About AMA Pro SuperBike
- Horsepower: 200 hp
- Minimum Weights: 370 lbs: 4-Cylinder/4-Stroke 1000cc engines; 370 lbs: 2-Cylinder/4-Stroke engines up to 1200cc
- Top Speed: Over 190 MPH
- 0-60 MPH: Under 3 seconds
- ¼ Mile Acceleration: Low 9 seconds
- Tires: Dunlop KR106 (Front: 125/80R-17) and KR108 (195/65R-17)
- Race Lengths: 50-mile sprints
- Eligible Bikes: Aprilia RSV1000R/RSV4 R/RSV4 Factory, BMW S1000RR, Buell 1125R/1125RR, Ducati 1098R/1098S, EBR 1190RS, Honda CBR1000RR/CBR1000RR ABS, Kawasaki ZX-10, KTM RC8R, Suzuki GSX-R1000, Yamaha R1
AMA Pro SuperBike continues a motorcycle racing legend that began in 1976 and features fast, powerful large-displacement motorcycles based on a rule set that allows for a variety of performance modifications. Traditionally considered a 1000cc class, the rule structure has been updated to provide a platform for additional big-bore motorcycles to compete within the same performance envelope. AMA Pro SuperBikes all have direct roots in production street bikes and each eligible model represents the most powerful motorcycle available from top manufacturers such as Yamaha, Suzuki, Kawasaki, Honda, BMW, Buell, EBR, KTM and Ducati.
AMA Pro SuperBikes all have at least 1000cc in engine displacement from a variety of twin and multi-cylinder powerplants. Four-cylinder, four-stroke machines have a minimum post-race weight of 380 pounds and are limited to 1000cc engines, such as the Suzuki GSX-R1000 and Yamaha YZF-R1. Two-cylinder, four-stroke machines must tip the scales at a minimum post-race weight of 370 pounds and cannot exceed 1200cc displacement engines, such as the EBR 1190RS, KTM RC8R and Ducati 1098R.
The real proof of the AMA Pro SuperBikes’ power becomes evident when they hit the track, where top speeds in excess of 190 mph are not uncommon. Keeping that type of power on the track is critical, and AMA Pro Road Racing’s spec-tire partner Dunlop has a proven record of championship-caliber racing performance and a storied history within the paddock.
Front wheel size is 17 by 3.5 inches and the rear wheel size is 17 by 6 inches for all machines. The use of carbon fiber or carbon-composite material for brake components is not allowed and titanium brake discs are also outlawed. Cost savings for the teams are great, and the SuperBikes can still stop on a dime.
Since the 2009 season, Sunoco has fueled the outstanding competition found at AMA Pro Road Racing events with Sunoco 260 GTX, a premium unleaded racing fuel designed to meet the performance needs of the Series.
As impressive as the machines are in AMA Pro SuperBike, it is the all-star lineup of riders that truly put on the show. Three-time, defending AMA Pro SuperBike Champion Josh Hayes had his throne overtaken in 2013 by none other than his Monster Energy Graves teammate, Josh Herrin. Expect Hayes to be on a mission in 2014 as he battles it out for his fourth title against some of the best motorcycle racing talent in the world, including Martin Cardenas, Larry Pegram, Roger Hayden, Cameron Beaubier and more.
Success on the racetrack has always been an important element of motorcycle marketing and AMA Pro SuperBike provides an exciting, competitive environment that enables many motorcycle manufacturers to showcase their latest models on a level playing field and in front of a loyal, knowledgeable fan base—on some of the best racetracks in the USA.