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Sep 10, 2008

Updated: Racing Division Manager Keith McCarty Says Yamaha Plans To Race In 2009 AMA Series

Reached by phone moments ago and asked about Yamaha Motor Corp. U.S.A.'s 2009 racing plans and if the company will compete in an MIC-organized U.S. Superbike League, Yamaha Racing Division Manager Keith McCarty said "We're not planning to. I think like everybody else, we've heard a lot of the rumors. We don't know any details. Our assumption is--since we heard at Daytona--that the AMA series that we've grown to be a part of was handed over to DMG, and that's kind of where we plan to be. It's unfortunate that whatever is changing, but that's where we're headed at the moment. So until we hear otherwise that's the plan."

Also reached by phone today and asked about an MIC-promoted U.S. Superbike League, American Honda Racing Teams Manager Rob Heben said, "First of all, I haven't heard that news. That's interesting. I don't know. It's a little bit too soon to tell. I would imagine whatever ends up happening Honda would do some sort of press release or something like that."

Asked if he knew anything about the series being formed, Heben said, "All I know is I've heard there's been discussions, but I haven't heard what's been sorted out. That will be interesting, to see what the press release says."

Roadracingworld.com is awaiting return calls from American Suzuki Motor Corp. Vice President Mel Harris and from Kawasaki Motors Corp. U.S.A. Director of Marketing Bruce Stjernstrom.