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Cycle News 2003 05 14

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o c c The Zongshen Suzuki GSX·R 1000 (1 LJ n u team of Warwick Nowland and Stephane Mertens won the Imola 200, the first round of the 2003 World Endurance Championship in Imola, Italy, on May 4, CJ AMA Pro Racing's inaugural Red Bull Supermoto event will be held in con· junction with the AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Superbike Championship/World Superbike round held at Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca, July 1 J -13, and AMA Pro Racing released a map last week of exactly what the Don Canet· designed racetrack will look like. That track will be located in the open area between turns two and five of the main road course at Laguna. "Our objective was to locate the Supermoto track in such a manner that fans had convenient access and could easily view all of the Supermoto and road races," says Cameron Gray of Race Promotion Management, the event promoter. "By placing the track where we did, we're offering fans an entirely new component to their race weekend. Th.e Supermoto race program com· plements the AMA and World Superbike schedule so fans won't miss any action. Also, spectators can now visit the manufacturer displays and view the AMA Red Bull Supermoto races all in the same general location." The track will be approximately six-tenths of a mile long and will feature a 70/30 pavement·to·dirt ratio. It also features several jumps including a 3D-foot double step·down, tabletop jump, according to AMA PJ'o Racing. "Finding a suitable on·site course area for this event has presented a for· midable challenge," said Canet. ·We've made the most of the space we have to work with and feel confident that the riders and fans will find the lay· out very eXciting." The main straight of the Supermoto track utilizes pavement that was part of the original Laguna Seca layout along with a mix of tight tums that will place aopremium on braking skill, the AMA says. ·While there just isn't room enough for a sweeping road course element, we're certain to see plenty of back·it·in, bum·it·out action," assures Canet. "If I see big grins on the faces of fans and riders, I've done my job as a track builder." A notable list of riders is planning to contest the AMA Red Bull Supermoto Championship. In addition to riders who have already announced their participation (Chris Carr, Mike Metzger, Scott Russell and Kevin Schwantz) several other top·level riders have expressed their intention to race the series. Included on this list are current AMA Superbike racer Eric Bostrom and AMA Motocross and Supercross legend and current Indy car driver Jeff Ward. Suzuki GB Phase One teamsters o o o n o o o o o o o Olivier Four and James Ellison finished second, ahead of the Yamaha Aus· tria team of Saiger, Wilding and Truch· sess. The television sohedule for the l..J 2003 AMA Progressive Insurance U.S. Flat Track Championship has been released, and five more events are to be televised on Speed Channel this season, in addition to the Daytona Short Track event that was aired in March. In 'addition to Grand National coverage, select Harley-Davidson Sportster Performance Series races will be shown. AMA Flat Track fans will get a mix of racing venues to watch - c c from the famous Springfield Mile to its neighboring TT circuit. There will also be the opportunity to catch televised racing from a new venue. the half·mile at Sharon Speedway in Hartford, Ohio, as well as the race at Scioto Downs in Columbus, Ohio. "Flat track racing is traditionally some of the closest in all of o o o o o o o o o o o c AMA Pro Racing,' said Bruce Bober, AMA Pro Racing's flat track manager. "We're confident that the sport will continue to win new fans as they are able to watch these races on Speed Channel. We're fortunate to have companies such as Progressive Insurance and HarleyDavidson Motor Company, whose support helps make these flat track broad- always produces exciting finishes decid· Cooke (BMXer), Allen Cooke

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