AMA Pro Racing will have their inaugural ‘Red Bull Supermoto’ event in conjunction with the U.S. Superbike championship at the legendary Mazda Raceway in Laguna Seca CA July 11-13. Don Canet has designed a world-class track situated in the open area between turns 2 and 5 of the main road course. It’s a central location with nice viewing areas.
“Our objective was to locate the supermoto track in such a manner that fans had convenient access and could easily view all of the supermoto and road races,” says Cameron Gray of Race Promotion Management, the event promoter. “By placing the track where we did, we’re offering fans an entirely new component to their race weekend. The supermoto race program complements the AMA and World Superbike schedule so fans won’t miss any action. Also, spectators can now visit the manufacturer displays and view the AMA Red Bull Supermoto races all in the same general location.” The supermoto track will be adjacent to the main display grounds, a popular area at the Mazda Raceway facility.
The track is planned to be approximately .6 miles long and features a 70/30 pavement-to-dirt ratio. It also features several jumps including a 30′ double step-down, table top jump.
“Finding a suitable on-site course area for this event has presented a formidable challenge,” said Canet. “We’ve made the most of the space we have to work with and feel confident that the riders and fans will find the layout very exciting.” The main straight of the supermoto track utilizes pavement that was part of the original Laguna Seca layout along with a mix of tight turns that will place a premium on braking. “While there just isn’t room enough for a sweeping road course element, we’re certain to see plenty of back-it-in, burn-it-out action,” assures Canet. “If I see big grins on the faces of fans and riders, I’ve done my job as a track builder.”
In addition to riders that have already announced their participation (Chris Carr, Mike Metzger, Scott Russell, Kevin Schwantz) several other top-level riders have expressed their intention to race the series. Included on this list are current AMA Superbike racer Eric Bostrom & AMA Motocross/Supercross legend and Indy car driver Jeff Ward.