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2004 AMA Superbike classes rules finalized

2004 AMA Supersport, Superstock and Formula Xtreme rules finalized PICKERINGTON, Ohio (Oct. 7, 2003) -- The AMA Pro Racing Board of Directors has given final approval to a rules package for support classes competing in the 2004 AMA Chevy Trucks...

2004 AMA Supersport, Superstock and Formula Xtreme rules finalized

PICKERINGTON, Ohio (Oct. 7, 2003) -- The AMA Pro Racing Board of Directors has given final approval to a rules package for support classes competing in the 2004 AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Superbike Championship. Affected classes include Supersport, Superstock and Formula Xtreme.

An overview of the final technical rules for the entire series can be viewed at www.USSuperbike.com.

AMA Pro Racing CEO, Scott Hollingsworth stated that while the specific needs and goals of each class differ, the overall objectives for improving the championship as a whole are the same. "Maintaining close competition, delivering an entertaining show to our loyal fan base and slowing escalating costs to participants, the same criteria we applied to establishing our Superbike rule structures, were priorities here as well," said Hollingsworth. "Once we consider the broad needs of the championship we then look at the specific needs of each class. The proposed rules were announced in August and, after taking into account a considerable amount of input received during the 30-day public comment period, the AMA Pro Racing Board of Directors approved the final set of rules. As a testament to the value of the comment period, as well as the input of the Road Race Advisory Board, some of the initially-proposed rules were amended based on quality feedback we've received."

Hollingsworth added that a couple of significant issues needed to be dealt with in regards to the support classes, specifically Superstock. "Ultimately we elected to enact a rule that prevents factory-supported riders from competing in both Superbike and Superstock," said Hollingsworth. "This was done primarily to prevent riders from entering classes simply to gain extra practice time with no intention of actually competing in the class as well as to provide a place for independent teams to showcase their riders. However, some factory teams expressed a desire to be able to compete in both classes, so we wrote the rule accordingly."

Another new rule enacted for the Superstock class is the requirement to use slick tires. This was done primarily for safety reasons.

Supersport rules are largely unchanged and displacement limits for Formula Xtreme have been lowered to reflect the direction the majority of manufacturers are taking in terms of marketing their sport bikes.

"Of course it's impossible to create a set of class structures and technical rules that satisfies everyone," said Hollingsworth. "However, we are confident that we have done a thorough job of considering all the information available to us in terms of current technology, motorcycle market conditions and the goal of maintaining steady growth of motorcycle racing in the United States. The 2003 racing season saw some of the most competitive, spirited racing ever in the United States and we're convinced that the evolution of these rules for 2004 will continue to achieve that objective."

For immediate post-race results, points, live transponder scoring, in-depth series and rider information, regular columnists and much more, log onto www.USSuperbike.com, the official website of the AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Superbike Championship.

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