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Jul 24, 2001

Hacking Appeal Board Had No Choice, Reader Says

The AMA Appeal Board had no choice but to uphold the non-sensical disqualification of Jamie Hacking from the second Superbike race at Road America, due to wording of the rulebook, reader Don Potter says.<BR><BR>An e-mail to RoadracingWorld.com from Potter included this information:<BR><BR>"With all due respect, I'd like to draw your attention to the following in paragraph 14e on page 80 of the 2001 AMA Pro Racing rulebook.<BR><BR>"'It is the responsibility of the appeal board to rule on the matter at hand within the context of existing AMA rules and regulations. Appeal boards are encouraged to make recommendations regarding such rules and regulations but have no power whatsoever to waive or modify rules that were in place at the time of the matter under appeal.'"<BR><BR>Which means that even though Hacking was disqualified for breaking an old rule intended to help enforce another rule that has since been changed, the Appeal Board was forced by this third rule to not do the logical thing and overturn Hacking's disqualification.<BR><BR><BR>Editorial Opinion: The AMA rulebook, the appeal process and AMA Pro Racing itself are corrupt and need to be exorcized immediately.<BR><BR>See related post dated 7/20/01, Hacking Loses Appeal Of Road America Disqualification.