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Sep 17, 2001

With Harley Gone And Yamaha Teetering On The Edge, Ducati May Be Next To Bail Out Of AMA Superbike

With Harley-Davidson already pulling out and Yamaha's return dependent on signing Anthony Gobert, the latest news is that Ducati may not return to the AMA Superbike series in 2002.<BR><BR>Ducati officials have expressed disappointment with the results obtained by the two Superbike teams currently running the AMA series with Ducati motorcycles, HMC Ducati and Competition Accessories Ducati.<BR><BR>An independent emissary has made at least one inquiry to a team owner currently running a successful AMA Formula Xtreme and 600cc Supersport team, regarding possibly running a Ducati Superbike team in 2002 and 2003. But current contractual obligations have made that scenario impossible.<BR><BR>Meanwhile, several riders for the current Ducati teams are shopping their services around the paddock.<BR><BR><BR><BR>Editorial Comment: On the bright side, if Yamaha and Ducati join Harley-Davidson on the sidelines, AMA Pro Racing CEO Scott Hollingsworth's job will become easier, because his staff members--famous for ignoring the needs, concerns and input of non-factory teams and riders--will have fewer teams they have to communicate with before he sets policy or makes decisions.