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There simply is not time to take practice times and put them on a grid.
Practice times are recorded and posted so whats the issue with posting griding position at the same time?
Gridding by time would mean club racers spending MORE money and risking more to get in that "good lap" to grid toward the front. (need a good set of tires, race fuel perhaps, etc. to do your "qualifying lap").
For me anyway, I wan't those few morning warm up laps to shake down the bike and try a few suspension tweeks, as well as get the "rust" off of my riding..
if you want that kind of thing, do the wera National series, or get an AMA licence.
Practice times are recorded and posted so whats the issue with posting griding position at the same time? What more than that actually goes into it? I know we use that limited track time to set up suspension and other testing but at least this would keep a grid that varies 5 sec a lap in order.
I hope you don't think I am pooping on your parade here, bro!
What if the rider has multiple bikes that fall in the same practice groups? (ie a thunderbike and a 125gp. Both run the same practice group). How would staff know which bike they used?
FWIW, Most of the "bad riders" who get their paperwork in early, do not bolster their chances, really, by gridding front row. The faster, late registrants simply have better starts, and find their way to the front (typically) by means of sheer talent...and usually prior to T1.
so it turned into 7 laps of mayham with those faster guys 20 rows back doing bansi maneuvers to get maybe to 10th place.
The tracks that we think are great here in the States are nothing compared to what you guys gotto race on over there.
I hope I'm not in the video but I'll admit going from 17th to 5th in 7 laps compelled me to lose some politeness.The harder part was looking at laptimes afterwards and seeing my time was all but equal to the guy that won. He's the guy I wanted to race.
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