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Mar 13, 2001

Future Of AMA Pro Racing Format To Be Based On Superbike And 600cc Supersport

AMA Pro Racing CEO Scott Hollingsworth's vision of the future of AMA Pro Racing is based on Superbike and 600cc Supersport, and teams that want to move forward with the AMA need to compete in those classes.<BR><BR>That's the word from Hollingsworth, who revealed the direction he is taking AMA Pro Racing in a conversation along pit lane at Daytona last week.<BR><BR>Hollingsworth sees the ideal future AMA Pro road race as having one featured class and one support class, much like CART open-wheel races. Those two classes will be Superbike and 600cc Supersport.<BR><BR>In practical terms, that could mean more moving of AMA support events and entire classes to the WERA National Challenge Series, which will host three rounds of the Pro Thunder Series this season.<BR><BR>Hollingsworth also defended the AMA's late move to change Pro Thunder rules and outlaw 800cc 748 Ducatis--announced in December--by saying, "At least we did something and moved forward instead of sitting on something for another year."<BR><BR>But Hollingsworth did concede that the change in Pro Thunder minimum weight for all machines was a mistake in that it unintendedly affected SV650s and Singles, saying "That was a mistake and we corrected it."