AMA Pro Racing officials announced today its future plans for the AMA Pro Road Racing Series’ class structure and rules package. Although they didn’t elaborate on the details, the plan for 2015 is to promote the goal of a cost-effective and competitive racing platform for the series.
The release went on to say that the AMA is following consultation with both World and National Superbike Championship governing bodies not only in the interest of the goals for cost containment and performance parity, but for rule commonality among the Superbike Series’. This suggests a possible adaptation to FIM or British Superbike rules, the former of which has been something critics have been calling on for years. And with World Superbike’s addition of the scaled-back EVO class next year, many are expecting that that experiment will lead to an all EVO Superbike format in 2015 - a format that would also be attractive to the National Series’.
The AMA went on to add that the changes made to the technical rules package would be implemented incrementally over the next two seasons.
Also announced is a restructuring of the series’ tiered-class structure. AMA Superbike will continue to be the premier class of the series, but for 2015 the two middleweight classes – Daytona SportBike and AMA Supersport - will be combined. So the current AMA SuperSport class will remain for 2014, but the East and West divisions of the class will be eliminated in favor of an overall National Championship.
Additionally, the prospect of adding an entry-level class with smaller-displacement machines is being investigated for the future. The Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson class is slated to remain a part of the program through 2015.