AMA Addresses Road America Controversy

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Josh Hayes won the AMA SuperBike event on Sunday at Road America, but not without controversy. (AMA photo)
Josh Hayes won the AMA SuperBike event on Sunday at Road America, but not without controversy.  (AMA photo)
Josh Hayes won the AMA SuperBike event on Sunday at Road America, but not without controversy. (AMA photo)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Last weekend’s AMA Pro Road Racing event at the famed Road America road course was clouded in controversy.

That controversy centered around continued wet weather and a difference of opinion between competitors and the sanctioning body on how to deal with the weather and the fact the SuperBike race was completed in a downpour.

AMA issued a statement on Thursday regarding its officiating decisions June 1 at Road America.

“In light of the recent event at Road America where some of our officiating procedures were called into question, AMA Pro Racing would like to reiterate to our competitors, our partners, our tracks and all of our stakeholders that safety always has been paramount to our business model,” the statement read. “Suggestions to the contrary are reckless and misinformed, ignoring the long-standing history of AMA Pro Racing and the integrity of the individuals involved in the Daytona Motorsports Group.

“Faced with inclement weather at Road America, we followed our rulebook to the letter, in the interest of rider safety and fair competition. We know we made the right, rules-based decisions in running an event that was challenging for everyone at the race track that day.

“Moving forward, we will continue to operate our races with safety at the forefront within our established competition rules and, as always, we will continue to review our ongoing procedures with our riders and teams.”

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