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Got this from KTM TALK

Go this a few days ago:

To AMA National Enduro Promoters,

I am pleased to announce that the AMA is going to work with the National Enduro Promotions Group (NEPG) to increase the visibility of the series and the number of riders participating in Enduros. Alan Randt is the driving force behind the NEPG and brings a tremendous amount of experience as a successful businessman, promoter and racer to the group. The NEPG will be made up of Enduro riders, clubs and manufacturers to represent all interests and to build the Enduro discipline back to the stature it deserves in American off-road riding.

We value all of our clubs that host Nationals and I hope we can count on you again in 2007 to work with the AMA and the NEPG to evolve the sport of Enduro to the next level to meet our riders’ needs. We are proposing several changes to the Enduro National series to attract the OEM’s support back to the series as well as new riders including the Youth segment. Some of the most fundamental changes will involve using the Start Control format and running the event on a closed course. The “time keeping†aspect intimidates many new riders and the cost of a computer can be one more reason to choose another sport besides Enduro. The fact that motorcycles are being illegally modified to be street legal has kept the OEM’s away; the closed course will eliminate the need for lights and registration not to mention allowing the Youth segment to ride the course.

The NEPG will also be providing a series referee to begin creating the consistency from event to event that is needed to elevate the series to true National status. As we secure more sponsor’s the NEPG will be promoting the series to the fans and racers through print media. This is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of opportunities for us to save and build our sport.

I know that no one likes change, but I am asking that you keep an open mind for 2007 and support this effort and help to build the sport. Enduro rider participation has been steadily dropping while other off-road disciplines are increasing. We need to meet our customers’ needs just like any business of face the prospect of dwindling participation.

Feel free to contact myself at (614) 856-1900 x1245 or Alan at (517) 393-2421with any questions you may have. Please remember to get your 2007 Sanctions in by August 4.

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Hopefully The NMA will continue to run the enduro series as it does today. It sounds like the AMA enduros will be more of a ISDE format. I like the timekeeping aspect of enduros. It takes a combination of speed, concentration, knowing when to ride fast and when to slow down. All out speed events favor the same top fast guys weather it be a grand prix,hare scramble, or a ISDE. Enduro timekeeping helps to level the playing field for those of us who are just 1 notch below the very fastest guys. :thumbsup:

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Hopefully The NMA will continue to run the enduro series as it does today. It sounds like the AMA enduros will be more of a ISDE format. I like the timekeeping aspect of enduros. It takes a combination of speed, concentration, knowing when to ride fast and when to slow down. All out speed events favor the same top fast guys weather it be a grand prix,hare scramble, or a ISDE. Enduro timekeeping helps to level the playing field for those of us who are just 1 notch below the very fastest guys. :thumbsup:

The timekeeping aspect is the only reason I ride enduros. Take that away, and I'll probably drop out. I enjoy the mental aspect too much. It's for that reason that I refuse to buy a computer.

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