AMA Pro Racing, Vance & Hines and the Harley-Davidson Motor Company will put some serious money in the pockets of the 10 XR1200 road racers who qualify for the XR1200 Showdown, a new addition the XR1200 series for 2012.With five races left in the series, the top 10 riders in the AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Championship point standings will qualify for the XR Showdown with the winner of the Showdown taking home $30,000 with the other nine riders splitting the remaining $30,000.

The money is in addition to the $10,000 purse plus posted contingency money available each weekend with over $100,000 up for grabs over the course of the season for those racing in the XR series."This further emphasizes the commitment from AMA Pro Racing, Vance & Hines and Harley-Davidson," said David Atlas, Chief Operating Officer of AMA Pro Racing. "We want to send a strong message to our teams and riders that we will reward them for their efforts. The addition of the XR Showdown is sure to produce even more world-class racing action."

The AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Series, which was added to the AMA Pro Road Racing class structure alongside AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike, AMA Pro Daytona SportBike and AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport at the Road America round of the 2010 season, features Harley-Davidson XR1200s modified with a specially-prepared parts-and-accessories kit from famed motorcycle performance tuner Vance & Hines. The big twins are showcased at all of the rounds with the exception of the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.Bruce Rossmeyer's Daytona Racing/GEICO/RMR's Chris Fillmore won last year's title after a season-long battle with Parts Unlimited rider Steve Rapp with Fillmore ultimately winning five races and the number-one plate.During the 2011 season, a total of 22 Harley-Davidson dealerships supported XR1200 Series teams and riders through sponsorship.The AMA road race series begins at Daytona International Speedway in March and will likely conclude at New Jersey Motorsports Park in September. So far, the AMA has announced contracts with seven racetracks - Daytona, Infineon Raceway, Miller Motorsports Park, Road America, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Barber Motorsports Park and New Jersey Motorsports Park. The remainder of the 2012 calendar, including events conducted in conjunction with promotion by M1 Powersports, will be announced shortly, according to AMA Pro Racing.

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By Cycle News Staff

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