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Yamaha Superbike Challenge Rocks L.A. Area April 5-7, 2002

Southern California is motorcycling nirvana. The top dirt bike riders in the world grow up here, and the weather is the best in the world for street bike riding. What we have lacked is a world class roadrace facility featuring a world class roadracing event. That will change next weekend when the Yamaha Superbike Challenge comes to the California Speedway in Fontana.

They say Nicky Hayden, Anthony Gobert and Mat Mladin could finish one, two and three in a World superbike event without anyone being particularly surprised. Well, that’s why Southern California needs to come out and support the two superbike races, held Saturday and Sunday at the California Speedway, along with a host of support races (including 600 Supersport).

Pictured above is the track layout, along with the location of permanent and temporary seating for the event. Take particular note of the areas marked Temporary Seating and Viewing Area. These will provide very close spectator viewing of the infield portion of the race track. The viewing areas include small hillsides where spectators can spread out a blanket and picnic while they watch the races.

MD just finished testing some street bikes on the AMA Superbike track at California Speedway. The facility is beyond anything we have experienced before — “first class” is an understatement. If you even think about driving to Laguna Seca or Sears Point each year to view AMA Superbike racing, get out to the California Speedway and experience the double header this coming weekend. The track has everything, including a very high-speed front straight (that utilizes part of the large Nascar-style oval) as well as tight chicanes and switch-backs in the infield area. For details, take a look at the California Speedway site here, and a schedule of the races is included at AMA Pro Racing here.