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Should the AMA get out of racing?

August 1st, 2007 · No Comments · Politics of Riding, Racing

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Tuesday nite I was listening to PitPass Radio, a two-hour weekly talk show about all manner of two-wheeled competition. The hosts, Scott Casbar and Tony Wenck, do a really good job, covering all kinds of topics and guests from the world of motorcycle racing past and present. I listen to the show live whenever I’m home (not often) and listen to the MP3 archive if I can’t catch them live.

Anyway, Tuesday they had Fred Freese of on the show the conversation turned to whether or not the AMA was the right organization to be running professional motorcycle racing – specifically offroad races like motocross, Arenacross, and ATV racing. The discussion wasn’t very long – they just touched on it, really. But I thought it was an important issue and one that needs some serious debate.

After thinking about it for a day or so I sent an e-mail to Scott that said, essentially, the AMA is probably the wrong organization and alternative sanctioning bodies are definitely something we need to think about. You can read the letter here. I didn’t really think it through very well but I’ve been around racing for a long time and, while the AMA does some things very well, managing the growth and health of motocross is not one of them. It never has been. I guess the guys are looking for a bit of controversy to spice things up and figured I’d be a good mark for that because they sent me a response and asked me to be on the show sometime in the next few weeks.

I don’t know when yet. I’ll post it here when I do. I have no idea how to do this. I’m certainly no expert. Just a guy who has some ideas about why the AMA is the wrong organization and some insight into why many grassroots racers are unhappy with them. But I don’t know nuttin’ bout being on no radio show. We’ll see how it goes.

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