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Aug 24, 2012

Superbike Electronics: AMA Pro Racing Adjusts 2013 Rules

AMA Pro Racing today announced that it has modified previously announced rules on Superbike electronics, which were scheduled to go into effect for 2013 and continue to be used through 2015. The price cap for add-on electronics remains at $18,000 per motorcycle, but that price cap now covers additional expensive pieces of the electronics package. For instance, engine management software costs and firmware and software licensing fees now must be included under the price cap, and exclusive hardware, firmware and software are now strictly prohibited. In addition, the competition bulletin that originally announced the $18,000 electronics price cap stated: "The following price cap will go into effect January 1st, 2013 and continue through the 2014 competition season. AMA Pro reserves the right to continue to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the new rules and, if deemed warranted, any material changes would be implemented upon 12 months notice no sooner than January 1st, 2015." The new bulletin replaces that passage with the following text: "The following price cap will go into effect January 1st, 2013 and continue until further notice. AMA Pro reserves the right to continue to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the new rules and will provide adequate notice for future changes." That means that AMA Pro Racing is no longer promising to keep the rules unchanged until the 2015 season and to give competitors a minimum of 12 months notice before making adjustments to the rules. Read the new competitor bulletin here ~http://www.amaproracing.com//assets/AMAP-RR-2012-Comp-Bulletin-2012-05-Revised.pdf?utm_source=COMP+-+RR+Comp+Bulletin+%232012-05+REVISED&utm_campaign=Email+-+Comp+-+%232012-05+REVISED&utm_medium=email~ or below. GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing Competitor Bulletin #2012-05 - Revised To: All GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing Competitors Date: January 30, 2012 August 24, 2012 Effective Date: January 1, 2013 Subject: 2013 American SuperBike Electronics The following price cap will go into effect January 1st, 2013 and continue until further notice. AMA Pro reserves the right to continue to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the new rules and will provide adequate notice for future changes. Total Price Cap of all Add-on Electronics: $18,000 This price cap will include any and all electronic components that did not come standard on the homologated machine. This includes, but is not limited to, the following items: "¢ Engine Management Stand-alone ECUs, kit ECUs or third party engine management controllers (piggybacks). All hardware, firmware and software must be pre-approved and appear on the Eligible Equipment List. This will include quick shift, auto tune and traction control boxes as well as all other add-ons. This also includes the cost of any necessary interface hardware and communication cables. "¢ Data Acquisition Data loggers, data logging dashes, hardware, firmware and software that support data recording and analysis. The data logging hardware, firmware and software must be approved and appear on the Eligible Equipment List. This also includes the cost of any necessary interface hardware and communication cables. Stand-alone lap timers are also included in this category. Lap timers are not regulated by the Eligible Equipment List, but the costs must be declared. "¢ Aftermarket Sensors and Hardware Any and all sensors and actuators that are not standard equipment on the homologated motorcycle must be declared. Any additional stock sensors or actuators above and beyond the stock quantities must be declared. Any aftermarket sensors, i.e. suspension travel, brake pressure, tire temperature, oil pressure, etc., must be declared and their cost included in the package total. Sensors are not regulated by the Eligible Equipment List; however vendor pricing and vendor availability is included in the price cap and may be confirmed at any time by AMA Pro Racing. "¢ Firmware and Software licensing fees Any additional fees (outside the declared price for the base functioning ECU) required to enable base or additional functionality will be counted in the total amount. The following items will NOT be included in the price cap: "¢ O.E.M. Sensors and Hardware Stock sensors in homologated quantities, i.e. wheel speed, throttle position, H2O temp, etc., need not be declared and are not included in the capped price of the system. "¢ Wire Harness Wire harnesses of any type, i.e. main, data, dash, etc. will not be regulated and will not count against the total cost of the system. Leased Electronics Systems The confirmed market value of the above categories will determine the declared value of a leased system. The lease price is not the determining factor. Availability Requirements The American SuperBike Electronic Component Declaration/Cost Document will be posted on the AMA Pro Racing website well in advance of the 2013 competition season. This form, which will itemize component quantity, part number, cost and sourcing vendor, must be filled out and submitted no later than fourteen (14) days prior to a competitor's first event for the season. This document only needs to be submitted once unless additions, subtractions or changes are made through the course of a season. Note: any additional costs incurred to upgrade or modify a declared component, including firmware and software, will be included in the price cap of the system. This includes any fees to enable additional functionality. The data sheet will be attached to each bike's technical log book for spot checking and enforcement at any time during a race weekend at the discretion of AMA Pro Racing. Component Eligibility Component eligibility will be determined not only through verifiable market prices, but all components must also be immediately available through legitimate vendors. Hardware, firmware or software exclusivity is prohibited. Any component found to be unavailable to any competitor may be deemed ineligible. All components required to be on the Eligible Equipment List must be pre-approved by AMA Pro Racing, in writing, with no exceptions. Undeclared sensors, actuators or other functional components cannot be embedded or hidden within a wire harness or any other location. Any participant found to have competed with undeclared, falsely declared, exclusive and therefore unapproved components, including firmware and software, may be subject to penalty including but not limited to: disqualification from latest completed race or entire weekend event, fines, loss of championship points, suspension. Further official action will be at the discretion of AMA Pro Racing. Obsolete Components The value of obsolete components will be determined by cross referencing a current specification component from the same manufacture based on market value, availability and comparable functionality. AMA Pro Racing will evaluate and consider these scenarios on a case by case basis. All Inclusive ASB Price cap: $18k -- Description -- Included in price cap? -- Must be approved and on the Eligible Equipment List? Engine Management -- Stand-alone ECUs, kit ECUs or third party engine management controllers (piggybacks), as well as associated firmware and software. Examples of third-party piggybacks: quick shift, traction control, auto tune, all necessary interface hardware and communication cables, firmware and software costs. If it costs money to enable additional functionality, then these costs are included and will count towards the price cap. -- Yes -- Yes Data Acquisition and Displays -- Hardware, firmware and software supporting data gathering, analysis and display. Examples: ECU internal logger, logging dash, stand-alone data acquisition system, lap timers, non-logging dashboards, all necessary interface hardware and communication cables. -- Yes -- Yes (Exceptions: Stand-alone lap timers and handlebar switches are counted against the total but do no need to appear on the Eligible Equipment List.) Sensors and Hardware -- Standard O.E.M. sensors do not count towards the total price; however any additional sensors added above and beyond homologated amounts will count towards the price cap. Examples: All aftermarket or O.E.M. sensors or hardware outside of what came on the standard motorcycle must be declared. -- Yes -- No Wire Harnesses -- Engine management or data harness assemblies will not be regulated due to the huge variance in connectors and construction techniques. Sensors or actuators may not be embedded in the harness or elsewhere. Simple engine on/off switches and starter switches will not be counted as long as they have no other functionality. -- No -- No Tuning Tables (Maps) -- End user data that tailors the hardware to its specific application will not be regulated or monitored. -- No -- No