It's finally time - in just a few hours (head to the official website for the exact countdown), the stars of MotoAmerica will finally begin their 2018 season.
The championship, which features names such as Toni Elias, Cameron Beaubier, Garrett Gerloff, will kick off at the Road Atlanta track, a breath-taking and undulating circuit that boasts some really fast, blind and banked turns. The real deal basically.
The number 1 (who chooses to use that number for his Suzuki GSX-R) Toni Elias defends the title he won last year, a season in which he had to battle hard, particularly with Californian Cameron Beaubier, the winner of two previous editions. In the USA, the Spaniard has found his second wind, as well as factory Yoshimura team: “and we start at one of my favourite tracks” comments the champ.
As well as Beaubier, Garrett Gerloff will also do his best to hinder Elias, on board the R1 of the Monster Energy/Yamalube team. Toni's team-mate, Roger Lee Hayden, sets out with the same bike and the same goal as the Spaniard: to win.
In addition to these four, riders to keep an eye on include Cameron Petersen on the Honda, South African Mathew Scholtz, Jake Lewis - already quick in Superstock, Danny Eslick with the BMW and Josh Herrin, who's also raced in Moto2. The Kawasaki ZX10RR is also there, with David Anthony ready to ride it to the front.
As well as Superbike, the Supersport series will also get underway in Georgia. Hayden Gillim seems to be the favourite on the R6, though JD Beach (on the same bike) and Valentine Debise with Suzuki are sure to give him a run for his money.
The newly-created Stock 1000 class will also run, as will the Twins Cup and the Liqui Moly Junior series for the youngsters.
The Road Atlanta event will be the first of 10 thrilling round; at Austin, the MotoAmerica riders will share the paddock with the MotoGP championship while at Laguna Seca, they'll race alongside World Superbike. So, as you can see , "it's time to Rock and Roll".