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The End of Supercross Racing as we know it?


Huskyboy92

The AMA (American Motorcycle Association) Supercross Official Rules and Regulations state that the intent of a rule will be determined by competent officials. Following the second 2020 Monster Energy Supercross race in Anaheim, I couldn't help but wonder. How competent are they really? Section A2 under general offenses and penalties says that actions that are deemed detrimental to the sport of motorcycle racing and which may result in a range of disciplinary actions 'Race Direction' may disqualify any participant or motorcycle from the balance of a race meet for violation of certain rules, insubordination or other actions deemed in the sole discretion of 'Race Direction' to be detrimental to the race meet and the sport. One of the those rules, specifically rule 22 on page 57 clearly states that any deliberate overly aggressive riding vengeful riding and/or careless riding leading to an adverse result. This does not include incidental or unintentional contact

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Let's go back a bit and look at the history books shall we. David Vuillemin and Stephen Roncada in 2002 having a nasty battle on track including some aggressive and dirty block passes, leading up to Stephen accelerating up to David's bike, and slamming into his back tire only to have David immediately retaliate by open handed smacking Roncada on his helmet with zero repercussions.

On the very first lap of the season opener in 2004 the world witnessed a beautiful block pass by Kevin Windham on David Vuillemin, sending Vuillemin flying into the tuff blocks later resulting in Kevin being deducted 10 points from his standings which may have cost him the Championship, as we later go on to see that Chad Reed won that year.

Just because they have smaller cc's doesn't mean they have smaller balls, and we witnessed that as 125cc riders Ryan Mills and Steve Mertons (also in 04' season) literally turned a corner of the Supercross track into an MMA octagon ring as they punched and even body slammed each other before race officials had to separate the two spartans. Not to be outdone, the 250 class also drew blood as Brad Langton went after privateer Jimmy Wilson post race showing him that he took his after school Taekwondo classes very seriously as a kid.

The list can go on and on, but where is the line drawn in the sand? Why were these guys not punished? Why was Kevin Windham deducted 10 points for a 'deliberate and vengeful' block pass that mentioned before, could have ultimately cost him the championship that year? Okay fine, times were different back then and times have certainly changed. But have they? Let us take a look at how the AMA dealt with the Dylan Ferrandis on Christian Craig incident this year at Anaheim two. Was this incidental? or was this intentional and vengeful riding leading to an adverse result as stated in the rules and regulations? Or was this just good old fashioned "I want to win" racing? There are many factors to consider when one is racing through a track at a pace so fast that my own grandmother has trouble understanding what is happening on the TV screen, and although we must first protect the riders you can't squeeze the orange without getting some pulp in your cup. In other words, you can't take the racing out of racing. I would very much understand if Christian Craig was seriously injured after making contact with Ferrandis he picks his bike right up and starts riding again. If the AMA has to issue a 12-month probation period on Dylan Ferrandis for making a pass to win the race, mark my words this sport will soon turn into a no contact badminton match in our near future. Heck, that might be even more interesting to watch, instead of a bunch of riders tip toeing around a track, careful not touch ones sponsors stickers on the side of their bikes. 

 



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Nothing to see here.  The AMA has always selectively enforced their "rules" and sometimes, a past champion plays by a different set of rules depending on how loudly the team cries.

Example:  JS7 and Chad Reed had both been penalized points for too much lead in their fuel.  

When the AMA tried doing the same to RC in 2006 SX, Suzuki threatened to pull out of the championship and all of a sudden, the lost points became just a $ fine.

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5 minutes ago, redrider144 said:

Nothing to see here.  The AMA has always selectively enforced their "rules" and often, a past champion plays by a different set of rules depending on how loudly the team cries.

Example:  JS7 and Chad Reed had both been penalized points for too much lead in their fuel.  

When the AMA tried doing the same to RC in 2006 SX, Suzuki threatened to pull out of the championship and all of a sudden, the lost points became just a $ fine.

Follow the money, always...

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2 hours ago, indy rider said:

Awful lot of words to say...Dylan didn't do anything wrong.

That true, a little careless maybe. My take away is that the only thing AMA officials are consistent at is being clowns. 

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Let's go back a bit and look at the history books shall we. David Vuillemin and Stephen Roncada in 2002 having a nasty battle on track including some aggressive and dirty block passes, leading up to Stephen accelerating up to David's bike, and slamming into his back tire only to have David immediately retaliate by open handed smacking Roncada on his helmet with zero repercussions.

French on French crime is completely acceptable. Touch the golden haired SoCal boy and people lose their minds. :jawdrop:

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2 minutes ago, Mongo134 said:

Let's go back a bit and look at the history books shall we. David Vuillemin and Stephen Roncada in 2002 having a nasty battle on track including some aggressive and dirty block passes, leading up to Stephen accelerating up to David's bike, and slamming into his back tire only to have David immediately retaliate by open handed smacking Roncada on his helmet with zero repercussions.

French on French crime is completely acceptable. Touch the golden haired SoCal boy and people lose their minds. :jawdrop:

French and French crimes, Wtf? LOL!!!! Yeah man, leave the surfer dudes be!😉Super-cross wont end any time soon. I hope it wont be electric racing, that would be tragic!!!!

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I just hope you got a good read out of it. it took me a lot of time to research the events and rules.. geee thanks @redrider144. Not my intention at all to have "clickbait" I despise that shit! I just truly think racing is not what it used to be. Maybe that should have been my title 🧐

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17 minutes ago, Huskyboy92 said:

I despise that shit! I just truly think racing is not what it used to be. Maybe that should have been my title

I'm not condemning you to the land of suck.  Just sayin, the title is a bit melodramatic.

The AMA has a long history of selective enforcement of rules.  Not sure why this most recent incident was the straw for you.

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All of the above altercations were nothing compared to what Hannah and DeCoster did to each other at Saddleback one hot summer day. Even the Ferrandis/Craig thing is a distant second.

Some guys got it coming though. Friese comes to mind. He's lucky to have survived aggravating Pieck. And there's the "Muhammad" Holley incident. I cant remember where it was or who it was with, but I remember the picture on the front of the CycleNews with Jim Holley in the fighter pose afterwards. The words "professional" and "AMA" should never by commingled. 

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33 minutes ago, Huskyboy92 said:

@redrider144 here listen to Damon Bradhsaw say exactly what I wrote in this article. fast forward to "21:10" in the video...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQ1jQSwBt70

I apparently missed it if he said anything close to "The End of Supercross Racing as we know it."

It's just my opinion that your article title was a bit melodramatic.  If you don't agree, that's fine.  My comment wasn't meant as an insult, just an observation.

DF got up after ramming into CC out of control, and proceeded shortly afterwards to cross over into Jett's line on a jump takeoff.  Had he not done that, he probably escapes the CC crash with no penalty.  The combination of both cases, however, probably warranted some sort of warning.  

I don't disagree that the AMA has a history of selective and inconsistent enforcement of rules.  What I do disagree with is that the DF / CC decision is anything new.  The AMA has a long history of being consistently inconsistent with enforcement of their rulebook.

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1 hour ago, Shawn_Mc said:

All of the above altercations were nothing compared to what Hannah and DeCoster did to each other at Saddleback one hot summer day.

Did you mean Hannah and Kent Howerton?

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