Here’s a rare photo I bet not too many people have. This is Mike Baldwin racing a Vance & Hines Suzuki GSXR750 in the AMA Superbike race at Road Atlanta in May of 1988. It marked Baldwin’s only AMA Superbike appearance on a Suzuki. He finished just off the podium in fourth. Bubba Shobert won the race ahead of Doug Polen and Doug Chandler. This was Baldwin’s final full season of racing. He was floating around a bit getting rides where he could. That year he made some GP appearances with a best finish of 10th at Laguna Seca.
AURORA, Ill. (November 15, 2010) – Feld Motor Sports? announced today a major format change to the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, Lites class race from Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas on May 7. Las Vegas will now serve as the season finale for both the Eastern and Western Regional AMA Supercross Lites class championships before the regions square off in the Dave Coombs Sr. East/West Shootout later that evening.
“Traditionally, the final stop of the Monster Energy Supercross championship crowns the World Supercross class champion, and the Lites class competes for the Dave Coombs Sr. East/West Shootout,” said Todd Jendro, senior director of operations, Feld Motor Sports. “This year the two Lites classes will each compete in their own 15 lap main event with championship points being awarded to their respective region. Once both champions have been awarded their hardware, the top nine finishers from each region’s main event will transfer to the shootout. A last chance qualifier will send two final riders to the much anticipated Dave Coombs Sr. East/West Shootout.”
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki Team Owner/Manager Mitch Payton has guided his team to 15 AMA Supercross Lites titles and welcomes the challenges that the new format presents. “The old format was a no-pressure situation that was enjoyable because it gave an opportunity for both champions to race against each other,” said Payton. “Now that it is for points, the pressure will be higher to try and win a championship for both coasts on the same day. Whatever happens in the championship races, whether good or bad, the emotions will be present in the shootout race and it will definitely make things interesting.”
“I think it will be awesome to see that many champions crowned in one night and for the fans, how great will it be to attend an event where you can see three champions crowned in one night, the World Supercross Champion, both AMA Supercross East and West Lites champions and finally the Dave Coombs Sr. East/West Shootout winner,” said GEICO Powersports Honda’s Wil Hahn, who will contend for a Lites class championship. “Seeing all the racers unite for one huge night of racing will be awesome!”
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s sophomore hot shoe Dean Wilson hopes to give Mitch Payton another AMA Supercross Lites class championship in Las Vegas. “I think it’s going to put a lot more pressure on the riders for that event,” said Wilson. “Normally, the Las Vegas race is a little more relaxed, but the new format will make the night more serious for the teams competing for championships. It could end up being a big night if you win a championship and then the shootout.”
AMA Supercross legend Mike LaRocco, who manages the GEICO Powersports Honda team, said: “I like that the Lites title chase will come right down to the last race of the year. It will keep all the teams and riders in supercross mode until the very end of the season. If things play out right, it could equal one heck of a night of great racing action for the fans.”
“This will be the first time in the sport’s history that the opportunity to crown three champions will unfold at the season finale,” said Dave Prater, director of supercross, Feld Motor Sports. “Fans will have the opportunity to witness three main events as well as the Dave Coombs Sr. East/West Shootout. It’s going to be one incredible night of racing.”
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PICKERINGTON, Ohio — AMA Racing will recognize its first champions of 2011 at the Jan. 22-23 AMA Racing Ice Race Grand Championships. This extreme event, promoted by North American Action Sports (NAAS), will take place at the Birch Run Expo Center in downtown Birch Run, Mich.
“The winter months bring out some of the most dedicated AMA racers, and the best of the best converge on the Ice Race Grand Championships,” said AMA Director of Racing Joe Bromley. “We’re looking forward to working with NAAS to offer our racers a top-level program and a great facility.”
The AMA Racing Ice Race Grand Championships feature classes for riders from 4 years old to 50-plus competing on bikes that range from lightly modified off-road machines to full-on, purpose-built ice racers. Riders will battle for AMA Racing National No. 1 plates in a number of classes. The top riders at the event also will compete for the AMA Racing Ice Racer of the Year award, given to the most impressive rider on the ice, while the youth riders will chase the honor of AMA Racing Youth Rider of the Year.
“The NAAS team is really excited about this event, and with the help of some great people, we hope that the racers and fans will be too,” said Patrick Grzebinski of NAAS, which is known for mixing family fun with the racing atmosphere.
The Birch Run Expo Center is a modern facility that will feature a number of amenities. A few hundred feet away from the half-mile ice track, a custom motorcycle show will be on display in the 110,000 square feet Expo building. In addition, the venue is located adjacent to the Premium Outlets of Birch Run, which includes a variety of over 145 stores, restaurants and hotels.
“Racers and their families will have all the fun they can handle, both day and night,” Grzebinski said.
To learn more about the event go to BajaMX.com or call the NAAS office at (989) 871-3356.