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Proposed 2006 rules announced

PROPOSED 2006 AMA SUPERBIKE RULES ANNOUNCED PICKERINGTON, Ohio (Aug. 3, 2005) -- AMA Pro Racing has announced the proposed technical rule changes for the 2006 AMA Superbike Championship presented by Parts Unlimited. Proposed rule changes were...

PROPOSED 2006 AMA SUPERBIKE RULES ANNOUNCED

PICKERINGTON, Ohio (Aug. 3, 2005) -- AMA Pro Racing has announced the proposed technical rule changes for the 2006 AMA Superbike Championship presented by Parts Unlimited. Proposed rule changes were developed by AMA Pro Racing staff with input from the AMA Road Race advisory board which is comprised of representatives from teams and riders.

Proposed technical rule changes for the 2006 season can be viewed at www.amasuperbike.com.

AMA Pro Racing licensed riders and credential holders may comment on proposed rule changes during a 30-day period beginning Thursday, Aug. 4 through Saturday, Sept. 3. Comments can be made via FAX, mail or through the AMA Pro Racing's RIDERS ONLY website at www.amaproracing.com/ridersonly. At the conclusion of the 30-day period, AMA Pro Racing will review submissions prior to forwarding the package to the AMA Pro Racing Board of Directors for ratification.

On May 26, AMA Pro Racing announced that 1000cc motorcycles would remain in AMA Superbike through the 2008 racing season. This announcement was followed up with another notification on June 17 that class structures for the AMA Superbike Championship were unchanged for 2006. The series is comprised of four classes. AMA Superbike is the premier class followed by three support classes: AMA Supersport, AMA Formula Xtreme and AMA Superstock.

According to Merrill Vanderslice, AMA Pro Racing Director of Competition, bringing stability to the series has been a primary objective. "The manufacturers and top teams have asked us to provide them with as much lead time as possible so they could more easily formulate their planning," said Vanderslice. "Announcing that AMA Superbike would be 1000cc-based for at least three more racing seasons is an example of that commitment." Vanderslice also commented that the 30-day rules comment period was an important part of the rule-making process. "After AMA Pro Racing staff and advisory board members finalize the proposed rules for the upcoming season, the comment period adds another, vital level of input. In the past, comments received during this process have had a direct impact on the final rules package," confirmed Vanderslice.

About AMA Pro Racing
AMA Pro Racing is the leading sanctioning body for motorcycle sport in the United States. Its properties include the THQ AMA Supercross Series, the AMA Motocross Championship, the AMA Superbike Championship, the AMA Ford Quality Checked Flat Track Championship and the AMA Supermoto Championship. For more information about AMA Pro Racing, visit www.amaproracing.com.

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