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AMA Pro Racing Show on Speed Channel

Wednesday, February 18, 2009
AMA Pro Racing
Speed Channel
AMA Pro Racing and SPEED announced today an innovative and unprecedented new programming format that will see 2009 AMA Pro Road Racing events, highlight coverage of other AMA Pro disciplines and a variety of in-studio and at-event features showcased every Saturday evening in the AMA Pro Prime Time show on America's leading motorsports television channel.

The 26-week run for AMA Pro Prime Time begins March 21, and will air every Saturday night on SPEED at 10 or 11 p.m. ET (7 or 8 p.m. PT), with each program ranging in length from one to three hours depending on weekly content. The programming schedule will feature flag-to-flag coverage of every 2009 AMA Pro American Superbike and AMA Pro Daytona SportBike race, ample coverage of other AMA Pro Road Racing divisions and select exposure of other motorcycle disciplines under the organization's umbrella.

The race programming will be packaged within a studio show that will offer viewers a variety of features, including in-studio guests, expert analysis, breaking news announcements, motorcycle unveilings and much more. Popular SPEED personality Ralph Sheheen will be the in-studio host for AMA Pro Prime Time while the race coverage team will be anchored by host and play-by-play announcer Leigh Diffey, pit reporter Greg White and a to-be-named analyst.

"This is a landmark day for AMA Pro Racing television in that it combines the best of both worlds for our dedicated fans," said AMA Pro Racing President Roger Edmondson. "For the first time, viewers will know exactly when and where to tune in to not only see AMA Pro Racing but also get the latest news and information through an in-studio component that has rarely been coupled with flag-to-flag racing in the past."

Offering viewers destination television through a regular time slot has worked for numerous sports and entertainment properties in the past but has not been offered in a race event and studio format to U.S. motorcycle racing fans until now.

"This effort was a true collaboration between SPEED and the new leadership at AMA Pro," said SPEED President Hunter Nickell. "We are psyched to be able to deliver weekly appointment television to this extremely passionate audience."

In addition to AMA Pro Prime Time, additional programming on SPEED will see live coverage of the season-opening AMA Pro Daytona SportBike Daytona 200 by Honda under the lights at Daytona International Speedway, Friday, March 6, at 8:30 p.m. ET. The season-opening AMA Pro American Superbike race will be featured in the premiere of AMA Pro Prime Time on March 21.

The competition on AMA Pro Prime Time will include 39 races from both the AMA Pro American Superbike and AMA Pro Daytona SportBike classes that will air within a week or two of the actual events throughout the season.

"We can't recall a previous example of such a multi-faceted motorcycle program and we are honored to move forward with this innovative offering in partnership with our colleagues at SPEED," Edmondson said. "They obviously share our dedication to AMA Pro Racing and we want to thank them for the support as we work together to build the profile and audience of major league motorcycle racing in this country."

The 2009 AMA Pro Road Racing season will begin at Daytona International Speedway the first weekend in March. The weekend will be highlighted by the first Daytona 200 by Honda under the lights, Friday, March 6, for the AMA Pro Daytona SportBike division. The Daytona kick-off will also feature AMA Pro American Superbike competition and races for additional AMA Pro Road Racing championships.

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M110 Racer -DMG the AMA and The Ruin of Roadracing  July 15, 2009 05:03 PM
I read the articles in Cycyle World and was bitterly angered by how
AMA Pro Racing has destroyed everything. Kevin Erion quoted he would need $200,000 to compete at the 200 I all but died of shock.
Back in the 1970s I joined WERA (Western Eastern Roadracing Association) because the AMA was treating anybody but Harley Davidson XR 750 flat trackers like decomposed garbage. I saw how Ed Youngblood and now Edmundson have wrought havoc on Superbike, Formula-USA/Extreme
and now they're doing this to every track in the nation.

We need an open revolt like Roger Penske and Chip Ganassi did or it's going to be worse than what Tony George did to the Indy 500!

Join WERA everybody, to hel with the AMA!
jerryg -ama  June 21, 2009 09:42 AM
I agree with everything being said here. What gets me is how Miladin can run away out of site of everyone. The bikes supposedly go through tech and deemed equal other than individual team setups.My home track is VIR and I dont even go to this event anymore.I am as sick of the ama as I am of nascar. Give me a good sportscar road race or IRL race anyday!
ChuckL -AMA roadracing v. NASCAR  June 14, 2009 08:21 AM
From the reduced coverage and lack of TV availability, it is rather apparent that the AMA has been bought by NASCAR and NASCAR has decided to eliminate their only real competition for viewers. NASCAR has been successful in keeping open wheel auto racing nearly invisible and now they are successfully doing the same thing to motorcycle road racing.
Greg Benefield -Motorcycle Racing  May 3, 2009 06:40 AM
bigger sponsors need to come in besides manufactures that dmg has chased out. but bar stool racing or lawnmower racing can be seen?
MOT -PURE B.S. !!!!!  April 4, 2009 08:45 PM
As i still try to come to grips with watching AMA Pro Racing weeks after the events, I discovered today the Road Atlanta DSB race 2 will not air for damn near 4 weeks!!! What is going on? As Popeye would say "Thats all i can stands, and i cant stands no more!" Good bye DMG.
larriuz -daytona  March 22, 2009 07:42 AM
during the early 1990 espn cover the races and they did agood job now go forward 2009 hey guys are we a joke to you. be ashame
Eis-Man -Roger Edmondson & AMA Pro Racing owe American Road Racing fans an apology!  March 20, 2009 07:16 PM
First AMA Pro Racing totally screws up all the classes. Then severs relationships with the factories by not being able to settle on a set of rules, and now ruins relationships premier race tracks (i.e. no Miller Motorsports Park) The greates country in the world an we have bunch of idiots running our Road Racing series. Rodger Edmonson and AMA Pro Racing owe American Road Race fans an apology. Nice job on going "FULL RETARD ROGER!" I have a paper bag with some eye cutouts for your Mom to wear, how ashamed she must be!
glorybloodyhell -Ben's right move!  March 17, 2009 04:35 AM
I guess Ben Spies made the right move to WSBK, at least with that he will be watched by more American fans than this new AMA crap! If Mladin retires this 2009, then there won't be any reason for me to ever mention AMA SBK again!
CyclePath -DMG and BillyBob...the Biker  March 11, 2009 09:39 PM
Wow...The Daytona 200 was pretty pathectic. That said, My buddies and I started prepping (in a panic) this week to go to Fontana, since we found out the race was bumped up by a month this year. low and behold...I down-loaded the schedule and no fan laps...instead they have replaced this with an autograph session. Gee, little Timmy will love that....except little Timmy does not work or pay for anything. The I started looking into plan B...Blasting down Ortega Highway in the AM and watching the race over beers in the PM...except...oh that's right....2 week delay for TV!!!! The next thing you know, DW and Micheal (the family tree looks more like a tap root) will be doing the commentation. They killed NASCAR....looks like AMA racing is next....at least there is still MotoGP and WSBK....these clowns cannot go BK fast enough!
Chuck Neighoff -NOOOO  March 11, 2009 11:36 AM
Why for the love of God would they do this to us? They should air the race live and then package it up and re air the extended infomercial before or after the next race.Are the AMA races taking place during NASCAR?If that is the case they should switch it up so the two wouldn't interfere and we could watch live AMA racing not the go fast turn left crap!At least show it live on the internet and then I could hook up my laptop to my TV and watch it!
Pascal -I'm Done  March 3, 2009 05:29 AM
Well this is the final straw... No more SPEED... No more AMA... I'm Outta here... They Destroyed last season (DMG) and now this... Does anyone know what channel Queer-eye comes on?
Shag -Crap!!!  February 24, 2009 06:43 PM
yeah so before all we had to do was tune in to speed with little delay. all u needed was the ama schedule to know when the races would be shown. now (with the exception of the daytona 200) we have to wait a week. i knew they were going to ruin the sport. if matt weren't still running this year i would def be out. basically what they are doing is trading the original fans of this sport for a larger number of new fans. DMG = TRAITOR !!!
Albert Jackman -Motorcycle Road Racing  February 24, 2009 08:53 AM
I am a englishman and motorcycle rider who has been in the states since 1978 and to me this is about time. On television stations overseas I could always find some road racing some where, here in the states its been like winning the lottery trying to find any on television. I hope besides US races they show races like the Isle of Man TT as well. Also it would be even nicer if they choose a earlier time frame to show some of them. However, at this point it is at least a start to all of us road racing fans. Thanks.
RIZLAGSVR -WTF?  February 23, 2009 08:15 PM
Who's bright idea was this? After scour the internet for a half hour for anything on televised AMA races, I find that I have to wait to watch a race. If it was any other platform of competition, it would get televised, no questions asked!
Brett -DMG Greed  February 21, 2009 12:02 PM
Are we expected to never again visit superbikeplannet.com, motorcycledaily.com, or any of the numerous other venues that publish race results? We would have to stick our heads in the sand to avoid that information, which is tantamount to becoming UN-"dedicated fans". Could the NFL broadcasts be delayed "a week or two"? Of course not, we'd already know the results? The DMG must step back from their greed to see this objectively. Air the show (I like the idea of it very much), but do not hold the race broadcasts until then. There is no other rational choice.
No longer a SPEED or AMA fan -they both suck  February 20, 2009 09:59 PM
Why would either of you think your fans would be willing to watch a one to two week delayed broadcast? Have you no brain?
JW -That's it  February 19, 2009 01:48 PM
I'm out.
Beezer -AMA Sucks  February 19, 2009 08:31 AM
Wow, that news release really got me stoked until I read the “races will air within a week or two.” That just sucks! Why would AMA want to treat their fans so bad? Has the GOP gained controlling interest in the AMA?
RaceFan -Disappointing  February 19, 2009 06:20 AM
It sounded great until I read "that will air within a week or two of the actual events throughout the season". So the only live race will be Daytona? What a shame. On the bright side the more in depth coverage and air time will definitely be better than before. But very discouraging not to have live or same day coverage. The AMA Supercross and Motocross series has the same type of delayed coverage but it's just not the way it should be. Well let's hope the commercials don't drowned out the viewer during the program as it has in the past when every 3 or 4 laps there is a bunch of commercials. I guess if the AMA had a cash cow like NASCAR it would be a different story entirely. I think I'm moving or at least have a second home in Europe (in my dreams) where they know how to treat two wheeled race fans.
DueceTre -Moto GP / W.S.B.  February 19, 2009 06:03 AM
I'm as patriotic as the next American, but racing overseas is actually Professional. AMA and DMG has effectively destroyeed an american past time. Is this the trojan horse being slipped in so we can be taken over by NASCAR? Sadly,I regularly attend the ViR round,and will this year, but I guess for the atmosphere not "The Race". Rossi is making history in GP, and Spies will be our next true Superbike Champion. This tv deal sucks but may ultimately provide race fans with more comprehensive coverage of the World/Pro level races. the Disastrous Motorsports Group are doing their best to destroy production based motorcycle racing in the U.S. So we can become round'n'round Nascar Zombies! Fight The Power!
Ducati Killer -Crap  February 19, 2009 12:59 AM
I don't think I could be anymore dissolusioned at this point. I was looking forward to the new season and praying Ralph Sheheen wasn't going to be apart of it, his knowledge base his horrible. This news coupled with taped racing. Oh well, Ben Spies is in WSBK and we still have MotoGP...I'm stoked, at least there's WSBK. Go Ben!
Zane -Terrible  February 18, 2009 06:22 PM
Great way to showcase a revamped series... a broadcast at least a week after anyone who cares know the results. This is the tremendous promotional strength DMG was supposed to bring? If they have (want) to delay it, they should at least make it the anchor to a new Two Wheel Tuesday, that I could deal with, but one live/same day race the whole season?! I was actually getting kind of intrigued by how things were shaping up for this experiment, but I guess we are just going back to the ESPN days of Daytona 200 and Cycle News for the rest
BlownAway -Brilliant!  February 18, 2009 05:46 PM
Oh this is so great! Forget showing the races live or even same-day let's just tape it and package it into a 3-hour long infomercial that plays weeks after the event. Why hasn't anybody else ever thought of this? I'm not even sure I'll bother adding this to my DVR record list - some kid on YouTube will probably do a better job with coverage.
Rhodes -This Sucks  February 18, 2009 05:33 PM
So…let me get this straight, I now have to avoid surfing the moto web sites for up to two weeks after the race weekend in order to not accidentally read the race results!!!! DMG, Roger Edmonson, and Speed Channel all suck big time. But then again no one needed me to point out this obvious fact.