Limited Edition Troy Bayliss Art Print from Autographed Collectables
The print was personally signed by Troy at his home in Monaco back in December, as part of a 250 Limited Editon print signing. It features all the race tracks and dates of the 2008 SBK Championship, plus troy's personal logo and race number. As a hard core Ducati and Troy bayliss fan, I just had to have it, and the price seemed very reasonable at just US $350.00 with intricate matting and glass framed in a high quality painted wood frame, complete with a Numbered Certificate of Authenticity and this photo of Troy doing the signing. Miguel even let me custom create my own Black/White/Red matting for the poster inside a modern style dull Black wooden frame to match my home's interior and my Ducati 998R and 999R Superbikes parked in the my living room. The finished framed size is 24 x 30" (shown above) was made to my specifications and Federal Expressed to me in just 10 days from Australia for $92 additional, for a total of $442. Very reasonable.
And out in my garage is my 1098R - the 3rd and most recent Ducati Superbike model (pictured on the print) that Troy won his 3-World Superbike titles on. And a perfect compliment to my Suomy limited edition 1098 of 1098 autographed Troy Bayliss SBK Champion Commutative Helmet which features pictures of Troy riding these 3 different Ducati Superbike bikes to his 3 World Superbike. Very cool!
It turns that Autographed Collectibles has an entire line of autographed motorcycle racing Collectable Prints from World Superbike and MotoGP, including riders Valentino Rossi, Casey Stoner, Nicky Hayden, Max Biaggi and Ben Spies. I highly recommend the quality of these prints for any racing enthusiast. Check out the Autographed Collectable website at www.Air23.com.au
Editor's Comment: It should be noted the Mugello tests with Superbike champ Troy Bayliss will be followed by the Mugelo Italian Moto MotoGP some 2 weeks later on May 31st. Needless to say, the GP09 bike setup setting which Bayliss will find during the May 12-4th test will most certainly be provided to Ducati MotoGP team rider Nicky Hayden's GP09 for the Mugello race. Hayden has proven to be clueless in setting his Ducati this season, much like his struggles with the factory Repsol Hondas the seasons before. This past week at the MotoGP round in Jerez, Spain, Hayden finished dead last on the Ducati GP09 behind all the privateer teams. Should Hayden's lap times at the Mugelo MotoGP be slower than Bayliss' testing times, on the same bike, Ducati will have to acknowledge they made a big mistake in signing Hayden and possibly put someone else on the team bike to finish out the 2009 season and assist main man Casey Stoner. If you remember it was Troy Bayliss who filled in for injured team rider Sete Giberneau at the final MotoGP race of 2006 at Valencia and running away with the win at his only MotoGP ride that year. This will be very interesting, for sure!
Ducati Corse SBK Confirms hot new Calendar Kitten Sabella
Sabella will be at Miller Motorsports Park for the World Superbike Weekend to shoot with renown motorsports and fashion photographer Jim Gianatsis for the next edition of the Performance Machine sponsored SBK Fast Dates Calendar World Superbike Calendar with all the top factory World Superbike teams.
Beautiful Sabella, age 21, was born in Monterey California, but moved to Los Angeles a few years ago after high school to pursue a modeling career and a higher education. She is currently in her third year of business law at Loyola Mary Mount University and can’t wait to be a “....sexy attorney who kicks butt in the courtroom!"
In the meantime, while you wait to get your butt kicked by Sabella in court, you can check out her current physical evidence all 3 editions of the 2010 FastDates.com Calendars: Fast Dates sportbikes, Iron & Lace custom bikes, and Garage Girls where this sexy brunette also appears on the cover of two of the Calendars with beautiful blond haired Calendar Kitten Rachel Bernstein. The new 2010 FastDates.com Calendars go on sale at your favorite motorcycle dealer and online from July 1st 2009, while both Sabella and Rachel will be premiering with the Calendars in person at the 18th annual LA Calendar Motorcycle Show Weekend July 18-19th. Complete Calendar ordering information and Bike Show details are online at www.FastDates.com.
Ben Spies tops the Podium for Race 2 at Monza with Race 1 winner Michel Fabrizio (left) and Ryuichi Kiyonari (right).
Fabrizio and Ducati:1, Spies and Yamaha:1
Michel Fabrizio streaks pat the Ducati Grandstand at Monza as fans hold up the Italian tri colors and matching smoke fills the air!
Preview: Monza Gears up for more slipstreaming action in WSBK
DUCATI-YAMAHA BATTLE CONTINUES – In the last two seasons, Noriyuki Haga has won three of the four races held at Monza, but he did so on a Yamaha, which this year is now in the hands of Ben Spies. The two riders have so far dominated the championship, sharing the wins between them (4 apiece) with the points difference coming from Spies’ three zeros. The Monza round offers the Texan a chance to partly reduce the 60-point gap to Haga, but the Japanese rider will also be galvanized by the fact that Ducati have not won at Monza since 2006 and he will be aiming to interrupt that negative sequence.
NEUKIRCHNER ONE YEAR ON – Last year the battle between Haga and Neukirchner set the Monza public alight; the German took his first-ever SBK win by 0.058 seconds in race 1 and Haga then took revenge in race 2 by 0.009 seconds! This year Neukirchner and Suzuki have had a mixed start to the season but the Monza circuit could be the best opportunity so far to show off the power of the Japanese four-cylinder machine and to record Suzuki’s first win of the year.
LOOSE CANNONS – And neither has Honda Europe’s flagship team, Hannspree Ten Kate Honda with its power trio of riders, Carlos Checa, Jonathan Rea and Ryuichi Kiyonari, had a particularly positive start to the season. But like Suzuki, the Monza track has often been a prestigious showcase for the squad, as demonstrated by Kiyonari’s form and third place finish in race 2 last year. Sheer engine power has always been a trademark of the Dutch team, which will be attempting to redress the balance. Luckily for Honda, Stiggy Racing’s Leon Haslam is producing some great results and the British rider could again emerge as a contender for the podium, if not outright victory. Haslam will be flanked in the Swedish team by American Jake Zemke, who will step in for the injured John Hopkins for the Monza round.
ITALIANS AT HOME – On their home track Italian riders and manufacturers will also be searching for their slice of glory and expectation is especially high to see how well the Aprilia RSV4 will go on such a fast circuit. In the races so far the four-cylinder machine from Noale has demonstrated top speed on a par with its rivals and it could come to the fore on a track where slipstreaming plays such a vital role. On the rider front both Max Biaggi and Michel Fabrizio will be trying to score a first win for an Italian at Monza since Pierfrancesco Chili in 2000. Biaggi is still dealing with the Aprilia RSV4’s teething problems, but the potential is there, while Fabrizio is still looking to make that jump in quality that will take him from being a podium finisher to a race winner.
BMW FAST TRACK – The opening rounds showed that BMW Motor rad are finding it difficult to make their S 1000 RR machine competitive on technical circuits, but Monza will be an ideal opportunity to get the new bike closer to the front-runners. Troy Corser, a previous winner here in 2005, and Ruben Xaus know the track like the back of their hands and their experience will be vital in the team’s attempts to obtain some good results, especially in view of the second half of the season.
SUPERSPORT – A healthy balance continues to reign in World Supersport, with exciting racing and a good dose of old-fashioned ‘aggression’ helping to evoke the golden days of the category when the ‘wild bunch’ fought for the win at every race. Monza is looking to provide more of the same, because the power of the various Supersport machines and the track layout make it difficult for anyone to pull out a commanding lead. In a championship in which the top 3 - Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha World Supersport), Eugene Laverty (Parkalgar Honda) and Kenan Sofuoglu (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) – are separated by nine points, the Monza round could shuffle the cards considerably seeing as there are numerous other contenders for victory. Starting with reigning champion Andrew Pitt (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda), Anthony West (Stiggy Racing Honda), Fabien Foret (Yamaha World Supersport) and Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki Provec), one of the most interesting youngsters around in Supersport. These could be joined by Michele Pirro (Yamaha Lorenzini), the most competitive Italian at the moment. Pirro won the domestic championship CIV race at Monza on Sunday and has fully recovered from his crash at Assen.
SUPERSTOCK – The third round of the Superstock 1000 FIM Cup will probably be another private affair between Maxime Berger (Ten Kate Honda), Xavier Simeon (Ducati Xerox Junior Team) and Claudio Corti (Suzuki Alstare), the three main contenders, with Frenchmen Sylvain Barrier (Garnier Yamaha) and Loris Baz (MRS Yamaha), as well as Italian Davide Giugliano (MV Agusta) aiming to get a look in. In the European Superstock 600 encounter, Danilo Petrucci and his Yamaha Italia team-mate Marco Bussolotti are the favourites for the win, both looking to make up for their errors at Assen. Their chief rivals will be the points leader Gino Rea (Ten Kate Honda), Joey Litjens (VD Heyden Yamaha), Vincent Lonbois (MTM Yamaha) and Jeremy Guarnoni (MRS Yamaha). Tom Stles was 2nd quickest on Friday with the newly sponsored Sterilgarda R1 Yamaha. Note the new fuel tank filler located at the rear of the seat.
Fabrizio dominates opening day of qualifying at Monza
Fifth and sixth slots on the second row of the grid went to the competitive Suzuki pairing of Max Neukirchner and Yukio Kagayama, the only other riders under the 1’46” mark. Once again Superbike qualifying proved to be a hard-fought affair, with 13 riders separated by less than a second. Seventh quickest time went to Ben Spies (Yamaha World Superbike),who finished ahead of Max Biaggi on the Aprilia. BMW once again placed its two riders in the top 15, with Ruben Xaus two-hundredths of a second ahead of his team-mate Troy Corser. Shinya Nakano’s difficult moment continued for Aprilia with the Japanese rider crashing out in the afternoon.
Friday Times: 1. Fabrizio M. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 1'45.447; 2. Sykes T. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R1 1'45.758; 3. Haga N. (JPN) Ducati 1098R 1'45.790; 4. Rea J. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 1'45.919; 5. Neukirchner M. (GER) Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1'45.962; 6. Kagayama Y. (JPN) Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1'45.985; 7. Spies B. (USA) Yamaha YZF R1 1'46.013; 8. Biaggi M. (ITA) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'46.054; 9. Checa C. (ESP) Honda CBR1000RR 1'46.140; 10. Byrne S. (GBR) Ducati 1098R 1'46.164; 11. Kiyonari R. (JPN) Honda CBR1000RR 1'46.171; 12. Haslam L. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 1'46.208; 13. Smrz J. (CZE) Ducati 1098R 1'46.363; 14. Xaus R. (ESP) BMW S1000 RR 1'46.545; 15. Corser T. (AUS) BMW S1000 RR 1'46.565; 16. Scassa L. (ITA) Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'46.566
Ben Spies takes his 5th Straight Superpole on another new track!
The only rider who was able to stay close to Spies throughout the 50 minute session was Michel Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox), who had dominated qualifying, but who had to take second best by two-tenths. Third place on the grid went to Ryuichi Kiyonari (Ten Kate Honda), who is starting to come good again after a difficult start to the season. The Japanese rider, who almost won here twelve months ago, headed Max Neukirchner (Suzuki Alstare). The German was out of contention until a couple of minutes from the end, but he put in a last-minute effort to haul his GSXR into the fourth slot, making it four different makes, Yamaha, Ducati, Honda and Suzuki, on the first row of the grid.
Sunday Race One -Fabrizio Beats Haga for the Win,
A red flag was issued and the race restarted. The race then became a battle at the front between Haga, Fabrizio and Spies for the lead. By lap nine Spies had a one second advantage over the Ducatis as they fough tback and forth over second, often side by side and the two Ducati team mate never more than inches apart the entie race. Fabrizio ended up the stronger and was able to close in and pass Spie twice for the led in epic braking battles into the corners that often saw Spies standing the R1 on its front wheel, the rear wheel waving some 6-10 inches off the ground he was braking so hard.
Three laps from the end Fabrizio drafted Spies on the main straight to take the lead going into the first chicane, only for Spies to take it back on the penultimate lap. The Yamaha rider then led convincingly and was looking a certainty for the win until running out of fuel as he took the Parabolica corner for the last time heading for the start finish straight. Ben was left devistated as certain victory was torn from his grasp and he was forced to walk back to his pit garage, leaving him in 15th position. Michel Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox) capitalized on Spies’ misfortune to take his first win in Superbike. Team-mate Noriyuki Haga finished second to maintain his points lead.
Ben's Team-mate Tom Sykes started well from tenth on the grid and was eighth by the end of the first lap. Consistent race pace saw him take two more positions over the duration, crossing the line in sixth to take more points.
The third place battle also saw a thrilling end as Max Biaggi took his Aprilia over the line, but the Italian was penalized 20 seconds for cutting the chicane, leaving Ryuichi Kiyonari (Ten Kate Honda) to take the final podium position after a spectacular mid-race recovery from a poor start. Fourth went to Yukio Kagayama (Suzuki Alstare), ahead of the British pair of Jonathan Rea (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) and Tom Sykes (Yamaha World Superbike). Both BMW and Kawasaki placed riders inside the top 10, Ruben Xaus taking the German four-cylinder machine to seventh while a still unfit Broc Parkes fought hard for tenth place.
Michel Fabrizio (Race 1 – winner, Race 2 – 2nd) - “I am so happy with today’s results. It’s gone well all weekend so I knew I had the chance to fight for the win and at last I’ve done it! Mid way through race 1 I was having trouble with the gears, especially when Ben passed me, but I didn’t give up and fought till the end. It’s a shame for Ben that the race finished as it did because it makes mine a bit of a false win but I’m very pleased of course. Race 2? Well Ben deserved the win in the first race so I’m pleased he took it instead in Race 2. I had to ride the second bike in Race 2 and for some reason I found it tricky at the start, I didn’t have a great feeling and couldn’t push but after a few laps I just concentrated on reaching the podium again and then it became easier. I thank my whole team for giving me such a fantastic bike this weekend. The double win I’ll leave for the next race!”
Superbike Race One Results: 1. Fabrizio M. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 31'50.758 (196,459 kph); 2. Haga N. (JPN) Ducati 1098R 0.239; 3. Kiyonari R. (JPN) Honda CBR1000RR 8.175; 4. Kagayama Y. (JPN) Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 11.001; 5. Rea J. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 12.447; 6. Sykes T. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R1 13.693; 7. Xaus R. (ESP) BMW S1000 RR 19.172; 8. Laconi R. (FRA) Ducati 1098R 24.989; 9. Checa C. (ESP) Honda CBR1000RR 26.930; 10. Parkes B. (AUS) Kawasaki ZX 10R 27.418; 11. Biaggi M. (ITA) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 27.752; 12. Smrz J. (CZE) Ducati 1098R 29.545; 13. Nakano S. (JPN) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 30.952; 14. Byrne S. (GBR) Ducati 1098R 31.414; 15. Spies B. (USA) Yamaha YZF R1 36.998; 16. Muggeridge K. (AUS) Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 42.732
Ben Spies takes Monza Superpole on the newly sponsored Sterilgarda Yamaha.
Race Two - Revenge is Sweet for the Jilted Spies
Michel Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox) now becomes a credible title candidate after crowning his Italian weekend with an excellent second place. Fabrizio managed to hold off Ryuichi Kiyonari in the final stages, the Japanese rider repeating his race 1 result. A superb fourth went to Jonathan Rea (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda), while Max Biaggi (Aprilia), in fifth place, could have been further up the standings had he not made a mistake while fighting amongst the group and he was unable to make up the gap again.
Tom Sykes took another sixth place for Yamaha, while Leon Haslam (Stiggy Racing Honda) made up for his race 1 retirement with a seventh place. Troy Corser did not take the start in race 2 after his two crashes today, but BMW honour was held high by Ruben Xaus, who again finished in ninth place. Broc Parkes again scored more points for Kawasaki in thirteenth.
Ben Spies leaves Monza having closed the gap to championship leader Haga, he heads to Kyalami with 146 points, 54 behind the lead. Sykes heads to South Africa having moved up to fifth in the championship on 90 points and now trails Haslam by only 13, and Fabrizio by 35.
Ben Spies, Yamaha World Superbike Team, (15th, 1st) - "Race one was a tough pill to swallow, it was a hard one to get by but that's racing I guess. Race two I had a clear strategy and made sure I got into a really good rhythm in the first 12 to 14 laps to build a safety buffer. Obviously we had a problem at the end of race one which I didn't want to repeat so slowed a bit there and short shifted a bit to make sure everything was good to the end. The bike was good and could have run fast times all the way through but I wanted to make sure we got this one in the bag. The Yamaha team did great regrouping after race one and me too I think! Hopefully we can keep going and improving from here. I want to say congratulations for Michel in race one, but I couldn't give it to him so easily in race two."
Noriyuki Haga (Race 1 – 2nd, Race 2 - DNF) - “Right at the start of Race 2 I was hit by a bird on my right arm; it hurt a lot and I lost all sensation, with strong pain and pins and needles in my right arm and hand. I tried to continue to race but it was too difficult to ride and as a result I unfortunately fell. Yes it hurts but I should be back in top shape very soon. Race 1 went much better for me of course and I really enjoyed the racing against Ben and Michel. I though at the end that I would surely end third but then Ben’s bike stopped so close to the finish line and I finished in second as a result. I’m sorry for him as he deserved the win and this year me and him will continue to battle it out. Despite the Race 2 result I still hold a 54 point advantage and so I’m satisfied with that.”
Superbike Race Two Results: 1. Spies B. (USA) Yamaha YZF R1 31'49.252 (196,614 kph); 2. Fabrizio M. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 2.665; 3. Kiyonari R. (JPN) Honda CBR1000RR 2.810; 4. Rea J. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 7.706; 5. Biaggi M. (ITA) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 7.863; 6. Sykes T. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R1 10.383; 7. Haslam L. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 11.586; 8. Smrz J. (CZE) Ducati 1098R 21.112; 9. Xaus R. (ESP) BMW S1000 RR 22.112; 10. Checa C. (ESP) Honda CBR1000RR 22.261; 11. Laconi R. (FRA) Ducati 1098R 23.453; 12. Nakano S. (JPN) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 32.956; 13. Parkes B. (AUS) Kawasaki ZX 10R 37.166; 14. Scassa L. (ITA) Kawasaki ZX 10R 43.085: 15. Baiocco M. (ITA) Kawasaki ZX 10R 43.088; 16. Hill T. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 43.825
Superbike Points (after 5 of 14 rounds) - Riders: 1. Haga 200; 2. Spies 146; 3. Fabrizio 125; 4. Haslam 103; 5. Sykes 90; 6. Biaggi 81; 7. Laconi 77; 8. Rea 77; 9. Neukirchner 75; 10. Kiyonari. Manufacturers: 1. Ducati 225; 2. Yamaha 180; 3. Honda 141; 4. Suzuki 89; 5. Aprilia 84; 6. Bmw 59; 7. Kawasaki 19
World Supersport to Crutchlow and Yamaha
600cc SuperSport Results: 1. Crutchlow C. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R6 29'34.605 (188,029 kph); 2. Lascorz J. (ESP) Kawasaki ZX-6R 2.660; 3. Foret F. (FRA) Yamaha YZF R6 2.716; 4. Laverty E. (IRL) Honda CBR600RR 2.780; 5. Pitt A. (AUS)Honda CBR600RR 9.270; 6. Fujiwara K. (JPN) Kawasaki ZX-6R 9.332; 7. Pirro M. (ITA) Yamaha YZF R6 20.178; 8. McCoy G. (AUS) Triumph Daytona 675 20.221
Supersport Points (after 5 of 14 rounds) – Riders: 1. Crutchlow 99; 2. Laverty 81; 3. Sofuoglu 72; 4. Pitt 54; 5. West 52; 6. Lascorz 47; 7. Foret 44; 8. Aitchison 34; 9. Pirro 33; 10. Veneman 28. Manufacturers: 1. Honda 108; 2. Yamaha 99; 3. Kawasaki 58; 4. Suzuki 28; 5. Triumph 27
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There were many board tracks across America in the 1920s which regularly pulled tens of thousands of spectators for any race. In fact, Daytona Beach, Florida, was well known for its board track races which pulled upwards to 50,000 people for a race. With the advent of the Great Depression the sport declined and the great board tracks were dismantled and disappeared. This bike is from the collection of famed custom bike builder an Hamster, Ron Simms at RonSimms.com
Despite the huge success and popularity of board track racing in the 1920s , not much movie film footage has survived to now. Below is the only known surviving film of a racing 1920 from the huge board track at Daytona Beach:
The most anticipated motorcycle of the year premiers in dealer showrooms this month
In anticipation of the Streetfighter’s arrival, Ducati is pleased to announce a priority reservation system for future owners. When a customer places a deposit through the Ducati dealer network, he or she is added to Ducati’s priority delivery list and is guaranteed delivery of the first Streetfighter available. Interest in the Streetfighter is at an all time high with gleaming press reviews about to hit newsstands. This priority reservation system will ensure Ducati fans get seat time on their new Streetfighter as soon the bikes hit dealerships.
To celebrate the arrival of the newest Ducati model, participating dealers will be taking part in a weekend of activities May 22-23rd. Kicking off the weekend on Friday the 22nd, dealers nationwide will hold an evening launch party where attendees can view the Streetfighter and the rest of the new Ducati range firsthand. This will set the scene for the action on Saturday, when dealerships will let their first bike loose for demo rides and activities at the shop. Interested customers can contact their local dealership in order to confirm their participation and schedule a ride on the newest jewel in the Ducati crown.
For more information on the revolutionary new Streetfighter, and for a list of participating open house dealers, please visit www.ducatiusa.com.
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WERA Motorcycle Roadracing to oversee vintage road-racing operations at AMA Racing Vintage Grand Championships
In addition, AMA Racing has made available the road-racing class structure, the necessary supplemental rules to existing amateur racing rulebooks and pre-entry registration forms at AmericanMotorcyclist.com. Details and entry information for motocross, dirt track, hare scrambles and trials were announced earlier.
"Since we announced the AMA Racing Vintage Grand Championships, which are designed to give our vintage racers the AMA recognition they have long deserved, our intention has been to work with partners to help with the operations of each discipline," said AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman. "WERA Motorcycle Roadracing is one of the country's leading amateur road-racing organizations, and brings both the know-how and hands-on knowledge to see that the on-track portion of our program happens without a hitch."
Added WERA Motorcycle Roadracing Owner and CEO Evelyne Clarke: "It has always been WERA's goal to support motorcycle road racing in the United States and grow the sport's audience. Helping the AMA with the road-racing portion of the AMA Vintage Grand Championships supports that goal. WERA Motorcycle Roadracing has run a vintage series since our inception, and we can offer our services to the AMA and also give WERA vintage racers an additional event they can participate in. This is good for both the AMA and WERA, and we are happy to be a part of the event."
As part of its involvement with the AMA Racing Vintage Grand Championships, WERA Motorcycle Roadracing is also making the event a points-paying meet for WERA vintage racers who compete in classes at the AMA Racing Vintage Grand Championships that are comparable to WERA's vintage class structure.
Competitors at the AMA Racing Vintage Grand Championships must pre-register with AMA Racing, while WERA Motorcycle Roadracing will handle all on-site road-race operations. Any pre-entries made through another organization will need to be re-submitted to AMA Racing.
As with all racing disciplines at the AMA Racing Vintage Grand Championships, each pre-entered racer will receive two $10 BikeBandit.com gift cards and coupons for two entries to the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum in Pickerington, Ohio. Pre-entry for this event closes on July 1.
Racers also will compete for AMA Racing national championships, and winners of A classes will earn National No. 1 plates to defend at the 2010 AMA Racing Vintage Grand Championships. All road-racing classes are considered A classes at the AMA Racing Vintage Grand Championships.
Competitors in select classes in the road-racing program will also earn points toward the AMA Track Racing Vintage Grand National Champion, the single rider with the highest point total in select classes in dirt track and road racing. These select classes are noted in event supplemental rules and pre-entry forms.
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