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First races a go at Road America – without fans

Road America just announced that the racing portion of the MotoAmerica Superbike Series on May 29-31 will be held, but without fans due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Road America and MotoAmerica worked diligently to find an alternative, but the task proved impossible due to unknown restrictions on public outdoor events.

MotoAmerica, however, is still planning to return June 26-28, along with all previously scheduled public outdoor activities, including Vintage MotoFest.

The June 26-28 event will also feature the MotoAmerica Heritage Cup and the opening round of the Mini Cup by Motul.

“This event attracts competitors and fans, not only from the U.S. but around the world,” said Road America President and General Manager, Mike Kertscher. “As of today, we cannot predict when we will be at a point that our outdoor events meet the proper criteria for mass public outdoor gatherings in the state of Wisconsin.

“Make no mistake, we intend to come back stronger and ready to continue with our existing June events, including the WeatherTech Chicago Region SCCA June Sprints and the IndyCar REV Group Grand Prix presented by AMR. We also anticipate by mid-June there will be further transparency for hosting outdoor events, and we will be well within the final phase of allowing mass public gatherings to take place, which is a primary factor for why we added a weekend in June.”

Customers who have already purchased tickets, camping or other items, for the May 29-31 MotoAmerica Superbike Series weekend are encouraged to hold onto them for the June 26-28 MotoAmerica Superbike Series.

Anyone who chooses to transfer their purchase to another event, may do so at www.roadamerica.com/ticket-exchange

“We worked hard with Road America to try to make the original date work with fans, but after Governor Evers’ extended the safer-at-home order to May 26, we couldn’t make it work due to the unknown restrictions on public outdoor gatherings,” said MotoAmerica President Wayne Rainey. “But we still intend to run the event without fans and air it on Fox Sports and MotoAmerica Live+.

“This is not something we ever imagined, but then again we never thought we’d be faced with something like COVID-19. We will continue to work towards making the event special for everyone tuning into the broadcast and will keep everyone posted moving forward for the next event in June.

“In the meantime, we urge our fans, teams, and riders to continue to do the right things to keep them safe and healthy.”

–Road America Staff

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