AMA Pro Racing Suspends Technical Director

July 22, 2009
Adam Waheed
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Johnny Rock Page - American SuperBike  Mid-Ohio Race 1
AMA Pro Road Racing has suspended Technical Director and former American Honda crew chief Al Ludington for his actions during an argument with AMA Superbike racer Johnny Rock Page after American Superbike Race 1 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car course in Lexington, Ohio.

AMA Pro Road Racing has suspended Technical Director and former American Honda crew chief Al Ludington for his actions during an argument with AMA Superbike racer Johnny Rock Page after American Superbike Race 1 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car course in Lexington, Ohio.
 
It’s said that Page blocked Jordan Suzuki’s Aaron Yates during the final laps of Saturday’s Superbike race while he was chasing after Yamaha’s Josh Hayes for the win. During the race, Page received the blue flag which per the rulebook states:

“Section 7: Race Rules And Procedures 7.14 Flags / Lights vii. Blue Flag: Indicates to a rider that they are about to be overtaken. Riders are advised to keep their line and allow the faster rider to pass. Riders disregarding this flag may be blackflagged at the discretion of AMA Pro Racing.”
 
Rock claims that he abided by the rule, but as you’ll see in the video below, Ludington obviously doesn’t agree. The entire verbal exchange was recorded on video and is posted on YouTube. Check it out at the very bottom of the page.

The following is from AMA Pro Road Racing:
 
AMA Pro Racing officials have announced the indefinite suspension of the organization’s Technical Director of Competition Al Ludington for conduct detrimental to the sport of professional motorcycle racing following this past weekend’s AMA Pro Road Racing event at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

The indefinite suspension will preclude Ludington’s participation in AMA Pro Road Racing events commencing with next weekend’s round at Heartland Park Topeka following his actions and behavior at Mid-Ohio on Saturday, July 18, in an exchange with AMA Pro American Superbike rider Johnny Rock Page. Ludington has issued a letter of apology to Mr. Page and the overall AMA Pro Racing community.

“Al Ludington is and remains a key member of AMA Pro Racing’s management team,” said AMA Pro Racing Vice President of Competition Roy Janson. “The outstanding competition that we have seen across the board in AMA Pro Road Racing this season is due in large part to Al’s expertise, experience and passion for motorcycle racing. In no way, however, can AMA Pro condone his behavior and actions as displayed this past weekend at Mid-Ohio. It is appropriate that Al extended an apology to Mr. Page, the AMA Pro Racing community and our loyal fans who deserve and can expect in the future nothing but the highest standards of professional conduct from all of our AMA Pro officials.”

Janson, who manages all aspects of the competition department in his Vice President position, will have direct oversight for at-event AMA Pro Road Racing technical operations in Ludington’s absence.

The following is Al Ludington’s apology:

To the AMA Pro Racing Community:

I would like to offer my sincerest apologies to the fans of our sport, all AMA
members, competitors, AMA Pro Racing officials and Johnny Rock Page for my
behavior in the Tech Garage at the recent AMA Pro Road Racing event at Mid-
Ohio.

My actions were out of line and detrimental to the well being and the growth of
the sport that we all love. Mr. Page is a professional racer and should have been
reprimanded for his actions in a professional manner. He was not, and the blame
is entirely and solely my own.

I am regretful for offending anyone’s sensibilities, and I vow never to conduct
myself in this manner in the future. We expect cordial dialogue and behavior from
our competitors and, in turn, they should expect the same from us. I failed to live
up to this code of conduct.

Once again, I am offering my sincerest apologies to everybody that was affected
by my poor decision to conduct myself in a non-professional manner.

Sincerely,

Al Ludington
AMA Pro Racing
Technical Director

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