Superbike Shootout to Offer Unique Format
April 19, 2006
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Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the AMA Superbike Championship presented by Parts Unlimited, AMA Pro Racing and TrueSports, Inc., owner of Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, have created a unique format for the 2006 Superbike Shootout at Mid-Ohio.
The AMA Superbike Championship finale, held Sept. 30 – Oct. 1, will feature three heat races, a last chance qualifier (LCQ) and a consolation race. The heat races and LCQ will be 5-7 lap sprints. The top five riders from each heat race and the LCQ will make up the grid for the exclusive 20-rider final.
It has been 16 years since AMA Pro Racing last used heat races to determine Superbike grids for the final at regular series races.
“Mid-Ohio approached us about the idea of making this event special,” said AMA Pro Racing Road Race Series Manager Ron Barrick. “After soliciting the input of the road race advisory committee, this unique and exciting format is what we arrived at.
“Not only will it be a lot of fun, it will give a new generation of Superbike fans the opportunity to see what heat races and last chance qualifiers are all about.”
All of the Superbike qualifying races will be held on Saturday. The consolation and Mid-Ohio Superbike Shootout will be run on Sunday. In addition to five Superbike races, the weekend also will feature AMA Supersport, Superstock and Formula Xtreme events.
In addition to the season finale, Mid-Ohio will continue to host its traditional Honda Super Cycle Weekend presented by Dunlop Tire AMA Superbike Doubleheader on August 4-6.
Opened in Lexington, Ohio, in 1983, the 2.4-mile, 15-turn Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course underwent extensive facility improvements during the recent off-season, including a full-track repaving and the addition of a motocross facility.