We want to more effectively use the expertise of the members of the AMA
Board of Directors while increasing responsiveness to all parts of the
-What are the structural changes to the AMA Board?
The changes will create three new Board committees devoted to the three
core parts of the AMA's mission: rights, riding and racing. These will
be in addition to the Board's existing Executive and Finance
committees. These committees will be composed of existing Board members
and may also include outside experts in an advisory role.
-What are the responsibilities of these new committees?
They will be responsible for setting the long-term direction of the
Association in those areas, while AMA staff and other groups work on
implementation of those long-term decisions.
For instance, in the area of professional racing, the AMA is creating
new, independent rulesmaking committees charged with developing
equipment standards and on-track rules for road racing,
motocross/supercross, flat track, supermoto and hillclimb competition.
Working with AMA Pro Racing staff, those independent committees will
focus on racing rules, while the AMA Board Racing Committee will focus
on long-term strategic planning for the Association's racing series.
-Who do the new professional-racing rulesmaking committees report to?
The rulesmaking committees will be independent entities charged with
developing rules in conjunction with the AMA Pro Racing staff. They
will send their proposed rules to the AMA Board's Racing Committee for
review and recommendation. The Racing Committee will forward the
proposed rules to the full AMA Board for ratification. The AMA Board
Racing Committee will not be directly involved in the rules-development
-Who will serve on the new rulesmaking committees?
Committee sizes will be variable. Each committee will include one
representative from each 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/supercross 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.
-How long will those rulesmaking committee members serve?
Terms for rulesmaking committees will be three years. However, if a
manufacturer no longer has a motorcycle homologated for that type of
competition, it will lose its committee position even if the term has
-Can AMA Board members serve on rulesmaking committees?
Members of the AMA Board cannot also hold positions on the rulesmaking
committees. An AMA corporate member could have a representative elected
to the AMA Board and could have representatives on the rulesmaking
committees, but the individual who serves on the AMA Board cannot serve
on any of the rulesmaking committees.
-How will new racing rules be adopted?
Working with the AMA Pro Racing staff, the rulesmaking committees will
develop proposed racing rules and equipment standards that will be sent
to the Racing Committee of the AMA Board of Directors for review. The
Racing Committee will forward the proposed rules, with its
recommendations, to the full AMA Board.
The full AMA Board will have the power to accept or reject the
committee's proposed rules, but it will not be allowed to alter those
proposed rules. 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.
-At what point will racers and fans be able to learn about new rules proposals?
All written recommendations from the rulesmaking committees to the AMA Board will be made public.
-Will these new rulesmaking committees determine rules for AMA amateur competition?
No. Amateur competition rules will continue to be developed by the AMA
Congress, which includes representatives from AMA recognized districts.
As with the new rulesmaking committees for professional racing, the AMA
Congress sends its recommendations to the AMA Board for ratification.