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When did CCS tube the Spotsman classes?

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When did CCS tube the Spotsman classes?
« on: December 25, 2010, 11:07:28 am »
And why?  Why not bring them back and have them start with the ltwt bikes.  Call it sportsman.  Superbike rules.  EXs, Hawks, and FZR400s, and Motards.  Won't take up track time and offers more entries for CCS.   What you think?
 
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Re: When did CCS tube the Spotsman classes?
« Reply #1 on: December 25, 2010, 12:48:31 pm »
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there were not any bikes being produced/imported for the classes or in case of ultralight sportsman noone was building/running the motards the class was designed for so grids fell to unsustainable levels.

What has changed in last 7 years?
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Re: When did CCS tube the Spotsman classes?
« Reply #2 on: December 25, 2010, 06:22:39 pm »
The SV is now the dominant bike for Ultralight Superbike. Oh wait count the 125GP bike too. The 125GP bike will literally run away from a well ridden LW bike at Jennings and it also runs damn well against my Ducati 800 on all the other tracks.

There are quite a few Motards here in Florida but were special. There are also three FZR400 here too. No concessions for those bikes, Next year I will submit my requests for the FZR400. I love running the FZR and it is time for a little concession.
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Re: When did CCS tube the Spotsman classes?
« Reply #3 on: December 26, 2010, 12:25:29 am »
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there were not any bikes being produced/imported for the classes or in case of ultralight sportsman noone was building/running the motards the class was designed for so grids fell to unsustainable levels.

What has changed in last 7 years?

What has changed is your competitor has a place for these bikes to race and you don't.  Starting them with an existing class doesn't use up track time.  If 3 or 4 bikes show up that's more entries.  First, you run off the Sportsman guys, then you run off the SV guys, now you're pissing off everyone else in lightweight by allowing in the GP bikes.  Keep it up and you'll have 2 guys on Bimotas and two guys on TZ250s racing each other.   "lightweight" bikes that cost 3 times more than a 600.  That's a great lightweight grid.....
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Re: When did CCS tube the Spotsman classes?
« Reply #4 on: December 26, 2010, 11:30:50 am »
I would spend three times the money on my Ducati 800 if I had it. Instead I bought three times the bikes.
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Re: When did CCS tube the Spotsman classes?
« Reply #5 on: December 27, 2010, 08:15:33 pm »
I don't understand why the LW class isn't just the class for everything unless it is a less than 10 year old 600, 750 or 1000.  Everything else seems to be in that class.  Bring a bike, any bike, it will be legal for LW in CCS.
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Re: When did CCS tube the Spotsman classes?
« Reply #6 on: December 27, 2010, 10:06:40 pm »
What has changed is your competitor has a place for these bikes to race and you don't.  Starting them with an existing class doesn't use up track time.  If 3 or 4 bikes show up that's more entries.  First, you run off the Sportsman guys, then you run off the SV guys, now you're pissing off everyone else in lightweight by allowing in the GP bikes.  Keep it up and you'll have 2 guys on Bimotas and two guys on TZ250s racing each other.   "lightweight" bikes that cost 3 times more than a 600.  That's a great lightweight grid.....
   

Like I said before, I think there intention is to produce larger grids.  You know the analogy, keep dumping bikes into the LT class and eventually we will have big grids.  Unfortunately, I think the last couple changes to the light weight rules are actually contributing to SMALLER grids and the guys in charge either don't get it, or just don't care.  There's always going to be those who think this bike should be allowed in, or that one should be allowed in but good sound business decisions is ultimately what should be considered.  After all, CCS is in business to make money.  The light weight class is a perfect example of making POOR business decisions.  From a business prospective, you should look at the class and take note of your biggest costumer (most common bike on the grid).  Now common sense dictates that you don't make rules changes that might  run off that costumer, right?     
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Re: When did CCS tube the Spotsman classes?
« Reply #7 on: December 28, 2010, 09:32:58 am »
I don't understand why the LW class isn't just the class for everything unless it is a less than 10 year old 600, 750 or 1000.  Everything else seems to be in that class.  Bring a bike, any bike, it will be legal for LW in CCS.

That's pretty much what it has turned into.  With the current rules, it's cheaper to race a 600 then it is to race lightweight.  In CCS, the days of buying a competitive supersport legal bike for $3500 are gone.  Now, you have to buy a Bimota or dump a wad of cash into a Ducati to have a competitive lightweight ride.  The question is where does the low budget racer go where he can be competitive?  The answer is WERA.  A lot of SV guys I have talked to are switching over.  Plus the guys with older Sportsman bikes can race in D superbike or in some cases Clubman.  Check out the WERA Forum.   There is already chatter about WERA trying to get a race at Daytona.   
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Re: When did CCS tube the Spotsman classes?
« Reply #8 on: December 28, 2010, 09:35:12 am »
speaking of rules, how come the BMW HP2 is indexed out of lightweight classes but the Bimota isn't???
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Re: When did CCS tube the Spotsman classes?
« Reply #9 on: December 28, 2010, 10:18:42 am »
There used to be always more then 20 bikes in a LW race when i started. in 2000. In 2006 I went to barber and there was 35 bikes in my race and I got my worst finish ever at 23rd place!!In 2009 when we were there there was only around 5 bikes in the same races.I guess thats why we dont go there anymore.I would like to have another class to race my FZR also.
No one says anything about 600's?? What if you have a 1997 ZX6R or a 1998 GSXR 600? Your not goona catch up to the newer bikes so what do you do??? Just save them for track days I guess, and have fun riding them not worrying about how fast your going.
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Re: When did CCS tube the Spotsman classes?
« Reply #10 on: December 28, 2010, 10:55:55 am »
We are getting off topic a little here and back to the "what is lightweinght" topic. I believe the rules have been this way for some years now until adding in the GP bikes into the Superbike class. The Ducati motor tech hasn't really changed much, but the bikes have become better. Yes Bimota has built a bike that is ultra expensive for the average beginner. If I can use Kat on her Bimotas-she truely is a first year racer with the ability to afford a Bimota and she has done well. She has improved tremendously by riding what it seems like every weekend. She attends every big school known to man stateside and even abroad. That's why she is fast.

Now back on topic-Sportsman, Yes but maybe make it GP rules. GP rules will allow me to use an FZR600 case and replace the aging and hard to find FZR400 case. There is not much difference in the case and yes the 560cc motor is built using FZR400 case and 600 crank.

Then there is the topic of that FZR rider cheating and using oversize FZR600 motor. Is it any different than the current crop of SV guys running Ultralight with larger bore motors. I see so many times SV guys with High comp pistons running SS, or that SS legal overbored SV running Ultralight. I don't complain because in my eyes they need it to keep the competition close.

In Florida we have been able to bring back the Vintage class after it had been cancelled the year before. What we have chosen is to run a limited schedule during the year. We initially chose to not have trophies, although Henry has continued to give out plaques for the top three. In the end the Top Premier Class points leader won this really nice trophy($500).
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Re: When did CCS tube the Spotsman classes?
« Reply #11 on: December 28, 2010, 02:26:30 pm »
I would have no problem with "GP type" rules for sportsman.  I say GP type because the 2 stroke GP bikes will jump in there also.  Yes I agree, the ease of cheating should not drive the rulebook.  In some ways it has (milling of the head and quickshifters in supersport) but if you need FZR600 cases it shouldn't be an issue.  If someone feels you're running a full FZR motor than it's up to then to lay down the cash and protest. 

As far as older in-line 4 cyl bikes like 94-99 600s.  Make a vintage 600 class and let them run with the 600s but scored separately.
 Once again like a stated before.  A new class that runs with an existing one doesn't burn track time and adds entries.
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