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AMA Pro Racing/FGSport create unified structure

PICKERINGTON, Ohio (July 9, 2003) - In an effort to strengthen Superbike racing globally, AMA Pro Racing and FGSport have confirmed their intention to cooperate in creating a unified rule structure. AMA Pro Racing CEO Scott Hollingsworth stated...

PICKERINGTON, Ohio (July 9, 2003) - In an effort to strengthen Superbike racing globally, AMA Pro Racing and FGSport have confirmed their intention to cooperate in creating a unified rule structure. AMA Pro Racing CEO Scott Hollingsworth stated that his company is in ongoing discussions with FIM World Superbike organizer FGSport.

"Our joint goals are many," said Hollingsworth. "In addition to increasing the number of motorcycles on the grid, we'd like to see lowered costs, increased parity between factory-supported riders and privateers and a tightening of the performance gap between twins and multi-cylinder models. By working in harmony with FGSport we have an increased opportunity to achieve these common objectives."

Maurizio Flammini, President of FGSport concurs. "Adopting a unified rule structure will allow us to globalize the marketing opportunities for Superbike racing as well as stabilize rules in both the medium- and long-term. This will encourage the participation of teams and riders, from all over the world, to both championships."

An additional benefit to a unified national and world set of rules is that a "link" between the various championships will be created. This will not only grow the number of riders on a given grid, but lead to free circulation of riders (subject to wild card regulations) between championships.

Staff from AMA Pro Racing and FGSport will be meeting this weekend at the combined FIM World Superbike/AMA Superbike event at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca to continue discussions.

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