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SAN ANTONIO, TX (February 28, 2006) Steve Burns, director of research and development for VP Racing Fuels, today issued the following statement regarding the penalization of Ricky Carmichael for the San Diego Supercross race due to a fuel violation:

VP Racing Fuels is a supplier to Team Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Suzuki and KTM and has been involved in supplying fuel to professional motocross teams for 25 years. VP develops and manufactures fuels for both motocross and road racing for all these teams. In business since 1975, VP is the Official Racing Fuels of NHRA, the largest racing sanctioning body in the world, as well as a sponsor of more than 30 other racing associations in various capacities. VP produces more blends of racing fuels for unique applications than anyone else in the world. We like to think we have more technology in racing fuels than any other company. This is illustrated by the fact that in racing venues that do not have a spec fuel rule, more championships are won by VP-powered engines than any other fuel company. VP has earned its reputation as a world leader in racing fuels.

It's with great dismay that we learned of the latest incident regarding a points deduction due to a fuel violation at the Supercross race in San Diego. The matter is still being investigated and the jury is still out regarding the source of lead found in Ricky Carmichael's fuel. Unfortunately, this marks the third time in the past three years one of AMA's biggest stars was disqualified due to a situation of the AMA's own making. The failure here is not the fault of the teams nor the fuel producer. The failure stems from a rule written to serve European interests. These disqualifications have also embarrassed three major corporations, essentially accusing them of cheating -- violating a rule that is poorly written, based on a specification of .005 grams per liter set by the FIM for European competition, while the USA EPA limit is set at .013 grams per liter. These lead levels are so low they could not have affected the performance or octane of the fuel, nor could it have any effect on the outcome of the race. Significantly, VP has never been contacted by the AMA prior to the implementation of any rule pertaining to fuels - which is very surprising given that VP supplies all the factory teams!

The specification that needs immediate attention is the lead level. Based on the European limit, it translates to trace levels -- parts per billion. The low limits set for lead in street fuels is to protect the catalytic converter from becoming coated over long term exposure, thus reducing the function of the converter. It is not a limit set for health reasons. Racing needs a wider tolerance for lead as the fuel is handled more frequently by more parties than pump fuels and in a more hostile environment. While pump gas typically goes from the manufacturer via pipeline or tanker to the gas station, then directly into the customer's tank, racing fuel is typically shipped to the teams in drums, which are then opened for various purposes, e.g. to draw samples, run tests, transfer to smaller containers, dispensed into the vehicle, drained from the vehicle after the race for reuse, etc. The fact is all dirt contains lead in varying degrees and it is entirely possible that fuel could become contaiminated with trace levels of lead given the windy, dusty and dirty environment encountered at most race tracks. Significantly, none of the levels we are talking about have any affect on the fuel or its performance in the engine. The use of lead in racing fuels is allowed by the EPA Clean Air Act. There are no legal reasons for the elimination of lead from racing fuels.

The other area of concern is the oxygen content of the fuels. As the rule is written, it would render many pump fuels illegal for use in AMA Pro Racing. The current AMA limit is 2.8%, while pump gas can have up to 3.7% in certain parts of the country. According to past conversations with Rob King, former AMA technical director, the current rules originally were written to ensure U.S. pump fuels would be legal for AMA Pro competition. The current rules fail that reasoning on both lead level and oxygen content.

These problems do not need to be confronted again. They require an easy fix -- rewrite the rules, while maintaining their intent. Suggestions were made to the AMA to this effect after the incident with Yamaha in 2004 but it fell on deaf ears. This is the third time the current rules have disqualified a racer that in no way was cheating or possessed an unfair advantage. It has made Yamaha, Kawasaki and now Suzuki look like cheaters, and made VP Racing Fuels appear incompetent. Yet, despite the recent claim by AMA's Steve Whitelock that the problem "was explained away" in the earlier incidents, an analyzation of the facts in both incidents led to total exoneration of VP by the teams affected and all others involved. We anticipate the same will also be true when all the facts in the current case are analyzed.

This whole situation is damaging to the health of AMA racing. It has cost the factories, the AMA, the racers, VP Racing Fuels and the fans wasted money, wasted time and misplaced emotions. It is time for the AMA to revise its fuel rules to reflect reality.

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Finally somebody who actually knows what they are talking about. So what exactly does the ama do for us again?

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I read this earlier today.

My first thought was: The buck doesn't stop here!

This makes the whole situation look more and more like the AMA is a Mickey Mouse organization.

The AMA keeps pointing fingers at everyone else: FIM, CC, VP, etc. But, as pointed out from VP, only the AMA can address it. Read this last part carefully -

"These problems do not need to be confronted again. They require an easy fix -- rewrite the rules, while maintaining their intent. Suggestions were made to the AMA to this effect after the incident with Yamaha in 2004 but it fell on deaf ears. This is the third time the current rules have disqualified a racer that in no way was cheating or possessed an unfair advantage. It has made Yamaha, Kawasaki and now Suzuki look like cheaters, and made VP Racing Fuels appear incompetent. Yet, despite the recent claim by AMA's Steve Whitelock that the problem "was explained away" in the earlier incidents, an analyzation of the facts in both incidents led to total exoneration of VP by the teams affected and all others involved. We anticipate the same will also be true when all the facts in the current case are analyzed.

This whole situation is damaging to the health of AMA racing. It has cost the factories, the AMA, the racers, VP Racing Fuels and the fans wasted money, wasted time and misplaced emotions. It is time for the AMA to revise its fuel rules to reflect reality."

Sounds like they're saying: We won't be made the scapegoat for Mr. Whitelock's incompetence.

Does the AMA employ people with actual business pedigrees or just promote good ole boys that have done their time?

Whichever the case, the latest incidents make it look like the latter... and it sounds like VP agrees, only they word it much more politely.

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This makes the whole situation look more and more like the AMA is a Mickey Mouse organization.

the ama is indeed a mickey mouse organization and an embarassment to this country. enough passing the buck. ultimately, blame must rest with president bush. therefore, i call upon all motorcyclists to work together to lick bush.

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the ama is indeed a mickey mouse organization and an embarassment to this country. enough passing the buck. ultimately, blame must rest with president bush. therefore, i call upon all motorcyclists to work together to lick bush.

Goes without saying... of course it's Bush's fault. Everything is. To much rain in nor-cal to ride, damn that Bush. Bent my sub frame, Bush. Ripped my new fox gloves ... it's W.

I believe stroking works also, as opposed to licking. On occasion. :thumbsup:

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more and more like the AMA is a Mickey Mouse organization.
That's dissin' the Mouse. They're much worse than that. Who are they really representing? Certainly not the riders, the promoters, or the fans. At this point I'll never re-up my membership, after all, it's the money that talks.

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Finally somebody who actually knows what they are talking about. So what exactly does the ama do for us again?

It appears to me, being from out of country and having witnessed other national motorcycle associations firsthand, that the AMA does **** all!

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Don't confuse the AMA (which sanctions local races and is a national non-profit organization) with AMA Pro Racing (which is a for-profit business which runs all professional racing, like AMA SX). They have proven time and again that all they care about is money. If you notice the news updates on RacerX lately, most of the directors of their board have resigned lately, and one of the manufacturers left its seat on their board. This leads me to think that there are 1 or 2 shitheads on the board of this company that are singlehandedly holding the sport back. I wish somebody would point out who they are, once and for all.

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Suggestions were made to the AMA to this effect after the incident with Yamaha in 2004 but it fell on deaf ears. QUOTE]

Yeah, I wonder why?

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Suggestions were made to the AMA to this effect after the incident with Yamaha in 2004 but it fell on deaf ears. QUOTE]

Yeah, I wonder why? :thumbsup: Not everyone is the "the goat." :thumbsup:

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Finally somebody who actually knows what they are talking about. So what exactly does the ama do for us again?

Well one of their biggest claim to fame is fighting for the right of people that dont want to wear helments on the street. Oh ya, they do spend time/money on this issue. You see, some dude should be able to ride without a lid, crash, split his melon, and live on life support so the rest of us can pick up the medical tab.

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It appears to me, being from out of country and having witnessed other national motorcycle associations firsthand, that the AMA does **** all!

Ohio isn't part of this country? :thumbsup:

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Well one of their biggest claim to fame is fighting for the right of people that dont want to wear helments on the street. Oh ya, they do spend time/money on this issue. You see, some dude should be able to ride without a lid, crash, split his melon, and live on life support so the rest of us can pick up the medical tab.
Couldn't agree more, I had a membership back when we were doing some D36 enduros a couple years ago, when I flipped thru their magazine I got as part of the membership it became pretty obvious that "fighting for your right to ride" only applies if your definition of "riding" involves a Fat Boy, no helmet and loud pipes. My money goes to the BRC...

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Finally somebody who actually knows what they are talking about. So what exactly does the ama do for us again?

Takes your money every year :thumbsup:

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Couldn't agree more, I had a membership back when we were doing some D36 enduros a couple years ago, when I flipped thru their magazine I got as part of the membership it became pretty obvious that "fighting for your right to ride" only applies if your definition of "riding" involves a Fat Boy, no helmet and loud pipes. My money goes to the BRC...

If you don't have an AMA card around these parts you are not racing. :thumbsup:

I have been a member for 23 years and in 2 years I will be a life member and not have to pay any more,,,,

I almost have to join. :thumbsup::bonk::bonk:

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Interesting thread. MX / SX is having problems with AMA Pro Racing the same as Flat Track is.

Why does it seem like AMA Pro Racing works against us instead of for us?

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