Aug 30, 2002
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Copyright 2002, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc.<BR><BR>Brian Livengood, the privateer who was named AMA Rookie Of The Year for 2002, actually participated in the series prior to this year, scoring 11 Superbike points in 2000.<BR><BR>AMA Pro Racing has not published criteria for the Rookie Of The Year Award but in the past has disqualified riders who have participated in Superbike races in prior years, even if they had not competed for a full season prior to the season in question.<BR><BR>Privateer Brian Parriott finished better than Livengood in 2002 Superbike points, 6th place versus 9th place.<BR><BR>"This was definitely my Rookie year in AMA competition," Parriott said when reached by phone Friday at his family dealership, Parriott Motors in St. Helena, California. "I never in my life competed in an AMA Superbike race prior to 2002. We ran qualifying sessions and practice with Arclight last year for practice, but we never competed in an event."<BR><BR>AMA Pro Racing has not explained why Livengood was named Rookie of the Year instead of Parriott.<BR><BR><BR><BR><BR>