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Oct 22, 2012

The Economy Strikes Again: AMA Pro Racing Not Returning To Sonoma In 2013

Superbikes head up the hill out of Turn One on Sunday of the 2012 AMA Pro weekend at Sonoma. Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy of AMA Pro Racing
AMA Pro Will Not Return to Sonoma in 2013

SONOMA, Calif. (Oct. 22, 2012) The raceway in Sonoma will not host an AMA Pro Road Racing event during the 2013 motor-racing season, track officials announced today.

AMA Pro Road Racing has been featured on the raceway calendar every year since 1993, however, track management indicated that current conditions within the motorcycle industry and the economy at large did not provide the necessary confidence to promote a financially viable event in 2013.

"This facility has a long tradition of professional motorcycle racing and this was a very difficult decision. It's particularly disappointing because the competition over the last few years has been outstanding and we're sorry we won't be able to bring this show back for our fans," said Steve Page, president and general manager of the raceway.

Page said the raceway is keeping the door open to future events if the proper level of sponsorship and industry support can be secured. The raceway has a long and storied history with AMA Pro, dating back to 1977 when Paul Ritter took the checkers.