Scott Zampach and Cam Roos have a good battle in the AMA 750 Supersport National at Road America in 1989. Zampach, racing on his home track, crossed the checkered flag third, just in front of Roos. Zampach and Roos were two of the very best road racers in the country during the late 1980s. Zampach burst onto the scene as a WERA novice leading most of the laps of the Honda Interceptor Cup final in 1986 over a slew of top experts. Roos was more methodical in his rise, but in 1989 Roos had a stunning season, winning three AMA 600 Supersport races as well as a tallying solid 750 Supersport finishes, including this fourth at Road America.
Bruce Nield races his Honda at Road Atlanta during a WERA event in 1988. Nield, from Blacksburg, Va., primarily raced club events, but on occasion he made appearances in AMA Pro events. In 1990 he took fifth in the Circle Bell Pro Twins race at Road Atlanta riding a Ducati. Nield was part of the team, along with co-riders Roger Lyle, Steve Foote and Mike Parrotte, that won the Prototype class in the AMA/CCS Endurance Championship 1984. Legend has it that Bruce bought this ex-Freddie Spencer Honda thinking it was a 750cc and later after a tear down found out the displacement was actually 860cc. It would be interesting to know if that story is true. (Update: Click on comments below to read the rest of the story).
SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY, Calif. (March 24, 2010) – Auto Club Speedway will play host to the nation’s top motorcycle riders when the Suzuki AMA Pro SuperBike Challenge comes to Southern California March 26-28.
Three classes will provide excitement on the Auto Club Speedway 2.36 mile, 21-turn road course throughout the weekend.
AMA Pro Racing’s top class of motorcycles, the AMA Pro National Guard American SuperBike, was long dominated by Mat Mladin. With his retirement, the field is now “wide open.” The one to watch in 2010 is Jake Zemke, riding the National Guard Team Jordan Suzuki. Zemke is coming off a double win earlier this month at Daytona. Others looking to keep up with Zemke include Rockstar/Makita Suzuki rider Tommy Hayden, Pegram Racing’s Larry Pegram, Jordan Suzuki’s Aaron Yates and Team Graves Yamaha’s Josh Hayes.
In the AMA Pro Daytona SportBike presented by AMSOIL class, Suzuki rider Danny Eslick is on a hot streak at Auto Club Speedway. The Oklahoma native dominated the Auto Club Speedway road course last year by winning both races during the weekend. Other top names include Team Graves Yamaha riders Josh Herrin and Tommy Aquino and M4 Suzuki rider Martin Cardenas.
The third class to race during the Suzuki AMA Pro SuperBike Challenge weekend is AMA Pro SuperSport. This class is a proving ground for new, young talent to show their skills as they race against expert licensed local riders. This year 16-year-old Elena Myers acquires the “one to watch” moniker. Myers is currently third in the West rider standings after Daytona. Others to watch include Huntley Nash and Joey Pascarella.
For tickets to see these top riders of the Suzuki AMA Pro SuperBike Challenge and track information please visit www.autoclubspeedway.com or call 800-944-RACE (7223). Also visit www.amaproracing for the latest AMA Pro Racing results and information.
I’ve talked a lot about the nerve it took to race motorcycles at Rockingham. I came across this photo I took from the stands during a WERA race there in the mid-1980s. You can see a good portion of the infield section and the east banking. The approach to the west banking was even scarier since riders were up to top speed heading into the steeply banked bowl.
John Jacob (790) leads Brian Berney and Tom Mason in a WERA B Superbike race at Road America in 1984. WERA B Superbike was an interesting mix of bikes in the mid-1980s, with typical 750cc four-stroke multis racing against 500cc two-strokes like Berney’s Yamaha RZ500 and a smattering of Suzuki RG500s. In this race Tom Mason moved up to take the victory.