3 September 2014
Wayne Rainey to help run American road racing
"We're eager to build a fair, exciting and commercially viable professional road racing series" - Wayne Rainey.
Triple 500cc world champion Wayne Rainey is among the key members of MotoAmerica, a new American road racing series sanctioned by the AMA and FIM.
Rainey and his partners will promote and manage the commercial aspects of MotoAmerica, with the AMA also announcing it has re-acquired the rights to professional road racing in America from Daytona Motorsports Group (DMG).
DMG has operated the series - which includes the American Superbike and Supersport classes - for the last seven years and is no longer going to be the promoter of the series.
MotoAmerica, in consultation with the AMA, will develop classes, rules and event procedures. While details of the rulebook are still in development, classes and events 'will conform to prevailing international standards'.
"The structure of our agreement with the AMA serves the goal of developing riders to be successful on the world stage," Rainey said. "It allows a framework that supports advancement from youth competition to novice, from novice to Pro-Am, from Pro-Am to National Championship contention and, for the best of the best, an opportunity to race for a world title."
"The AMA's roles as FIM affiliate and amateur sanctioning body make it a critical piece to establishing a clear progression for America's road racing community," Rainey added. "We're eager to build a fair, exciting and commercially viable professional road racing series not just for today's stars, but for those who will stand on top of the podium for years to come."
Rainey's involvement is via MotoAmerica affiliate KRAVE Group LLC, which stands for Karges, Rainey, Aksland, Varner. While Rainey needs no introduction, Chuck Aksland is also a familiar name, having managed Team Roberts for 20 years and most recently served as Vice President of Motor Sport Operations at Circuit of The Americas.
Terry Karges is a former motorsports marketing executive and team owner who spent 17-years at Roush Performance while Richard Varner is a motorcycle manufacturer, energy sector entrepreneur, philanthropist and businessman.
"If you are an amateur or professional motorcycle road racer in America, if you are a fan of road racing or if you are a company that does business in this industry, this is an exciting day," stated AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman. "Our goal has always been to entrust the promoting and commercial rights for professional racing to a talented, dedicated, well-capitalised professional entity, and the KRAVE Group certainly offers all that and more."
Nicky Hayden was the most recent American 500cc/MotoGP world champion, in 2006.
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