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In AMA they don't state a number of slots available, just a qualifying time. So, you go out, run the time within their standard and still don't make the race because they set the field without telling anyone there are limited grid slots open. They did their job and still don't get a spot.That is why you may have some guys running what they think is fast enough rather than pushing for more. They think they are in the field by their qualifying time. They should be in the race but AMA says sure you made the time but oh, we forgot to tell you there are only 40 slots open and you are 41. That is ridiculous!
What they need to do is set a field at 40 or whatever and then the fastest 40 guys make it. It's real simple. Nascar does not set a percentage rule and neither does anyone else. The main show is the fastest x amount of guys in qualifying, period.They can do it either way but not both. A percentage rule where everyone that makes the cut is in or x amount of grid positions and you have to run fast enough to earn one. The premier motorcycle race organization in this country is a farce.
I understand the safety issues, believe me. The AMA has run these tracks for how long? If they want to keep it safe they define a track density for each venue and that's it. Then you have x amount of grid positions to qualify for at each race. That will give you the top 40 or whatever racers for each event.
If 112% is too lax of a time then they need to tighten it up.
My main complaint is the way they change rules midstream and screw over guys who qualified by their rules.
Yes in NASCAR all the competitors are closer. You don't get there by being slow. But NASCAR is like our Superbike class not SS. Take the factories out of SS and guess what. the times are a lot closer.
But that's another thread ...Why are factory Superbike riders allowed in SS racing? You don't see that in world SS. It's a class all it's own and the riders don't cross over. SS riders earn their way up to a superbike ride by winning in SS. Once there they don't ride down.
And the idea that there may not be enough riders to qualify for an event stems from that. Too many club racers won't even attempt to qualify because they know they don't stand a chance against the factories.True?
Fighting for last place just doesn't seem like much fun ;D ;)imho
But I think I'd still be grinning from ear to ear just knowing I qualified to be out there racing next to the factory teams - dead last or not! :)....
I'm just bustin sdiver's chops ;) :DI'll be there pittin' for him 8)
So the question is: who's gonna finish 39th, and who will take 40th? DanO or sdiver? LOL...
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