MANATEE -- Motorcycles hitting speeds of up to 250 mph will be wowing audiences at the Bradenton Motorsports Park this weekend with some 400 competitors expected in the nation's largest motorcycle drag racing series making its debut in Bradenton.
The Manufacturers Cup motorcycle drag racing series will run today through Sunday at the Bradenton Motorsports Park at 21000 State Road 64 in East Manatee.
"We would love people to come out and see the quickest and fastest motorcycles in the country," Jay Regan, event coordinator, said.
Today's events will feature testing and tuning all day and two rounds of qualifying runs in the evening, the pro bikes at 6:30 p.m. and the sportsmen at 8:30 p.m.
Saturday events will run from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and will consist of several qualifying runs, the most popular expected to be the second round of pro bikes qualifying at 2:30 p.m. and the third at 6:45 p.m.
Sunday will be the finals with the final race tentatively scheduled for 5 p.m.
Gates will open each day at 8 a.m.
While some local motorcycles run on Bradenton Motorsports Park sometimes, owner Alan Chervitz says they never have held a motorcycle event like this before.
"It's the fastest thing you can see on two wheels," Chervitz said.
Admission will vary. Adult admission for Friday and Sunday will be $20. Adult admission for Saturday will be $25. Admission will be free for children 12 and younger.
A pass for admission to all three days of events is also available for $40. Parking is free.
Event coordinators chose Bradenton to host its season opener and finals for a variety of reason, Regan said.
"Bradenton sports complex has a long history of hosting drag racing events," Regan said. "They are not a stranger to it."
Jessica De Leon, Herald Reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7049. You can follow her on Twitter@JDeLeon1012.