With light bikes and constantly changing competition, the AMA Superbike racing circuit is ground zero for innovation in light bikes. The combination of light bikes and powerful engines makes for exciting races as well as exciting advances in racing technology. All five major brands that compete in the AMA Superbike racing circuit make not only bikes, but riding accessories like helmets, gloves, pants, and jackets which cost a pretty penny but will make sure that the rider is as safe and comfortable as possible.
In 2002, 2003 and 2005, famed AMA Superbiker Casey Stoner rode Aprilia superbikes, models RS250, RS125, and RSA250. Aprilia is one of the seven brands owned by Piaggio, and started off manufacturing scooters. However, in recent years, they have become synonymous with top of the line racing bikes. Aprilia superbikes have seen their greatest success in the smaller classes. While Aprilia’s larger bikes (like the legendary RS3 “Cube”) have contributed to huge advances in the manufacture and technology of racing bikes, they have not had outstanding race performance. The lighter RS250, RS125, and RSA250 bikes paved the way for Casey Stoner’s success, and their new RSV4 will certainly lead to some exciting moments on the AMA Superbike track in 2009.
Kari Lamanuzzi AllAboutBikes.com Staff Writer
Mathew Mladin, an Australian motorcycle racer, has risen to prominence in the AMA Superbike competitions for his work with Team Suzuki, helping to bring home an unprecedented string of victories in the AMA Superbike Championships. Mladin has won the Daytona 200 three times, in 2000, 2001, and 2004, as well as having made multiple wild card appearances in Superbike World Championship races.
Intensely private, Mladin prefers to leave it all on the racetrack and avoid the media. In 1998, Mladin said, “I don't enjoy all the press side of things at all, I enjoy my racing and I enjoy winning like nothing else.” He maintains a friendly competitive relationship with fellow racer Ben Spies. Spies and Mladin race together on Team Suzuki, and for the past three years Spies has beaten Mladin out for the first place spot in the AMA Superbike championships, and the rivalry is palpable.
Casey Stoner, an Australian motorcycle racer, has built up an incredible series of victories in his career, racing with motorcycles from manufacturers like Aprilia and Ducati. Hailing from Southport, Queensland, he moved at a young age to the UK to chase the dream of a career in grand prix motorcycle racing. In 2007, he achieved the title of MotoGP World Champion for his wins on the racing calendar.
Along with on-the-track skill, Stoner's use of the latest racing accessories and equipment help to keep him at the top of the circuit.
In 2002, 2003 and 2005, Casey Stoner rode Aprilia superbikes, models RS250, RS125, and RSA250. Aprilia is one of the seven brands owned by Piaggio, and started off manufacturing scooters.
Ron LiebackAllAboutBikes Staff Writer
On August 30, you’ll be able to get within distance of Valentino Rossi’s dominating YZR-M1 at the Red Bull Indianapolis GP at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS). But besides us two-wheeled racing fans celebrating the second year of another stateside MotoGP event besides Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, IMS is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.
Although IMS’s heritage is based around automobiles, its history begins with motorcycles. The first motorsport event ever held at the facility in 1909 consisted of seven motorcycle races, sanctioned by the Federation of American Motorcyclists (FAM). This was originally planned as a two-day, 15-race program, but ended before the first day was completed, due to concerns over the suitability of the track surface for motorcycle use. Remember, back then Indiana had no paved streets, and the lack of experience with track surfaces led to the laying of somewhat inadequate riding material.
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