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by David Swarts
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MotoAmerica Superstock 600 racers or club racers eligible to race with MotoAmerica should plan ahead or they may miss one of the best opportunities in racing.
In 2017 as in 2016, MotoAmerica is posting a cash purse in the Supersport class. It pays $1250 to each of the top five finishers in each race and $500 to the next five finishers in each race. And on a weekend where Supersport only races once, like when MotoAmerica and MotoGP share Circuit of The Americas (COTA) April 20-23, 2017, those purse amounts double to $2500 to each of the top five finishers and $1000 to the next five finishers -- and MotoAmerica allows selected Superstock 600 riders to enter the Supersport race as wild cards!
The best part is top riders like JD Beach, Valentin Debise and Garrett Gerloff are not eligible for this purse because they are “Premier Entrants” (who receive a guaranteed purse amount due to their teams’ extra commitment to MotoAmerica) and those purse awards slide down to the next eligible finishers.
In last year’s 12-rider Supersport race at COTA, Benny Solis Jr., Travis Wyman, Dakota Mamola, Jay Newton and Kris Lillegard (the fifth-, seventh-, eighth-, ninth- and 10th-place finishers, respectively) each earned $2500 for their 10-lap race; part-time racer Phil Horwitz earned $1000 for finishing 11th; and $4000 of purse money went unclaimed due to a lack of participants.
This means that some MotoAmerica Superstock 600 racers and Expert club racers in and around Texas stayed at home when they potentially could have come out to COTA and raced in the MotoAmerica season-opener in front of the largest motorcycle road racing crowd of the season and the MotoGP paddock and possibly earned $2500 for finishing 10th in a 10-lap race.
The catch is you can’t just wait and show up and sign up the day of the MotoAmerica races at COTA. Eligible riders must obtain their 2017 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing license from the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) in Ohio, and AMA recommends doing this 30 days prior to any event you plan to race in.
And MotoAmerica only accepts pre-entries for races. Pre-entry for riders doing a full-season entry are being accepted now through January 31, 2017. On February 1, 2017, registration for single-event entries opens.
On top of that, only selected Superstock 600-licensed riders will be accepted as wild cards for the Supersport race at COTA, and Superstock 600 riders seeking a Supersport wild card entry may be asked to prove themselves worthy to MotoAmerica during Dunlop's pre-season test at COTA March 28-29, 2017.
For more information on entering the MotoAmerica Supersport race at COTA or any other 2017 venue, go to www.motoamerica.com.
For more information on obtaining the required MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing license, go to http://www.americanmotorcyclist.com/Racing/Story/...