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Road Racing in 2010

Saturday, August 8, 2009
2009 Daytona Bike Week.
What will DMG turn road racing into for 2010?
Ponder this for a second: What will road racing in the United States be like next year for 2010? 

We all know the economic hardships are being felt throughout the motorcycle world, and with DMG not getting off to the best of starts running the AMA Series, who knows what the grid will look like come next year. This has spawned my mental juices and what originally started as a little blog as turned into a full-on editorial yet again. Call it Part II of my DMG: Delusional Motorsports Group story. Thus, I ask you the reader to think the question over this weekend as I finish up my story for posting first thing Monday morning and then comment and let me know what you think will become of our beloved sport. I'll even try and forward them to the powers that be at DMG and we'll see what they have to say...

For now, have a good weekend you all and get out there and go ride - it's summer time! (I'm even going out to MX track Sunday to mix things up a bit!)

Until Monday, you're friendly scribe Steve-O signing off.
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Comments
NorCalFilth -ToddOH - AMA/DMG August 12, 2009 11:12 AM
Todd you have obviously not lost interest, otherwise you wouldn't take the time to write about it. How have they dumbed down the bikes? The superbikes of the early 00's would almost be a fair match for the 600's today. Also why single out the Buell? Because Eslick is winning. Why no complaint about the Aprilia? You are all the vocal minority that complained about Suzuki and how they had monopolized the series a few years ago. I am not with the rolling starts and a pace car but i am a motorcycle racing fan, you need to take the good with the bad. This isnt about you, Mladin (or his boyfriend Hacking), its about our sport, MOTORCYCLE RACING. So quit trashing our series, all it does is make our riders look stupid for being a part of it. And lets face it, this is the farms league for the world scene, so if you want to see guys like Spies go to the world level try to be positive, otherwise no team is ever going to take a rider from the "hack American series".
ToddOH -AMA/DMG August 12, 2009 03:43 AM
Competition has improved by "dumbing down" the machinery - how can that be better? As others have said, the pace car, rolling starts, bad tracks all conspire to make it more like NASCAR and less like motorcycle racing. The fact that certain 1000CC+ bikes can race against 600cc machines is appalling. Honestly, I've lost interest.
Wolf - SoCal Buell Riders -AMA 2009 August 11, 2009 10:11 PM
Ruined? Yes, that final lap in the Daytona class at Mid-Ohio was boring, wasn't it? And the weeping and wailing about the 1125RR - that did nothing to attract attention to the sport did it? We've got vital, vibrant competition this year. A little less drama in the pits, a lot more excitement on the track. I'm all for it.
Joe -AMA racing August 11, 2009 09:00 PM
the racing has been ok. I'd still prefer to know that the machinery is a bit more sophisticated. What I really don't care for is the rolling start, the safety car concept, night racing, Moto ST/GT (whatever the hell that is).

It's become semi-pro club racing. I want to see a product that more than just a level above that.
RacerX -Ummmmm....have you seen the racing this year? Been to a race? August 11, 2009 07:43 PM
The AMA Pro road racing product this year is spectacular. Close racing, with fresh faces on the top of the podium. Fan friendly pit lane interaction. Multiple brands. Sounds of twins, triples and multis. Good stuff. You guys need to chill out and enjoy the show. And if you haven't been to a race this year, do yourself a favor and try one before you bash it.
MV Man -AMA August 10, 2009 02:10 PM
Sorry, the expiration date on Hacking and Jake has past. Europe is not a meaningful option for either, and they know it. Now, Young, Herrin and Eslick, that's another matter altogether. We need to cultivate our young guns, rather than placate our senior citizens. I can't wait to see these youngsters resume their Sportbike war in the Superbike class!
Uncle Vito -AMA racing August 10, 2009 01:18 PM
In the short term, I think a lot of the top talent (Hacking, Zemke, Young, etc.) will try to make the jump to Europe and the international series if they can. I also think the Japanese manufacturers will be ponying up less cash for next year's teams. In the long run, we have to adopt a wait and see attitude. The Daytona Sportbike class has provided some interesting and entertaining racing, and they've gone back to a more viewer friendly TV format. Some of DMG's ideas I think will work in the long run. (For instance, mandatory autograph sessions would probably go smoothly if the riders weren't so pissed off about other stuff.) Other ideas, (pace bike/car and rolling starts to name two) have got to go. DMG also has the right idea in bringing in more brands and making them competitive, but if they keep up the appearance of favoritism to Buell, they could actually begin to lose brands. I had high hopes for DMG, but this year has been a disaster. The Topeka round was a joke. I hope they do better in the future.
willparker -AMA Racing.. August 10, 2009 10:00 AM
my guess is AMA Racing won't be good again until DMG bottoms out and sells off..then the fans will come back...
Rolaids -racing August 9, 2009 06:05 AM
You are right that dmg has ruined our beloved sport and with you writing articles I hope that they will listen. They are horrible in what they have done and I hope they do not turn it into that thing that they call nascar. Even worse everytime I put on speed tv because I love racing so much it is all I see. Nascar, nascar, and again and again and again. Very bad. What we need out there is our own channel with just motorcyle racing and if I was a multimillionare I would give all of my fortune to start this. I ride everyday even in the rain as I enjoy it so much. Your articles are very good and I read them as much as I can, I hope they will listen and that their ears are not covered up when people who speak try to tell them.