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Michael Barnes   » rider bio

Birth date October 21, 1968
Birth place Norwalk, Connecticut
Hometown Boca Raton, Florida
Height 5-7
Weight 130
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Michael Barnes

Career Highlights

2013 - Contested the full Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series. Earned two poles and five Top 5s on his way to a fourth-place finish in the final point standings. Raced for Rossmeyer's H-D and Spyke's H-D.    

2012 - Had a breakout year competing for AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 recording three wins in 12 starts. Finished in the top 5 in all 12 of his starts. Finished first in the standings with 1,121 points. Also competed in AMA Pro Daytona SportBike where he started three races. 

2011 - Competed in all nine rounds of the AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Series, earning a pole at Miller Motorsports Park and six Top 5s including a season-best second place finish at Infineon Raceway.

2010 - Contended five AMA Pro Daytona SportBike rounds with a season-best finish of seventh; raced a single XR1200 event, taking second. 

2009 - Finished 15th in Daytona SportBike race, earning a top-five finish at Barber. Raced for Richie Morris Racing.

2008 - Raced for nearly 10 different teams all around the world and finished fifth in the Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix.  Won the AMA Pro SunTrust Moto-GT race at Topeka on a RMR/Bruce Rossmeyer Buell 1125R with teammate Shawn Higbee in their first race together.  Was also part of the team’s third-place finish in the season-ending Moto-GT 8 Hours of Daytona.

2007 - Raced a limited schedule after suffering a wrist injury, but earned a podium finish in the Daytona 200.  Also earned two top-five finishes in AMA Pro SuperSport.  Raced with M4 Emgo Suzuki team.

2006 - Earned five podium finishes in AMA Pro SuperSport and matched his career-best national points finish with third in the championship.  Also competed in Formula Xtreme, earning seven top-five finished. Raced with Team M4 Emgo Suzuki and finished second with the team in the inaugural AMA Pro SunTrust Moto-GT 8 Hours of Daytona.

2005 - Earned Formula Xtreme podium finishes at Road America and Road Atlanta.  Also competed in Superstock, taking his season-best result of fifth-place at Pikes Peak Raceway.  Entered the Daytona round of the AMA Pro SuperSport Championship, finishing seventh.  Began with Venemotos Yamaha at start of season and later moved to Team M4 Emgo Suzuki to replace injured rider Vincent Haskovec.

2004 - Raced in AMA Pro SuperSport, with a best result of fifth at Mid-Ohio, and in Formula Xtreme, with a best result of sixth at Brainerd.  Raced with the Championsline.com Yamaha team.

2003 - Raced in AMA Pro Superbike, earning five top-10 finishes with the Prieto Racing Suzuki team.

2002 - Competed in AMA Pro Superbike with a best result of eighth in race No. 1 at Road Atlanta.  Also raced in Superstock and earned a third-place finish at the Daytona round and in the AMA Thunder race at Daytona.  Raced with Hooters Suzuki team.

2001 - Raced in AMA Thunder series with a best result of eighth at Daytona with the Kosco Buell team.  Entered the AMA Pro Superbike race at New Hampshire with the Hooters Suzuki team, placing 14th.

2000 - Took podium finishes in the AMA/MBNA 250 Grand Prix races at Daytona, Pikes Peak and Willow Springs with the GP Tech Yamaha team.

1999 - Competed in AMA Pro Superbike, 600 SuperSport, 750 SuperSport and the Formula Xtreme series. 

1998 - Competed in Formula Xtreme, placing fourth at Mid-Ohio and sixth at Pikes Peak, and raced in 750 SuperSport, finishing on the podium at Mid-Ohio and fourth at Las Vegas.  Also ran in the AMA Pro Superbike series with a best finish of 11th at New Hampshire. 

1996 - Raced a privateer Harley-Davidson in AMA Pro Superbike and rode for Ebsco Suzuki in SuperTeams and AMA Pro SuperSport, finishing on the podium five times in 750cc SuperSport. Won the 750 SuperSport finale at Las Vegas but suffered a broken leg in a dramatic crash caught on camera at the Las Vegas SuperTeams finale.  Earned a then career-high ranking in an AMA National class by taking third in the 750 Supersport championship. 

1995 - Fifth-ranked rider in 600 SuperSport, riding for Erion Racing in that class and SuperTeams.  Finished third ranked in SuperTeams and scored nine top-10 finishes in 600 SuperSport with a season best showing of fourth in the finale at Firebird. Also finished10th in the AMA Pro Superbike event at Firebird on a privateer Harley-Davidson.

1994 - Earned a third in the AMA 250 Grand Prix race at Daytona and finished fifth in the 600 SuperSport race at Daytona. 

Early Career - Turned pro in 1990.

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