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AMA Red Bull Supermoto Championship Introduction Why is AMA Pro Racing launching this series? One of the objectives of AMA Pro Racing is to manage the commercial development of motorcycle racing in the United States. This means exploring new...

AMA Red Bull Supermoto Championship Introduction

Why is AMA Pro Racing launching this series?

One of the objectives of AMA Pro Racing is to manage the commercial development of motorcycle racing in the United States. This means exploring new markets and improving the economic growth opportunities for our stakeholders. Our findings indicate that there has been a growing demand for a national supermoto series and there's no doubt that there will be tremendous benefits to OEMs, sponsors, riders and fans by this championship.

Why is AMA Pro Racing launching this series now instead of 2004?

While we originally planned to launch supermoto in 2004, it became clear to us that the market is ready for this series so we decided to accelerate the launch date. This was done primarily to benefit our stakeholders.

How many races will comprise the championship?

In 2003 there are six events planned.

Where will this year's races take place?

The schedule is still being finalized but so far we plan to conduct races at Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca in conjunction with the AMA U.S. Superbike Championship event, in Colorado at the Copper Mountain CycleFest and in Las Vegas in conjunction with the AMA Pro Racing Awards Banquet. The remaining rounds are currently being scheduled and we plan to make an announcement soon.

Will the races be televised?

Yes, the AMA Red Bull Supermoto Championship will be televised on the Outdoor Life Network (OLN), a leading cable network and the home of action sports programming.

Besides title sponsor Red Bull are their any major sponsors?

Yes, KTM Sportmotorcycles USA will be a class sponsor and several leading companies have expressed interest in being involved with the series at different levels. We expect to be making additional announcements soon.

What top level riders will race this series?

A number of national and international riders have expressed interest in competing in this series including: Jean-Michel Bayle, Ben Bostrom, Chris Carr, Doug Chandler, Joe Kopp, Mike Metzger, Scott Russell, Kevin Schwantz, Jeff Ward and Jake Zemke among others.

How many classes will be presented?

In year one, two classes will be presented. The Red Bull Supermoto class will be for motorcycles up to 450cc and the KTM Supermoto Unlimited class will feature 490cc and over motorcycles.

How were these classes chosen?

After thorough examination of the marketplace and with extensive discussion with all the major OEMs, these classes were established to maximize brand participation. Virtually every OEM currently offers, or soon will, a 450cc motocross machine and several companies, primarily the European brands, offer a big-bore machine eligible for the unlimited class. In all cases, the machines can be easily modified for supermoto competition. Another factor in our decision was to establish classes that would dramatically help curtail the rising costs of racing. For example in the 450 class, a participant could use one motorcycle for motocross, flat track and supermoto.

Will there be any support classes?

Yes, we plan to offer at least one support class. When that information becomes available, we will make an announcement.

Will the major OEMs offer contingency support?

Yes, several OEMs have stated that they plan on offering contingency support.

How will this championship be managed?

AMA Pro Racing Associate Director of Commercial Development, Chris Bradley, will be responsible for day-to-day activities in managing the series. Additionally, a race operations manager will be named soon.

How can I obtain information on rules, licensing and entries?

Rules will be available on March 17 and licensing/entry information will be available on April 7. All can be accessed by visiting: www.amaproracing.com

About AMA Pro Racing
AMA Pro Racing is the leading sanctioning body for motorcycle sport in the United States. Its properties include the AMA Supercross Championship, the AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Motocross Championship, the AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Superbike Championship, the AMA Progressive Insurance U.S. Flat Track Championship and the AMA Red Bull Supermoto Championship. Nearly 2 million race fans attended AMA Pro Racing events during the 2002 season. For more information about AMA Pro Racing, visit www.amaproracing.com.

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Drivers Jeff Ward , Doug Chandler , Scott Russell , Jake Zemke , Mike Metzger , Ben Bostrom , Chris Carr