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Jul 12, 2002

FIM Rules Exempt National Practices, So What Was The Big Deal, Anyway?

Copyright 2002, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc.<BR><BR>FIM rules restrict track time for "riders contracted to compete in the Championships" during the six days prior to a World Superbike race (on the track the race will be held on) but do not mention restrictions on wild card riders and allow specifically exemptions.<BR><BR>The exemptions include "Official practice sessions of a National Championship event organized by the FMN which issued the rider's license."<BR><BR>In the case of Laguna, the involved FMN (or National federation) would be the AMA.<BR><BR>Which means that even if the restrictions are applied to wild card riders at Laguna Seca, practice for the AMA Superbike race is not included in the restrictions.<BR><BR>Leaving one to wonder, what was World Superbike Race Director Roberto Nosetto talking about in the first place, and never mind which year he was talking about!