Do As I Say, Not As I Do…

Do As I Say, Not As I Do…

Before you start reading this please go here and press play on the player, then come back to read. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8vINCq_IAI

Now onto business. What on earth is going on in the world of Supercross Umpiring. Yes I said Umpire., I’ll get there in a minute.

Exhibit 1:

Please note that while every effort has been made to write these rules 

in a clear and unambiguous fashion, it is impossible to anticipate 

every circumstance. It will be the Race Director’s responsibility to 

make decisions regarding rules enforcement.

OK, first off every effort has not been made to make the rules clear and unambiguous. Next leaving it in one persons hand is just lame. I know you can run into the too many chiefs and not enough Indians thing, but this is ridiculous. I think there is a bit of a communication gap when it comes to AMA and FIM and I hope they work it out soon. Before I run out of Xanax.

Exhibit 2:

AMA RACING AND THE FIM STRIVE TO REGULATE THE SPORT 

OF PROFESSIONAL MOTORCYCLE RACING IN THE FAIREST 

POSSIBLE MANNER. ALL PARTIES INVOLVED IN THE AMA 

SUPERCROSS AN FIM WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP ARE EXPECTED 

TO CONDUCT THEMSELVES IN A PROFESSIONAL MANNER, 

RESPECTING AT ALL TIMES THE RIGHTS OF OTHERS.

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Enough said.

Exhibit 3:

1.14 Telemetry and Traction Control

b. Electronic transmitting of information, including radio 

communication to or from a moving motorcycle, is prohibited 

with the following exceptions:

James could not have used any “electronic transmitting of information” which happened. I have read all the articles on why this was or was not legal, but with an actual methodology in regards to argumentation, this is way more than a slippery slope. In argumentation we call it a straw man argument. 

Exhibit 4:

The straw man fallacy occurs in the following pattern of argument:

  1. Person A has position X.
  2. Person B disregards certain key points of X and instead presents the superficially similar position Y. Thus, Y is a resulting distorted version of X and can be set up in several ways, including:
    1. Presenting a misrepresentation of the opponent’s position.
    2. Quoting an opponent’s words out of context — i.e. choosing quotations that misrepresent the opponent’s actual intentions (see contextomy and quote mining).[2]
    3. Presenting someone who defends a position poorly as the defender, then refuting that person’s arguments — thus giving the appearance that every upholder of that position (and thus the position itself) has been defeated.[1]
    4. Inventing a fictitious persona with actions or beliefs which are then criticized, implying that the person represents a group of whom the speaker is critical.
    5. Oversimplifying an opponent’s argument, then attacking this oversimplified version.
  3. Person B attacks position Y, concluding that X is false/incorrect/flawed.

This sort of “reasoning” is fallacious, because attacking a distorted version of a position fails to constitute an attack on the actual position.

Even Wikipedia knows better. I am not sure how the AMA or FIM went about the above mentioned decisions, but I bet if I go to far I will end up on the short bus with Matthes. They jacked with him pretty hard last year before the GP.

Exhibit 5:

3.2 Supercross License Regulations

j.  All AMA Racing Supercross licenses are issued at the 

discretion of AMA Racing and may be revoked at any time. 

They did it to J-Stooge and Josh “Reflex Champ” Hill. those guys both paid the price and James should to. In fact that spot his team bought for that lame Taco Bell commercial should have been James doing a public service announcement telling kids not to be dumb-asses, when you are a multi time national champion. That last part was for the crybabies.

Exhibit 6:

4.10 Pit / Paddock Regulations

f. Pets are not allowed in the mechanics’ area or other restricted 

areas.

Glad to see they got this one in there and not one for how to deal with a proper DNF. I guess that will be left to the Kawasaki or Suzuki lawyers depending on who wins or looses the championship.

Exhibit 7:

4.14 On-Track Regulations

During a race, a rider must always attempt to succeed. If not, 

he or she shall not be allowed to continue the competition and 

is liable to be penalized by the Race Director.

What do you do with this rule? Want to talk about the worst verbiage in the history of rule books.

g. Outside assistance to a rider on the course is forbidden at all 

times except when the assistance is given by flag marshals or 

officials placed by the Race Director for the purpose of control 

and safety with the following exceptions:

1. Assistance by crewmembers is permitted only in the 

designated repair and signaling zone.

2. Assistance by crewmembers is permitted from the starting 

gate up through the first turn following the start of a race. 

(first lap only) These crewmembers must be wearing a 

special pass/armband.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SH2qQKeGkrk&feature=related

This should also be self evident and I will spare you the part where he receives outside assistance of the Asterik Crew catching and holding his bike for him and then letting him continue. I know he had a great ride, but that is a slippery slope.

Exhibit 8:

RACE RULES & PROCEDURES 

b. Riders or crewmembers observed to be relieving  themselves

anywhere other than in a fixed or portable restroom will be 

penalized. 

This one is just plain funny.

Exhibit 9:

4.22 Race Finishes

b. To be considered as having completed a lap, the rider and his 

motorcycle must cross the plane of the checkered flag.

c. Riders will be credited with all laps they complete during a race 

unless a penalty has been assessed.

d. Riders choosing to leave a race before its completion need not 

wait for the checkered flag to receive credit for laps they have 

completed.

j. At the conclusion of the race any riders who do not complete 

the same number of laps as the leader will be scored in order 

[video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbzCSZNF7VU&feature=related 100×100]

http://www.supercross.com/forum/1/view/463553

 

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First of a String of Giveaways: MiniMotoSX

It’s the annual Mini Moto Supercross in Las Vegas, Friday night May 6th, at the South Point Hotel.

Courtesy of our friends at Source Interlink, we are giving away three sets of four tickets to MiniMotoSX. The first set of tickets we are giving away via the website here at Supercross.com. The second set of tickets will be thru Supercross.com’s Facebook page, and the third set will be thru Supercross.com Twitter.

So, to be entered into the first giveaway is a set of four tickets to the MiniMotoSX, all you need to do is post a message below.

Now, when you post a message, you must make it as ‘interesting’ and ‘entertaining’ as possible. Because to ‘win’ this giveaway, we are going to give the tickets to the person who we think comes up with the most ‘interesting’ and ‘entertaining’ message below.

Remember, keep the posts ‘G’ rated. We try to make the site fun, entertaining and informational for all ages.

Stay tuned for more giveaways here on Supercross.com, and thru Supercross.com’s Facebook page and Supercross.com Twitter.

And don’t forget that this year’s Mini Moto Supercross is at the South Point Hotel in Las Vegas, Friday May 6th.


The Choice by Chad Reed

The Choice by Chad Reed

Doing what very few racers ever have the courage to do, Chad Reed started his own team this year, and he chose to do it with Honda. In the midst of an impressive 2011 Supercross season, including taking his first win aboard the Honda CRF450R in San Diego, American Honda caught up with the multiple AMA Supercross and AMA Motocross Champion to ask the question, “Why Honda?” Check out The Choice video…

Chad Reed explains his decision to ride a Honda for the 2011 race season. Courtesy American Honda.

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Former Supercross Rider Jimmy Button Completes Emotional Ride at Daytona International Speedway

Former Supercross Rider Jimmy Button Completes Emotional Ride at Daytona International Speedway

Once paralyzed, motocross rider completes ride across America with victory lap around Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Jimmy Button reached his goal on Sunday – standing on top of the box inside Gatorade Victory Lane at historic Daytona International Speedway spraying champagne in celebration.

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Jimmy Button at the head of the pack on his victory lap around Daytona International Speedway on Sunday. (Photo credit: Robby Lyons)

Button, a former motocross rider once paralyzed in a Supercross practice accident 11 years ago, rode 2,428 miles from San Diego, Calif., to Daytona International Speedway with the objective of raising money for spinal cord research. Along with his trainer and longtime friend Cory Worf, he completed his ride with a victory lap around the storied 2.5-mile tri-oval.

“I’ve been dreaming about doing this for 18 months,” said Button, who won the Daytona Supercross By Honda in the Lites division back in 1994. “What it would be like, what it would smell like, what it would feel like to actually do it. To ride a bicycle around this place, that was pretty special.”

His two month journey began on Feb. 20 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, the site of his accident in 2000. He concluded his demanding and grueling ride at the site of one of his greatest accomplishments.

“It’s one of my favorite races on the series for me personally when I was racing,” Button said. “I had some great results here. I won it one time. It’s one of my prized trophies in my office.”

For more information on Button’s fundraising efforts, visit www.Milesformiraclestoday.com


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