A few weekends ago I was at Road Atlanta where round two the 2012 AMA Pro Road Racing series took place. The event marked the return to the track of the ‘Big Kahuna’ with M1 Powersports handling the promotional duties as they did at Road Atlanta back in the late ’90’s thru the early 2000’s.
The forecast for the weekend had been a bit concerning in the days leading up to the event. Friday started out cloudy and damp but as the day wore on the conditions improved. Apart from the exiting on-track action there was much to see and do as a good mix of vendors along with the attractions that M1 had set-up for the weekend gave fans plenty to choose from.
Saturday began somewhat cool and misty but as the conditions improved the fans began streaming in and by the time the first race gridded it was obvious that it was the biggest crowd for an AMA race at the track since the mid 2000’s. The days races saw Blake Young take a dramatic come from behind victory over Josh Hayes in the Super Bike race. In Daytona Sport Bike, Martin Cardenas took the win over a hard charging Dane Westby and the Super Sport race saw a race long battle between James Rispoli and class rookie Jake Lewis with Rispoli making a last lap pass for the win.
Sunday brought much welcomed sunshine as once again an impressive crowd turned out for the last day of racing. In the Super Bike race, Josh Hayes rebounded for the win over Blake Young in convincing fashion. Martin Cardenas doubled-up for the weekend in Daytona Sport Bike with another win, this time over Tommy Hayden. Once again in the Super Sport class it was a battle between James Rispoli and Jake Lewis with Lewis refusing to be denied the win this time. In the XR1200 race Tyler O’Hara took the win over veteran Michael Barnes.
Overall you could not have asked for a better weekend of racing and activities in what would have to be one of the ‘best bang for the buck’ entertainment deals of the year in the Atlanta area. It was promising to see the increased fan turnout as the series continues to come back after some recent tough years. A big thanks to AMA Pro Road Racing, Road Atlanta, M1 Powersports and especially the fans for helping to make for an awesome event.