Kevin Duke to race MOTO-GT editor in chief to ride Buell Firebolt XB12R

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Jun. 04, 2009 editor in chief Kevin Duke will be racing a Buell Firebolt XB12R this weekend during round four of AMA Pro Racing’s SunTrust Moto-GT series at Road America. The race is being held during the AMA Superbike race weekend in Elkhart Lake, Wis.

Duke will be riding for James Gang/Hoban Brothers Racing with Troy Siahaan of Sport Rider Magazine in Moto-GT2. This will be the AMA Pro SunTrust Moto-GT debut for both riders.

“After running countless laps on dozens of production sportbikes in the process of bike testing for a motorcycle publication, it's a real thrill to be actually racing once again,” says Duke. “The wide variety of machinery in the Moto-GT class always makes competition intriguing, and it will be both challenging and fun to chase a solid finish on the Buell XB12R at a cool track like Road America.”

Go get them Kevin!“I just want to thank James Gang/Hoban Brothers Racing for this great opportunity. Kevin Duke and I are good friends and fierce competitors and we’re really looking forward to racing this weekend,” says Siahaan.

Team riders Paul James and Jeff Johnson will continue their quest for a podium finish in Moto-GT1 aboard their Buell 1125R after a season best 5th place finish at Barber Motorsports Park in May.

“We’ve had a challenging season so far, learning a new bike, new tires and new tracks,” says James. “We’ve made progress in developing the bike, and look forward to racing it at our home track of Road America.”

The James Gang/Hoban Brothers Racing crew for the Road America weekend will include Tuner John Dahmer and Crew Chiefs Mike Kirkpatrick and Matt King along with Alex Opperman, Pete Johnson, Amy James, Rita Johnson, Ben Schmidt and Zach Erb.

Team sponsors include: H-D/Buell of Appleton, Darkhorse Crankworks, Buell Motorcycle Co., Kymco USA, SHIFT Racing, Spectro Oils, Arai, Regina USA and Spyder Leatherworks.