AMA Road Races To Air Sooner?

Henny Ray Abrams | May 31, 2009

SPEED will make a major announcement about the future of AMA Pro Road Racing telecasts during the broadcast of today’s first World Superbike race, Cycle News has learned.The announcement will be made some time during the 5:00 p.m. EDT broadcast of race one from Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah, which makes it appointment viewing for racing fans in the U.S.No details of the announcement have emerged, but it’s likely to concern reducing the time between when the races are run and when they’re aired on SPEED. AMA Pro Racing CEO Roger Edmondson told team principals at Infineon Raceway that television ratings were down, but added it wasn’t unexpected given the delay between the race and the telecast. Sunday’s races were often broadcast two weeks later.If the broadcasts are to be shown in a more timely fashion, it would be a huge asset to the series and a shot in the arm for the fans, who haven’t supported the Saturday evening AMA Pro Prime Time shows. It would also signal SPEED’s continued support for road racing in America.Yamaha’s Ben Spies starts from a record seventh consecutive pole position for today’s two World Superbike races at Miller. Spies currently sits third in the championship, but won five of the six AMA Superbike races he took part in at the facility west of Salt Lake City.

Henny Ray Abrams | Contributing Editor

Abrams is the longest-serving contributor at Cycle News. Over the course of his 35-some years of writing and shooting photos, he’s covered events from MotoGP to the Motocross World Championship - and everything in between.