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Jul 14, 2001

Where's The Beef? AMA Pro Racing Delegation Doesn't Address Deep Operational Problems In Secret Meetings With Factory Teams

AMA Pro Racing CEO Scott Hollingsworth and Vice President, Commercial Development John Farris did not address specific operational problems at AMA road races in a series of secret meetings with manufacturers last week.<BR><BR>Hollingsworth and Farris met with representatives of factory teams at the Southern California headquarters of American Honda, Yamaha Motor Corp., Kawasaki Motors Corp. and American Suzuki the week following races at Laguna Seca, but did not reveal an expected plan for addressing the deep dis-satisfaction with race operations currently running through the paddock at AMA events, according to various meeting participants.<BR><BR>"There wasn't a whole lot there," said one factory man of the meeting he attended.<BR><BR>Hollingsworth and Farris did not reveal what changes in class structure are on the horizon. Hollingsworth seemed concerned with what the "global platform" will be for the Superbike class in the future, i.e., will World Superbike allow 1000cc Inline Fours in the future, requiring AMA Superbike to follow suit to continue to attract factory participation.