SupermotoUSA Joins Corona AMA Superbike Finale

The Evolution of Where The Dirt Meets The Road

MONTEREY, Calif. (September 10, 2008) - The Supermoto USA series is joining the Corona AMA Superbike Finale weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The fans will be totally entertained both on and off the track as there is nothing like the action, sounds, adrenalin pumping, elbows up, foot out and power sliding atmosphere of a Supermoto race.

Originally developed during the late 70's for ABC's Wide World of Sports, Supermoto was a clever way to familiarize Americans with motorcycle racing. Television executives had witnessed the success of the International Race of Champions (IROC) in a series for auto racers of different disciplines racing in a series to determine who was the best of the best, and thought 'hey, let's try it with motorcycles.'

Supermoto is a fusion of dirt track racing, motocross and road racing. It uses a purpose-built track that is a mix of asphalt for speed (road) racing and dirt with flat turns for flat-track racing and rollers and hits for motocross."Racing of this type attracts competitors ranging from the flat tracker who no longer has many venues to race, to people who cannot afford the expense of road racing and even the curious dirt biker," said Brok McAllister, from SupermotoUSA. "The classes range from the bone stock motocrosser to the specialized supermoto machines."

Unlike normal motorcycle racing, the emphasis is on slower (<100 mph), short and twisty tracks, where rider skill matters far more than outright machine performance and features great handlebar-to-handlebar racing action. Getting in and out of a corner and faster making passes on a slippery, off-camber turn requires maximizing the rider's skill and control.

Many of the current AMA and MotoGP riders have fine-tuned their skills on the Supermoto track. Riders such as Colin Edwards, Aaron Yates, Nicky Hayden, Ben and Eric Bostrom, and even Valentino Rossi- all of whom have many hours on a Supermoto track finessing their skill set.

The SupermotoUSA racecourse will be a mix of asphalt and dirt, incorporating both left and right hand turns and jumps. The rules are kept simple, as are the classes. The weekend includes the 2nd Annual Supermoto USA women's only races, featuring the Fast Girls Invitational.

Supermoto has taken off in Europe and is gaining momentum here in the U.S., with the increase in races from the seven held in 2001, to 10 weekends of racing this year. It has been an event in the X-Games for four years as well as being broadcast regularly on the Versus, formally the OLN network.

Race tickets are available for the Corona AMA Superbike Finale Race by calling (800) 327-SECA or logging onto www.laguna-seca.com or www.ticketmaster.com. Race information is also available at www.supermotousa.com.

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca was established in 1957. The world-renowned raceway has been operated since its inception by the Sports Car Racing Association of the Monterey Peninsula (SCRAMP), a not-for-profit 501C(4) corporation. Each race season, SCRAMP donates its net proceeds to the volunteer groups that help put on the races.

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca's world-class 2008 racing schedule includes the Corona AMA Superbike Finale September 27-28 and the Monterey Sports Car Championships featuring the American Le Mans Series October 17-19.