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Concerned with some rule changes and such that the AMA has promulgated that I feel is detremental to the sport I contacted Merrill Vanderslice AMA Pro-Racing Race Director to ask him what gives. The following is his reply....
Mark,

Thanks again for your comments. I'm glad you all had a good time last year.
Scott is out on vacation this week so I'll try to reply as I believe he would.

On the Thursday practice thing, there are certainly two camps. One side believes
that private riders need the extra practice day although not all private guys
agree with this. Many say that it is just another expensive day that they are
literally forced to participate in because everyone else is. The other side says
don't force us to have be at the track that extra day. This is the opinion of
the factory teams and many privateers.

Certainly John Ulrich of Roadracing World is in favor of keeping Thursday
practices intact because he makes money conducting them. He rents tracks on the
Thursday before our nationals and charges riders to practice. I don't think it
takes a genius to see the motivation there...

Promoters are somewhat split on the issue as well. Some say they make a lot of
money on Thursday practices while others say it's not worth the trouble and
expense. AMA Pro Racing takes no part in Thursday track activities (other than
advance registration and tech inspection for our program which actually begins
the following day). So at the present time, it is totally up to the promoter
whether a Thursday practice is conducted or not. We do have restrictions
currently on the riders in the top ten in points of Superbike and Supersport per
the request of the factory teams to basically "save them from themselves".

There are good reasons for us not to be involved. The safety air modules and hay
bales are usually not set up as they are for the official AMA practices and
there are not anywhere near as many cornerworkers on track. Track set-up and the
move-in/parking of teams becomes very difficult. Across the board, everyone's
costs are increased. Every rider (except Pro Sport licensed riders who can only
ride in Pro Thunder) has the option of entering multiple classes to get extra
track time. At virtually every track we go to, club races are conducted on a
regular basis which can be used by riders to get more track time.

Currently, we are negotiating with the promoters to at least limit these
practices to half a day. That is a compromise we could live with.

The increases in entry fees is simply necessary to cover the costs of doing
business. As in any company, the expense involved with the administration of
licensing, processing of entries and new services goes up every year and
frankly, we have not increased the fees enough over the years to keep up with
the expense. At $150 for a first class pre-entry and $80 for any additional
class, we are providing extremely good value to the private competitor,
especially when you consider that includes rider medical insurance and
participation in a premier racing series.

Scott is trying to create a different relationship with all levels of teams and
thereby provide a more equitable environment for everyone. If more support level
teams are encouraged to participate by providing, for example, television
"inventory" to them, then there will be more rides available to current and
advancing riders. If that mid-section of road racing becomes healthier as a
result, there would exist much more incentive for participation. It involves a
change in culture however, that is going to take some time and effort.

How'd I do? Did I confuse you more? Hope this doesn't come off as a line of crap
because it's all true...really.

Sincerely,
Merrill Vanderslice

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<[email protected] To: <[email protected]>
liams.com> cc:
Subject: RE: A message for Mr. Hollingsworth
03/25/2002 08:29 AM

Merrill, Thank you for your reply. I have not heard from Scott as of yet. I'm
sure he's plenty busy.

-M

-----Original Message-----
From: [email protected] [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Friday, March 22, 2002 2:57 PM
To: Webster, Mark A
Subject: Re: A message for Mr. Hollingsworth

Mark,

I forwarded your message to Scott Hollingsworth awhile back and I was wondering
if you had received a reply.

Regards,
Merrill

"Webster, Mark A.
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<[email protected] cc:
liams.com> Subject: A message for Mr.
Hollingsworth

03/19/2002 10:30 AM
Merrill, I would like to thank you again for the hospitality your team showed me
and my friends at PPIR last year. We are still talking about it. I wanted to
ask you or Mr. Hollingsworth about no longer allowing teams to practice on
Thursdays and the raising of the entry fees for the races. First off I read
this in Roadracing World and have not independently verified that those two
moves have taken place (for what thats worth).

That said, I would like to ask Mr. Hollingsworth about comments he made that are
published on amasuperbike.com. He made several comments about making the sport
more available to independent teams to compete. If Ama-Proracing has indeed
raised entry fees and ended Thursday practice sessions then wouldn't that seem
to contradict Mr. Hollingsworth's comments? Independent teams count on
Thursdays in many cases to get some much needed testing and practice on tracks
just days before the race. Factory teams on the other hand get to rent the
tracks for testing privately. The entry fees being increased also seem to be a
hindrance on privateers who are on a limited budget while factory teams have no
trouble paying those fees.

Please understand it is not my intention to inflame or accuse. I just love the
sport of Roadracing and want to do anything I can to help support it and would
like clarification. I am now supporting a CMRA racer in his efforts to compete
at the club level and eventually enter the ranks of the AMA. Best wishes this
season.

Mark Webster
Environmental Specialist
Williams Energy Services
918-573-1689
918-629-6004 Cell
"Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength" -
Francis de Sales

 

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Didn't pay much attention to this did you...

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What? No! We can't stop here! This is bat country!
 

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Yeah, I bet he dives into the shallow end too. lol

I for one like the fact they dropped the Thursday practice. My budget is more limited than some and it levels the field between privateers.
Like its printed there is plenty of time to get up to speed on Friday. IMO


 

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yeah, i was wondering about that "confidentiality" part...? LOL but oh well...
 

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Thats for his protection not mine! If they want to sue me then they can sue me. I'm done with this whole mess anyway.

 
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