January 16, 2002 Willow Springs Motorcycle Club Celebrates Ten Years of Racing 2001 Awards Banquet Scheduled at Lancaster's Park Plaza The Willow Springs Motorcycle Club, a motorcycle roadracing organization based at Willow Springs International Motorsports Park near Rosamond, California, will launch its 2002 racing season this weekend. The club -- created ten years ago by raceway owner Bill Huth -- operates year-round, holding races on the third Sunday of every month. An awards banquet recognizing last year's winners will be held at the Park Plaza in Lancaster, California on Saturday, January 19, 2002. The first round of racing in 2002 will take place on Sunday, January 20. The WSMC was formed in December, 1991 and will begin its eleventh full season of racing this weekend. The club has been managed since its inception by racer Kenny Kopecky, who is still an active competitor and current class champion. It has been a starting point for some of the nation 's most accomplished racers, including AMA Pro Racing's John Hopkins and Tony Meiring. Hopkins won the 2001 AMA Formula Xtreme championship on a Team Valvoline Suzuki, while Meiring just signed an agreement to race in the 600 Supersport class for the Kawasaki factory race team. WSMC features some of the fastest racing motorcycles in the world, with a wide variety of classes for all levels of competition. Willow Springs International Motorsports Park is a 600-acre complex of six racetracks embracing nearly every conceivable motorsports discipline. In addition to the historic 2.5-mile road course, the Willow Springs facility includes the Streets of Willow, a 1.5-mile, 14-turn multi-configuration road course ideal for testing, club racing and schools; two ¼ mile paved ovals; a 3/8-mile clay oval; a .625-mile karting track; and the just-completed "Toyota Playpen," a short course targeting beginning riders and drivers. The facility also has an off-road area for testing of off-road vehicles.