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Supermoto at Irwindale will proceed as scheduled

PICKERINGTON, Ohio (Oct, 29, 2003) -- AMA Pro Racing and Irwindale Speedway have confirmed that the AMA Red Bull Supermoto Championship event scheduled for Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway this Saturday will take place as planned. Massive wildfires...

PICKERINGTON, Ohio (Oct, 29, 2003) -- AMA Pro Racing and Irwindale Speedway have confirmed that the AMA Red Bull Supermoto Championship event scheduled for Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway this Saturday will take place as planned. Massive wildfires in Southern California forced organizers to consider postponing the event.

AMA Pro Racing Associate Director of Commercial Development Chris Bradley says that proceeding as planned was a joint decision reached by the promoter, track and AMA Pro Racing. "Obviously, we want to be sensitive to the conditions in Southern California," said Bradley. "We understand how serious this situation has been and our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by the fires. This decision was not reached lightly. We looked at the circumstances as they stand right now, discussed it among all parties, spoke to some of our participants and ultimately decided to move forward with the event."

Bradley said there was strong support to hold the race. "Many members of the motorcycle industry, which is largely based in Southern California, called and encouraged us to not cancel the race," said Bradley. "Additionally, we've heard from fans and riders who asked us to keep it intact."

Irwindale Speedway is located about 15 miles east of downtown Los Angeles and was never threatened by the fires. Local news reports have stated that improving weather in the region has allowed firefighters to gain ground on the flames and shifting wind patterns are beginning to blow the smoke and haze out of the area.

The event promoter is planning on raising money for local fire relief charities through a raffle at the race. Attendees will have the opportunity to purchase items donated by series and event sponsors with all proceeds going to local relief efforts.

For ongoing updated information contact Irwindale Speedway at (626) 358-1100 or visit www.supermotowest.com.

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