AMA VS Supermoto

AMA VS Supermoto
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As I'm sure many of you have seen plastered all over the web from various motorcycle news outlets, the AMA has issued an official press release speaking out against the recent announcement FIMNASMC (SMEC) and Mike Kidd Sports Agency.

Reading this press release from the AMA has really concerned me so I decided to do something no other news source has seemed to do and ask some questions and try and get to the bottom of whats actually going on here.

Incase you haven't read the official releases here they are:

The original press release from FIMNASMC(SMEC):

FIM NORTH AMERICAN SUPERMOTO CHAMPIONSHIP Appoints Mike Kidd as Vice President, General Manager

New York, NY (October 22, 2014) FIM North American Supermoto Championship (FIMNASMC) announced today Mike Kidd has been named as Vice President, General Manager. Mike comes with a wealth of experience within the motorcycle industry as a former AMA Grand National Champion, AMA Hall of Fame Inductee, creator AMA National Arenacross Series, along with event and series race production, television broadcast, sponsorship, extensive marketing, advertising, and public relations experience.

We are honored to have Mike join our group and feel his industry and promotional experience will be key to the continued development of FIMNASMC," said Marco Pedde, Co-Founder. "It is clear Mike understands racing is an entertainment business and is the missing link we have been looking for."

"I became hooked on this sport back when I raced Gavin Tripp's ABC Superbikers in Carlsbad back around 1980. Supermoto racing is unique in that riders from motocross, flat track and road race can be competitive." said Mike Kidd. "After going to one of the races in Delaware this past summer I noticed the racing appealed to a wide audience and is certainly a made for TV product, so I knew Supermoto was something I would enjoy."

Jay Kliger, Co-Founder added, "With Mike joining our partnership there is nothing holding us back from achieving our goals for Supermoto."

FIM North American Supermoto Championship which will be sanctioned by the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA), Canadian Motorcycle Association (CMA) and FIM North America, the international body for motorcycle sport.

Negotiations are underway with several racing facilities to provide a quality 6-8 racing series in the USA and Canada.

Discussions are also taking place with the AMA and CMA to continue development of rules and classes.

 And now the rebuttal from the AMA:

American Motorcyclist Association corrects recent public statements about FIM North America and Supermoto competition

October 24, 2014

The American Motorcyclist Association is correcting erroneous statements made about Supermoto competition in a press release issued Oct. 22, 2014, by the Mike Kidd Sports Agency.

The erroneous statements were made in a press release titled "FIM North American (sic) Supermoto Championship Appoints Mike Kidd as Vice President, General Manager." The Mike Kidd Sports Agency distributed the press release without consultation with representatives of the AMA or FIM North America.

Despite the unauthorized use of the AMA boilerplate in the press release footer and use of the official FIM North America logo in the header, the press release was not authorized or reviewed by the AMA or FIM North America. FIM North America is not the international sanctioning body for motorcycle sport, as stated in the press release. FIM North America is a continental union of the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (the international sanctioning body for motorcycle sport) and is made up of the AMA and the AMA's Canadian counterpart, the Canadian Motorcycle Association.

Mike Kidd is neither an employee of the AMA nor FIM North America, and the Mike Kidd Sports Agency does not represent the AMA or FIM North America. No promoter or sports agency is authorized to do business as the AMA, FIM North America or the FIM North America Supermoto Championship.

To date, AMA-chartered promoter Supermoto East Coast has conducted six AMA amateur and one CMA amateur Supermoto events, which composed the 2014 FIM North America Supermoto Championship.

No AMA or FIM North America sanctions have been granted for any 2015 events promoted by Supermoto East Coast.

Right so a lot to read, I know. After talking with some people close to the situation, fact checking, and going back on other relevant press releases I think I've been able to figure out something of whats going on here. Im sure you are all wondering too, and if there's anything else I can try and clear up please let me know in the comments or on SMR's Facebook page!

From here on out I will refer to the FIM North America Supermoto Championship as SMEC (Supermoto East Coast) because it will hopefully make things less confusing.

Lets start disecting the press release that was released by Mike Kidd Sports Agency and Supermoto East Coast.

"New York, NY (October 22, 2014) FIM North American Supermoto Championship (FIMNASMC) announced today Mike Kidd has been named as Vice President, General Manager. Mike comes with a wealth of experience within the motorcycle industry as a former AMA Grand National Champion, AMA Hall of Fame Inductee, creator AMA National Arenacross Series, along with event and series race production, television broadcast, sponsorship, extensive marketing, advertising, and public relations experience."

Okay so pretty straight forward here. Supermoto East Coast (The guys running FIM North America Supermoto Championship) have hired Mike Kidd as their Vice President and General Manager. I think this is pretty self explanatory. The AMA did not hire Mike Kidd. FIM North America did not hire Mike Kidd. Supermoto East Coast, which has created and been running the FIM North America Supermoto Championship, has hired Mike Kidd. I almost feel silly for having to explain that.

"We are honored to have Mike join our group and feel his industry and promotional experience will be key to the continued development ofFIMNASMC," said Marco Pedde, Co-Founder. "It is clear Mike understands racing is an entertainment business and is the missing link we have been looking for.""

Nice little paragraph saying how Marco Pedde the cofounder of Supermoto East Coast is clearly excited Mike is joining them. Hell I would be too. It will definitely be great for the series having someone so knowledgeable helping out.

"I became hooked on this sport back when I raced Gavin Tripp's ABC Superbikers in Carlsbad back around 1980. Supermoto racing is unique in that riders from motocross, flat track and road race can be competitive." said Mike Kidd. "After going to one of the races in Delaware this past summer I noticed the racing appealed to a wide audience and is certainly a made for TV product, so I knew Supermoto was something I would enjoy."

This is a pretty fantastic paragraph from Mike Kidd. He's clearly excited about our sport, see's the potential and wants it to become something great, like we all know it can and will be.

"Jay Kliger, Co-Founder added, "With Mike joining our partnership there is nothing holding us back from achieving our goals for Supermoto.""

Here, Jay Kliger like his partner Marco Pedde is relaying his excitement towards having Mike Kidd join them. pretty basic.

And Finally:

"FIM North American Supermoto Championship which will be sanctioned by the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA), Canadian Motorcycle Association (CMA) and FIM North America, the international body for motorcycle sport.

Negotiations are underway with several racing facilities to provide a quality 6-8 racing series in the USA and Canada.

Discussions are also taking place with the AMA and CMA to continue development of rules and classes."

This here I personally think is fairly clear. It's clearly stating the FIM North America Supermoto Championship will be sanctioned by the AMA and CMA, as in they current don't have the sanctioning for the next season like most organizations don't. The schedule isn't finished or for one reason or another events that are still being put together haven't been approved yet because there's technically nothing to approve just yet. But like every other organization they will be AMA and CMA sanctioned just like they were last year and the year before that and theres no reason to think otherwise.

Not only have they said that but they have also stated they are currently working with the AMA and CMA about rules and classes for next year.

Now, I get it, this is awfully confusing because that press release was extremely easy to understand and after reading the AMA's release it brings up a ton of questions. So lets get to that.

"The erroneous statements were made in a press release titled "FIM North American (sic) Supermoto Championship Appoints Mike Kidd as Vice President, General Manager."

So did FIMNASMC(SMEC) not actually hire Mike kidd? I don't get it because they definitely did hire Mike Kidd and he is definitely working with Marco Pedde and Jay Kliger of FIMNASMC(SMEC).

"The Mike Kidd Sports Agency distributed the press release without consultation with representatives of the AMA or FIM North America. "

Okay so they issued a Press Release without informing AMA. I found out this is true and the press release was infact issued without their approval. I get that its a big no no apparently, but why make this such a big deal and release a press release instead of slapping The Mike Kidd Sports Agency's wrist.

"Despite the unauthorized use of the AMA boilerplate in the press release footer and use of the official FIM North America logo in the header, the press release was not authorized or reviewed by the AMA or FIM North America. FIM North America is not the international sanctioning body for motorcycle sport, as stated in the press release. FIM North America is a continental union of the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (the international sanctioning body for motorcycle sport) and is made up of the AMA and the AMA's Canadian counterpart, the Canadian Motorcycle Association."

Now this is confusing because when I read it the first time I read it as saying Jay and Marco dont have the right to use the series name FIM North America Supermoto Championship and the AMA is just now getting upset about it. Which is weird because if this is infact the case and they don't have the right to the name then why did the AMA approve the press release from July 23,2014 stating SMEC is continuing on as FIMNASC. In an effort to make this article a tiny bit shorter you can see the press release I'm referring to here. So I really don't get what the problem is other than someone doesn't exactly understand what's going on over at the AMA offices.

"Mike Kidd is neither an employee of the AMA nor FIM North America, and the Mike Kidd Sports Agency does not represent the AMA or FIM North America. No promoter or sports agency is authorized to do business as the AMA, FIM North America or the FIM North America Supermoto Championship." 

This is weird also because no one said Mike Kidd was an employee of the AMA or FIM nor did anyone say he represented them. The second sentence I'm completely dismissing because going back on the press release I referenced in the above paragraph from July that the AMA had given the approval of SMEC is continuing as FIM North America Supermoto Championship, so I don't really get what they're trying to say there.

"To date, AMA-chartered promoter Supermoto East Coast has conducted six AMA amateur and one CMA amateur Supermoto events, which composed the 2014 FIM North America Supermoto Championship."

Okay so as I'm reading this I see the AMA is basically just trying to separate SMEC and FIMNASMC and try to make it clear that they own the rights to FIM North America Supermoto Championship and that the guys at SMEC are running it for them. Which the July press release clearly states that SMEC is now FIMNASMC and the AMA was fine with that then.

And Finally:

"No AMA or FIM North America sanctions have been granted for any 2015 events promoted by Supermoto East Coast."

And this is because no events are set to be granted yet, not because they won't be.

Now if you're still here reading I truly do applaud you. This has been one extremely long read.

I still don't understand exactly what the AMA is trying to do here and I really don't see it as being necessary at all. What it did was tarnish supermoto a bit and cast the guys at SMEC/FIMNASMC in a negative light when, from what I cant tell, all they did wrong was release a statement without the AMA's approval, that had nothing to do with them. It was a release about SMEC/FIMNASMC getting someone new to help run the series and make supermoto the sport and series it deserves to be.

So in my humble opinion:

Thank you AMA for doing absolutely nothing besides adding confusion to a whole mess load of people and leaving a bad taste in my mouth a long with many others, I'm sure.

*Im sure there will be more things that will come to light from this and I will make sure to update you guys as I'm allowed to share details.*