MotoAmerica Motorcycle Racing Returns to Road Atlanta

Elena Myers -- Pretty fast on pink.
Elena Myers — Pretty fast in pink.

Watching motorcycles race on the twelve turns in 2.54 miles at the Road Atlanta racetrack (near the little spot on the map known as Chestnut Mountain, GA) doesn’t sound as exciting as riding your own motorcycle on the exhilarating Tail of the Dragon, on Route 129 in North Carolina, with its 318 curves in 11 miles.

Racers and riders are much more safe at Road Atlanta, so are spectators, especially over the weekend of April 17-19, 2015.

That’s when MotoAmerica racing comes back to one of America’s great road racing tracks.

Elena Myers in the lead!
Elena Myers in the lead!

Please Note:  On Saturday afternoon, spectators can bring their own motorcycles out to experience a parade lap around the track. For just $10, you can tell your friends that you rode a lap at Road Atlanta on your own bike!

Many other racers are expected to vie for top honors, of course, although my hopes are set on watching Elena Myers show the boys how to whip a bike all the way to the winner’s circle at MotoAmerica.

The MotoAmerica Honda Superbike Challenge of Atlanta is going to be one seriously action-packed weekend and we don’t want you to miss out on any of it! Check out these tips and information to make the most of your time here.

Where to watch from:

  • Turn One – Catch all the action as the bikes roar down the front straight through the uphill Turn One and into Turn Two. You can also view the start of the race and the first rider taking the checkered flag, as well as see the bustle of pit lane activity in the main paddock
  • Spectator Hill – Sit high above the track surface and see the bikes make their way through the twisty esses and steep elevation changes that this section of the circuit is known for!
  • Turn 10 Complex – Enjoy the view from the terrace seating down the back stretch, where bikes reach speeds up to 180 miles per hour as they enter turns 10a and 10b before blasting under the Turn 11 bridge

Class Breakdown:

  • Superbike – As the premier class of the MotoAmerica Championship, the Superbike class is full of household racing names, many of which have multiple Superbike seasons under their belts. Expect close, hard-fought battles with a few surprises at every track.
  • Superstock 1000 – Superbike and Superstock 1000 will compete alongside each other on the racetrack, and both run the same Dunlop K448 front and K449 rear slick tires, but the classes are scored separately. Based on this list, Superstock 1000 has the greatest variety of brand participation of any of MotoAmerica’s five classes, with two Aprilias, four Yamahas, a BMW, a Ducati, and an EBR.
  • Supersport- Rich with experience and talent, Supersport may be MotoAmerica’s most hotly contested class, not to mention a stepping stone to overseas competition. It’s a class currently made up of mostly Yamaha riders with everything to prove – and the means to do it.
  • Superstock 600 – No class has more season entries–16–than Superstock 600 (formerly known as SuperSport). This category is earmarked for young riders to compete aboard middleweight sportbikes with relatively light modifications and DOT-approved Dunlop rubber.

Non-Racing Activities:

  • MotoAmerica Fan Bicycle Challenge (Friday evening) – Challenge yourself and some of MotoAmerica’s top riders as they take a different kind of two-wheeled machine around Road Atlanta’s 2.54-mile circuit. Fans can bring their bicycles on the challenging uphills and tight turns of the track alongside their favorite motorcycle riders.
  • Historic Moto Gran Prix (Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoon) – Witness historic bikes in their natural setting – at speed on the race track. These machines will relive their glory days and you get to be a part of that history!
  • Vendor Village – Featuring displays by Yamaha, Honda, Suzuki, Strider Cup, Bedlam Werks, TT Moto Gear and much more!
  • Live Music in Vendor area
  • Fan Ride – On Saturday afternoon, spectators can bring their own motorcycles out to experience a parade lap around the track. For just $10, you can tell your friends that you rode a lap at Road Atlanta on your own bike!

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About Author

Robert J. Sutherland is a travel writer enjoying life in Gainesville, GA.
Robert has two adult daughters, seven practically perfect grandchildren and a zippy Kawasaki. Contact Robert at [email protected].

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