May 3, 2002
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<BR>From a press release issued May 2 at Sears Point Raceway:<BR><BR>To Whom It May Concern:<BR><BR>Dunlop Statement Regarding MBNA AMA 250cc GP Class<BR><BR>Ongoing rumors have, for several years now, indicated the possible elimination by the AMA of the 250cc GP class at AMA National events. Recent rumors have linked Dunlop with this movement, indicating that Dunlop supports the proposed elimination of this class.<BR><BR>These recent rumors have absolutely no basis in fact. Dunlop has been a long-term supporter of the AMA 250cc GP Class and continues to actively support this class. Our Championship record in this class is second to no other manufacturer and it is our hope to win this Championship again in 2002 and for years to come.<BR><BR>Currently, our list of sponsored riders in this class includes Rich Oliver, Roland Sands, Chuck Sorensen, Jim Filice, Jason DiSalvo, Perry Melneciuc, Simon Turner, and Thad Halsmer. It is our intention to continue to support deserving riders in this class for as long as the class remains a valid AMA National Class.<BR><BR>We continue to stock large inventories of tires for this class and it is our intention to continue to do so for the foreseeable future.<BR><BR>Regards,<BR>Jim Allen<BR>Road Race Manager – Motorcycle Division<BR>Goodyear Dunlop Tire North America LTD.<BR>