The Future Starts Here: MotoAmerica's First Press Release On The AMA And US Racing

MotoAmerica, the organization, led by Wayne Rainey, who have just acquired the rights to the AMA series, today issued their first press release on the future of racing in the US:


MotoAmerica To Manage AMA Road Racing

Costa Mesa, Calif. (September 4, 2014) – In coordination with the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA), KRAVE Group LLC announced that it has entered into an agreement to take over promotional and management rights for AMA Road Racing properties in North America as part of the newly formed MotoAmerica series. The move comes at a pivotal time in professional road racing, and will allow MotoAmerica to award AMA and FIM (Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme) North America No. 1 plates to class champions beginning in 2015. Races and venues will be announced at a later date.

“When I was a kid first learning how to race, my ultimate goal – the goal of every young racer – was to compete in the AMA,” said KRAVE Group LLC Partner and MotoAmerica president Wayne Rainey, a two-time AMA Champion (1983 and 1987) and three-time 500cc World Champion (1990, 1991 and 1992). Rainey, who notched 24 Grand Prix race wins during his storied career, was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1999 and is also in the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, the MotoGP Hall of Fame and the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America.

“The United States has produced some of the fastest riders in the world,” Rainey continued. “To bring that status and excitement back to the U.S. we need to start fresh – and that is our ultimate goal. MotoAmerica is going to bring one of the most exciting sports on earth back to the forefront; to recruit the next generation of young riders while supporting and highlighting today’s established stars.”

Alongside Rainey, the newly formed KRAVE Group LLC (dba MotoAmerica) includes Chuck Aksland. From a racing family, Aksland enjoyed a brief career as a well-respected road racer. After retiring from competition, he managed Team Kenny Roberts for 20 years and also guided the careers of World Superbike star Jonathan Rea and current U.S. Road Racing championship contender Roger Hayden. Recently, Aksland served as VP of Motor Sports Operations at Circuit of the America (CoTA).

Another partner in KRAVE Group LLC is Terry Karges, a former motorsports marketing executive and team owner who spent 17 years at Roush Performance before being named Executive Director of The Petersen Automotive Museum. Richard Varner is the fourth partner in KRAVE (Karges, Rainey, Aksland, Varner). Founder of Champions Moto motorcycles, Varner is also an energy sector entrepreneur and businessman.

“If you are an amateur or professional motorcycle road racer in America, if you are a fan of road racing or if you are a company that does business in this industry, this is an exciting day,” said AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman. “Our goal has always been to entrust the promotional and commercial rights for professional racing to a talented, dedicated, well-capitalized professional entity, and MotoAmerica certainly offers all that and more.”

The agreement between the AMA and KRAVE Group LLC (MotoAmerica) was finalized on September 3. More information will be released shortly, including future race dates, classes, rules and event information. For more and continued updates, please visit MotoAmerica.com.

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Finally, now make the superbike class rules mimic WSBK, and pay some start money to the top teams from WSBK so they will show at Daytona...

That plus 600 supersport and a lightweight beginners class. Why not race some of those slick little Honda 500 twins? Hell, I'll come out of retirement for that.

I wanted to say a few word in honor of our departing organizing body. Alas, I can't think of a single thing they did right.

I remember standing inside the pit wall for the start of the 82 (Singleton won I think) at 16.

They started on pit lane.

There were tz750s, 1000cc superbikes, and other exotics.

It was the biggest purse in motorcycling.

Roberts and Spencer were there.

We watched the supercross and the 1/4 mile. I raced the Alligator enduro an a hare scrambles. I think there was a drag race. There was a trials event too.

It was the mecca of American racing. There were people on all kinds of bikes. I saw 4 Yamaha rz500 lc inside the oval.

Now, everyone is on a Harley and there are vague indications of racing. There is another event called biketoberfest that doesn't have any racing.

Loudon has neglected the racing even more since it became too dangerous for the ama to race.

I hope it can come back