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Laguna Seca possible 2007 changes

AMA AND MAZDA RACEWAY LAGUNA SECA CONSIDERING ADDITIONAL AMA SUPERBIKE EVENT, FEWER CLASSES AT RED BULL U.S. GRAND PRIX PICKERINGTON, Ohio (September 29, 2006) -- Officials from the AMA and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca announced today that they are...

AMA AND MAZDA RACEWAY LAGUNA SECA CONSIDERING ADDITIONAL AMA SUPERBIKE EVENT, FEWER CLASSES AT RED BULL U.S. GRAND PRIX

PICKERINGTON, Ohio (September 29, 2006) -- Officials from the AMA and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca announced today that they are exploring the possibility of adding a stand-alone AMA Superbike event in 2007. The companies are also considering reducing the number of AMA classes involved with the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix from four to two.

The 2007 Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix featuring the MotoGP World Championship and AMA Superbike Championship will be held at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on July 20-22, 2007.

Kerry Graeber, AMA Pro Racing Vice President, Director of Communications said the conversations are very preliminary at this point but that the AMA and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca would like to see both initiatives happen.

"We're excited about the possibility of adding a stand-alone AMA Superbike event at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca," said Graeber. I also think everybody agrees that trying to run all four AMA classes at the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix is overly optimistic. Featuring two classes instead of four is better from a logistics standpoint and will result in a better overall show. It will also benefit our competitors with increased track time for practice and qualifying sessions."

Gill Campbell, CEO/General Manager of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca echoed Graeber's thoughts. "We want to continue showcasing AMA road racing alongside the MotoGP World Championship while simultaneously creating a new AMA weekend for later in the season. We see this as the best of both worlds for competitors participating in the AMA Superbike Championship."

No date for the separate AMA event has been determined but Campbell confirmed that the companies are looking at September. "There are a couple of weekends in September that work from our perspective," said Campbell. "The AMA is finalizing its 2007 schedule right now and determining how those two options work overall."

A final decision on both issues is expected within the next two weeks.

-credit: ama

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