1. MotoAmerica Breathes New Life to U.S. Road Racing

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After years of disappointment under the auspices of Daytona Motorcycle Group (DMG), American road racing is ready to enter a whole new era with MotoAmerica and former 500cc Grand Prix World Champion, Wayne Rainey.

Let’s give credit where it’s due: DMG did offer some compelling racing with stars like Josh Hayes, Josh Herrin and Danny Eslick. But that doesn’t hide the mess the series has become: last year the series comprised just seven rounds and wasn’t broadcast on television, and the classes have had a confusing jumble of rules and regulations. (Can someone explain why the Buell 1125R was allowed to compete against 600cc sportbikes?)

AMA Pro Racing used to be one of the top national racing series in the world, producing such talents as Colin Edwards, Nicky Hayden and Ben Spies. Under DMG, the U.S. national series has nearly fallen off the map, with the top racers now coming from Spain, the U.K. and Australia. MotoAmerica brings a promise of turning that around and developing new talent and (hopefully) future world champions.

Let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves though; MotoAmerica still has yet to run a race, with the first round set for April 10-12 at Circuit of the Americas. There’s also the hiccup with not securing the rights to the Daytona 200. Still, Rainey and MotoAmerica have been pushing all the right buttons, securing a television contract, introducing a beginner class around the KTM RC390 and adopting a rulebook that falls in line with the FIM’s international production-based roadracing regulations.

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