Jamie James (2) leads Dale Quarterley (32) and Doug Polen (23) at the Mid-Ohio Superbike National in 1993. The race win went to Quarterley, and it was the first Superbike win of his career. Photo by Henny Ray Abrams

With MotoAmerica set to bring AMA Superbike racing back to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, August 16-18, we’re taking a closer look at past Superbike races at the iconic racetrack in Lexington, Ohio.

It’s difficult to imagine a more popular winner than the man who won the 1993 AMA Superbike race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. That man was Dale Quarterley.

Quarterley was rewarded for 10 years of perseverance when he rode his Kawasaki to victory at Mid-Ohio in 1993. And it was almost 10 years to the day that a 22-year-old Quarterley made his AMA Superbike debut, riding a Kawasaki GPz750 to a fifth-place finish. Ironically, that first race was at Mid-Ohio. Ten years and a lot of tenacity later and the career-long privateer made good on a dream.

An emotional Quarterley celebrates with Mike Smith (left) and Jamie James (Right).
Photo by Henny Ray Abrams

Only something as unlikely as Quarterley’s win could overshadow the crowning of a new AMA Superbike Champion, but it did. Quarterley shared his day with Fast By Ferracci’s Doug Polen, with the Texan wrapping up his first AMA Superbike title with a fourth-place finish after being slowed late in the race by a broken motor mount. Polen’s title was the first in the AMA Superbike Championship for Ducati.

Quarterley’s win was by no means a gimme. All the factory stars were flat out beaten by the New Englander.

Second place went to Vance & Hines Yamaha’s Jamie James, some 5.5 seconds behind Quarterley, and just in front of Camel Honda’s Mike Smith. Then came Polen, well clear of Yoshimura Suzuki’s Thomas Stevens and Vance & Hines Yamaha’s Colin Edwards.

“I was either going to crash or win it,” Quarterley said when talking about an early lap off-track excursion. “I never got out of it. I was going to the front, and there was nothing else to it.”

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