The AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Series will be making its return to Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama this weekend for the Barber Superbike Classic. Points leader Chris Fillmore riding for Richie Morris Racing will be looking to solidify his hold on the championship, coming off a spectacular win just two weeks ago at Road America.
One year ago, Barber served as the final round of the inaugural AMA Pro XR1200 championship and witnessed a fantastic race where former MotoGP star, Jeremy McWilliams, who had earlier clinched the XR1200 Trophy in England, came over as a guest rider for the final AMA Pro race, and capitalized on his vast wet weather experience to take the victory over Michael Barnes, who this season is riding on the Drag Specialties sponsored XR1200.
The forecast for this weekend may turn out similar to last year, with the possibility of rain called for in the forecast. Nonetheless, a field of twenty riders is slated to take to the grid this weekend, including the Brett Sassaman, who last raced the XR at the opening round at Daytona. He will be joined by his brother Payton this weekend, who is making his debut on the XR1200. Both riders are the sons of former Harley-Davidson factory rider, Greg Sassaman, riding with support from H-D of Macon, Eagle Harley-Davidson and Spyke’s Harley-Davidson.
Another rider making a return on the XR this weekend will be Shawn Higbee, riding for the HOG Racing XR1200. At the last round, Higbee, riding for WFOracingonline.com, finished a solid sixth in a pack of seven riders that crossed the line with less than one second between them. Also returning in his first race since the Daytona opener is Floridian, David Estok, riding on the Black Hills Harley-Davidson XR1200.
Barber Motorsports Park is truly one of the most impressive road courses in the United States, set upon the rolling hills just east of downtown Birmingham. And if that’s not reason enough to come out to the races this weekend, the facility is also home to the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum, which holds the world’s largest and most impressive collection of racing motorcycles.
The XR1200s will be on the track on Saturday for practice and qualifying, with their race starting at 12:30pm Central time on Sunday. This weekend’s XR1200 race will be broadcast live on SPEED2. And keep up with all the latest news on the XR1200 Series at vanceandhines.com/XR1200series.html.