2003 AMA Superbike rules now set, period of public comment results in modifications. PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- The 2003 AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Superbike Championship will mark an exciting period of transition for America's premier ...
2003 AMA Superbike rules now set, period of public comment results in modifications.
PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- The 2003 AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Superbike Championship will mark an exciting period of transition for America's premier motorcycle road-racing series. Beginning next March in the season kickoff at Daytona International Speedway, 1000cc multi-cylinder Superbikes will race side-by-side with 1000cc twins and 750cc-based multi-cylinder machines.
AMA Pro Racing first proposed this new formula in June to reflect the changing motorcycle marketplace and provide opportunity for more teams to compete in the series. A public comment period resulted in one major change to the proposed rules. Traditional 750cc four-cylinder machines now will be allowed 2 millimeters of cylinder overbore for a displacement close to 800cc in an effort to keep existing 750 Superbikes competitive in the period of transition to the new specifications.
"It's always tough to find the proper balance when implementing a new racing formula, especially in a series that means so much to so many," said Scott Hollingsworth, AMA Pro Racing CEO. "Our technical staff came very close to hitting the mark in the original proposal, and after the public comment period I'm confident that we've struck a good balance that allows a wide variety of racing machinery to be on equal footing."
"We are trying to put the best racing product on the track for the benefit of fans and teams," said Merrill Vanderslice, AMA Pro Racing director of competition. "Our goal is to have close competition in 2003, and we will consider minor adjustments to the rules as needed to balance competition."
Vanderslice added that the rules package also addresses the changing market, as many new motorcycles are expected to be eligible for competition in 2004 under this AMA Superbike formula.
In an effort to establish a global technical specification for Superbike racing, AMA Pro Racing met with other national governing bodies and the technical arm of the FIM. Although a consensus could not be reached at this time, AMA Pro Racing remains hopeful that a single specification can be achieved in the future. More details concerning the technical specifications for the 2003 AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Superbike Championship can be found at www.amaproracing.com. AMA Pro Racing will be releasing other 2003 road-racing rules in the coming weeks.
AMA Pro Racing is the leading sanctioning body for professional motorcycle sport in the United States. For more information about AMA Pro Racing, visit www.amaproracing.com.