Buffalo, NY: Dunlop will host Doug Polen at the MotoAmerica race at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) on May 15-17. Jamie Hacking was originally scheduled to appear, but had to cancel due to a schedule conflict. Polen will ride the Dunlop Tires Lap of Honor on Dunlop’s Yamaha R6 test bike, and will also be on hand at the Dunlop truck to sign autographs and hang out with fans.
Polen came up through the amateur ranks, winning races across the country before turning pro. He competed in AMA races before focusing on the World Superbike Championship, which he dominated in both 1991 and 1992 on a Fast By Ferracci Ducati. In the 1991 title chase, he set fastest lap at 13 different tracks, a single-season record that remains to this day. In 1992, he not only won the World Superbike Championship, he also competed in enough rounds of the AMA Superbike championship to finish third. In 1993, he was back in the U.S. full time, and won the AMA Superbike championship. In 1995, he won the prestigious Suzuka 8 Hours with teammate Aaron Slight on Honda’s RC45. In 1997, he set his sights on the World Endurance Championship, and won it. Polen won extensively on Dunlop tires, and was known as one of the best development riders in the paddock. He worked closely with Dunlop to develop race tires throughout his professional career.
Polen will be on hand Sunday to sign autographs during and after the fan walk from 10:15 to 11:00 am. He will then ride the Dunlop Tires Lap of Honor at 11:30 on Dunlop’s test bike. He will also be the official trophy presenter on Sunday for the MotoAmerica Superbike race.
Check out MotoAmerica.com for more details of the race at VIR, and for all the information about the 2015 MotoAmerica series.
Dunlop is the official tire of MotoAmerica, supplying tires for all MotoAmerica classes.
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