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The AMA Superbike Championship was created in 1976 to provide an affordable, level playing fields for professional race teams, and as a platform for motorcycle manufactureres to showcase their production sport-performance models. The model was internationally adopted by the FIM and subsequently implemented around the world.

Californian Steve Mc Laughlin won the first-ever US Superbike National at Daytona in March of '76 riding a BMW. Kawasaki was the first of the Japanese manufacturers to win a US Superbike National in 1977, and Japanese machines (especially Honda and Kawasaki) would go on to dominate the National series until Doug Polen finally broke their stranglehold in 1992 riding a Ducati.

In 1986 the road racing program was seperated from the overall Grand National Championship. Prior to this racers accumulated points across a variety of race formates, dirt, oval, TT etc. 1986 also saw the end of Formula One (primarily 500cc two-strokes) which the Superbike series previously played 2nd fiddle to.

The AMA Superbike Championship now tours with the support classes of Supersport and Formula Xtreme.

From 1989 onwards Kawasaki's AMA Superbike Results included numerous single event victories, overall championship wins by Doug Chandler in 1990, 1996 and 1997, an overall win by Scott Russell in 1992, and more recently a 2nd overall by Eric Bostrom in 2002.

Wayne Rainey owns the longest winning streak in US Superbike racing history with six consecutive victories for Kawasaki in 1983.

In 1999 Aaron Yates spent a season racing for team Muzzy Kawasaki (with Doug Chandler) in what would be Muzzy's last year as nominated official factory supported team.

AMA United States Superbike Champions

year 	rider 	bike
2003 	Mat Mladin AUS 	Suzuki
2002 	Nicky Hayden USA 	Honda
2001 	Mat Mladin AUS 	Suzuki
2000 	Mat Mladin AUS 	Suzuki
1999 	Mat Mladin AUS 	Suzuki
1998 	Ben Bostrom USA 	Honda
1997 	Doug Chandler USA 	Kawasaki
1996 	Doug Chandler USA 	Kawasaki
1995 	Miguel DuHamel CAN 	Honda
1994 	Troy Corser AUS 	Ducati
1993 	Doug Polen USA 	Ducati
1992 	Scott Russell USA 	Kawasaki
1991 	Thomas Stevens USA 	Yamaha
1990 	Doug Chandler USA 	Kawasaki
1989 	Jamie James USA 	Suzuki
1988 	Bubba Shobert USA 	Honda

See Also: K Index | World Superbikes | British Superbike | Moto GP


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