AMERICAN SUZUKI MOTOR CORPORATION SIGNS MULTI-YEAR TITLE SPONSORSHIP OF AMA SUPERBIKE DOUBLEHEADER WEEKEND AT CALIFORNIA SPEEDWAY FONTANA, Calif. (March 8, 2005) --- The American Suzuki Motor Corporation has entered a multi-year agreement to...
AMERICAN SUZUKI MOTOR CORPORATION SIGNS MULTI-YEAR TITLE SPONSORSHIP OF AMA SUPERBIKE DOUBLEHEADER WEEKEND AT CALIFORNIA SPEEDWAY
FONTANA, Calif. (March 8, 2005) --- The American Suzuki Motor Corporation has entered a multi-year agreement to be the title sponsor for the AMA Superbike doubleheader race weekend at California Speedway.
The Suzuki Superbike Championship Weekend is scheduled for April 29 - May 1, 2005, and will take place on the 2.3-mile, 21-turn Motorcycle Competition Course at California Speedway.
California Speedway President Bill Miller and American Suzuki Motor Corporation Vice-President of the Motorcycle/ATV Division, Mel Harris made the announcement.
"California Speedway welcomes the addition of our new partner Suzuki to a strong list of businesses who work with us to bring great events, like the Suzuki Superbike Challenge, to the wonderful race fans in Southern California," Miller said. "With Suzuki's strong presence in the marketplace and the company's energy behind this event, I am sure the momentum that has been established for the AMA weekend here throughout the motorcycle community over the last few years will continue to grow."
A total of five racing events will be featured during the weekend, including Rounds Four and Five of the AMA Superbike Championship presented by Parts Unlimited - the Southern California Area Suzuki Dealers 100k events on Saturday and Sunday. Other races include the AMA Lockhart Phillips USA Formula Xtreme 60k on Saturday, AMA Repsol Superstock Series 60k on Sunday and AMA Supersport Championship 60k on Sunday.
"We are excited about the 2005 road race season in general and about racing at California Speedway in Fontana in particular," Harris said. "First of all, Yoshimura Suzuki has a strong team led by the only five time AMA Superbike Champion ever - Mat Mladin. Second, Mat and his teammates, Aaron Yates and Ben Spies, will be racing the brand new 2005 GSX R1000 this year, which is improved over last year's championship winning motorcycle. Finally, Southern California is a hotbed of sportbike action, and since Suzuki is number one in the sportbike market with the GSX R line, California Speedway is the perfect race to promote and to show our customers how much we appreciate them."
This year's Suzuki Superbike Challenge coincides with the 20th Anniversary of Suzuki's GSX-R. In 1985, Suzuki introduced the GSX-R750, the first true race bike that could be safely ridden on the street. The motorcycle manufacturer has been instrumental in the creation of the "racer replica" category, and changed the industry.
The GSX-R brings the finest craftsmanship, latest technology and motorcycling passion to racers and motorcyclists, alike. Over the past 20 years, Suzuki has won the Superbike class titles (eight) more than any other manufacturer, including five out of the last six championships (1999-2001 & 2003-2004) with defending California Speedway winner Mathew Mladin, who has won the last four races of only six contested at the motorsports facility.
Suzuki's 20th Anniversary celebration will take place throughout the weekend for both current owners of Suzuki sportbikes as well as all AMA Superbike fans. For more information about American Suzuki Motor Corporation, visit your local Suzuki dealer, or log on to www.suzuki.com.
Tickets for the April 29-May 1 Suzuki Superbike Challenge are currently on sale via the speedway's website at www.californiaspeedway.com, in person at the speedway's box office or by calling 800-944-RACE .
California Speedway is owned by International Speedway Corporation, a leading promoter of motorsports activities in the United States, currently promoting more than 100 events annually. For more information, visit the company's website at www.iscmotorsports.com.