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AMA Pro Racing Regarding Use of Blue Flag

Monday, July 27, 2009
AMA Pro Racing
Recent events have called into question the use of the blue flag and the expected response of riders to whom the blue flag is displayed. In order to clear up any confusion, AMA Pro Racing makes the following statement:

AMA Pro Road Racing competitors are professionals and are expected to be familiar with the rules and regulations found in the 2009 AMA Pro Road Racing rule book. The first page of the rule book states the following:

"The intent of a specific rule will override a competitor's interpretation of a rule. The intent of a rule will be determined by AMA Pro Racing."

The overtaking of a slower rider by a faster rider where there is no position change is a situation that must be approached from a safety standpoint, and the intent of the rule regarding the use of the blue flag is to make a potentially dangerous situation less so. Section 7.14a.vii dictates the usage of and expected response to blue flags:

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 black-flagged at the discretion of AMA Pro Racing.

The safety of riders is of paramount importance, and each part of the rule deals with a specific aspect of protecting both the slower and faster rider. By advising that riders keep their line, they are being asked to stay in a controlled trajectory and not make erratic changes in their course, allowing the faster rider to predict the course of travel and avoid contact with the rider being passed. The second part of the sentence says that they are to allow the faster rider to pass, intended to further diminish the threat of contact between riders.

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thewall -AMA bs  July 30, 2009 11:34 AM
You can't clarify something by just repeating what is already said. This part kills me:

"The intent of a specific rule will override a competitor's interpretation of a rule. The intent of a rule will be determined by AMA Pro Racing."

Uh??? Basically it sounds like the rule is hold your line and let the other rider pass. By "letting the other rider pass" then can only mean slow down enough to make the pass easy and don't try to race with the faster rider. I'm pretty sure that is what Page did. One thing is clarified in all of this. Ludington is a dick.
James NomadRip -LOLDMG  July 28, 2009 01:21 PM
This clarifies nothing. The rule says: "and allow the faster rider to pass." The clarification in that part says: "they are to allow the faster rider to pass," What is clarified? That the rules are intended to try to make riders not crash into each other? No kidding.
Brian -AMA  July 28, 2009 07:11 AM
x2468 - good point about the WWE vs. MMA. What really sucks is there is no place to really pass at Mid-Ohio from Thunder Valley through turn 14 so keeping a plausible trajectory and allowing the rider to pass are mutally exclusive actions in this scenario. Glad JRP was miked up and the cameras were rolling otherwise we would have never heard about this ama bs.


x2468 -Nascar diplomacy  July 27, 2009 06:34 PM
I was watching Speed report to catch up on MX racing the other day, and i caught the part where Montoya was leading the Nascar race from start to finish, but was penalized for speeding through the pit lane. He insists he wasn't. the scary part was that the Speed Report anchors brought up the possibility that the penalty might have been made because "THE SHOW WAS BORING". and that many fans were complaining that there was a lack of passing and position changes..... the saddest part was that this seemed normal to the talking heads. This is NOT something i want to see become normal in motorcycle racing. Yes i hope every race is interesting and fun to watch, but I do not wish it to be engineered so! If that were the case I'd watch WWE instead of MMA for example.
BRKNtibia -Intent  July 27, 2009 03:58 PM
So basically what the first page means is that they can do whatever the hell they want and make things up as they go along. Got it.