AMA tire test begins in Daytona

New classes, new teams and new spec tires hit the track

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Dec. 05, 2008
The new era of AMA Pro Racing unofficially kicked off Dec. 5 with the start of a three-day tire test at Daytona International Speedway.

The new American Superbike and Daytona Sportbike classes will be featured in the Dec. 5-7 tests at the Daytona Beach, Fla. circuit. The two classes will alternate sessions all weekend with the American Superbikes racing on Daytona’s 2.95-mile short course and the Daytona Sportbikes on the 3.51-mile long course. Daytona Sportbike teams will also take part in evening test sessions under the track lighting in preparation for the March 6 Daytona 200 which will also be held under the lights.

Ben Bostrom will ride the new Yamaha R1 in the 2009 AMA American Superbike class.In addition to the two new classes, the test marks the start of Dunlop Tires’ role as the official tire provider for AMA Pro Road Racing.

The AMA’s December Tire tests have traditionally been the place for new teams and bikes to make their debuts. Josh Hayes will make his debut with Yamaha alongside Ben Bostrom on the 2009 R1. Michael Barnes will make his debut on the newly announced Richie Morris Racing Daytona Sportbike team riding a Buell 1125R.

Several teams, such as American Honda, have yet to confirm their participation in the 2009 season but are participating in the tests. Neil Hodgson and development rider Doug Toland will test on the Honda CBR1000RR.