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AMA to use air modules at California Speedway

PICKERINGTON, Ohio (March 31, 2004) -- As part of an ongoing effort to promote safety at AMA Chevrolet Superbike Championship events, Roadracing World Action Fund, Inc. will deliver six air modules to AMA Pro Racing during the Yamaha Superbike ...

PICKERINGTON, Ohio (March 31, 2004) -- As part of an ongoing effort to promote safety at AMA Chevrolet Superbike Championship events, Roadracing World Action Fund, Inc. will deliver six air modules to AMA Pro Racing during the Yamaha Superbike Challenge at California Speedway, set for April 2-4.

Air modules, also called soft barriers, are inflatable air bags positioned against hard objects around race tracks. For more than a decade, AMA Pro Racing has transported, maintained and deployed air modules at race tracks around the country in an effort to improve safety for the riders.

In addition to air modules purchased directly by the sanctioning body, Roadracing World Action Fund, Inc. has to date secured 47 units totaling 1410 linear feet for use by AMA Pro Racing.

"Our goal is to demonstrate the benefits of air modules including their ability to decrease serious injuries by lessening the force of rider impacts," Roadracing World Action Fund, Inc. President John Ulrich said. "We have worked with both Airfence Safety Systems in Australia and Alpina Sicherheitssysteme in Austria to secure the soft barriers."

"AMA Pro Racing continues to aggressively promote safety at all AMA-sanctioned events, particularly in cooperation with our track partners," AMA Pro Racing Vice President, Director of Communications Kerry Graeber said. "Roadracing World Action Fund has taken a very proactive role in the implementation of air modules and we recognize those efforts."

"In additional to the use of air modules where appropriate, AMA Pro Racing continues to review all track-related safety issues," continued Graeber. "This ongoing effort has resulted in a number of alterations to tracks on the AMA schedule. We will continue to focus on safety as part of our operational agenda."

AMA Pro Racing recognizes and sincerely thanks all the contributors who donated time, energy and money toward the implementation of air modules.

Roadracing World Action Fund, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to demonstrating the safety benefits of air modules. Tax-deductible contributions used to purchase air modules come from individuals and companies involved in the motorcycle industry. For more information, visit www.roadracingworld.com and click on Roadracing World Action Fund News.

About AMA ProRacing
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 Chevrolet Motocross Championship, the AMA Chevrolet Superbike Championship, the AMA Progressive Insurance Flat Track Championship and the AMA Supermoto Championship. For more information about AMA Pro Racing, visit www.amaproracing.com.

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