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2013 AMA Laguna Seca 2 Will Not Be Televised

Friday, September 6, 2013
Teammates Hayes  1  and Herrin  2  out front at Laguna Seca.
AMA Pro Road Racing at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca will not be televised in 2013 due to ongoing production issues.
Officials from AMA Pro Racing and Chet Burks Productions regretfully announced today that the GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing classes competing as part of the upcoming FIM Superbike World Championship event at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca will not be televised, due to unresolvable complications in the production arrangements for the event.

"We came into this with the sole intent of improving the sport of motorcycle road racing in North America and AMA Pro Racing has been a great partner," said Chet Burks, President of Chet Burks Productions. "Despite the best efforts of all involved, the unexpected contractual and financial elements that have arisen for this event aren't feasible. We really regret that this is happening but we simply can't come up with the funds we need to purchase production for this event. We're thankful for all of the sponsors that stepped up to support the broadcasts in 2013 and we're already hard at work lining things up for a successful, televised 2014 season without the likelihood of complications like this arising again.

"I also want to thank our television broadcast partner CBS Sports Network for their support this year. Although they are disappointed that we are not able to shoot the Monterey round, they are already working with us on the plans to provide an even better television broadcast package for the 2014 season."

The FIM Superbike World Championship event at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is scheduled for September 27 - 29, 2013. For tickets and additional information, please visit www.mazdaraceway.com/buy-tickets.

For those that are unable to attend the event, AMA Pro Racing will offer Live Timing & Scoring of all on-track sessions alongside play-by-play commentary via Twitter on AMA Pro Live. Log on and tune in at www.amaprolive.com/rr/.  

Stay connected with GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing on social media at twitter.com/AMAProSBK and www.facebook.com/AMAProRoadRacing.

AMA Pro Racing is the premier professional motorcycle racing organization in North America, operating a full schedule of events and championships for a variety of motorcycle disciplines. Learn more about AMA Pro Racing at www.amaproracing.com.
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kswdpi   September 11, 2013 05:14 PM
GunnersMate, I'll wait for the full story from M-USA as I'm hoping Bart and his team write it. Saying Dorna has nothing to do with it is pretty far off.
Brian426v   September 10, 2013 10:00 AM
Our National Series has been a joke for the past few years. With this new insult, DMG is driving in the last nails for the AMA superbike coffin.
cggunnersmate   September 9, 2013 06:53 AM
kwsdpi:

I think you're a little off. DORNA has nothing to do with the AMA races at Laguna not being shown. They haven't stopped Speed from broadcasting the AMA races alongsidge MotoGP in the past and they're not stopping it now with CBS/AMA during the WSBK weekend. This is purely between AMA/DMG and their broadcast deal with CBS. The deal they managed to work out (at the last minute pretty much) with CBS was very limited. The first AMA race at Laguna (GP weekend) wasn't in the initial deal but they worked something out and it was shown but tape delayed a few days later I think. Basically, AMA coverage got screwed with Fox turning Speed into FS1, DMG/AMA not brokering deal to keep in on FS1 or worked early/fast enough to get a secure deal on another network and managed a partial coverage of the year on CBS. This was all at the last minute, remember, the AMA opener at Daytona was broadcast on Speed.

Also, I think its been reported that the final AMA race of the year was not in the CBS deal either. So don't expect to watch the last races of the year either. Though the way Hayes and Baubier are going, the championships will be decided before the last races anyway.
kswdpi   September 8, 2013 03:51 AM
Before everyone blames AMA wait until the facts are out. IF you don't know that Dorna is involved then you're missing the story. Dorna, the Bridgepoint Capital investment for the International TV rights of MotoGP/WSBK is involved and they don't want to play with anyone. Dorna has built walls around there events in an effort to recoup hundreds of millions in debt associated with that purchase. In order to recoup that money they've closed the door on world media and other race series. Instead of acting like the Parent who is responsible for and should be working with other series like AMA or BSB they've closed the door. What that does for the racers from these series that should be looking at MotoGP as a progression is just the opposite. Dorna has failed to bring fans, riders, sponsors and those that matter to the big show from the other series. Instead they've said, F*&k You to the other series. IF you're not a full time print publication, well, they don't want you either. So, yes we're all frustrated but the blame is to be shared. I'm not saying the group down at Daytona aren't at all to blame either as we all know the arrogance of the old farts at Daytona is as about as bad as it gets. At the end of the day, Analytics for motorcycling shows it this way. Cruiser/Custom, Sport Bikes, LIfe Style, Cafe Racers and MotoGP/AMA/BSB is somewhere far behind. MotoGP acting like they are something special is about as far from the truth as the Analytics show.
nuttyprof1   September 7, 2013 05:01 PM
There are hundreds of channel on my Dish TV and not one of them can show this? It's the death knell of the sport. They announced the partnership with CBS blah blah blah and it's all a load of b.s. The current leadership of AMA will destroy the sport.
luv2spd   September 7, 2013 08:40 AM
Bumer. Slowly fading into oblivion.
AnthonyD   September 7, 2013 07:10 AM
So is this not even going to be streamed somewhere? What a load. AMA fails again.