The following is from USGPRU...We all know how difficult this economy has been for the motorcycle racing community. At the USGPRU, we're working hard to bring in more contingency money to help keep racers racing in 2010. As such, we've lined up over $310,000 in purse money, prizes, and contingency for our four race classes.
Special thanks goes out to our series sponsors who have stepped up to support our program again this year. Thank you to RoadracingWorld.com, Rising Sun Cycles, and Motion Pro Tools!
The biggest purse of the season is featured again in the Moriwaki MD250H class Powered by HONDA. This year, this class gets a boost in the form of a returning sponsor, Rev'it leathers. With up to $10,000 available every weekend, and paying out as far as 10th place, there isn't a better contingency program available for these young roadracers.
The Pilot 125GP class starts out with a combined purse of almost $5,000 up for grabs each weekend. Racers on the 2-stroke 125GP bikes and the new 4-stroke Moriwaki MD250H's can all earn money with payouts as far back as 7th place. New for this year, the Moriwaki purse is available for all MD250H riders in this class. So it's not just the kids that can win big money in 2010!
The Moto-Liberty/RS-Taichi 250GP class stays the same as last year with almost $2,000 available for a full grid of 45 bikes! Thanks to these great sponsors for their continued support. Last year saw the largest consistent 250GP grids in years, and we owe much of that success to your support.
Our new Moto3 class features multiple sponsors, and a substantial purse for its inaugural season. 125GP riders in this class have $1,750 available to them, paying out to 7th place. Thanks to GPTech, 450cc bikes will have a similar $2,000 purse. Finally, HONDA again extended its Moriwaki MD250H program to include racers in this class with a purse of almost $3,000 per event. Like in the 125GP class, the Moriwaki money in this class is open to all eligible USGPRU racers that ride these bikes.
In addition to our purse payouts, we will be awarding prizes throughout the year thanks to our other great sponsors. Motion Pro Tools will lead the way as they again will provide top-grade tools each weekend. We have a set of RS-Taichi R300 leathers, Pilot custom leathers and chest/back protectors, Rev'it leathers, and product certificates from Hjelm Motorsports and Powerstands to award.We will have contingency available from Dunlop, Bridgestone, and Michelin tires. EBC and Yoyodyne return again with their contingency programs and are joined this year by Silkolene.
Finally, we're very pleased to see the return of Impact Armor and the Ethan Gillim ‘Chasin a Dream' program. We will again give away free chest protectors to our young racers and provide substantial discounts to our adult racers looking to get themselves custom chest protection.
It's nice to know that in this ailing economy, it is not all doom and gloom. The motorsports community has stepped up with strong support for GP racing in 2010. We encourage you all to come out and join us for some great racing and get yourself a piece of this outstanding contingency we've lined up!