Might have lost his peg during the race, but their qualifying put them many rows back from Monte Nichols' position. I expected them to do better in qualifying, and I expected more of them. They can both go pretty quick.
Gordy, I'll agree to a point. Yes, they should announce it, but, additionally, this is the BIG SHOW, so sometimes I don't think fairness should come into play. Regardless of how goofy the AMA might be at this level, it is the premiere road racing series in North America. And the factories spend a huge amount of money buying and supporting teams that can been seen on TV, Print, and the like. So, yes, there is an entry fee, but that allows your team/rider an opportunity to make the field. If the rider doesn't get it done...
The Daytona 500 has many teams that try to make the field. Probably 100 try to get in, but, what, 44 make the event. The entry costs tens of thousands of dollars. But if you don't get the job done, you don't go to the show. I believe that making the field should be a privelage, not a right.
Roger Hendricks and I both got bumped from the field at Laguna in 1992. We were within the time. He was number 41 and I was 43. Number 42 was from outside of the country. I did not light the fire under myself that I needed to, and I had brought my evil girl friend along too (MISTAKE!). I never had a problem before, qualifying, and it never, ever happened again.
r6_philly... You have to make the decision. But, remember, it is the big show. I suppose my thoughts above apply.