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Oct 1, 2001

Hey, Remember That Proposed Staggered-Grid Rule? Don't Bother Commenting...

A proposed new AMA Pro Racing rule changing race gridding from four-straight-across to four-staggered-across has already been implemented, even though the comment period on proposed new rules to go into effect January 1, 2002 doesn't end until October 14.<BR><BR>A new system touted as heralding a bold new era in communication between AMA officials and affected riders, mechanics and teams includes a specific system for gathering input on proposed new rules well prior to their enactment.<BR><BR>The comment period on the staggered-grid rule opened September 14 and is to run for 30 days.<BR><BR>So it was a surprise when teams showed up at Virginia International Raceway this weekend and found the staggered grid already in use.<BR><BR>So much for the new system of gathering input...