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Aug 29, 2002

Advisory Board Factory Men Have Already Decided Many AMA Rules

Copyright 2002, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc.<BR><BR>Members of the AMA Road Race Advisory Board hand-picked by Director of Competition Merrill Vanderslice have already decided many future rules and are voting on additional rules as this is posted.<BR><BR>Undecided is when these rules would come into play, in 2003 or 2004; it's possible the AMA Superbike rules will remain unchanged for 2003 with new rules taking effect in 2004.<BR><BR>According to a memo issued by AMA Pro Director of Competition Merrill Vanderslice, members of the Advisory Board have already decided to:<BR>--Retain maximum Superbike rear wheel size at 6.25 instead of allowing 6.50 as in World Superbike.<BR>--Establish 370 pounds as the minimum weight for all motorcycles in Superbike.<BR>--Allow aftermarket cams but require stock lift in Superbike.<BR>--Require stock cylinders and cases but allow machining in Superbike.<BR>--Require stock transmission ratios in Superbike.<BR>--Allow aftermarket back-torque-limiting clutches in Superbike.<BR>--Allow removal of charging systems and starters in Superbike.<BR>--Allow homologated throttle bodies with aftermarket airboxes in Superbike.<BR>--Allow exhaust systems meeting current Superbike rules.<BR>--Not allow 750cc Twins in 600cc Supersport.<BR><BR><BR>Members of the Advisory Board are currently voting on the following proposals:<BR><BR>Frames for 1000cc Fours:<BR>a. Retain current Superbike rules for frame, suspension, wheels, brakes, bodywork.<BR>b. Require stock frames but allow aftermarket swingarms and suspension components.<BR>c. Require stock frames but allow specific areas to be braced and allow aftermarket swingarms and suspension components.<BR><BR>Cylinder head modifications for 1000cc Fours:<BR>a. Allow aftermarket valves, springs and retainers.<BR>b. Allow aftermarket valves of standard size and material, springs and retainers.<BR><BR>Connecting rods for 1000cc Fours:<BR>a. Use current Superbike rules (anything goes).<BR>b. Use current Supersport rules (stock, unmodified).<BR><BR>Crankshaft for 1000cc Fours:<BR>a. Stock except for balancing.<BR>b. Aftermarket allowed but must weigh no less than 97% of stock crank, with spec to be published.<BR><BR>Pistons, pins, rings for 1000cc Fours:<BR>a. Stock only.<BR>b. Aftermarket allowed.<BR><BR>Ignition systems for 1000cc Fours:<BR>a. Supersport rules, but with no wire harness restrictions.<BR>b. Current Superbike rules.<BR><BR>Superbike Homologation:<BR>a. Use current Supersport homologation requirements.<BR>b. Use current Supersport homologation requirements but number of imported units reduced for smaller manufacturers.<BR><BR>Supersport:<BR>a. Allow machining of gasket surfaces of cylinder heads, cylinders or engine cases to increase compression.<BR>b. No machining allowed. (The current fiction, with no published spec.)<BR><BR>Superstock:<BR>a. Allow machining of gasket surfaces of cylinder heads, cylinders or engine cases to increase compression.<BR>b. No machining allowed. (The current fiction, with no published spec.)<BR><BR>