AMA: Honda announces withdrawal.

Honda's decision to wind down some of its activities in motorsport has claimed another victim after the company announced they are pulling out of the AMA Superbike Championship.

Although the Japanese manufacturer, which last week caused ripples of shock through the sport when they withdrew from Formula 1 with little warning, had assured their programmes in MotoGP, World Superbikes and British Superbikes remain unaffected, their factory involvement in the United States has been cut.

Blaming the current economic climate, which has prompted a severe downturn across the motor industry in recent weeks, for the decision, Honda's move is seen as particularly surprising given they were out on track earlier this week in readiness for the new AMA season.

Significantly, the decision means Neil Hodgson has been left without a ride for 2009, while it also leaves the AMA Series in a precarious position again as they lose another manufacturer.

Honda will continue to be represented in the series through the Erion Honda Racing and Corona Honda Racing teams, while they will honour an agreement to return to the 2009 Supercross and National Motocross Championship too.

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Joe Brown

December 13, 2008 5:59 PM

Hodgson is not finished he was here because he is driven and still has the talent. (look up the daytona test times he was a clear second faster and didnt need to be) Beyond that he is pure class and a top bloke. Any way i believe KTM is still shopping riders for SBK!

Dalai Lama O.B.E. - Unregistered

December 13, 2008 7:44 PM

Hodgson signed for Honda when nobody knew what was happening in the US, so he must have been given assurances by Honda that he will be racing with them next year somewhere. He's already had a year out and I can't believe he'd be prepared to do that again. I think he will be placed with another Honda team in either WSB or BSB. I reckon they are using the credit crunch as an excuse to pull out of a chaotic race series because I can't believe Honda USA are worse off than Honda UK and yet we still have a team in BSB. Hodgson for WSB is my guess.

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