One of the great debates in the world of superbike racing is which is better – AMA Superbike or British Superbike? Ben Spies’ domination of World Superbike helped the AMA’s case, but the last time the two series went head to head was in 1991 in the Match Races and the AMA boys suffered a sound thrashing by the Brits.
To be fair the AMA squad didn’t have Doug Polen or Fred Merkel. Certainly they would have helped the cause, plus the BSB men were racing on their own tracks (Mallory Park and Brands Hatch), but the bottom line was the BSB team spanked the AMA gang. In fact only Scott Russell and Miguel Duhamel – until he got hurt – made any kind of showing at all for the AMA team.
This photo is during one of the races at Mallory Park at Shaw’s Hairpin.
Carl Fogarty (9) leads on the Silkolene Honda over Ray Stringer (17), John Reynolds (6), Trevor Nation (3), Miguel Duhamel (97), Scott Russell (22), Terry Rymer (1), Ron Haslam (20) and Rob McElnea (8).
I believe the time is right to renew the Match Races. Both championships could use the boost in interest this series could bring. The only thing I would like to see done differently would be to have each team travel to the other’s country on alternate years.