Duke Launches 2011 Road Race Rankings

The Geoff Duke Trophy
Motorcycle racing fans can follow the AMA Pro Road Racing series. They can watch the MotoGP and the World Superbike series, or the Supercross, Motocross, or BSB. But how do you keep track of all the races that don’t belong to a specific series? Duke has just launched the 2011 Road Race Rankings series, which groups 26 international events into one series.

The 10th annual Road Race Rankings series will officially launch on Friday at the Isle of Man. This year’s series, the 10th annual, will include events like the Isle of Man TT, Macau Grand Prix, North West 200 and the Ulster Grand Prix. The Rankings series includes these big events, but will also include events like Cookstown, the Skerries and Killalane.

The Road Race Rankings series was developed to “pay tribute to those who show this high level of dedication and enthusiasm for the sport.”

“It is fitting that 2011 marks the start of a new era for the Duke Road Race Rankings as the sport we celebrate – real road racing – has enjoyed a modern renaissance during the decade the Rankings have been running,” said Peter Duke, Managing Director of Duke Marketing. “Visit almost any of the meetings in our 2011 schedule and you will find packed grandstands, full grids and paddocks heaving with top flight teams and leading racers; sure signs of confidence in the future of the sport.road_racing

“It comes as no surprise to me that there is an ever-expanding fan base – even in the USA – and continuing investment in real road racing. Others are now discovering what fans have always known; real road racing produces a jawdropping spectacle, incredible racing, pure drama and real passion. And now with modern TV technology, a whole new audience is growing worldwide.

“It is a sport about commitment and devotion. Just ask the hundreds of riders and teams who journey from Scarborough in April to Macau in November, visiting more than 20 other meetings along the way, to pursue their dream – investing time, money and hard work for often little reward other than the satisfaction of a good result or improved lap time.”

“It was for these people we launched the Duke Road Race Rankings in 2002, to recognise their awesome dedication to racing on the roads, to thank them for the amazing racing we can enjoy throughout the year, year after year.” “So, as we prepare for the flag to drop at Oliver’s Mount on April 17, we can look forward to another season of great racing. Good luck to all and may the best rider win!”

Road_RacingThe Duke Road Race Rankings series was launched in 2002, when Ian Loughner won the title. Loughner has won two more titles since 2002, but Ryan Farquhar has collected the most titles. Farquhar has won 5 Road Race Rankings title, including the last three in a row.

Farquhar will be going for his fourth consecutive title when the series gets underway on April 17 with the Spring Cup Road Races at Oliver’s Mount.

Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com