Courtesy AMA Pro Racing
Fans of AMA championship motorcycle racing will get their fill of
action in March when SPEED fires up 12 hours of race coverage from
Daytona Beach, including eight hours of live coverage, culminating with
the broadcast of the 65th running of the Daytona 200 by Honda, the
opening round of the AMA Lockhart-Phillips USA Formula Xtreme Series.
SPEED’s coverage kicks off March 9 from 2:30 to 6 p.m. ET, including
coverage of the AMA Supersport and Superstock season openers as well as
Daytona 200 and AMA Superbike qualifying. Last year, Yoshimura Suzuki’s
Mat Mladin turned the fastest lap ever on the newly configured,
2.95-mile Daytona International Speedway. Repeat coverage of the
Supersport and Superstock races will air at 11 p.m. ET on March 9 and
again at 12 p.m. ET, March 10.
On March 10, the AMA Supercross Series takes center stage with
prime-time same-day coverage starting at 9:30 p.m. ET. The “Big Three”
of Ricky Carmichael, Chad Reed and James Stewart will bring their
season-long battle to one of the premier events on the AMA Supercross
schedule, featuring the longest and most exhausting track in the series.
On March 11, SPEED will offer morning-to-evening coverage of Daytona
Bike Week racing. The day starts at 11 a.m. ET with flag-to-flag
coverage of the 2006 AMA Superbike Championship Presented by Parts
Unlimited season opener. Defending champ Mat Mladin will begin his
quest to win a record seventh AMA Superbike title. This year, Mladin
will face an even deeper field of competitors, including the returning
factory Kawasaki squad led by brothers Tommy and Roger Lee Hayden.
Fans of the AMA Ford Quality Checked Flat Track Championship won’t be
left out either. After the Daytona Superbike race, SPEED will present
Thursday night’s Flat Track season opener from Daytona’s Municipal
Stadium. Chris Carr is hoping to close in this year on some of Scott
Parker’s AMA Grand National records.
Live coverage of the 65th Daytona 200 by Honda featuring the AMA
Lockhart-Phillips USA Formula Xtreme Series will take the green flag
starting at 1:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 11. This year defending
Daytona 200 winner Miguel Duhamel will face a strong field of
competitors as he tries to become the first six-time winner of the
Tickets and info can be found here at this link for Daytona International Speedway.
Courtesy AMA Pro Racing
Pernes les Fontaines, France
One of the first big pre-season races in Europe
Defending World Motocross Champion Stefan Everts from Belgium seems in good form.
MX1 class results
MX2 class results
7. De Reuver
Photo – Leok 12, Coppins 2, Everts 72, Pichon 5
Pickerington OH: AMA Pro Racing has announced that Ricky Carmichael has
been penalized 25 points for using illegal fuel at round six of the AMA
Supercross Series at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego CA on February 11.
Fuel samples from eight motorcycles were collected at the San Diego
round and the sample from the motorcycle of Ricky Carmichael was found
to be in non-compliance. Fuel from the motorcycles of Mike Alessi,
Grant Langston, Jeremy McGrath, Nate Ramsey, Chad Reed, Andrew Short
and James Stewart was found to be in compliance.
As is required by the AMA Supercross/Motocross rulebook, the samples
were sent to a certified testing lab which confirmed the results of the
testing. AMA Pro Racing has required the use of unleaded fuel in the
AMA Supercross Series and the AMA Motocross Championship since the 2004
That now puts Ricky Carmichael in third place at 115 points.
Information courtesy AMA
American Suzuki’s response later the same day
Team Makita Suzuki Racing to Appeal AMA Penalty for Illegal Fuel
Brea CA: Team Makita Suzuki Racing announced today that the team will
appeal the penalty imposed by the AMA for the use of illegal fuel at
round six of the AMA Supercross Series in San Diego CA on Feb. 11, 2006.
The entire Team Makita Suzuki Racing organization, including Ricky
Carmichael and his crew, have followed closely all the rules
established for AMA Supercross and Motocross racing. The team has
purchased the same fuel throughout the last several seasons; it has
been tested and was never found in violation of fuel rules before. The
fuel used by the Supercross team at the San Diego round was supplied by
a third-party vendor and was not tested by Team Makita Suzuki
technicians before the race.
From American Honda
Torrance CA: For more than 30 years, American Honda has maintained a
seat on the American Motorcycle Association (AMA) Board of Trustees.
Unfortunately, recent actions taken by the AMA have caused American
Honda to question its continued participation on both the AMA Board of
Trustees and the Paradama (AMA Pro Racing) Board of Directors.
Ultimately, American Honda has made the decision to vacate both seats
on these boards effective immediately.
Ray Blank, American Honda Senior Vice President, has served on the AMA
Board of Trustees since 1989, and on the AMA Pro Racing board since
Paradama’s reorganization in the late ’90’s. No Honda representative
will take Mr. Blank’s place.
During the time representatives from American Honda served in AMA
board-member capacities, the company played a significant role in
many positive changes that have taken place in motorcycle racing; the
rise of Supercross as a mainstream sport; improvements in rider
safety across a broad spectrum of professional motorcycle racing
classes; the building of Paradama as a solid business entity within
the AMA organization; and sponsorship growth to a level that now
supports more full-time professional motorcycle racers than ever before.
American Honda has supported the Paradama concept since it was
conceived as a means to create a profitable corporation to fund a
vision of what AMA racing should become, and what an AMA non-profit
organization could become–a million member organization that fights
for motorcyclists’ rights, advocates keeping land open for
responsible off-roading and maintains a vital Washington presence.
Recently, however, conflicting interests within the AMA organization
have caused a division of ideology and a blurring of the vision that
American Honda has always supported. Recent issues, including the
departure of dedicated individuals from AMA Pro Racing and its
inability to stand by its own rulebook with regard to recent Formula Xtreme considerations, have been particularly alarming.
Honda believes the rulebook is a sanctioning body’s most important
asset. When a governing body violates the sanctity of its rulebook,
it loses credibility with everyone associated with racing–the teams,
the riders, the sponsors and, most importantly, the fans who rely on
sanctioning bodies to create racing environments which ensure fair,
balanced and exciting competition. Honda believes the AMA and other
sanctioning bodies must be responsible for coordinating the efforts
of all participants to ultimately benefit the sport. Honda also
believes that all manufacturers, through technical committees, must
participate in, and collaborate on, development and harmonization of
technical rules for each class of competition.
American Honda will continue its corporate AMA membership and will
continue to support the AMA’s all important, industry efforts in the
areas of land use, riders’ rights and the many other positive
programs the organization spearheads.
American Honda will continue to compete in AMA sanctioned racing, and
will continue to utilize its resources to build the sport and support
more riders and teams. Today, Honda offers unprecedented support
throughout the AMA professional paddocks.
2006 World Motocross GP Calendar
- 2 April – Flanders – Zolder
- 16 April – Spain – Bellpuig
- 23 April – Portugal – Agueda
- 7 May – Germany – Teutschenthal (includes Women’s World Cup)
- 21 May – Japan – Sugo
- 4 June – Bulgaria – Sevlievo
- 11 June – Italy – Montevarchi
- 18 June – Great Britain – Matterley Basin, Winchester
- 2 July – Sweden – Uddevalla (includes Women’s World Cup)
- 16 July – South Africa – Sun City
- 30 July – Czech Republic – Loket
- 6 August – Belgium – Namur (includes Veteran’s World Cup)
- 27 August – Ireland – Desert Martin
- 3 September – The Netherlands – Lierop
- 17 September – France – Ernee
- 24 September – Motocross Of Nations – Great Britain, Matterley Basin, Winchester
2006 World SuperMoto Calendar
- 30 April – Europe (I) – Castelletto di Branduzzo
- 28 May – France – Villars-Sous-Ecot
- 25 June – Austria – Melk
- 23 July – Sardina (I) – Autodromo di Mores (Sassari)
- 10 September – Germany – Sankt Wendel
- 8 October – Monaco – Montecarlo
- 15 October – Italy – Latina
- 5 November – Greece – Athens
- 1 October – SuperMoto of Nations – Ireland – Belfast