AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Class Headed for Infineon Raceway

DAYTONA BEACH, FL (April 1, 2011) – Making its first appearance on the high banks of Daytona International Speedway earlier this month, the AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 class boasted its largest field to date and backed it up with a .016 second margin of victory.

2011 AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 SeriesNext up for the big V-twin series is yet another debut, this time at Sonoma, California’s beautiful Infineon Raceway.

After dueling with veteran riders like former AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Champion Joe Kopp, former Daytona 200 winner Steve Rapp, and road race regular Chris Fillmore, it was RMR Bruce Rossmeyer Daytona Racing’s Kyle Wyman who took victory, a career first in the AMA Pro Road Race series for the 21-year-old New Yorker.

The eldest of three racing Wyman brothers, Kyle led five of the seven laps en route to the inaugural Vance & Hines XR1200 Daytona win.

At the end of its 2010 five-round debut, Danny Eslick—- who’d been dominant in the championship with three consecutive wins—- took the first AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Championship. Kyle Wyman, meanwhile, was less obviously competitive, with a couple of fourth-place finishes adding up to his best results in the class. He was in fact outshone by his younger brother, Travis, who finished second overall in the championship thanks to second- and third-place results.

At Daytona, however, the brothers traded spots and then some. With the XR1200s more than delivering on their promise of great drafting action, the front group of riders swapped the lead via giant slingshot maneuvers lap after lap. When Kyle ultimately beat Fillmore to the line by just .016, it was Travis (fifth-place finisher in Daytona’s XR1200 event) who was first to congratulate his brother on the cool-down lap.

Kyle Wyman was joined on the podium by RMR Bruce Rossmeyer Daytona Racing teammate Chris Fillmore, and by the third-place finisher, Team Latus Motors Racing’s Joe Kopp. With more than twenty entries posted for the opening event of its first full season—- and with Daytona’s lead trio now in the sights of riders like Rapp, Travis Wyman, Tyler O’Hara, and many others—- look for Round 2 action to be even more intense.

AMA Pro Road Racing’s Round 2 runs May 13-15 at Infineon Raceway. For tickets and information, please visit


AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200: 2011 Daytona Preview

Press Release

DAYTONA BEACH, FL (March 8, 2011) – Last year a new series was launched in the Kettle Moraine country of East Central Wisconsin, just up the road from Milwaukee, home of one of the most iconic manufacturers in the motorcycling universe.

Another beginning will take place during the March 10-12 Daytona 200 Week at the famous Daytona International Speedway, as the AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 series takes to the high banks for the first time in its short history.

The class’ first full season will kick off at Daytona with a record entry of more than twenty Harley-Davidson XR1200 riders. Led by a number of big stars from all facets of the motorcycling world, the field will roll out on Friday, March 11, at 3:15 p.m. for a 25-mile race around the 3.51-mile Long Course at Daytona International Speedway.

The series made its debut at Road America in June of last year, and the inaugural five-race series was won convincingly by Danny Eslick aboard the GEICO Powersports RMR Bruce Rossmeyer Daytona Racing XR1200. Eslick went on to dominate the next three races and captured the first AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Championship.

This year will see a big influx of new teams and riders for the first full season of competition aboard the big Harley-Davidson machines, which feature special but limited modifications via kits from famed high-performance exhaust and product manufacturer Vance & Hines.

One of the notable entries this season will be AMA Pro Flat Track star Joe Kopp, who will ride for Team Latus Motors Racing. Kopp has five AMA Flat Track Championships to his name, including the 2000 AMA Grand National Championship—- one of three championships he won that year.

Previous Daytona 200 winner Steve Rapp (2007), who contended the AMA Pro Daytona SportBike series last year, joins the 2011 XR1200 class aboard a Parts Unlimited-sponsored machine alongside Michael Barnes, who finished second in the final XR1200 race of 2010. Barnes will pilot a Drag Specialties-supported XR1200.

AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200: 2011 Daytona Preview

AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Motorcycle Racing Series


Santa Fe Springs, California – With just three weeks to go until the start of the 2011 AMA Pro season, the grid for the Vance & Hines XR1200 Series will not only be a battle of youth versus experience, but also a battle of disciplines, with many familiar names from Road Racing, Flat Track and even Supermoto.

ama pro racing, ama pro vance & hines, ama xr1200 series, ama pro road racingIt was only one year ago during the Daytona 200 weekend that the formation of the new spec-racing class based on the Harley-Davidson Sportster XR1200 was announced.

Three months later, the AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Series made history with its first race at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin as part of a five-race inaugural season for the XR1200s.

Fast forward to 2011, the XR1200s are slated for at least eight rounds of the AMA Pro road racing calendar, kicking off the season at Daytona, with its largest grid to date, and a roster of riders that’s shaping up to be a virtual “IROC” of motorcycle racing.

2007 Daytona 200 winner, Steve Rapp and Michael Barnes will be leading the contingent of veteran road racers onboard their Parts Unlimited and Drag Specialties sponsored XR1200s.

From flat track, 2000 AMA Grand National Champion, Joe Kopp will be riding an XR1200 for Latus Racing. The former Screamin’ Eagle Wrecking Crew member has had an amazing career racing the Harley-Davidson XR750 on the half-mile and mile tracks of fairgrounds across the country. So it’s only fitting for Kopp to make his road racing debut on the bike that takes its inspiration from the quintessential icon of flat track racing.

There will also be plenty of young guns out to prove their mettle in the XR1200 Series this season, including supermoto star, Chris Fillmore, who made the transition to road racing in 2009, and will be competing on the RMR Bruce Rossmeyer Daytona Racing Revolution Performance XR1200. Another young top-ten finisher from the Daytona Sportbike class riding an XR1200 this season will be Michael Beck on the J&P Cycles sponsored entry.

AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Motorcycle Racing Series

AMA Pro Racing Announces Rules Infraction Disqualifications

AMA Pro Racing Press Release

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (September 22, 2010) – Following the AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Series race at the recent New Jersey Motorsports Park event, two motorcycles were found to be in violation of the rules and have been disqualified from the event as a result.

The No. 3 and No. 33 RMR Racing motorcycles violated rules concerning the modification of equipment and as a result, race winner Jake Holden and third place finisher Kyle Wyman have lost their results, prize money and points for the New Jersey Motorsports Park race.

New race and points standings will be issued but as a result of the confirmation of the infractions, P.J. Jacobson, riding the Celtic Racing XR1200 is the winner of the New Jersey Motorsports Park round of the AMA Pro Racing Vance & Hines XR1200 Series. Second place is Steve Atlas riding for HOG Racing and third is Travis Wyman on his Harv’s Harley-Davidson Racing XR1200.

“Racing by the rules is a critical element of a spec series such as the AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Series and we monitor the machines very closely and we will continue to do so to ensure fair and equal competition,” said AMA Pro Technical Director of Competition Al Ludington.

Following the application of the penalties outlined above, no further sanctions will be taken for these specific violations.

Revised race results and points standing will be available at:

AMA Pro Racing: Danny Eslick won the AMA Pro XR1200 at Road America.

AMA Pro Racing / AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 at Road America!

GEICO Powersports RMR Bruce Rossmeyer Daytona Racing’s Danny Eslick and Jake Holden put on an outstanding show with a electrifying 1-2 finish in the inaugural AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 race at Road America.

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Victory for #9 Danny Eslick

The two rider’s muscled their tightly-restricted Harley-Davidson XR1200s at the front of the pack, stealing the lead from one another at every possible contingency around the scenic racetrack.

The result at the checkered flag was almost too close to call with Eslick climactically going down in the record books at the class’ very first race winner, taking the honor over fellow Lucas Oil-sponsored competitor Holden by a minuscule 0.055 seconds.

The race was restarted after John Ashmead of Brady Schwemmer Racing had a mechanical problem on the third lap, leaking oil on to the track. The race was restarted once the track was cleaned, was soon halted with another red flag after two riders made contact, knocking down James Gang Hoban Brothers rider Paul James on the front straight.

After discussions with riders and their teams, officials decided to restart the race at 4:30 pm after the other AMA Pro Road Racing classes had finished.

The delay gave the Schwemmer Racing team time to repair their XR1200 Motorcycle and rejoin the race, though they had to start at the back of the pack. James was unable to rejoin the race however due to some minor injuries and a possible concussion from the fall. When the race finally restarted at 4:30 pm, hours after the originally scheduled 12:30 pm start time, it was Eslick and Holden at the front.

Eric Stump, Harley-Davidson, Road America

Eric Stump beats Kyle Wyman for 3rd

The two riders swapped the lead through the race, with Eslick officially leading for six out of ten laps. Behind them, it was AMA Supersport racer Eric Stump battling for third against brothers Travis Wyman of Harv’s Harley-Davidson Racing and Kyle Wyman of RMR Bruce Rossmeyer Daytona Racing.

In the Daytona SportBike class, the weekend was all about damage control for the reigning class champion. Eslick, who was still feeling the effects of a pulled hamstring suffered while flat tracking at Springfield last weekend, registered a pair of gritty rides to come away with two important points paying results.

After putting his GEICO Powersports RMR Suzuki GSX-R600 on the front row in qualifying (third, 2:20.711), the Oklahoman took a well-deserved fifth place on Saturday and backed that up with a seventh on Sunday to keep his title defense very much alive.

The race ended with Eslick beating Holden by 0.054 seconds. Stump would finish third, beating Kyle Wyman by 0.024 seconds in another close battle.

Eslick is currently ranked second in the Daytona SportBike title chase with 198 points at the season’s midpoint on the strength of a win, five podiums, two pole positions, and four points earned for leading the most laps. The next round in the 2010 AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 series will take place July 16-18 at Mid-Ohio Sports Ca Course in Lexington, Ohio.