AMA CEO Patti DiPietro chaired the meeting and commented on the progress made by the group: “Similar to the initial strides made by the Road Racing Rules Committee which held its first meeting in July, I’m encouraged by the outcome of yesterday’s Motocross/Supercross meeting. Every member participated enthusiastically and we discussed a variety of important issues facing the AMA Supercross and AMA Motocross Championships.”
DiPietro added that while the primary purpose of the newly-formed rules committees is to develop technical rules, each committee is also empowered to act in an advisory role, as well.
“We intend to use the individual and collective expertise of the committee members to help AMA Racing staff manage each of our series,” said DiPietro.
Members of the committee attending the meeting included Carrie Coombs of Racer Productions, Inc., (representing the NPG), Kevin Crowther of AMA Pro Racing, Roger DeCoster of American Suzuki Motor Corp., Donnie Emler of FMF Racing, Mike Fisher of Kawasaki Motor Corp., Todd Jendro of Live Nation, Keith McCarty of Yamaha Motor Corp., Kurt Nicoll of KTM North America, Inc., Mitch Payton of Pro Circuit Racing and J.C. Waterhouse of Factory Connection Racing. Chuck Miller of Honda Motor Co., was unable to attend due to a prior commitment. Additionally, AMA and AMA Pro Racing staff members who attended included DiPietro, Kerry Graeber, Ken Rogers and Steve Whitelock. AMA Board of Directors member Arthur More and AMA attorney Timothy Owens were also in attendance.
Rules Committees have been formed for each discipline of AMA Championship racing and are part of a new process for developing technical rules. The AMA Road Racing Rules Committee held its second meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 6th. First meetings for AMA Supermoto and AMA Flat Track will be held at AMA headquarters in Pickerington, Ohio during the week of Sept. 11th.
Once a rule is decided upon by a rules committee, it is elevated through the AMA Racing Committee to the AMA Board of Directors for ratification. The board of directors can either approve the rule as is or send it back to the rules committee with comment. The board is empowered to either approve or deny the rule but not change it.
Additionally, it was recently announced that anyone holding an AMA Pro Racing credential can submit a rule proposal on-line at www.amaproracing.com/rulebook. Rules submitted on-line will be reviewed and voted on by the respective rules committee.
The next meeting of the Motocross/Supercross Rules Committee is scheduled for January.