MotoAmerica announces tentative 2015 schedule - No Daytona

Circuit of the Americas to begin 2015 MotoAmerica season, 9 rounds proposed on schedule; Daytona says looking for partner to hold 200

motoamerica announces tentative 2015 schedule no daytona

The new MotoAmerica US superbike championship race series announced its tentative 2015 schedule today, and notable in its absence on the list of racetracks is Daytona. A mainstay on the US professional roadracing calendar since 1961, the omission of Daytona is yet another sign that the MotoAmerica/KRAVE Group are looking to start fresh with the new racing series. There are a total of eight events currently on the schedule, with plans to add a ninth round at a to-be-announced venue. The 2015 MotoAmerica season is set to begin (for two classes only) at Circuit of the Americas during the MotoGP weekend. Two classes will also be running in conjunction with the Indy MotoGP event in August, with the series hopefully ending at the World Superbike event at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca at a still to-be-announced date after the New Jersey Motorsports Park round on September 11-13.

Besides the omission of Daytona, notable inclusions for the 2015 calendar include races at Road Atlanta in April, and Virginia International Raceway in May. Racers and spectators alike mourned the loss of US professional superbike races at those circuits in recent years, with various reasons given for their demise from the previous season schedules; their re-inclusion into the schedule so quickly indicates that both circuits obviously wanted back in to the US series.

The tentative schedule (with the Indy MotoGP date still to be confirmed):

  • April 10-12 Circuit of the Americas – Austin, Texas (2 classes, MotoGP support races)

  • April 17-19 Road Atlanta – Braselton, Georgia

  • May 15-17 Virginia International Raceway (VIR) – Alton, Virginia

  • May 29-31 Road America – Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin

  • June 12-14 Barber Motorsports Park – Birmingham, Alabama

  • August 7-9 Indianapolis Motor Speedway – Indianapolis, Indiana* (2 classes, MotoGP support races)

  • September 11-13 New Jersey Motorsports Park – Millville, New Jersey

  • TBD Laguna Seca – Monterey, California (WSBK Support Race)

“The MotoAmerica Road Racing Series is shaping up nicely,” said Chuck Aksland. “The positive responses from race tracks and the road racing community have been great, and because of this support we were able to build a solid road racing series schedule for 2015. Our aim is to have a nine-race 2015 MotoAmerica Road Racing Championship. We are working on confirmation of an additional venue and hope to have this completed very soon.”

At the same time that MotoAmerica sent out its press release, Daytona International Speedway sent out its own press release stating that, "After having multiple discussions with MotoAmerica/KRAVE regarding a sanction agreement for 2015 Daytona 200, we were unable to find common ground on a business model that would be beneficial for both parties. We wish MotoAmerica/KRAVE the best as they begin their inaugural season in 2015," said DIS President Joie Chitwood III. The release goes on to have Chitwood state that, "We will continue to look for partners to assist in running the Daytona 200.”

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