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Cyclists roar into Sonoma Raceway

The third season of MotoAmerica, North America’s premier motorcycle road racing series, has reached it stretch run of the 10-race championship, taking the most exceptional homegrown and international talent to the most well-known and challenging racetracks in the country. Since late April the finest racers have pushed the limits in motorsports, competing in nine different states during an all-out battle to be crowned champion.

On Aug. 11-13, AMA/FIM-sanctioned MotoAmerica and the sport of superbike racing will make its long-awaited return to the Bay Area for three days of racing at Sonoma Raceway. For the first time since 2012, the sound of the two-wheeled racing machines in the U.S. will fill the hills surrounding the scenic circuit, with the Championship at Sonoma Raceway serving as the seventh stop of the 2017 season.

Sonoma Raceway is the only race track in the country to host the four largest asphalt racing series – NASCAR, NHRA, IndyCar, and MotoAmerica.

Known throughout the world as superbike racing, spectators are captivated by the exceptionally high speeds reached aboard these high-performance motorcycles (upwards of 200 mph at times) and the physics-defying phenomenon of “knee dragging,” where riders lean so far into corners their knees scrape the pavement.

Five classes of competition comprise MotoAmerica, each featuring some of the fastest and most promising riders in the world:

• Motul Superbike Class: The showcase division featuring highly tuned, production-based 1000cc motorcycles.

• Bazzaz Superstock 1000: Compete alongside Superbike, but feature mostly stock, production-based 1000cc motorcycles.

• Supersport: The proving ground division for young talent featuring highly tuned, production-based 600cc motorcycles.

• Superstock 600: Compete alongside Supersport, but feature mostly stock, production-based 600cc motorcycles.

• KTM RC Cup: A dedicated youth-development championship aboard identical KTM RC 390 motorcycles. This is where the sport’s next star will be discovered.

Festivities for the Championship at Sonoma Raceway will start with on-track action beginning on Friday, Aug. 11, featuring practice and qualifying for each class. Two full days of racing across five classes will take place on both Saturday, Aug. 12, and Sunday, Aug. 13. The race weekend will also feature an array of fan activities to complement the racing.

Friday, Aug. 11:

9 a.m. - Supersport/Superstock 600 Practice 1

10:40 a.m. - KTM RC Cup Practice

11:20 a.m. - Motul Superbike/Bazzaz Superstock 1000 Qualifying Practice 1

1:40 p.m. - Supersport/Superstock 600 Practice 2

3:20 p.m. - Motul Superbike/Bazzaz Superstock 1000 Qualifying Practice 2

4:30 p.m. - KTM RC Cup Qualifying 1

Saturday, Aug. 12:

8:30 a.m. - Supersport/Superstock 600 Qualifying

10:10 a.m. - Motul Superbike/Bazzaz Superstock 1000 Practice

10:50 a.m. - KTM RC Cup Qualifying 2

11:30 a.m. - Superpole

12:15 p.m. - Supersport/Superstock 600 LCQ

2:25 p.m. - Supersport/Superstock 600 Race 1

3:30 p.m. - Motul Superbike/Bazzaz Superstock 1000 Race 1

4:35 p.m. - KTM RC Cup Race 1

Sunday, Aug. 13:

9 a.m. - KTM RC Cup Warm-Up

9:25 a.m. - Supersport/Superstock 600 Warm-Up

10:15 a.m. - Motul Superbike/Bazzaz Superstock 1000 Warm-Up

10:45 a.m. - Supersport/Superstock 600 LCQ

11:30 a.m. - KTM RC Cup Race 2

2:25 p.m. - Supersport/Superstock 600 Race 2

3:30 p.m. - Motul Superbike/Bazzaz Superstock 1000 Race 2

For more information on the return of professional motorcycle racing to Sonoma Raceway, visit MotoAmerica.com/Sonoma-Raceway or SonomaRaceway.com/MotoAmerica.