Strong International Lineup Heads to Road America for Round 2 of AMA Pro Road Racing
NEWS May 15, 2014
Photo by Brian J Nelson
Written by Andrew Swain:
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 15, 2014) – With Round 2 of AMA Pro Road Racing just around the corner, competitors all over the United States are gearing up for Road America and the rest of the 2014 season. However, this season’s entry lists will show quite a bit more international competitors than in recent years.
Martin Cardenas isn’t new to AMA Pro Road Racing but the Colombian product has been one of the biggest forces on the circuit ever since his initiation into the series back in 2007. Cardenas graduated to AMA Pro SuperBike last season and finished third in the overall points. After earning 12th and third place finishes at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. to begin the 2014 season, the Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing competitor will be looking to improve on his sixth place position in the points with two strong performances next round later this month.
From the other side of the pond, Melbourne, Australia’s David Anthony has been making headlines in the AMA Pro Road Racing scene for nearly a decade now. Anthony breached the top ten in the overall SuperBike point standings last season for the first time in his career and is off to a fast start in 2014 after back-to-back fifth place finishes at Daytona. Anthony will ride an ADR Motorsports backed Suzuki GSX-R1000 at Road America and will be flanked by fellow Aussie Trent Gibson. Gibson is also a familiar name in the SuperBike paddock, having competed in the elite class since 2009; he has obtained several top ten finishes. Gibson will compete aboard a Seven Sports backed Kawasaki ZX-10 at Road America. Anthony and Gibson represent an Australian powerhouse armed with impressive track records and a ton of experience; look out for these two names fighting toward the top of the leaderboard.
Colombian native Tomas Puerta has established himself as a major standout in today’s racing world. As the 2013 SuperSport National Champion, Puerta will try his hand at the GoPro Daytona SportBike level in 2014 aboard his RoadRace Factory/Red Bull backed Yamaha YZF-R6. Though Puerta finished 36th in his first ever DAYTONA 200 this season, the 21 year old is widely considered a threat to capture a checkered flag, or two, once the lights go green in Elkhart Lake, Wis.
A native to Caracas, Venezuela, Fernando Amantini will once again compete in GoPro Daytona SportBike this season. Amantini completed his strongest season in GoPro Daytona SportBike last year, finishing 11th in the overall point standings. Amantini will look to break the top ten in the points for the first time in his career in the mid-tier class this season aboard his Team Amantini backed Yamaha YZF-R6.
Another Venezuelan on the attack in 2014 is Armando Ferrer. After earning just one top ten finish in 2013, Ferrer has already cracked the top five twice in 2014, earning fourth and fifth place finishes at Daytona last March. Ferrer’s hot start indicates that he may be onto something here, as the Vargas, Venezuelan born competitor is only 25 years young and could seemingly put all the pieces together this year for a breakout, championship caliber season.
In recent seasons, Medellin, Colombia native Stefano Mesa has dominated SuperSport competition, finishing third in the point standings in 2013, fourth in 2012, and seventh in 2011. At 29 years old, Mesa remains one of the youngest talents from Colombia and one of the most successful road racing contenders from his country with a short but successful career. This past offseason, Mesa inked a deal with DMS Racing and graduated to the elite SuperBike class. After cracking the top ten at Daytona in the season’s first SuperBike race, Mesa appears ready and confident to make the transition into the elite class for Road America and future races to come.
Canadians Kenny Riedmann and Darren James are a couple of major players on the AMA Pro Road Racing circuit that come from the country above the United States. Riedmann is entered to compete aboard his RRM Triumph Daytona 675 while his fellow canuck is set to maneuver his way through Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series traffic aboard his Trev Deeley Motorcycles Harley-Davidson XR1200 as well as compete in both SuperSport races on a Ruthless Racing Inc. Yamaha YZF-R6 at Road America. It’s safe to say that the versatile James will have his hands full this season competing in two separate challenging classes.
Another rider representing Canada is second-year SuperBike competitor Francois Dumas. Dumas made two starts in SuperBike competition last year and will compete aboard a Domas Superbike Team BMW S1000R at Road America.
As if the level of competition wasn’t already daunting enough, the increase in international riders to the sport has raised the bar that much higher. Every class in AMA Pro Road Racing is packed to the brim with brilliant talent from all fragments of the globe. The international spectrum is important to the road racing scene and 2014 is expected to be one of the most exhilarating seasons yet.
Other notable riders of foreign descent include: Bolivia’s Felipe MacLean and Spain’s Ed Duenez.
AMA Pro Road Racing heads to Road America for Round 2 in Elkhart Lake, Wis. May 30-June 1, 2014. For tickets and more information regarding the Subway SuperBike Doubleheader, please visit http://www.roadamerica.com/buy-tickets/superbike-doubleheader-ama-pro-racing.html.
How to Watch
FansChoice.tv will be the official home for live streaming coverage of AMA Pro Road Racing and AMA Pro Flat Track events in 2014. The site will also provide coverage of IMSA's development and single-make series, and NASCAR's touring and weekly series.
About AMA Pro Road Racing
AMA Pro Road Racing is the premier motorcycle road racing series in North America and is universally regarded as one of the most competitive road racing organizations in the world. The series is comprised of four production-based classes: AMA Pro SuperBike, AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike, AMA Pro SuperSport and the AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series. Learn more about AMA Pro Road Racing at www.amaproracing.com/rr/.
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