuperBike Qualifying 1, 3:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.; SuperSport Qualifying 1, 4:40 p.m. – 5:20 p.m.; TTXGP Practice, 5:30p.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday: SuperSport Qualifying 2, 8:10 a.m. – 8:40 a.m.; Daytona SportBike Qualifying 2, 8:50 a.m. – 9:35 a.m.; National Guard SuperBike Qualifying 2, 9:45 a.m. – 10:25 a.m.; XR1200 Practice, 10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.; TTXGP Practice, 11:50 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.; SuperSport Race 1 (18 Laps), 1 p.m.; Daytona SportBike Race 1 (22 Laps), 2 p.m.; National Guard SuperBike Race 1 (22 Laps), 3:15 p.m.; XR1200 Qualifying, 4:15 p.m. – 5 p.m.; TTXGP Qualifying, 5:05 p.m. – 5:35 p.m.
Sunday: XR1200 Warm-Up, 8:30 a.m. – 8:50 a.m.; SuperSport Warm-Up, 9 a.m. – 9:20 a.m.; Daytona SportBike Warm-Up, 9:30 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.; National Guard SuperBike Warm-Up, 10 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.; TTXGP Race 1 (11 Laps), 11:25 a.m. – 11:55 a.m.; XR1200 Race (11 Laps), 12:30 p.m.; SuperSport Race 2 (18 Laps), 1:15 p.m.; Daytona SportBike Race 2 (22 Laps), 2:15 p.m.; National Guard SuperBike Race 2 (22 Laps), 3:30 p.m.; TTXGP Race 2 (11 Laps), 4:30 p.m. For complete schedule, visit infineonraceway.com.
TELEVISION (all times Pacific):
Saturday, May 14: 7 p.m. (Daytona SportBike Race 1), 8 p.m. (American SuperBike Race 1), SPEED.
Sunday, May 15: 9 p.m. (Daytona SportBike Race 2), 10 p.m. (American SuperBike Race 2), SPEED.
Friday, May 13: $15; Saturday, May 14: $35; Sunday, May 15: $35. Five-day pass, $60. Children 12-and-under are FREE and parking is FREE. Military and group discounts available. Call 800-870-RACE (7723) or visit infineonraceway.com/ama