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Old 12-12-2008, 11:02 PM   #1
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Honda Withdraws From AMA Superbike

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American Honda withdraws from AMA road racing

Torrance CA: American Honda announced today that it will withdraw Team Honda from participation in the 2009 AMA Roadracing Series. This was an extremely difficult decision to make as the racing spirit reaches to the very core of Honda.
The primary factor contributing to this decision is the current global economic situation and its impact on Honda. Although Team Honda will not be in attendance, Honda will continue to be represented in AMA Roadracing through our ongoing support of both the Erion Honda Racing and Corona Honda Racing teams.

Entering the second year of our partnership with Red Bull Energy Drink, the Honda Red Bull Racing team will return for the 2009 Supercross and National Motocross season with a full roster of factory riders.

American Honda's factory and support teams have earned more than 100 national titles in U.S. Road Racing, ATV, Supermoto, Supercross, Motocross and off-road competition, and we would like to extend our deepest thanks to all the sponsors, supporters and fans of our racing efforts over the years. We ask that you continue to support the Honda Red Bull Racing team, the Erion Honda Racing team and the Corona Honda Racing team along with all the other Honda Red Riders as they chase the championships and battle for each victory.

While it is unfortunate that the current economic conditions led us to take this action, rest assured that Honda's deep-seated passion for racing has not been, and will never be, diminished.
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Old 12-12-2008, 11:07 PM   #2
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http://roadracingworld.com/news/article/?article=35171
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you know its funny honda also pulled out of formula !
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Hodgson Fastest Overall At AMA Daytona Tire Test

AMA Pro Racing Tire Test
Daytona International Speedway
American Superbike Provisional Test Times (all on Dunlop tires, as supplied by AMA Pro Racing):

Best Overall American Superbike Times:

1. Neil Hodgson (Hon CBR1000RR), 1:38.031
2. Larry Pegram (Duc 1098R), 1:39.329
3. Ben Bostrom (Yam YZF-R1), 1:39.893
4. Josh Hayes (Yam YZF-R1), 1:40.257
5. Blake Young (Suz GSX-R1000), 1:40.965
6. Chris Ulrich (Suz GSX-R1000), 1:41.166
7. Jeremy McWilliams (Buell 1125R), 1:44.052*
8. Doug Toland (Hon CBR1000RR), 1:46.310
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Big deal, not a shocker at all. AMA = Buell vs Yamaha yawn fest.

Hodson is running on the Corona team, not a Factory Honda team. Erion is still there too running Hondas.
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Hmm.. I guess the only shocker is for all the mechanics that are jobless effective now.
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Hmm.. I guess the only shocker is for all the mechanics that are jobless effective now.
I'm sure they knew just like the racers. I just hope that there is something for the sport in America besides the abortion that DMG is propagating.

I hope I'm wrong and that this turns out to be a great series though.
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When did Hodgson switch to the Corona Team? What about the other factory riders such as Miguel, Mladin, Haydons, etc. Any news on them?
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When did Hodgson switch to the Corona Team? What about the other factory riders such as Miguel, Mladin, Haydons, etc. Any news on them?
Hodson signed with them last year iirc.

Mladin is still signed with 'Zook, but I'm sure they'll just pay him to sit next year. Duhamel is still signed with Honder, but he'll be doing the same as Mladin methinks, the Hayden's aren't signed yet iirc.
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From what I am reading ... Neil Hodgson was riding for "American Honda" at the Daytona tire test...

HODGSON HOPEFUL WITH HONDA Dec 07, 2008

Among the American Superbike pacesetters was 2003 World Superbike Champion Neil Hodgson on an American Honda CBR1000RR. As the final Sunday afternoon session was winding down, Hodgson unofficially ripped some of the fastest American Superbike laps of the test on the 2.9-mile Daytona configuration.

"I really feel confident," Hodgson said. "I truly believe that at our starting point, which is now, it is so much better than what we had last season. According to the team, we are going to test in January and do lots of things, like try to improve the traction control on the bike, and little areas that need to be improved. If I can improve what I am doing now by a second a lap, I think that will put me battling for the wins."

Hodgson is a proponent of both the new series-standard Dunlop Tires and AMA Pro Road Racing's rules for the American Superbike category.

"I have been more of a Dunlop runner all through my career," Hodgson said. "Dunlop make great tires. It doesn't really change what we have had in the past over here because all of the top riders run Dunlops and we all get the same tire. The rules package will help us because what that is going to do is bring Suzuki closer to us. We have a year on the bike and developed the bike throughout the year, but at the end of the year, you sit back and evaluate what you need to do to it. We have been able to pinpoint some areas that we have improved."

We'll just have to see if he comments on the situation... Maybe he will go back with Corona now as that ride was a stepping stone for his American Honda ride...
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From what I am reading ... Neil Hodgson was riding for "American Honda" at the Daytona tire test...

HODGSON HOPEFUL WITH HONDA Dec 07, 2008

Among the American Superbike pacesetters was 2003 World Superbike Champion Neil Hodgson on an American Honda CBR1000RR. As the final Sunday afternoon session was winding down, Hodgson unofficially ripped some of the fastest American Superbike laps of the test on the 2.9-mile Daytona configuration.

"I really feel confident," Hodgson said. "I truly believe that at our starting point, which is now, it is so much better than what we had last season. According to the team, we are going to test in January and do lots of things, like try to improve the traction control on the bike, and little areas that need to be improved. If I can improve what I am doing now by a second a lap, I think that will put me battling for the wins."

Hodgson is a proponent of both the new series-standard Dunlop Tires and AMA Pro Road Racing's rules for the American Superbike category.

"I have been more of a Dunlop runner all through my career," Hodgson said. "Dunlop make great tires. It doesn't really change what we have had in the past over here because all of the top riders run Dunlops and we all get the same tire. The rules package will help us because what that is going to do is bring Suzuki closer to us. We have a year on the bike and developed the bike throughout the year, but at the end of the year, you sit back and evaluate what you need to do to it. We have been able to pinpoint some areas that we have improved."

We'll just have to see if he comments on the situation... Maybe he will go back with Corona now as that ride was a stepping stone for his American Honda ride...
Dang, you're right-on. For some reason I was thinking he re-signed with Corona, I guess I was just remembering that it who he ran with before American Honda.

Sounds like a solid lead to next year's team though.
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Miguel is not signed for 2009 and he will not be racing a Factory Honda.

At Daytona it was unclear what spec engine Honda was using in the test.
Insiders said is was a 2008 season spec Superbike not a 2009 test mule.
Doug Toland was riding a 2009 tester. Check out his times......

Matt and Neil will be getting paid some big dollars to sit at home next season.
Suzuki to my knowledge have not even began the homogultation process with DMG to have anyone race their bikes next season. No privateer Suzukis???
Even M4 Emgo /RRW needs them to finish the process.

Amercian Suzuki just bought back 230 million dollars worth of their stock from GM. Suzuki did not want it on the open market and GM needed the cash to pay their overpaid UAW employees. The state of AMA Road Racing next season should be interesting.

What equipment will Jordans 2 teams run?
Danny Eslick/Matsushima?
KWS?
Safety First?

In the past most strongly supported privateer teams had riders who were contracted by the factory. The same practice exists in car racing.
It should be interesting to see how this all shakes out.
Who will pay the riders?
What is Kawasaki going to do?
Ray blank with American Honda never wanted to go racing with the DMG plan anyway.
Thank for MotoGP and WSKB.
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With all of the new liter bikes out this year, I couldn't wait to see how all of the factory teams stacked up against each other. What a bummer.
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Essentially I'm not going to be watching any AMA racing. There will be enough good racing to watch in Motogp & WSBK/WSS.
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Essentially I'm not going to be watching any AMA racing. There will be enough good racing to watch in Motogp & WSBK/WSS.
WSBK is going to be AWESOME.

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+1

AMA needed a change.......but this wasn't it.

Maybe a new top tier American Roadracing series will come out of this in the near future.
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