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Jul 5, 2001

Richie Morris Comments On F-USA Event At VIR

This Just In, from racer Richie Morris:<BR><BR>After reading comments from riders bashing F-USA on decisions made in Sunday's Superbike race, I felt I should express my feelings toward the F-USA program.<BR><BR>I don't know the details about Mike Ciccotto's beef, nor is it any of my business. All of the Hooters guys are friends of mine and I would like to keep it that way. But just the same, I would like to say that the F-USA program, in my opinion, is the most professionally-run operation that I have been associated with in all of my racing career!<BR><BR>They treat everyone with courtesy and respect, regardless of how big your team is or how fast the rider may be. I personally feel that is refreshing to the sport. At the AMA events if you are not involved with a factory team you are a nobody. Now these guys are trying to build a series that focus on riding ability and fan appreciation. So I feel they need a fair shake. <BR><BR>First, you can approach Bill Syfan or Kenny Abbott with any problem or suggestion you may have and they will listen and take some kind of action. It may not always be to your liking, but they do listen to ALL of the riders. When I arrived at VIR, Roger Lyle ask me to take a few laps with him in a car. He wanted to show me the track and get my opinion on some safety issues. What other series would do that? They pay better money than AMA and you get your check that day. Bottom line, it is a friendly, professional atmosphere and I would invite any and all new riders to check the series out.<BR><BR>In closing, I want to say thanks to everyone who was at VIR for welcoming me back after the Daytona nightmare. I just thank God to be able to ride a motorcycle after the crash, but being able to finish second my first race back cannot be described by words. <BR><BR>Thanks again to F-USA, fellow riders and teams, and the fans for a great welcome in my return to the track! <BR><BR>Richie Morris