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Sep 11, 2001

9/11: Yates Stranded In Dallas, Picotte Stuck In Canada

Yoshimura Suzuki's Aaron Yates is stranded in Dallas-Fort Worth en-route to this weekend's AMA National at Willow Springs, while Pascal Picotte is still in Canada. John Hopkins is in Bermuda, where his Lisbon-to-Newark flight was diverted.

Other strandees scheduled to participate in events leading up to the National include Max McAllister in Atlanta and Michael Martin in Dallas-Fort Worth.

AMA Officials are still in Ohio, Virginia, Florida, North Carolina and other locations, their travel plans disrupted by the complete shut-down of air travel in the United States due to terrorist attacks.

AMA officials are considering cancelling the National at Willow Springs completely, and the AMA's Ron Barrick said that a decision was expected later today.

Meanwhile, Willow Springs officials reported that racers were already pulling into the track Tuesday morning, many having come straight from Portland after running last weekend's F-USA National, and said that any decision on the fate of the Willow Springs race will be made tomorrow.

The Team Hammer Advanced Riding School and Track Ride scheduled for tomorrow at Willow Springs is expected to go on as planned, with racers Ed Sorbo and Grant Lopez filling in for stranded Chief Instructor Michael Martin.