anybody watch the race coverage? nice to see it back to same day tape at least - would be better live, but with red flags, false starts, pace cars (!), disorganization, and all, that would've taken many hours. and the actual racing wasn't bad i suppose, altho Mr Mladin winning again in a de-Spies'ed field kinda rings hollow, doesn't it. and what IS it with the organizers - who the hell CARES if an 1125cc Buell can compete on 'even' terms with a 600cc Japanese sportbike. is that REALLY how Erik Buell gets his strokes? Ducati seem to only need a 1.2 to 1 advantage to make a twin run with a four, not two-to-one!
anyway, the real joke was the (dis)organization, eh? no plan nor (seemingly) preinformation for the riders on how to deal with a jump start. delays in commencing a restart procedure. the ludicrous (and dangerous) stopped pace-car over the blind crest scene. the split-a-gut laughable shots of the pace car (an underpowered Mazda SUV) FOLLOWING the field around the track, unable to get past the way-faster bikes, the riders of which were discussing amongst themselves what to do. the arguments before the second restart. etc, etc.
what a shame. AMA racing might not have ever been at the class of world superbikes, but it WAS (kinda) local, many of the tracks are very entertaining and challenging, there were (and still are) some interesting personalities involved, and there were good battles in supersport, if not recently in superbikes.
it's gonna takes some big changes to bring it back from the debacles of THIS year! i just feel sorry for the riders - they're still givin' 'er big time, and the high-sides don't land any softer just cuz nobody's watching...
here's an interesting take on it all from Steve Atlas at Motorcycle USA:
anybody see any grounds for optimism?