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by David Swarts
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AMA Pro Road Racing activities are currently on hold at
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course due to standing water on the track from overnight and
early morning rain showers, according to AMA Pro Racing Media Manager Patrick
The Supersport class was due to go out at 8:00 – 8:30 a.m.
for its first of two qualifying sessions and the GoPro Daytona SportBike class
was due to go out at 8:40-9:15 a.m. for its first of two qualifying session,
but neither of those sessions took place.
Instead, a rider’s meeting was called on pit lane. During
that meeting, AMA Pro Racing’s Road Racing Director David McGrath proposed that
at 9:25 – 10:10 a.m. the more experienced riders of the Superbike class go out
as scheduled for an evaluation period instead of a qualifying session (the
first of three scheduled Saturday). The times will not count towards qualifying,
it was determined at the meeting.
McGrath said after the session he would talk to all of the
riders who evaluated the track and adapt the day’s schedule after that.
At 9:08 a.m. local time it was still raining lightly.
The racing surface at Mid-Ohio is notoriously slippery to
the point it has significantly impacted car racing activities at the track in
the recent past. That treacherous racing surface combined with walls in close
proximity to the track and small, grass run-off areas in some spots make riding
the track in the wet a daunting task for motorcycle racers.