In just about a weeks time the AMA Pro Road Racing series will roar into the rolling hills of North Georgia at Road Atlanta for the renewal of the Big Kahuna race weekend. M1 Powersports has returned to promote the event which debuted there in 1998 and have lined up a wide range of activities for the fans to enjoy in between the on track action.
This is the second round for the series after the opening round last month in Daytona and the competition is as fierce as ever. In the National Gaurd Superbike class, Graves Yamaha mounted Josh Hayes comes into the weekend with a three point advantage over Yoshimura Suzuki’s Blake Young after the two split the wins at round one. Roger Hayden on the Jordan Suzuki follows the pair in third place and will be looking to give the Daytona winners a run for their money along with the rest of the Superbike field.
GoPro Daytona Sportbike sees Jason Disalvo as the top points man although Joey Pascarella is actually leading the class points after his impressive win at the Daytona 200 but will not be racing as the Project 1 Atlanta team has unfortunately been unable to secure funding to continue on past Daytona. Cameron Beaubier currently sitting third in points is doubtful as well after a scooter accident put him on the sidelines but behind him you have contenders Martin Cardenas, Dane Westby, Jake Zemke and Tommy Hayden ready to nab their first wins of the year.
In the Motorcycle Superstore Supersport class, James Rispoli and Elena Myers come in hot off their wins at Daytona but will be challenged for top honors by the likes of Cory Alexander, Stephano Mesa, Hayden Gillim and Jake Lewis amongst others.
The Vance & Hines XR1200 race should consist of a battle between Daytona winner Kyle Wyman, Tyler O’Hara and veteran Michael Barnes with others sure to join the fray.
Along with the intense racing action, the list of activities and attractions going on off-track all weekend is impressive to say the least. As the first of three Triumph Big Kahuna Nationals rounds (Miami and New Orleans will be later this year), the weekend should prove to be a don’t miss event for motorcycle enthusiasts of all kinds while providing an entertainment value that for the dollar will be hard to beat.
For more information, visit the M1 Powersports website: http://www.m1powersports.com/
UPDATE: Today, April 17th, it was announced that Joey Pascarella had secured a ride for Road Atlanta on a Yamaha in the DSB class.