Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: S. Texas, US of A
Mat Mladin vs. DMG
It seems pretty obvious that DMG and Mladin are choosing not to see things eye to eye. On many levels. But one vitally important area is rider safety. The more they butt heads, the farther apart they seem to be getting. superbikeplanet.com has a link to an article about racing at the Loudon track. A track which has been off of the AMA series for 7 years due to safety issues. DMG and Roger Edmundson want it back. DMG and Edumundson want racing in the rain at other tracks that are probably not safe enough. Mladin seems to be the voice for many of the riders and it is Mladin's opinion that the tracks are not safe in the rain. DMG has said they want to go to the 600 "Daytona Superbike" rules because they are safer than current superbikes. DMG's opinion seems to be that they would prefer to make everyone race 600's rather than force the tracks to spend their hard earned money making the tracks safer. Of course on big flaw in this whole thinking is that 600's can actually corner faster than liter bikes, all things being equal. And road race motorcycles tend to crash in corners, not straights. I realize that a rider is more likely to high side a liter bike than a 600. But other than that, if a 600 crashes in a corner it is more likely to be going faster and therefore require MORE run-off and MORE safety barriers than liter bikes.
After this year, it is highly likely that Mladin will no longer be racing in the AMA/DMG. I hope someone else will be willing to step up and kick the giant in his shins after Mat is gone. Motorcycle racing is dangerous enough already without the sanctioning organization letting tracks slide on safety while trying to force the riders to ride under unsafe conditions.
Don't confuse me with facts, my mind is already made up.