AMA Pro SuperSport is the class for the stars of tomorrow, as well as fast club racers, and the 2014 season gets underway at Daytona International Raceway this weekend with a pair of races on the famous long course. With events on both Friday and Saturday, there are plenty of chances for glory for the 48 competitors entered.
AMA Pro SuperSport is the most unpredictable class and the racing gives a chance for riders in the large fields to step up and prove they have what it takes. A great example is reigning AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Champion and current SuperBike pilot Cameron Beaubier, who cut his teeth in his two-victory, two-pole season in 2010.
Last year, the series showcased draft-fests in both Daytona races. Each contest saw the outcomes unsettled until the checkered flag. West division winner Tomas Puerta and Stefano Mesa emerged victorious.
In 2014, the series will determine a sole champion instead of two divisions and an overall winner. That makes each race equally important for all the riders.
Reigning East Champ Corey Alexander (#5 Celtic/HVMC Racing Suzuki GSX-R600) returns to AMA Pro SuperSport this year. Alexander showed great improvement in 2013, and he became a consistent challenger for wins. The New Yorker doubled at Road America and came through big at New Jersey to take the crown over Hayden Gillim in some memorable racing.
Alexander will once again race a Suzuki GSX-R600 in the class, but this year his teammate will be Wyatt Farris (#19 Celtic/HVMC Racing Suzuki GSX-R600). Farris was third in last year's West points. The Calistoga, CA, rider also built momentum throughout 2013 and by the Utah races was fighting at the front.
Dustin Dominguez (#68 HSBK Racing Yamaha YZF-R6) returns to AMA Pro SuperSport after a season in AMA Pro SuperBike. Dominguez was a force in the class the last time he entered and has six wins and a best of second in points. Dominguez will race a Yamaha this time around.
Hayden Gillim (#69 TOBC Racing Suzuki GSX-R600) is another common name to fans familiar with the AMA Pro SuperSport class. After coming up just short in his challenge to earn the East crown, the Kentuckian will return to the class on board a Suzuki GSX-R600. The former Horizon Award winner has five class wins so far and finished on the podium at Daytona last season. He should be a contender at the 3.51-mile track.
Another contender, Miles Thornton (#72 D&D Castrol Triumph Daytona 675R), has switched to Triumph for the season. Thornton has worked hard to improve his form and showed his progress at Mid-Ohio last season.
Brazilian-born Sebastiao Ferreira (#7 DMS Racing Yamaha YZF-R6) has always been a tough opponent in the class and has been a consistent challenger.
Three noteworthy young riders from last season--Nick McFadden (#16 TOBC Racing Suzuki GSX-R600), Kaleb De Keyrel (#51 De Keyrel Racing Yamaha YZF-R6), and Connor Blevins (#33 Excel Racing Kawasaki ZX-6R)--gained valuable experience in 2013.
The AMA Pro SuperSport combatants will put on a show in ten-lap contests Friday and Saturday.
How to Watch
FansChoice.tv will be the official home for live streaming coverage of AMA Pro Road Racing and AMA Pro Flat Track events in 2014. The site will also provide coverage of IMSA's development and single-make series, and NASCAR's touring and weekly series. Complete details about FansChoice.tv will be released in the coming days.
About AMA Pro Road Racing
AMA Pro Road Racing is the premier motorcycle road racing series in North America and is universally regarded as one of the most competitive road racing organizations in the world. The series is comprised of four production-based classes: AMA Pro SuperBike, AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike, AMA Pro SuperSport and the AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series. Learn more about AMA Pro Road Racing at www.amaproracing.com/rr/.
AMA Pro Racing is the premier professional motorcycle racing organization in North America, operating a full schedule of events and championships for a variety of motorcycle disciplines. Learn more about AMA Pro Racing at www.amaproracing.com.
Photo credit to AMA Pro Racing/Brian J. Nelson