The Florida Motorcycle Road Racing Association (FMRRA) returned to Palm Beach International Raceway (PBIR) in Jupiter for the eighth and final round of the 2020 Florida Motorcycle Championship on Aug. 29-30. With 42 different championship classes up for grabs in the final weekend, a stacked field, including former Palm Beach County Sports Commission (PBCSC) president Don Dufresne, competed at Palm Beach County’s premier motorsports facility.
The FMRRA is a leading motorcycle road racing organization in the Southeast. Heading into the final weekend of racing, the 2020 championships were contested across 42 classes with nine divisions that had first and second place separated by five points. The final weekend of racing was dubbed “double points weekend” in which racers had their finishing scores doubled before being factored into the results.
Dufresne, former PBCSC president and founder of Hurricane Racing Team, finished second in the overall master’s championship standings. Dufresne’s Hurricane Racing Team, a perennial favorite to win in the team competition, beat out Free Hugs By Westside by 20 points to claim the team championship.
In other action, former FMRRA overall champion Daryan Martin stood in second place in the expert division heading into the final weekend and emerged victorious with a six-point lead to take home the championship. The overall amateur championship was hotly contested as nearly half a dozen racers were within one hundred points of each other as they attempted to pass leader Patrick Plowman. Plowman managed to hold on to his first place position to win the division.
The venue for the championship weekend, PBIR, is a long-running staple of the Florida motorsports scene. Boasting a 10-turn, 2.2-mile design, PBIR‘s state-of-the-art road course features some of the fastest and most challenging corners and straightaways offered by any track in North America. The world-class road course showcases a seamless table-top finish, full lighting, soft barriers, and multiple run-off areas.
In a typical year, South Florida’s vibrant weather year-round allows for over 350 events a year to take place at PBIR; events at the facility include sportsman and professional drag racing, driving schools, endurance races, autocross, car shows, special events, and more.