May 15, 2006 – Cycle Update

Vanderslice resigns from AMA Pro Racing
AMA Pro Racing says Merrill Vanderslice has resigned from his position of vice president, director of competition, effective April 1.
Vanderslice joined the professional racing department of the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) as assistant special projects manager in August 1990.
Prior to joining AMA, Vanderslice worked as a technician on former world champion Kenny Roberts’ racing team, serving as tuner for AMA 250 Grand Prix champions Randy Mamola and John Kocinski. Vanderslice was named technical manager in 1991, and was an elected member of the Technical Commission of the Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) through 1998.
Vanderslice was named acting director of AMA Pro Racing in 1994, and was promoted to the position of AMA director of professional competition in September 1994.
In accepting the resignation, AMA CEO Patti DiPietro acknowledged Vanderslice’s years of service. “We thank Merrill for his many contributions to the growth of the AMA over the years and wish him the best as he embarks on a new stage of his career,” said DiPietro.
Genuine Scooter Signs Taiwan’s PGO
Chicago-based Genuine Scooter Company and Taiwan’s PGO have signed an agreement through which Genuine will carry a selection of PGO scooters.
PGO product is sold in 34 countries.
Genuine Scooter Company President Philip McCaleb characterized the deal as “a long-term partnership that will result in many innovations for the exploding U.S. scooter market.”
“We chose PGO for their innovative design and top-notch engineering of motors; they chose us for our experience in branding and marketing scoters in the U.S.,” McCaleb said. “They were very impressed with what we had done to create a following for our Stella scooter and knew they could benefit from this exposure in other global markets.”
Founded in 1964, PGO produced scooter components for Piaggio from 1972 through 1982. PGO has won numerous manufacturing awards since then, and its scooters have won the ELBA 500 International Rally Championship and the Paris Scooter Racing Championship.
McCaleb said Genuine and PGO plan to sponsor and support scooter racing in the United States. psb

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