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California Bike Week and flat track races still on

Event continues despite cancellation of Love Ride 26

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Oct. 14, 2009
It was announced recently that Love Ride 26, billed as the largest one day charity motorcycle ride in the world, was canceled – the first time in 26 years.

Fortunately, not all is lost. California Bike Week, which runs in conjunction with the Love Ride, will continue in 2009. The AMA Pro Grand National Flat Track Series and Gene Romero's West Coast Nationals flat track races also remain on target as part of California Bike Week.

“We're overjoyed that the race is going forward as planned. The 2009 AMA Pro Grand National Flat Track schedule has been a long process to complete,” says Mike Kidd, AMA Pro Racing Flat Track director. “Our flat track series hit Daytona Bike Week, Indianapolis MotoGP weekend, Sturgis Rally and Pomona, as a part of the California Bike Week which are four of the largest motorcycle events in the nation. Throw in the Springfield’s, Lima, Peoria and our other events, this is a great schedule for our fans, riders and sponsors. We’re excited and honored to be joining Gene and his series and look forward to a powerhouse night of racing. I’m really looking forward to this event and wrapping up our series on the West Coast … with only a few points separating the top three riders, the Championship will be decided in Pomona.”

Jared Mees (21) leads the GNC Twins standings heading into Ponoma.

The season-ending Ponoma 1/2 Mile will be the first AMA Pro Flat-Track Grand National Championship event held in Ponoma in a decade. Races will be co-sanctioned with Gene Romero’s West Coast series and will be run under AMA Pro Flat Track rules and regulations.

"Despite rumors to the contrary in the face of the recent cancellation of Love Ride 26, the Pacific Coast Nationals flat track race scheduled for October 24 at the Pomona Fairplex in Pomona, California, will proceed as planned,” says Romaro . “The co-sanctioned race will serve as the series finale for the AMA Flat Track Championship and Gene Romero’s West Coast Flat Track Series, with champions being crowned in both series. Racing is and always has been partially driven by rumors – that’s part of what makes it exciting – but in this case it is important to be crystal clear that Pomona is going to happen, no ifs, ands or buts.”

Scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 24, race practice starts as early as 3:30 p.m. and racing at 6:30 p.m. General admission is $10.00.

California Bike Week runs Friday, October 23th through Sunday, October 25. However, events have been scaled back considerably this year.

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