PRESS RELEASE NASMOTO RENO DISQUALIFICATION
From: Ted Baker, North American Supermoto, Vice President of Racing
Re: Reno SM1 Class Results change
After review of NASMOTO’s Reno event results it is determined that SM1
championship class winner Justin Ross #319 was ineligible to compete in the event
due to his previous top 10 finish in the AMA Pro Racing points series.
NASMOTO has determined that the Ross’ qualifications were discussed in advance of
the Reno event but a misunderstanding about his previous results forces this decision.
NASMOTO and the AMA regret any negative impact the ruling may have on Justin
Ross and his team but the situation leaves no other option. All other class
championship results have been thoroughly reviewed to ensure the integrity of
Revised NASMOTO Reno SM1 championship results are:
1st #77, Travis Ellis, Bakersfield CA, Cycle Gear
2nd #40, Danny Casey, Pacifica CA, Mach 1 Motorsports
3rd #76 Vincent Guisande, Fairfield CA, Tri-City Glass
NASMOTO VP of Racing, Ted Baker says, “ We are disappointed that this mistake was
made and that Justin is not able to keep the #1 plate. He is a great rider but
unfortunately we had different interpretations of the AMA NASMOTO’s rulebook.
Despite his own setback, Justin has shown what a true champion he is by
congratulating Travis Ellis for a great ride and his earning the right to hold AMA
NASMOTO’S coveted SM1 National Championship #1 plate”.
The rule in question states that:
“Riders that have previously held a Pro license from a recognized motorcycle race
sanctioning body within the last 3 years and have finished within the top 10 in any
AMA Pro Racing or FIM World Championship discipline are only eligible to compete
in the SMX Supermoto class.”
All riders in Reno’s SM1 class move up one position. NASMOTO.com has posted
updated results. For 2006 the SM1 class ruling is under consideration to allow more
focus on the amateur riders eligibility for the Grand Championship Classes.
NASMOTO and the AMA would like to congratulate our 2005 class champions and most
importantly all riders across North America who competed in the NASMOTO Grand Prix
this year. Many new and exciting things are shaping up for what will be the best year
yet for supermoto in 2006. - Ted Baker, NASMOTO VP of Racing