During last October's Fall Cycle Scene at Daytona International Speedway, the SunTrust MOTO-ST Series held their inaugural endurance motorcycle event -- The 8 Hours At Daytona.
On Sunday as part of Daytona 200 Week By Honda, the SunTrust MOTO-ST Series returns to DIS to kick off their inaugural season with the season-opening DAYTONA USA 300. The three-hour, 500K endurance event will go green at 2 p.m.
The SunTrust MOTO-ST Series features three classes; The Buell Motorcycle Company SuperSport class (SST) which includes motorcycles producing between 90-118 horsepower, the BMW Grand Sport Twins class (GST) covering motorcycles producing 75-90 horsepower and Sport Twins (ST) for machines under 75 horsepower.
After kicking off their season at DIS, the SunTrust MOTO-ST Series has scheduled stops at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Iowa Speedway, Road America, Virginia International Raceway and will return to "The World Center of Racing" in October for the season-ending 8 Hours At Daytona.
This weekend's DAYTONA USA 300 entry list currently stands at 43 teams with riders from the United States, Canada, Europe and South America.
Among the teams currently listed to compete in the DAYTONA USA 300 include:
RoadRacingWorld.com Suzuki and riders Chris Ulrich, Robertino Pietri of Venezuela and Lee Acree.
John Ashmead, the last privateer rider to win the historic Daytona 200 By Honda, is entered with Old Pros Racing. He'll co-ride a Suzuki 1000 with Paul Schwemmer.
Jimmy Filice, the legendary dirt and road racer and motorcycle Hall of Famer, returns with the Pair A Nines team. He'll ride a Kawasaki with fellow Hall of Famer Jay Springsteen while former Daytona 200 By Honda champion Gary Nixon will serve as team manager.
Popular rider Nicole Hoffman, who serves as manager of interactive marketing at NASCAR, will be back at her home track of Daytona International Speedway. Hoffman will ride with Robert Fisher aboard the No. 16 RightsForBikers.com Suzuki. Hoffman was part of the winning ST class team in October's 8 Hours At Daytona.
"I'm really excited about this upcoming season," Hoffman said. "Coming off of our ST class win in October is a huge momentum builder for this upcoming weekend. We definitely want to pull off another victory and keep on winning throughout the year."
San Jose BMW, the overall winners from the 8 Hours At Daytona, return with veteran riders Brian Parriott and Nate Kern.
Tickets to the DAYTONA USA 300 will be available at the gate. Tickets and other information for Daytona 200 Week By Honda are available at www.racetickets.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP. To view an updated entry list, visit www.moto-st.com