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Feb 14, 2001

AMA Issues Statement Regarding Willow Springs National, About Five Hours After We Post News Item On Same

About five hours after posted news that the AMA National at Willow Springs was being cancelled by promoters Hansyllan Motorsports, AMA Pro Racing's Connie Fleming e-mailed an official statement to members of the press, headlined "Willow Springs round of AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Superbike Championship in question".

The statement read, "The Hansyllan Group, promoters of the Willow Springs round of the AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Superbike, have indicated to AMA Pro Racing officials that the event may be in danger of being canceled.

"AMA Pro Racing's road race manager Ron Barrick is in contact with the Hansyllan Group and indicates that the promoter is having difficulty obtaining a sufficient level of sponsorship for the Superbike event and is exploring other avenues to keep the event scheduled.

"The final decision on the event is expected in the next week.

"AMA Pro Racing will post additional information as it becomes available."

All phone calls to AMA headquarters regarding the Willow race situation are being directed to AMA Pro Racing Director of Competition Merrill Vanderslice, who has refused to speak to Roadracing World Special Projects Editor David Swarts since Swarts started covering the Edmondson v. AMA court case in 1998.

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