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PICKERINGTON, Ohio (April 13, 2005) -- AMA Pro Racing has announced that Todd Eagan has been named Series Manager for the AMA Supermoto Championship. Eagan replaces Chris Bradley who left AMA Pro Racing in January. Prior to his promotion, Eagan held the position of Race Manager. In his new role, Eagan will have responsibility for managing the championship including race operations as well as rider, sponsor and manufacturer relations. Eagan will report directly to AMA Pro Racing CEO Scott Hollingsworth.

In making the announcement, AMA Pro Racing Vice President, Director of Communications, Kerry Graeber said Eagan was the perfect choice for the job. “Todd has been a part of our AMA Supermoto operating staff since the series was launched in 2003,” said Graeber. “Todd’s involvement and contribution have been a key part of the initial success of this series. As we move into the 2005 season, we’re looking for Todd to aggressively manage the championship so it can reach its full potential.”

Eagan welcomes the challenge. “I’m very excited about the opportunity to manage the AMA Supermoto Championship,” said Eagan. “We’re moving into our third year with this series and we expect to see increased rider involvement, fan interest and sponsor interest, especially since we announced the new class structure for 2005.”

In March AMA Pro Racing announced the addition of a 250 class (Supermoto Lites) to join the premier 450 class (Supermoto) and 490+ class (Supermoto Unlimited). Additionally, it was announced that each round would now feature two Supermoto finales. The Honda Red Riders Jr. Supermoto Challenge, which features youngsters between the ages of 12 and 15 racing on identically-prepped Honda CRF150Fs, will also be back.

Graeber said 2005 is a pivotal time for the emerging championship. “We have had some growing pains with Supermoto in its first two years,” acknowledged Graeber. “However, in spite of some tough challenges, we’re very optimistic about this form of racing. We’re seeing increased manufacturer interest in terms of supporting riders and teams as well as providing contingency dollars. Also, sponsor interest remains strong.” Graeber pointed to Red Bull’s continued interest as an example. “Red Bull will return as title sponsor of the AMA Red Bull Supermoto A-Go-Go championship finale,” confirmed Graeber. “This year we’ll move that event to the streets of Reno and if the overwhelming success of last year’s event was any indication, this year will be huge.”

Eagan will be based in AMA Pro Racing’s West Coast office. The appointment is effective immediately. In addition to his role in the AMA Supermoto Championship, Eagan has been a contributing writer and performance tester for Cycle Word and its annual Sportbike magazine. Eagan is a third generation motorcyclist who has been riding since the age of four and competing in flat track and road racing since age eight.
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