America’s fastest amateur motorcycle road racers will descend on Barber Motorsports Park in Leeds, Ala., Nov. 2-5 to compete for AMA national championships at the 2017 AMA Road Race Grand Championship.
“Motorcycle road racing showcases not just the enormous talent of the riders, but incredible machines that are packed with cutting-edge technology straight from the showroom floor,” said AMA Track Racing Manager Ken Saillant. “The competition is fierce as the racers push their bikes to the limit, rounding the course at triple-digit speeds. Barber Motorsports Park is a world-class venue that will provide the perfect proving grounds for the race for AMA National No. 1 plates.”
AMA National No. 1 plates go to the winner in each class and run in conjunction with the AMA-sanctioned WERA Grand National Finals, which will award championships in the WERA Vintage Series, WERA Sportsman Series and the Pirelli/WERA National Challenge Series.
The AMA also will award the Nicky Hayden Road Race Horizon Award to one rider who is judged best prepared for the professional ranks, based on attitude, enthusiasm and past performances as an amateur.
The award recently was re-named in honor of 2002 AMA Superbike Champion and 2006 FIM MotoGP World Champion Nicky Hayden, who passed away in May and was the inaugural winner of the AMA Horizon Award in 1997.