Jun 6, 2002
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Copyright 2002, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc.<BR><BR>Thursday practice started at 8:30 a.m. today at Road America. The practice day, organized and run by the racetrack itself, cost riders $200 per bike, per group, with four 20-minute sessions per group.<BR><BR>That's relatively high, considering that riders got about the same amount of track time at Pikes Peak last Thursday for $50 per rider (not bike) and that the Team Hammer Pro Practice day scheduled on the Thursday before the AMA National at The Colonel's Brainerd International Raceway later this month will cost $150 per rider (not bike) with five 30-minute sessions per group.<BR><BR>The difference in available track time may be due to how the on-track groups are structured. At Road America, practice is divided into five groups, Supersport, 250 Grand Prix, Superbike/Formula Xtreme, Superstock and Pro Thunder.<BR><BR>At Pikes Peak and Brainerd, practice was/is divided into three groups:<BR><BR>Supersport/250cc Grand Prix<BR>Superbike/Formula Xtreme<BR>Superstock/Pro Thunder<BR><BR>Those groupings seem to work fairly well and nearly double each group's track time.<BR><BR><BR><BR>This Just In:<BR><BR>The afternoon sessions at Road America will combine Supersport/250cc Grand Prix, Superbike/Formula Xtreme, and Superstock/Pro Thunder.