The following release is from AMA Pro Racing: Steve Rapp disqualified from Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Supersport race PICKERINGTON, Ohio - AMA Pro Racing announced today that Steve Rapp has been disqualified from the July 19, 2008 AMA Pro Honda Oils Supersport Championship presented by Shoei round at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca following the outcome of post race technical inspections. The cylinder head from the #15 Attack Kawasaki was sent to AMA headquarters in Pickerington, Ohio, and was compared to other production cylinder heads from the same model. Upon this inspection, the cylinder head was found to be in non-compliance of the 2008 AMA Superbike Championship Rulebook. Please note the following rules for reference. Supersport rule 4.5 b. Except as noted, all internal and external engine parts must remain as homologated with no modifications, metal removal, blueprinting, or surface treatments. e. Cylinder head, cylinder and crankcase gasket surfaces only may be machined for increased compression. All other surfaces of the cylinder head, cylinder and crankcases must remain absolutely as homologated with no metal removal. Light cleaning of gasket surfaces with steel wool, Scotch-Brite®, etc. is permitted. Deburring radius of machined area must not be greater than 0.020 inches or 0.5mm. f. Cylinder head combustion chambers may be cleaned by bead blasting with valves seated in place. Intake and exhaust ports may not be bead blasted or cleaned with abrasive material such as steel wool or Scotch-Brite®. A3 Equipment Offenses and Penalties. a. Category 1 - An equipment violation that could potentially or effectively enhance the performance of a motorcycle used in competition. A3.3 Penalties: At the discretion of AMA Racing, any or all of the following penalties may be administered. a. Category 1 1. Disqualification 2. Total or partial loss of points or laps 3. Total or partial loss of prize money 4. Suspension 5. Fine The team was notified on July 24, 2008.

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