PICKERINGTON, Ohio — official release — The American Motorcyclist Ass’n has re-acquired all rights to professional motorcycle road racing in the United States from the Daytona Motorsports Group and will sanction a new American road racing series that will debut next season.
Daytona Motorsports Group purchased the rights to AMA professional road racing in 2008 and has operated AMA Pro Road Racing the past seven seasons. As a result of this new agreement, AMA has regained sanctioning, promotional and commercial rights to AMA-branded road racing, which will now run under the MotoAmerica banner.
MotoAmerica is an affiliate of KRAVE Group LLC, a partnership that includes three-time MotoGP champion Wayne Rainey.
MotoAmerica will promote and manage the commercial aspects of the MotoAmerica series, which will be sanctioned by the AMA and FIM North America. FIM North America is the North American Continental Union of the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme, the international body for motorcycle sport.
The KRAVE Group is a Costa Mesa, Calif.-based organization that includes Rainey, the three-time 500cc world champion (1990, 1991 and 1992) and two-time AMA Superbike champion (1983, 1987) Chuck Aksland, a former racer and 20-year manager of Team Roberts who most recently served as vice president of Motor Sport Operations at Circuit of The Americas, Terry Karges, a former motorsports marketing executive and team owner who spent 17 years at Roush Performance before being named Executive Director of the Petersen Museum, and Richard Varner, a motorcycle manufacturer, energy sector entrepreneur, philanthropist and businessman.
The KRAVE (Karges, Rainey, Aksland, Varner) Group owns commercial rights to the MotoAmerica Series and will award AMA and FIM North America No. 1 plates to series class champions.
The group will sell sponsorships, develop other commercial relationships for the series, secure tracks, create the calendar, process crew and media credentials and have responsibility for fan engagement.
“If you are an amateur or professional motorcycle road racer in America, if you are a fan of road racing or if you are a company that does business in this industry, this is an exciting day,” said AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman. “Our goal has always been to entrust the promoting and commercial rights for professional racing to a talented, dedicated, well-capitalized professional entity and the KRAVE Group certainly offers all that and more.”
Rainey, an AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer, thanked the AMA for facilitating the acquisition.
“The AMA was instrumental in this deal coming together, serving as negotiator and mediator at all points of discussion,” Rainey said. “We appreciate the efforts of Rob Dingman throughout the process.”
The AMA, the world’s premier motorcycle advocacy group, will staff officials at each round of the professional series and develop an enforcement, appeal and rider license procedure. The AMA will be responsible for issuing professional road racing licenses for the series.
MotoAmerica, in consultation with the AMA, will develop classes, the rules of competition and event procedures. While details of the rulebook are still in development, classes and events will conform to prevailing international standards.
“The structure of our agreement with the AMA serves the goal of developing riders to be successful on the world stage,” Rainey said. “It allows a framework that supports advancement from youth competition to novice, from novice to Pro-Am, from Pro-Am to National Championship contention and, for the best of the best, an opportunity to race for a world title.”
The AMA, as the U.S. affiliate of the FIM, sanctions FIM-affiliated events in the United States. The AMA, along with the Canadian Motorcycle Ass’n, administers FIM North America, which sanctions continental-level series and championship events in North America. The AMA also sanctions amateur motorcycle competition in America, a role the AMA has fulfilled since it was established in 1924.
“The AMA’s roles as FIM affiliate and amateur sanctioning body make it a critical piece to establishing a clear progression for America’s road racing community,” Rainey said. “We’re eager to build a fair, exciting and commercially viable professional road racing series not just for today’s stars, but for those who will stand on top of the podium for years to come.”
“The MotoAmerica/KRAVE Group has shown throughout the entire process that they have the best interests of the AMA and its members in mind,” said Dingman. “They not only accepted financial responsibility for the series, but the relationship requires the MotoAmerica Series to sanction its events with the AMA.”
The following is a statement from AMA Pro Racing on the future of the professional motorcycle road racing discipline:
“Daytona Motorsports Group (DMG) confirms the transfer of sanctioning, operational, promotional and commercial rights for professional motorcycle road racing to the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) and KRAVE Group. Following the 2014 AMA Pro Road Racing season finale at New Jersey Motorsports Park on Sept. 13-14, DMG no longer will conduct and promote the professional road racing discipline. The company will continue to sanction AMA Pro Flat Track, Motocross and Hillclimb.”