The AMA/FIM North American Road Race Championship for 2017 will now include Sonoma Raceway in northern California's wine country as well as Pittsburgh International Race Complex in Wampum, Pennsylvania. For years, Sonoma (previously known as Sears Point and Infineon) was on the regular AMA Superbike rotation, but has not been on the docket since the MotoAmerica series was formed in 2015. Pittsburgh has never hosted an AMA-sanctioned road racing event so 2017 will be the inaugural year for the facility.
It's great to see the MotoAmerica schedule continue to expand and professional road racing reviving in the US after a few dark years following the 2008 recession. Below is the complete 2017 MotoAmerica race schedule which fires up in Texas sharing the weekend with Round 3 of the 2017 MotoGP Championship:
2017 MotoAmerica Race Schedule
(Round 1) Circuit of The Americas - Austin, TX (April 20-23)
(Round 2) Road Atlanta - Braselton, GA (April 28-30)
(Round 3) Virginia International Raceway - Alton, VA (May 12-14)
(Round 4) Road America - Elkhart Lake, WI (June 2-4)
(Round 5) Utah Motorsports Campus - Salt Lake City, UT (June 23-25)
(Round 6) Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca - Monterey, CA (July 7-9)
(Round 7) Sonoma Raceway - Sonoma, CA (August 11-13)
(Round 8) Pittsburgh International Race Complex - Wampum, PA (August 25-27)
(Round 9) New Jersey Motorsports Park - Millville, NJ (September 8-10)
(Round 10) Barber Motorsports Park - Birmingham, AL (September 15-17)
Here is a track map of the 400 acre Pittsburgh International Race Complex in Wampum, PA that will host Round 8 of the 2017 MotoAmerica series.
Pittsburgh International Race Complex features an exciting 19-Turn 2.8-Mile Race Track.
Here's a on board video of a rider participating in a track day at Pittsburgh International Race Complex. This gives you some idea what the pros will be up against next year. The track already hosts multiple track days, karting races and auto club events so it will be great to see the AMA Pros in action.