The MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Series likes New Jersey Motorsports Park (NJMP) so much it will return to the venue not once but twice in 2016.
New Jersey Motorsports Park will host rounds three and nine of the 2016 series, April 29-May 1 and September 9-11.
Combine those two events with the seven rounds previously announced and the MotoAmerica Series is now finalized for the coming season with nine championship rounds.
NJMP and its 2.25-mile Thunderbolt Raceway is a favorite among the riders and teams and has been a staple of the AMA Superbike Series since 2009. It has also served as the series finale the past two years, including this past September when Monster Energy Graves Yamaha's Cameron Beaubier wrapped up the first-ever MotoAmerica Superbike title.
"I'm excited to be going to New Jersey twice this year," said Beaubier. "I've had a lot of success there in the past and I've been able to wrap up two of my championships at NJMP, so it's a special place to me. There are a lot of passionate fans in that part of the country and it will be nice to give them two chances to see us in 2016."
Having two races at NJMP will give MotoAmerica double the opportunity to serve what is a large portion of the motorcycle market in the U.S., with the 500-acre complex located near Philadelphia and New York City.
"New Jersey Motorsports Park was the perfect place to end our debut season in 2015," said MotoAmerica partner Chuck Aksland. "And we think it's the perfect venue to hold two rounds in 2016. We believe the fan base will not only support two races, they will embrace it. We're excited to be going to that area of the country twice for a racetrack and facility that our teams, riders and staff look forward to going to."
NJMP is also looking forward to having two MotoAmerica events on its 2016 calendar.
"We are thrilled to be hosting two MotoAmerica races for the 2016 season," said Brad Scott, Chief Operating Officer of New Jersey Motorsports Park. "MotoAmerica is our largest spectator event to date and this will bring two times the Superbike excitement for our fan base next season. We are planning more off-track activities for both events to keep the fun and energy in high gear throughout the race weekends."
The 2016 MotoAmerica Series will again kick off at Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas, April 8-10, in conjunction with the MotoGP World Championship, with round two just a week later at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Georgia, April 15-17.
New Jersey Motorsports Park will host round three, April 29-May 1, with another two-week break to round four at Virginia International Raceway in Danville, Virginia, May 13-15. Road America will host round five of the series, June 3-5, followed a week later by round six at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama, June 10-12.
MotoAmerica will hold its first Saturday Superbike races at the newly named Utah Motorsports Campus in Tooele, Utah, June 23-25 for round seven before venturing to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California, for round eight - a round that will be held in conjunction with the World Superbike Championship - July 8-10.
The nine-round series will conclude with the series finale at New Jersey Motorsports Park, September 9-11.
2016 MotoAmerica Series Schedule
April 8-10: Circuit of The Americas, Austin, Texas
April 15-17: Road Atlanta, Braselton, Georgia
April 29-May 1: New Jersey Motorsports Park, Millville, New Jersey
May 13-15: Virginia International Raceway, Danville, Virginia
June 3-5: Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin
June 10-12: Barber Motorsports Park, Birmingham, Alabama
June 23-25: Utah Motorsports Campus, Tooele, Utah
July 8-10: Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Monterey, California
September 9-11: New Jersey Motorsports Park, Millville, New Jersey
Top Image: Cameron Beaubier (6) wrapped up the 2015 MotoAmerica Superbike Championship at New Jersey Motorsports Park. The series will go there twice in 2016.
Credit: Brian J. Nelson.