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Mar 4, 2009

Website, Timing And Scoring Issues Mar Opening Of AMA Practice At Daytona

SuperSport riders had their motorcycles prepared to AMA Pro Racing's standard when their practice started at 9:00 a.m. local time Wednesday, exactly on schedule, at Daytona International Speedway, but AMA Pro Racing's timing and scoring and its new website were not ready to go.

Timing and scoring information was not piped to teams' monitors on pit lane during the first practice, preventing teams and riders from knowing their times and standings.

And the new AMA Pro Racing website, which will include live timing and scoring, had not yet been launched, keeping teams from accessing their times via that avenue.

AMA Pro Racing media relations personnel were unable to immediately get an explanation as to why timing and scoring information was not available on pit lane during Supersport practice. But AMA Pro Racing Road Race Director Bill Syfan later told, "The track didn't have everything set up. Our feed was going out, but it wasn't getting to pit lane. Once the track figured out the problem they flipped a couple of switches and Voila!"

As for the new website, AMA Pro Racing spokesman Adam Saal said, "The AMA Pro Racing site that was launched on January 1 was designed to only get us to this point. The new site is due to be launched this weekend and could be ready even as early as today."

At some point today, live timing should be available at:, according to Saal.

In the meantime, Evan Steel Performance's Josh Day was unofficially the fastest rider in the 30-minute SuperSport practice Wednesday morning, but official times were not available at post time.