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Mar 30, 2002

California Speedway Makes Eddie Lawson Wish He Were Still Racing, Says AMA

From an AMA Pro Racing press release:<BR><BR>YAMAHA SUPERBIKE CHALLENGE<BR>COMING TO CALIFORNIA SPEEDWAY<BR><BR>PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- The Yamaha Superbike Challenge at California Speedway in Fontana, Calif., will bring the high-powered action of the AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Superbike Championship to Southern California on April 5-7. The Yamaha Superbike Challenge is the second richest race on the AMA Superbike calendar next to the classic Daytona races. The weekend will feature a Chevy Trucks Superbike doubleheader. Owensboro, Kentucky's Nicky Hayden leads the series after winning the season opener at Daytona International Speedway in March.<BR><BR>In addition to AMA Superbike, the Speedway will host the second round of the Pro Honda Oils U.S. Supersport Championship and three support classes, including the opening round of the Lockhart Phillips Formula Xtreme Series.<BR><BR>The April event is the inaugural AMA Superbike race held at California Speedway and brings the AMA series to the Los Angeles basin for the first time since 1996.<BR><BR>"It's important for the sport to have a strong presence in Southern California," said John Farris, AMA Pro Racing's vice president of commercial development. "Most of the manufacturers in AMA Superbike racing are based there and the market is obviously one of the country's biggest in terms of active motorcyclists. It's great to have a facility like California Speedway to be able to showcase what we feel is one of motorsports most exciting racing series."<BR><BR>California Speedway's motorcycle competition course was developed working closely with several of the current top stars in AMA Superbike racing. The new 2.3-mile, 21-turn road course has gotten rave reviews from riders who've tested there. The circuit even impressed former AMA and World Champion Eddie Lawson.<BR><BR>"The new road course at California Speedway is really incredible," said Lawson. "The layout ensures that every race will be close and intense. With long straightaways and slow tight turns you'll get a great mix of speed, hard braking and passing opportunities. This track actually makes me wish I was still racing."<BR><BR>For ticket information of the Yamaha Superbike Challenge contact California Speedway at (800) 944-7223 or visit the website at www.californiaspeedway.com.<BR><BR>AMA Pro Racing is the leading sanctioning body for professional motorcycle sport in the United States. For more information about AMA Pro Racing, visit www.amaproracing.com.<BR><BR>;