Join Date: May 2004
Location: Toronto, Canada
The way I read this situation, the USSB wants to give the manufacturers their own little sandbox to play in. And that's only happening because the manufacturers didn't want to play in DMG's sandbox because they didn't set the rules. I totally understand the manufacturers losing faith in DMG because of the big mis-step that DMG made at the outset (the proposal to make 600's the previous class and abandon the previously-agreed-upon 2009 rules).
There has been a problem in the AMA series with small grids. Splitting the series in two does not help this.
Certain AMA riders (*cough* Mladin, Duhamel) complain about back markers. Well, guess what, splitting the series in two AND setting the technological bar so high that privateers have no hope of competing with the factory teams is NOT the way to solve this. If you exclude the privateers (e.g. by not allowing them access to parts that make a "superbike" what it is) you will end up with races having 4 - 6 riders in them. What good is THAT.
What's needed is ONE series. Whichever one it is at this point, does not really matter. But, both sides have dug in their heels. DMG has long term TV contracts (and Yamaha). The USSB ... remains to be seen.
Helibars, MRA screen, Ohlins damper, reversed shift pattern, sorted suspension, braided lines, Michelin Pilot Power, all else stock 'coz it's fast enough!