The Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC) will launch a professional road racing series next year in the United States.
The MIC established USSB, Inc., and is creating a national championship for 2009 that will take place at major racing facilities, feature factory superbike teams and rules similar to those now in place.
The premier class, U.S. Super Bike, will invite teams running the highly developed, factory-backed, fan-favorite racing motorcycles (1,000cc fours and larger-displacement twins) that have long been the basis for superbike racing. The inaugural USSB series will include U.S. Sport Bike, a 600cc category similar to the World Supersport Championship and others.
“We initiated USSB because next year it will offer the only racing series in America for unrestrained factory superbikes and their teams, as well as those who aspire to join their ranks and compete with them,” said MIC President Tim Buche in the release. “We recognize the strong support for this level of racing, among enthusiasts, among manufacturers and among riders. With the other series set to abandon superbikes as we’ve come to know them, USSB will fill that void.”
For more information see the Sept. 22 issue of Powersports Business.