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May 8, 2001

New AMA Operations Consultant Mathers Doesn't Notice Tech Delays At Sears Point

Recently retired Honda Racing Manager Gary Mathers showed up at the Sears Point AMA National wearing an AMA Pro Racing shirt, serving as a new Operations Consultant reporting directly to AMA Pro Racing CEO Scott Hollingsworth.<BR><BR>AMA Superbike Operations Manager Ron Barrick was quick to tell reporters that Mathers' appointment made a wealth of valuable experience available to AMA Pro Racing.<BR><BR>But when a reporter asked Mathers about longer-than-normal Tech Inspection delays at Sears Point--it took team mechanics and individual riders about three times longer than normal to get racebikes through tech, with long lines stretching out of the tech garage--Mathers said he hadn't paid any attention to tech.