The first AMA Superbike races held at Barber Motorsports Park were won by Aaron Yates and Kurtis Roberts in September of 2003. Yates won race one with Roberts taking race two.
Josh Hayes comes to Barber Motorsports Park as the winningest active racer in the MotoAmerica Series and also at Barber. Hayes has won seven Superbike races in Alabama, but he was shut out there last year. Hayes has 61 AMA Superbike victories to his credit and he's second on the all-time list to Mat Mladin, who has 82 Superbike wins.
Cameron Beaubier will miss his second straight MotoAmerica event as he recovers from shoulder surgery after dislocating his shoulder in a near crash in round eight at the Pittsburgh International Race Complex. Beaubier, who has won the first two MotoAmerica Superbike titles, will be on hand at Barber supporting his team.
Beaubier will be replaced for the second straight race by 2013 Superbike Champion Josh Herrin, the Georgian finishing fourth and sixth in his first two races on Beaubier's Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Factory Racing YZF-R1. Herrin won both of the Bazzaz Superstock 1000 races at Barber last year, en route to taking the championship in that class.
With his 10 wins in the Motul Superbike class thus far in 2017, Toni Elias now has 16 career Superbike wins in just his second season of MotoAmerica racing. Elias is now tied for eighth on the all-time AMA Superbike win list with his childhood hero and MotoAmerica President Wayne Rainey.
Four riders have won Motul Superbike races this season: Elias (10), Cameron Beaubier (5), Roger Hayden (2) and Josh Hayes (1).
Toni Elias gave Suzuki its 192nd and 193rd Superbike wins with his two victories at New Jersey Motorsports Park. Honda is second on the all-time list with 116 victories while Yamaha's 106 wins puts them third.
Elias also gave Suzuki its 14th AMA Superbike title when he took the title last week in New Jersey. With those 14 titles, Suzuki tops the all-time list. Kawasaki is next on the list with nine titles with Honda and Yamaha at eight and seven, respectively.
Roger Hayden and Toni Elias split race wins at Barber Motorsports Park last year. Hayden won race one with Elias second and Elias won race two with Hayden second. Cameron Beaubier finished third in both races.
JD Beach would like to replicate the weekend he had at Barber last year when he won both Supersport races in June. The man with the hand in the class this year, however, is Beach's Yamaha teammate Garrett Gerloff, the Texan with a firm grasp on the title for a second straight season after winning his seventh race in a row last week in New Jersey.
Bryce Prince was the king of the Superstock 600 class last year at Barber, the Californian winning both races en route to taking the title. Prince now races in the Bazzaz Superstock 1000 class.
The KTM RC Cup races last year were won by Brandon Paasch and Anthony Mazziotto III. Paasch won't be racing this weekend in Alabama as he heads to England for a round of the British Superbike Series; Mazziotto, meanwhile, will be racing in the Superstock 600 class after winning race two in his native New Jersey a week ago.
This marks the first time in MotoAmerica history that the series will conclude at the 2.38-mile Barber Motorsports Park. For its first two seasons, the series ended at New Jersey Motorsports Park.