MotoAmerica

MotoAmerica

Article & photos by Michael ONeill

The weekend of September 8-10, 2017 is one I won’t soon forget. It was then that the MotoAmerica Championship of New Jersey was held at New Jersey Motorsports Park (NJMP). MotoAmerica is the most prestigious motorcycle road racing sanctioning body in the United States and features riders who are the best-of-the-best in American motorcycle road racing. MotoAmerica has been promoting this superbike series since 2015 and is sanctioned by the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) and the Fédération International de Motocyclisme (FIM). The best riders in this series often move up to the ultimate international stage in the world of Moto GP racing. This is the real deal, folks. Tens of thousands of spectators. A full day (Friday) of practice sessions and two full days (Saturday & Sunday) of racing. The midway is jammed with every conceivable attraction from refreshments, gear and apparel sales, motorcycle stunt rider shows and on site test rides are offered by some of the motorcycle manufacturer’s entire product lines. To say this place is motorcycle friendly would be the ultimate understatement. The reserved infield parking corral for bikers looks like Main Street in Sturgis during bike week.  Get down there next year to witness this amazing show by some of the most talented racers in the world. By the way…the track is located only 40 miles from Atlantic City if you still need another excuse for a weekend road trip.

The photos here show #24, the 2017 Superbike Champion, Tony Elias. Hailing from Barcelona, Spain. He locked up the 2017 Superbike championship in Saturday’s race and was sporting that gold championship helmet on Sunday morning. Confidence.

The lucky rider of the #2 Yamaha Factory Racing YZF-R1 being shaded by the beautiful Monster Energy umbrella girl is Josh Herrin of Dublin, GA. Sadly I didn’t get her name.

The #95 Suzuki Factory Racing GSX-R1000 is being piloted by Roger Hayden, brother of the late Nicky Hayden, the legendary MotoGP rider who succumbed to injuries sustained in a bicycle accident while training.

The winner’s podium in the Supersport (600cc) class race on Saturday. First place Garrett Gerloff. Second place Valentin Debise. Third place JD Beach. Debise is also pictured here leading the pack on his #53 Suzuki GSX-R600.

Check out this old hardtail Indian carving up the track. Vanson Leathers sponsored two Vintage Invitational races on the weekend.

The #28 S1000RR is ridden by Sylvain Barrier of France. His was the lone BMW to make it into the Superbike field.

#4 Josh Hayes of Gulfport, MS and #888 Max Flinders of England duel through the chicane on the Thunderbolt Course.

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