Daytona Bike Week : riding and racing events
The 75th Daytona Bike Week kicks off today (March 4th) and runs through March 13th in Daytona Beach, Florida. The event welcomes motorcyclists from across the country, including road riders and racers from many disciplines. Motorcyclists planning to race, go on a road ride or just watch the action are encouraged to check out the AMA-sanctioned events happening in and around Daytona Beach during the week:
The first round of the 2016 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series, an AMA National Championship, will be held in Palatka, Fla., on March 5-6. The two-day event features ATV racing on Saturday and motorcycle competition on Sunday. The second round of the series will take place on Saturday and Sunday, March 12-13, in Sparta, Ga. For tickets or to register to race, see www.gnccracing.com.
The Kenda Full Gas Sprint Enduro Series took place March 2-3 in Bunnell, Fla., the location of the famed Alligator Enduro. Visit www.sprintenduro.com for results.
Daytona International Speedway hosts the Monster Energy AMA Supercross on Saturday, March 5. Ticket information is available at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com.
On Sunday, March 6, and Monday, March 7, the Ricky Carmichael Daytona Amateur Supercross returns to the Speedway for its seventh annual event. The biggest two-day amateur Supercross event on the planet features competition on the same track raced by the pros the night before. Information about the event is available at www.racedaytona.com.
Pro ATV riders get their turn on Tuesday, March 8, for Daytona ATV Supercross. Competitors from the AMA Pro Racing Motocross National Championship will compete for series points. In addition to the pro classes, support classes are available for youth riders on 71cc machines up to amateur senior and vet classes. For tickets and class information, see www.atvmotocross.com.
Dirt track competition
The AMA Vintage Dirt Track National Championship Series kicks off the 2016 season on Saturday, March 5, in Savannah, Ga., with the half-mile event. The second round is Monday, March 7, in Barberville, Fla., with another half-mile event. The third round is a short track on Tuesday, March 8, also in Barberville. For more information, visit www.americanmotorcyclist.com.
Held in conjunction with the three rounds of vintage dirt track competition, amateur dirt-track classes will compete and award points toward AMA Major Event No. 1 plates. AMA Major Events and Series are premier AMA-sanctioned events that draw top racers from around the country. Visit www.stevenaceracing.com for more information.
The 2016 All-Star National Flat Track Series took place Friday, March 4, at Oglethorpe Speedway Park in Savannah, Ga. and continues Sunday, March 6, at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla. Promoted by Steve Nace Racing, the event features the sport’s top amateurs and some pro class riders. Visit www.stevenaceracing.com for more details.
Also on March 6, amateur dirt trackers will have an opportunity to race on the Daytona Flat Track. The event is promoted by Dave Joiner and information is available at www.fastfridays.com.
On Thursday and Friday, March 10-11, fans can witness AMA Pro Racing Flat Track competition at Daytona. Tickets are available at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com.
Road racing and the Daytona 200
The American Sportbike Racing Association will host the Daytona 200 at Daytona International Speedway on March 12. ASRA will also host hold a round of its sprint series on March 12-13. More information is available at www.asraracing.com.
Dixie Dual Sport will host dual sport and adventure rides March 4-6, starting in Brooksville, Fla. The AMA-sanctioned events launch the 2016 season of the Beta AMA National Dual Sport Series and the Yamaha Super Ténéré AMA National Adventure Riding Series. For information, see www.dixiedualsport.com.
The Daytona 200 Motorcycle Club’s Alligator Mystery Tour Road Run will be March 9. Find more information about one of Florida’s oldest riding clubs and their event at www.daytona200mc.com.
The AMA Road Riding staff will lead a road ride on March 6 from the Daytona International Speedway to Volusia Speedway in Barberville, Fla., to watch the AMA-sanctioned All-Star National Flat Track Series. Staging is at 10:30 a.m. Stop by the AMA booth, Club 1924, at Daytona Bike Week for more information. Participants in this ride will receive a discount on admission at the dirt track event.
The activities during Daytona Bike Week are just a fraction of the thousands of rides and races organized by AMA-chartered clubs and promoters each year. The best riding and racing events in America are found on the AMA calendar. To find an event near you, visit www.americanmotorcyclist.com.