The Futre of Supercross!!

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For those of you that don't know, the sport of Supercross is run/promoted by two companies. The AMA (American Motorcyle Association) and Clear Channel Entertainment Motorsports Division. The AMA was breaking up with Clear Channel Entertainment (the promoters) after a long relationship. This was going to totally screw up the series beginning next season. Instead of one Supercross series there were going to be two separate ones. This would have created a lot of tension between manufacturer backing, fans, race dates, and so on and so on! Supercross has a good head of steam selling out stadiums again. Back in the early to mid 90's there was some screwy things happening and it wasn't real popular for a while. If these two lovebirds broke up....the Screwy things would have been ours to deal with again.

Well, after both companies were "seeing other people" for several months, they decided to get back together. THANK GOD!!!! Here is a release from Cycle News.com:

"4/12/2002
SUPERCROSS - It's A Done Deal
Posted By Paul Carruthers


Peace And Harmony In Supercross

It's official. The supercross series will stay as we know it. Here's the official word from Clear Channel and the AMA.

Clear Channel Entertainment's Motor Sports division and AMA Pro Racing today announced a seven-year agreement for the 2003-2009 AMA Supercross seasons, extending the 28-year relationship between the two organizations. The agreement provides that AMA Pro Racing will continue to sanction all supercross motorcycle races produced and promoted by Clear Channel Entertainment in the United States.

After lengthy discussions, both groups concluded that working together was in the best interest of supercross riders, fans, sponsors, television viewers, race teams, AMA Pro Racing and Clear Channel Entertainment, and positions supercross for significant future growth.

Charlie Mancuso, president of Clear Channel Entertainment's Motor Sports division, said: "We are proud to announce the continuation of our long-standing relationship with AMA Pro Racing, and are thrilled to focus all of our efforts on taking the sport of supercross to the next level and beyond. Our job is to work hand-in-hand with AMA Pro Racing to continue the rapid growth and development of the most successful motorcycle racing series in the world. We want to thank the riders, fans, race teams and sponsors for all of their patience and support during the past few months."

PJ Harvey, newly elected chairman of AMA Pro Racing, said, "The last few months have felt a bit like a lap around a supercross track - fast, furious and with its fair share of bumps. But in the end, we have come to realize that continuing our relationship with Clear Channel Entertainment most effectively meets the needs of AMA Pro Racing to continue growing the sport. We're very excited to continue working together with Clear Channel and share Charlie's sentiments that it's time to focus on the future."

The following are the 16 events on the 2003 AMA Supercross Series schedule:

Jan. 4 - Edison International Field, Anaheim, Calif.

Jan. 11 - Bank One Ballpark, Phoenix, Arizona

Jan. 18 - Edison International Field, Anaheim, Calif.

Jan 25 - Pacific Bell Park, San Francisco, Calif.

Feb. 1 - Edison International Field, Anaheim, Calif.

Feb. 8 - Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, Calif.

Feb. 15 - Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Feb. 22 - Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

Mar. 1 - RCA Dome, Indianapolis, Indiana

Mar. 8 - Daytona International Speedway, Daytona, Fla.

Mar. 22 - Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, Missouri

Mar. 29 - Reliant Park, Houston, Texas

Apr. 5 - Silverdome, Pontiac, Michigan

Apr. 12 - Texas Stadium, Dallas, Texas

Apr. 26 Rice-Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City, Utah

May. 3 - Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, Nevada

The 16 rounds of the 2003 AMA Supercross Series, combined with two international events which will take place in December of 2002 will comprise the 18-round 2002-2003 FIM Supercross World Championship, according to Clear Channel."


I will be nice to see RC win his 3rd 250 title next year on a competitive circuit!!!!

BRAAAAAAAAP!
 
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