MotoAmerica Announce 2015 Rules Package - Bring AMA Closer To WSBK Class Structure

MotoAmerica, the organization which replaces the DMG in running the US AMA series, has given their first peek into the future, by announcing the rules package. Though still not finalized, the package does give a very clear indication of MotoAmerica and KRAVE's thinking, and the direction they wish to steer motorcycle racing in America in.

Four classes have been announced, with two more currently being weighed. The series will feature two superbike classes, Superbike and Superstock 1000, which will run concurrently. There will also be two middleweight classes, Supersport and Superstock 600, which replace Daytona Sportbike and the Supersport series. 

For the moment, the four classes will be very similar to the classes they replace, with the exception of Superstock 1000, which will be run along the same lines as the FIM Superstock 1000. But MotoAmerica make it very clear in their press release that the eventual goal is to bring the Superbike, Supersport and Superstock 600 rules used at the world championship level, with the aim of bringing more American talent to world championship racing.

With that in mind, MotoAmerica had also been evaluating Moto2. The difficulty with that class, however, is that it is much harder to get backing to race in the class. Because Superstock, Superbike and Supersport classes all feature bikes from recognized manufacturers, importers, distributors and even individual dealerships are happy to provide support. As Moto2 machinery is based around specialist chassis manufacturers and generic engines, dealers and importers are far less interested in providing material support. This, incidentally, is one of the reasons Moto2 does not feature in the British BSB championship.

Of the two classes still under consideration, one is believed to be a spec bike series along the lines of the Red Bull Rookies and European Junior Cup. Informed opinion suggests that this could be based around the KTM RC390, KTM's small capacity pure sports machine. Given that KTM will be running the same class in BSB next year, this would make a lot of sense.

The final class still open could well end up being Moto3, or a class along Moto3 lines. The problem, once again, is expense, with full fat Moto3 machinery costing well north of 200,000 euros. The number of second hand bikes in circulation is still limited, as the class has only recently come into being, but MotoAmerica is believed to want at least one Grand Prix class in the series, to ready young Americans for that championship. 

So far, the signs from MotoAmerica are very good. There is a clear focus that has been lacking in recent years, and the aim is very simple: to get American racers back to the two motorcycle road racing world championships. This is coming not just from Wayne Rainey and his group, but also very strongly from Dorna, who need Americans in MotoGP and WSBK to make the series attractive to TV channels. It has been a tough few years for the AMA, but things finally appear to be getting back onto the right path. There is still an awful lot to do, but the first steps have been taken.

Below is the press release issued by MotoAmerica announcing the classes for next year:


2015 Primary Motorcycle Racing Classes Announced

Costa Mesa, Calif. (October 3, 2014) - MotoAmerica has announced the primary racing class structure for the 2015 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Motorcycle Road Racing Championship season.

The premier class for the MotoAmerica Championship will be the Superbike class. The Superbike class will feature a rules package based on a combination of current AMA Superbike chassis and 2015 World Superbike Championship engine specifications. Racing alongside the Superbikes (but scored separately) will be the Superstock 1000 class. The Superstock 1000 class will be closely aligned to FIM Superstock 1000 rules, run on slick tires, and help to provide an action-packed race for MotoAmerica fans.

Middleweight road racing is one of the most exciting classes of racing worldwide. The primary MotoAmerica middleweight road racing class will be the Supersport class (formerly AMA Daytona Sportbike). The MotoAmerica Supersport rules have been designed to utilize 2014 AMA chassis rules, run on slick tires, and have engine rules aimed at moving toward FIM World Supersport Championship specifications. In addition to the Supersport class, MotoAmerica will also rename the current AMA Pro SuperSport class to be Superstock 600. The Superstock 600 class rules will be based on 2014 AMA Pro SuperSport rules and be closely aligned with FIM Superstock 600 regulations.

MotoAmerica is also currently in discussions for two additional racing classes in the MotoAmerica Championship and will be announcing that information as it becomes available. The MotoAmerica full technical rules will be released shortly.

“The 2015 MotoAmerica racing classes were designed to be more performance oriented and in line with FIM international road racing classes,” MotoAmerica partner Chuck Aksland said. “These new racing classes were created in collaboration with the AMA, FIM, and with input from key industry teams and partners. We are excited and looking forward to the 2015 MotoAmerica Motorcycle Road Racing Championship season.”

The 2015 MotoAmerica Road Racing Championship

Superbike*

  • Chassis rules as AMA 2014
  • Engine specs in line with the 2015 World Superbike Championship (gearbox as AMA 2014)
  • Electronics as 2015 World Superbike Championship with a one-year option to run to AMA 2014 specs
  • Use of two bikes will be allowed during each event

Superstock 1000*

  • Engine and chassis to be aligned with FIM Superstock 1000
  • Brake system may be changed
  • Superstock 1000 to run on slick tires
  • Use of two bikes will be allowed during each event

n.b. Superbike and Superstock will run together but will be scored separately

Supersport* (formerly Daytona Sportbike)

  • Chassis rules as AMA 2014
  • Engine rules moved toward FIM World Supersport Championship specification
  • Electronics as AMA 2014
  • Supersport will be run on slick tires
  • Use of one bike allowed during each event. Second bike may be built but not used until cleared by Technical Director
  • Based on 600 class machines, including 675 triples

Superstock 600* (formerly AMA Pro SuperSport)

  • Similar rules to 2014 AMA Pro SuperSport rules and aligned with FIM Superstock 600

Moto 2 will not be included in 2015 but will be re-evaluated for the 2016 season.

MotoAmerica are currently in discussions to run two additional classes in the series.

*The MotoAmerica full technical rules will be released shortly. MotoAmerica reserves the right to amend the above information and aims to develop all classes over the following seasons.

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Mitch Hansen may still have a warehouse full of the KTMs from the aborted Red Bull Rookies Cup series. Honda has to find a home for those CBR500R racebikes from the European Junior Cup. I think it'll be hard to rustle up enough RC390s in that short a period of time.

David, one of the best things about this site is that it is politics-free. It's a safe place to come visit and leave the nonsense of the rest of the world behind. But the "Tweets From A List" thing lately has been filled with politics. Can you make that section something that we can click a button and minimize? Thanks.

Twitter list blocks now have a title and are hideable. Registered users can also choose to hide those blocks, if they don't want to see them at all.

The intent is to keep my own Twitter feed politics-free. My personal Facebook page does contain my own political views. But it also contains all sorts of utter personal rubbish that is of interest to no one but myself. I strongly recommend avoiding it.

I have a blog for much the same reason. EDIT: Although, I just took a look at my blogs and turns out that the only thing I appear to have any opinion on whatsoever is motorcycle road racing.

That was a quick and easy fix, and thanks.

Also, I am reasonably sure that we're going to see those goddamned Harleys "racing" again this season. Every nation, every culture, has its shame ...

*lmfao*

The changes may encourage farming of talent for a entry into WSBK, but not so much of an entry point into MotoGP where ex-superbikers have a difficult time.

I wonder if the coming change in wheel size in MGP has any potential to affect that equation?

Re the lightweight class(es). If they follow their model and grid two classes together it would be wise to open it up to more models than the KTM. We have LOTS of riders now on Ninja 250's -300's on local and regional grids already. Honda has a bike readily avail. I see the reason to mesh up with larger international series's classes to enable interweaving them, wildcards, moving up et al. Meshing w BSB though? Let's mesh up with the grids we have full now instead, and grow forward from there. Besides that, more manu's is more interesting, and spreads around the financial support that much wider.

These are the proper baby steps that must be taken in order to place American road racing potential and talent in to the natural order of things. Or stuff. Or whatever.

Let's not piss on the grave of DMG and they're.....

Let's just forgettah 'bout it.

What we have here is a safe and clean compromise.

Despite the horrors of DMG management of America's premier racing series, there were still those who put their heads down and raced on. Their efforts should not be ignored and cast aside.

This is a good first step.

We have a single make ninja 300 class in Australia. it is cheap, creates good racing and the riders seem to like it.
Multiple manufacturers is good in theory but it will drive the costs up. it doesn't really matter if the bike is a shitbox when everyone is riding the same thing, but when you get one bike that is slightly less shit than the others, then people start spending money to get up to speed and things snowball from there.

... the Superbike rules gravitate towards wsbk, hopefully all the way in later seasons. Other than the addition of Superstock nothing too exciting, but it's really the organization that we're all rooting for. If they can increase roadracing's popularity here, I could see a Moto2 class being viable. But not now.

So can Dorna and the FIM come up with a set of rules and classes that work for WSB/WSS, the national championships and as a feeder for young riders into MotoGP? Or will MotoAmerica and BSB (and CEV and so on) have to go their own way to create a show that can be sold and makes money for everyone involved? Because while the Americans are trying to come up with a compatible formula, Dorna is also pushing for WSB to be dumbed down via the Evo class.

I'd like to see a bit more explanation from all the parties about how this is supposed to feed national riders into the international championships. eg:-
- National Moto3 -> CEV -> Moto3
- National SS600 -> WSS -> Moto2
- National SS1000 -> National SBK -> WSB -> MotoGP

Because the routes being created affect the series regs.

What does Dorna want in the short and long future? I know they want $$$ and where are those $$$? Obviously it's in broadcast rights, in whatever form that may take. Given the current economies throughout the world that means proddy based racing with the MotoGP levels presented as the Crown Jewel.

It will take some fanciful dancing by all parties to make this happen. I look forward to it.

Moto2 is an underpowered spec-Honda 600cc engine, with a primitive spec ECU, yet Moto2 produces MotoGP champions because riders cannot make mistakes or going a tenth slow on any given weekend. The field is too deep, and the prototype chassis regulations allow the teams and riders to engineer additional speed at each round.

KRAVE need to think about what they are doing. The four class system they have proposed will probably not concentrate the remaining AMA talent, especially when you consider the competing desires of the American distributors. Furthermore, FIM production regulations are not designed to produce the sharpest riders on earth, but to make the major bike manufacturers happy about racing production machines.

KRAVE must design a rulebook that is tailored to the US production market, and that meets their mission statement as the premier talent-development series in the world. FIM rules set will only make AMA another brick in the wall. It's going to take more than patriotic flag-waving to make AMA work again.

Adopting the FIM Superbike rules was what ultimately destroyed the Australian Superbike Championship. No one could afford it. And this in the HOME of Superbike racing! There is a private promoter running a break-away series which is very successful. THAT series has a set of rules that work for Australia, not a bunch of greedy Spaniards.

The US had very successful racing for many years running its own set of rules.

However, if MotoAmerica can get industry support for the FIM Superbike & Supersport classes, that is an excellent start.

For a spec class, adopt 125 two-stroke singles, same as the most successful spec. class on the planet, Karting!

They had a nutty German heading the CIKFIA in the early 2000s who wanted to go all clean green and that other baloney four-stroke nonsense, but he was chucked out and the two-stroke engine was reinstated, and now Karting leaves motorcycle racing for dead in terms of the numbers of participants - around the world.

Check the regs here: http://www.cikfia.com/fileadmin/content/REGULATIONS/Technical/Technical%...

The Dorna classes are "buy your ride" classes.

Is that what MotoAmerica wants?