Inclement Weather Puts a Hold on Barber Racing

Henny Ray Abrams | September 26, 2010

LEEDS, AL, SEPT 26 – Thunderstorms and lightning have forced the temporary suspension of all on track activities on the second day of the AMA Pro SuperBike Classic at Barber Motorsports Park. They’re expected to resume at 9:00 a.m. CDT.Corner workers were called back to the paddock after lightning hit in the area, making it unsafe for them to remain at their posts.

The 2.38-mile road course is suitable for wet racing, and morning warm-up will commence once the weather clears and track sweepers, currently on track, clear the standing water.The forecast is for intermittent thundershowers all day, with the chance of precipitation never falling below 40%.The rain isn’t as hard as last year, when tornado warnings forced everyone to seek shelter. The tornado never materialized and most of the races were run in dry conditions.If the races are run in the rain, it will be the first time since last year’s Barber race, which was run in May, that the Superbike riders have ridden in the wet. With both the Daytona SportBike and American SuperBike titles on the line, a rainy day would add an element of uncertainty to the races.

Henny Ray Abrams | Contributing Editor

Abrams is the longest-serving contributor at Cycle News. Over the course of his 35-some years of writing and shooting photos, he’s covered events from MotoGP to the Motocross World Championship - and everything in between.