After returning to the sport after 10 years off, I am baffled by how current amateur racing works. 10 years ago you would go to a race and the C class was clearly beginners, with maybe the top 5 or so looking decent and on their way to the B class the following year. The C class was usually a full gate. The B class was full of some fast guys and was usually insanely competitive from front to back. It was usually maybe 10 guys shy of a full gate, but often a full gate. The A class was the crazy fast guys, usually 15-20 guys on a gate, stagger start ahead of the B class. I go to a race now and I am looking at riders in the C class that I swear were A riders 10 years ago. There are 6 guys racing the B class and 3 in the A class. There were without a doubt guys in the B class who were A riders, hell guys in the C class who were A riders. 10 years ago the class you raced was important. I raced C class one year, asked the district to promote me to B, raced B for two years and got promoted to A. It was an extreme pride thing to run the white number plate with black numbers that signified you were an A rider. Now I see white plates in the C class, B class, wherever. I would rather have dozens of fifth, sixth and sevenths in the A class than a single first place trophy in the C class. I want to beat the guys who are competitive. I guess my complaint is, what happened to racing? It seems district sanctioned racing has gone by the wayside for mini-series' run by local track owners, there seems to be no policing of who runs what class and cherry picking seems to have gotten way worse. A district promoter used to be able to promote a rider a class if the rider was riding in a class below their skill level. I want to start seeing a solid March-September District sanctioned race series again. You remember? The ones where certain races were B&C points, certain races were A points and the was actually factory contingency money at more than one race all year long? The ones where if you wanted to race and you were winning and placing high, you eventually got promoted to the faster class? I plan to start back racing before the end of summer once I get my conditioning back. It pisses me off knowing that because guys would rather win trophies than race against the fast guys, there will be riders competitive and faster than me in the class below me. Have some balls, promote yourself, race against the fast guys, be ashamed to be a C rider who wins every race, be ashamed to be a B rider who was clearly the fastest guy at the track. I want to see racing become competitive again. The winner of the C class, B class and A class should not be even close to the same speed, they shouldn't even be on the same planet. The guy who wins the C class should be running the pace of the last few guys in the B class (supposing the B class actually has a 20 rider gate), the guys who win the B class should be running around the pace of the tail end of the A class. If the A class stagger starts with the B class, the winning B rider should not pass half the A class. Just my rant, I am sure many of you feel the same way.