Thousands expected for bike races at Barber

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - By Sherea Harris

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - College football won't be the only sport with a huge following this weekend.

Motorcycle enthusiasts will get their fix when Barber Motorsports Park hosts a series of races for the AMA Pro Superbike Championship.

Forty-thousand fans are expected to attend and bring a large economic impact to the area.

It's a season-ending event. So there's a lot more interest in these races.

Locals and tourists are expected to generate more than $12 million into the local economy. Tickets have been sold in more than 30 states for this event. Most of the out of town fans will arrive Friday. "I love watching it. The sound of it is exciting. The people.... everyone here with a common thing ...we all enjoy makes it fun," said Chad Jatko.

The manager of Hampton Inn in Leeds, Patrick Brankin, said, "We had a really slow summer being a brand new hotel in a kind of struggling economy. It's a huge weekend. We are going to sell-out actually two of the next three weekends just because of events at Barber."

Qualifying is Friday and races are Saturday and Sunday.
Two series champions could be crowned this weekend and that's what the fans want to see.

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