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AMA Announces New Rulesmaking Committees for Professional Racing

PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- As part of its overall reorganization unveiled today, the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) has announced the creation of a new rulesmaking procedure for its professional-racing programs.

Direction for the AMA's professional road racing, motocross/supercross, flat track, supermoto and hillclimb programs has been in the hands of a single AMA Pro Racing Board. That Board will be replaced by independent working committees that will propose equipment standards and rules for on-track competition. Proposed rules would then be ratified by the AMA Board of Directors.

"The goal of this new structure is to allow the Association to be more responsive to all of the groups with an interest in our professional-racing programs," said AMA Chief Executive Officer Patti DiPietro. "That includes everyone from the manufacturers and team owners to the racers, promoters, aftermarket suppliers and fans."

The size of these committees will vary depending upon the racing discipline. Each will include one representative from every AMA corporate member manufacturer with a motorcycle homologated for competition in that discipline. In addition, the AMA president will appoint enough other members of the committee to assure that the manufacturers cannot constitute a majority.

In motocross racing, for instance, six manufacturers -- Honda, Husqvarna, Kawasaki, KTM, Suzuki and Yamaha -- currently have motorcycles homologated for AMA professional competition. The AMA president will appoint at least seven other Motocross/Supercross Committee members, who could include racers, promoters, aftermarket manufacturers and others with an interest in the sport.

These committees will hold at least one formal meeting every year, although it is anticipated that additional, informal meetings may take place more often. Working with representatives from the AMA Pro Racing staff for that discipline, committee members will develop racing rules and equipment standards that will be sent to the AMA Board of Directors.

The AMA Board will have the power to accept or reject the committee's recommendations, but it will not be allowed to alter those recommendations. A veto by the AMA Board will require support by a supermajority (nine members of the 12-member Board).

Rules that are approved by the AMA Board will not go into effect for at least a full racing season, so that riders and teams will have time to develop their programs. Modifications to rules that are required during the course of a racing season will be handled by an executive committee consisting of chairmen elected by members of each committee. Those rules will apply only for the current racing season. As is the case now, emergency rules changes, if necessary, will be implemented by the AMA Pro Racing staff.

"We are creating a system designed to increase the transparency of the rulesmaking process for AMA professional competition," said DiPietro. "By opening up these rulesmaking committees to all parties involved in our racing programs, we will make sure that everyone's voice is heard on these important issues. And we will make public all written reports from the rulesmaking committees to the AMA Board, so that anyone can monitor the process of creating new racing rules."

Rules for amateur competition run by AMA Sports will continue to be made by the AMA Congress, which brings together representatives from AMA recognized districts across the country each year. As with the new rulesmaking committees for professional racing, the AMA Congress sends its recommendations to the AMA Board for ratification.

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