Current AMA Pro Racing American Superbike rules were instituted under the premise of establishing parity and reducing costs. Despite the political firestorm that engulfed nearly every aspect of the series last season, the changes appeared to work: No fewer than three riders—series champ Mat Mladin, Josh Hayes and Larry Pegram—scored multiple wins. All three, however, were factory-supported.

Here's what we—and hopefully, you, our readers—want to know: Does this alleged across-class equality extend to privateers, who previously had no realistic shot at a podium finish, never mind victory?

To find out, we asked American Suzuki to supply a 2009 GSX-R1000 on which Team Cycle World will compete in select American Superbike events, beginning with the May 14-16 West Coast Moto Jam at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California. We have also entered Round 7 of the series at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, to be run in conjunction with the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix, July 23-25. More events may follow.

Attack Performance will prep the bike, making full use of the products it manufactures and sells—bodywork, clip-on handlebars, rearset foot controls, triple-clamps, rear-wheel lift kits, etc.—along with other readily available AMA-homologated aftermarket parts

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