Historic Daytona 200 motorcycle race will be on for 2015

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A new sanctioning agreement will ensure that the historic Daytona 200 motorcycle race at Daytona International Speedway will have a 2015 running.

The famed American road race has been staged since 1937, but this past fall, track officials and MotoAmerica, the new U.S.-based motorcycle series sanctioned by the AMA and FIM, were unable to come to an agreement.

That put the fate of the event in question, but this morning, DIS announced a sanctioning pact with the American SportBike Racing Association.

The 2015 Daytona 200 will now take place under the ASRA banner on March 14 at 1 p.m. ET. The Championship Cup Series, described as “the leader in sportsman level motorcycle road racing,” will also compete during the weekend.

“The tradition of the Daytona 200 spans both the sands of Daytona Beach and the high banks of the Speedway and we’re excited about continuing this historic event with the American Sportbike Racing Association,” DIS president Joie Chitwood III said in a statement.

“To say that ASRA is excited to be a part of the Daytona 200 is an understatement,” ASRA president Kevin Elliott added in his own thoughts. “There is no other motorcycle event in the United States that comes close to the prestige of the DAYTONA 200 and we’re honored to keep the tradition alive in 2015.”

The 200-mile event will serve as part of DIS’ famous Bike Week, which features a Monster Energy AMA Supercross event (March 7), the Ricky Carmichael Amateur Supercross (March 8-9), and an AMA Pro Flat Track doubleheader at the adjacent Daytona Flat Track (March 12-13).

In its early years, the 200 was run on the Daytona Beach Road Course before being moved to DIS in 1961. Drivers on the winner’s list of this important event include Scott Russell, Miguel Duhamel, Nicky Hayden, and Mat Mladin.