Dec 31, 2001
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Copyright 2001, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc.<BR><BR>The MRA Rules Committee will hold a meeting at 6:30 p.m. on January 4 in the Denver area, at a location to be announced (call 303-530-5678 to learn location). According to an MRA mailing to members, the meeting will include discussion of proposed 2002 season rule changes.<BR><BR>Proposed changes listed in the mailing include:<BR><BR>--Allowing a moving start (instead of the current no-movement-allowed start) as long as the rear axle does not cross the grid mark (ironically, the rule proposal cites AMA rules allowing a moving start even though AMA is moving from a moving start to a no-movement-allowed start for 2002).<BR><BR>--Reconciling contradictory rules regarding red-flag scoring.<BR><BR>--Breaking championship points ties by using the number of race wins.<BR><BR>--Listing all riders who do not show up on the grid as a DNS; listing riders who show up on the grid but don't finish as a DNF; requiring riders to complete 1/2 race distance to be awarded points; determining if Race of the Rockies riders must show up on the grid to be eligible for purse money.<BR><BR>--Allowing air-cooled, two-valve Twins under 905cc and air-cooled, two-valve pushrod Twins of unlimited displacement in Middleweight Supersport.<BR><BR>--Changing SuperTwins GTU rules to require street-based case/frame combinations.<BR><BR>--Restricting Twins classes to four-strokes only.<BR><BR>--Splitting SuperTwins into three classes:<BR><BR>Lightweight SuperTwins allowing liquid-cooled, four-valve 650cc; air-cooled, two-valve 750cc; and Aprilia Challenge bikes. (Editor's note: No explanation was given as to how adding a RS250 class will work with the "four-strokes only" proposal).<BR><BR>Middleweight SuperTwins allowing liquid-cooled, four-valve 750cc; air-cooled two-valve 950cc; air-cooled pushrod 1200cc.<BR><BR>Open SuperTwins allowing unlimited modifications.<BR><BR>--Removing "exceptions" now listed for SuperTwins GTU.<BR><BR>--Removing the "unlimited origin" clause for Lightweight Superbike for Singles or renaming the class Lightweight GP.<BR><BR>--Establishing endurance classes as Lightweight, Middleweight, Heavyweight and Unlimited Superbike, using Race of the Rockies rules.<BR><BR>--Changing dollar amounts for claiming parts.<BR><BR>--Allowing protesting riders to do so anonymously, thus denying protested riders the right to confront (or even know) who has accused them of cheating or otherwise violating rules.