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Superbike racing here in America has been thrown into further chaos with the news the Motorcycle Industry Council is launching an alernative series to DMG's AMA Superbike series.
The USSB (which we can only decipher as United States Super Bikes) is to offer a unrestricted Superbike class which will run rules similar to this year's AMA Superbikes, plus a 600cc class similar to World Supersport, and some others.

The series, it says here, wants to carry on America's tradition, spanning more than two decades, of world-class superbike racing that showcases the nation's best riders on the best motorcycles in the country. 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.

"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. "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."


New USSB CEO Ty van Hooydonk, who is a former journalist and PR man so perfectly qualified to run a race series, said: ""This is America, a big country with a big motorcycle market that deserves a world-class championship with full-on factory bikes raced by star riders.

"The USSB Championship is our answer. We want to steer away from engine restrictors, away from mandated power-to-weight ratios, spec tires and spec ECUs. We want to set the stage for racing teams to compete, on the track, in the R&D shops, in the way they develop their bikes and help develop production bikes, in how they develop their engineering staffs and crews, and their riders, too. Let them do what they do best and go racing."
However, in a field of 40-plus Superbike this year there were only 10 proper ones, with the rest of the field running what were basically Superstock bikes: Yoshimura Suzuki's Mat Mladin, Ben Spies and Tommy Hayden; Monster Kawasaki's Jamie Hacking and Roger Hayden; Yamaha's Eric Bostrom and Jason DiSalvo; and American Honda's Miguel Duhamel and Neil Hodgson. Jordan Suzuki fields its own Superbike with Aaron Yates, and Corona Extra Honda has been fielding Matt Lynn on a Superbike, but that thing wasn't any faster than the Superstockers...

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