Basically it's a mid season decision because DMG thinks it will get a bunch of Harley types to the races.
What they don't realize, because they are NASCAR types, is that 99.9% of Harley riders care more about the next doo-wrap design than they care about racing no matter what kind of bike is racing.
Imagine Suzuki saying they wanted to enter a factory pre-prepped bike into the series that was never sold to the public for street use.
Buell says they are just installing all the race components on the bike for the customer so they don't have to do it. Hmmm...wonder if Suzuki could get away with that. Bottom line...the 1125R is street legal.. .the 1125RR is not. If the Buell factory is "just" installing the components for the customer...then why not just do it to the street legal 1125R that they claim is exactly the same but street legal?
DMG will be out of bike racing within two years, they've made AMA racing more of a joke than it was before...if that's possible. AMA Racing is the laughing stock of most national race series, with class rules so freakin stupid that most people don't even know what runs in what classes anymore. Unlike most national series (Britain, Aus, etc) than can run full WSBK spec bikes. DMG cares nothing about racing, and everything about profit, they put pace CARS on the track that endanger riders just so they can sell the sponsor spot for the pace car. They imagine that bike racing in the US can be made into a IROC, drama queen, carnival ride, sticker fest that NASCAR has become. DMG is stupid and greedy, AMA Racing is a lame duck that will do anything to stay afloat financially, and together they are a disaster.
Ehhhh....what kind of bike racing do you expect from a country the size of ours than can't put together a single world class motorcycle racing facility.