Harley-Davidson will payout $45,000 in contingency money for the AMA Pro Racing Vance & Hines XR1200 Series in 2011 with $5000 going to the top 10 finishers in each of the series nine rounds and the winner earning $1250 - a program that basically doubles what Vance & Hines has already announced it will payout in 2011, making the spec class a lucrative opportunity for road racers.The Motor Company also announced yesterday at the Progressive International Motorcycle Show in Long Beach, California, that Kenny Coolbeth will return to the factory team for the 2011 AMA Pro Grand National Championship and that the pairing of Andrew Hines and Eddie Krawiec will again spearhead the Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson team in the NHRA Pro Stock class next year.Hines lost the 2010 NHRA Championship by just four points after winning five times and appearing in nine final rounds."My career with the Screamin' Eagle/Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson team has been memorable," said Hines, a three-time series champion in a Harley release. "It's been great to be part of such an elite team; 2010 was a great year with the achievements we earned from beginning to end, and I'm looking forward to continuing our pursuit of another NHRA Full Throttle series Championship in 2011."Coolbeth also returns to the Harley factory fold for 2011 despite finishing fifth in the series in 2011 with just a one win at the Canterbury Mile. Coolbeth stood on the podium six times."We didn't have a lot of wins in 2010, but we had consistent performances, came from the back of the pack in a lot of the races, and got a few podiums," Coolbeth said. "I'm pleased to remain a factory rider for Harley-Davidson for the fifth straight year, and I'm anxious to get the 2011 season rolling. I want to win at least five races in 2011 and I'm focused on winning the championship."

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Paul Carruthers | Editor

Paul Carruthers took over as the editor of Cycle News in 1993 after serving as associate editor since starting his career at the publication in 1985. Carruthers has covered every facet of the sport in his near-28-year tenure at America's Daily Motorcycle News Source.

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