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Aaron Yates Suspended by AMA

By Sean Alexander, Mar. 09, 2004
I just received this press release from AMA Pro Racing. It appears that Aaron Yates' actions near the end of the 2004 Daytona 200 will not go un-punished. Ironically enough, his suspension will be served during the AMA Superbike round at Fontana, CA. This is the very place that Yates came under fire last year, for deliberately bumping a slower rider off the track, when he felt that he was being held-up during practice. -Sean

--------------* AMA Press Release *----------------


PICKERINGTON, Ohio (March 9, 2004) ~ Yoshimura Suzuki rider Aaron Yates has been suspended for one race meet and fined $5,000 by AMA Pro Racing for his actions following an on-track incident with KSW Racings Anthony Fania during the Daytona 200 by Arai on Saturday, March 6.

In announcing the penalty, AMA Pro Racing Road Race Manager, Ron Barrick stated that Yates behavior after the two collided was completely unacceptable. After carefully reviewing the tapes and interviewing the corner workers and both Mr. Yates and Mr. Fania, we have concluded that the contact that resulted in both riders crashing was an unfortunate racing incident with neither rider specifically at fault, said Barrick. However, Yates actions after the crash are the reason we are issuing the fine and suspension.

TV video tape, interviews with the riders and interviews with corner workers confirmed that Yates kicked and head-butted Fania immediately after the crash. While it was impossible to discern what each rider said during the exchange, it was apparent that Fania was attempting to walk away from the altercation.

Barrick confirmed that Yates AMA license is suspended for a period of one AMA Superbike race meet; specifically the California Speedway event scheduled for April 2-4, 2004 in Fontana, California. Yates will not be permitted to compete in any of the races that make up that race meet. Barrick also stated that the $5,000 fine could be reduced by 50% if Yates enters an anger management treatment program, approved by AMA Pro Racing, prior to returning to competition.

Physically assaulting a fellow competitor cannot be tolerated under any circumstance, said Barrick. This penalty should indicate how seriously we are taking this matter.

Barrick also noted that AMA Pro Racing continues to investigate the circumstances surrounding the actions of each riders crew members following the incident.

For immediate post-race results, points, live transponder scoring, in-depth series and rider information, regular columnists and much more, log onto www.USSuperbike.com, the official website of the AMA Chevrolet Superbike Championship.

About AMA Pro Racing
AMA Pro Racing is the leading sanctioning body for motorcycle sport in the United States. Its properties include the AMA Supercross Series, the AMA Chevrolet Motocross Championship, the AMA Chevrolet Superbike Championship, the AMA Progressive Insurance Flat Track Championship and the AMA Red Bull Supermoto Championship. For more information about AMA Pro Racing, visit www.amaproracing.com.
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