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AMA Superbike Same Day Coverage on Speed

Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Speed Channel
After a brief experiment with “destination viewing” for AMA Pro Road Racing with the 26-week Saturday evening studio program AMA Pro Prime Time, SPEED will return to same-day coverage of Daytona SportBike and American Superbike racing beginning with action from Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on July 4-5.

“As the current economy continues to challenge all forms of motor sports, we worked together with AMA Pro Racing to find a more cost effective way to deliver motorcycle coverage to the fans in 2009,” said Rick Miner, SPEED SVP of Production & Network Operations. “But at the end of the day, race fans didn’t accept the format and they let us know loud and clear that the experiment didn’t work … so, beginning with Laguna Seca, SPEED will close out the last five events of the season by running same-day event coverage whenever possible.”

“We are very pleased to join SPEED as they share the news with our fans that the final stretch of the 2009 season will offer them the ability to view the excitement of AMA Pro Road Racing the same day that it happens,” said Roger Edmondson, AMA Pro Road Racing President. SPEED has constantly shown that they have a dedication and passion for our sport and have been an outstanding broadcast partner. Although we believed that destination viewing offered us the ability to expose the personalities of our sport in a unique way, it was clear that our fans were disappointed with the delay in coverage. We applaud SPEED for their decision and financial commitment to our sport in these tough economic times. We look forward to continuing to work with them to deliver the excitement of AMA Pro Road Racing in a format that does justice to the athletes and machines that make it special.”

Broadcast schedule for final five AMA Pro Road Racing events on SPEED:

• Laguna Seca (Sunday, July 5, midnight ET, 2 hours SDD)
• Mid-Ohio (Sunday, July 19, 11 a.m. ET, 2 hours NDD)
• Mid-Ohio (Sunday, July 19, midnight ET, 2 hours SDD)
• Topeka (Saturday, Aug. 1, 10:30 p.m. ET, 2 hours SDD)
• Topeka (Sunday, Aug. 2, midnight ET, 2 hours SDD)
• Virginia (Saturday, Aug. 15, 8 p.m. ET, 2 hours SDD)
• Virginia (Sunday, Aug. 16, midnight ET, 2 hours SDD)
• New Jersey (Saturday, Sept. 5, 7:30 p.m. ET. 2 hours SDD)
• New Jersey (Sunday, Sept. 6, midnight ET, 2 hours SDD)

The final AMA Pro Prime Time studio show will air June 20 at 10 p.m. ET with coverage from Road America.

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Comments
Dave -Race coverage Aug. 15&16  August 9, 2009 09:22 AM
Can't find the race on the speed listing. Is it speed or NAS Car that is trying to end AMA Super Bike? You had one month in a row of good coverage. You should try for one more.
Randy -Dmg, Speed channel and Freddiw Spencer  July 8, 2009 05:35 AM
Dmg,imho,is ONLY in interested in go-kart type racing only where all bikes are the same, technology does not matter and product sales promotion is a thousand times more important than riding abilities. Not a sport but marketing product. To achieve that end, the rulebooks are changed to handicap the excellent technologies and reward the weak ones. Thus, amyone can win and be on camera. Thus, advertisers will participate on all bikes. Racing will become more about personalities (like wrestling) instead of ability and technologies. The world loses tech advances but more MONEY is made. Problem is people who watch motorcyle racing are savvy and buy high tech. They are not Nascar familys. They understand it is not fair for an 1125cc expensive motorcycle to compete with inexpensive 600cc bikes and will never cheer or buy the joke. If DMG and Speed want to make money, just go at it like World Superbike and MotoGP and promote. No need to make this an IROC sport. Look at crowd numbers in Europe and wake up. Just my little conspiracy theory. Also, Freddie Spencer is the best american race announcer ever. Another SPEED mistake. Hopefully DMG will sell motorcycle racing. They are clueless.
Curtis -What happened at Miller?  June 8, 2009 01:49 PM
I went to the WSBK races at Miller and on Sunday it was like there was not even an AMA presents there. If if wasnt for Hacking and Zemke racing with the big boys I would of thought that the AMA didnt even show up? The last few years were great there. Lots of venders, lots of factory teams and support vehicles in the paddock. This year the paddock steamed bare, it wasnt even worth buying a poddock pass. Come on AMA, when WSBK is in town, this is your time to try and show that you belong with bike racing on the world stage. This year you flopped! It was like AMA was only proving that AMA was not worth watching and just stick to WSBK and MOTO GP. COME ON GUYS!!!
cggunnersmate -Coverage  June 3, 2009 01:03 PM
Well it is nice to have same day coverage for the AMA races again, I'll take AMA racing over nothing and I hope things get better, already Mladin has been beaten by someone other than Spies so there's hope. As for Speed's coverage of WSBK at Miller, Sheheen should stick to AMA (not that he's great at that). During the WSBK coverage you could just tell he really didn't follow the sport all that closely. I prefer the usual SBK commentators British guys I think, (don't remember names) but they know the sport, seem to love watching and it shows in the commentary.
SS -AMA who?  June 3, 2009 11:19 AM
AMA did a huge belly flop on to concrete when DMG bought them. I don't care what time they put the races on, it's not worth watching... not that there's much on SPEED to watch anyways with constant reruns of "My So Called Tow Trucker Life" and hours of incoherent babbling about the next Nascar race. MotoGP and World Superbike... yep, that's about it. Way to go DMG!
Jonathan Morse -AMA Superbike Same Day Coverage on Speed  June 3, 2009 08:17 AM
About damn time. The only real question is who is the idiot that dreamt up the delayed coverage, and who his next employer will be.
Harvey -Ralph is a dope  June 2, 2009 09:32 PM
His commentary on the World Superbike race in Salt Lake City was a real joke. Next time I will turn off the sound and listen to my dog snore. As for the AMA, they lost me as a fan when they changed to that hokey “prime time $&*%.
mashew monshero -RE: DMG failure  June 2, 2009 08:26 PM
Hahaha, that's too funny, You know I sometimes wonder if Freddie Spencer left or if he was let go. I still watch AMA, but it's just not the same without Mr. Spencer. I have learned sooo much from him. His analisys, his knowledge of the bikes with its mechanical and electronics. Scott Russel is ok, but the duo of Ralph and Spencer, AMAzing....
Racer -DMG failure  June 2, 2009 04:19 PM
Too little too late Next step axe Ralph Sheene
WilCon -Coverage  June 2, 2009 03:23 PM
Thank god. I haven't watched a single AMA race this season because of the format.
Bootker -Duhhhh!!!  June 2, 2009 02:32 PM
Seeing as how DMG's ticket sales are almost as bad as the “Pro Time’s” TV ratings, maybe now DMG will also improve on everything else they have been doing wrong: chasing factory teams away, having 1125cc bikes race with 599cc bikes, rolling starts, caring less about rider safety, and intimidating riders who speak up about important issues. I also read that DMG has made Buell their “Official Pace Bike” and it will be replacing the pace car they use now. Gee I guess it wasn’t just coincidence that DMG gave Buell the best racing advantage in Daytona Sportbike class with their special rules and allowances.
st1300 -Race Coverage  June 2, 2009 01:55 PM
Glad they came to their senses
Ben -Race Coverage  June 2, 2009 01:10 PM
Yesssssssss!!!! Awesome. Finally. Yup, I'm pleased...u guess?