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The sale of the AMA Superbike series, and its support classes, to the Daytona Motorsport Group has been given the final go-ahead from the American Motorcyclist Association even though the latter is embroiled in a row over technical regulations in the 2009 championships.

A statement said: "The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) announced today that the Association's Board of Directors has unanimously approved the final agreement regarding the sale of certain of its AMA Pro Racing properties to the Daytona Motorsports Group (DMG) based in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Under the terms of the sale, DMG will own the sanctioning, promotional and management rights to AMA Pro Racing. The sale does not include the rights to the AMA Supercross and AMA Arenacross Series, which are held by Live Nation and will continue to be sanctioned by the AMA. The AMA and DMG will provide additional information in a joint announcement at a later date."


However, DMG still has the threat of a breakaway series organised by the Motorcycle Industry Council looming large. The group, which is the US version of the UK's Motorcycle Industry Association but with teeth, isn't dead keen on what the DMG is proposing, and the confusion that goes with it.

"Our members are better served by having alternatives to the changes for the AMA Superbike Championship that the Daytona Motorsports Group has so far described," said MIC President Tim Buche. "We fully appreciate the expertise, hard work and connections the DMG may bring to motorcycling. However, the independent interests of the manufacturers call for a racing series that helps promote specific motorcycle brands. Historically, motorcycle makers have boosted bike sales based on their success in racing. It makes little sense for bike manufacturers to heavily invest in any competition that highlights sponsors and teams and downplays the machines themselves, as well as their technological development. So we are obliged to investigate alternatives that could do a better job of meeting our members' respective marketing needs."


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