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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.
Please note that while every effort has been made to write these rulesÃ‚Â
in a clear and unambiguous fashion, it is impossible to anticipateÃ‚Â
every circumstance. It will be the Race DirectorÃ¢Â€Â™s responsibility toÃ‚Â
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 isÃ‚Â 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.
AMA RACING AND THE FIM STRIVE TO REGULATE THE SPORTÃ‚Â
OF PROFESSIONAL MOTORCYCLE RACING IN THE FAIRESTÃ‚Â
POSSIBLE MANNER. ALL PARTIES INVOLVED IN THE AMAÃ‚Â
SUPERCROSS AN FIM WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP ARE EXPECTEDÃ‚Â
TO CONDUCT THEMSELVES IN A PROFESSIONAL MANNER,Ã‚Â
RESPECTING AT ALL TIMES THE RIGHTS OF OTHERS.
1.14 Telemetry and Traction Control
b. Electronic transmitting of information, including radioÃ‚Â
communication to or from a moving motorcycle, is prohibitedÃ‚Â
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 toÃ‚Â argumentation, this is way more than a slippery slope. In argumentation we call it a straw man argument.Ã‚Â
The straw manÃ‚Â fallacyÃ‚Â occurs in the following pattern of argument:
- Person A has position X.
- Person B disregards certain key points of X and instead presents the superficially similar position Y.Ã‚Â Thus, Y is a resulting distorted version of X and can be set up in several ways, including:
- Presenting a misrepresentation of the opponent’s position.
- Quoting an opponent’s words out of context Ã¢Â€Â” i.e. choosing quotations that misrepresent the opponent’s actual intentions (seeÃ‚Â contextomyÃ‚Â andÃ‚Â quote mining).
- Presenting someone who defends a position poorly asÃ‚Â theÃ‚Â defender, then refuting that person’s arguments Ã¢Â€Â” thus giving the appearance thatÃ‚Â everyÃ‚Â upholder of that position (and thus the position itself) has been defeated.
- Inventing a fictitiousÃ‚Â personaÃ‚Â with actions or beliefs which are then criticized, implying that the person represents a group of whom the speaker is critical.
- Oversimplifying an opponent’s argument, then attacking this oversimplified version.
- Person B attacks position Y, concluding that X is false/incorrect/flawed.
This sort of “reasoning” is fallacious, because attacking aÃ‚Â distortedÃ‚Â version of a position fails to constitute an attack on theÃ‚Â actualÃ‚Â 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.
3.2 Supercross License Regulations
j. Ã‚Â All AMA Racing Supercross licenses are issued at theÃ‚Â
discretion of AMA Racing and may be revoked at any time.Ã‚Â
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 serviceÃ‚Â announcementÃ‚Â telling kids not to beÃ‚Â dumb-asses, when you are a multi time national champion. That last part was for the crybabies.
4.10 Pit / Paddock Regulations
f. Pets are not allowed in the mechanicsÃ¢Â€Â™ area or other restrictedÃ‚Â
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.
4.14 On-Track Regulations
During a race, a rider must always attempt to succeed. If not,Ã‚Â
he or she shall not be allowed to continue the competition andÃ‚Â
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 allÃ‚Â
times except when the assistance is given by flag marshals orÃ‚Â
officials placed by the Race Director for the purpose of controlÃ‚Â
and safety with the following exceptions:
1. Assistance by crewmembers is permitted only in theÃ‚Â
designated repair and signaling zone.
2. Assistance by crewmembers is permitted from the startingÃ‚Â
gate up through the first turn following the start of a race.Ã‚Â
(first lap only) These crewmembers must be wearing aÃ‚Â
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.
RACE RULES &Ã‚Â PROCEDURESÃ‚Â
b. Riders or crewmembers observed to be relieving Ã‚Â themselves
anywhere other than in a fixed or portable restroom will beÃ‚Â
This one is just plain funny.
4.22 Race Finishes
b. To be considered as having completed a lap, the rider and hisÃ‚Â
motorcycle must cross the plane of the checkered flag.
c. Riders will be credited with all laps they complete during a raceÃ‚Â
unless a penalty has been assessed.
d. Riders choosing to leave a race before its completion need notÃ‚Â
wait for the checkered flag to receive credit for laps they haveÃ‚Â
j. At the conclusion of the race any riders who do not completeÃ‚Â
the same number of laps as the leader will be scored in orderÃ‚Â