From: Chris Peake President Cafe Racer Club of SA .....--... Re: Road Racings Engine End Case Rules
on 06/02/2008 at 10:21 PM
When the minutes of the road race commission were eventually circulated to the LCB's for comment (SA had 2 days to respond), they read as they still do on the MA website. This was accepted by SA (and I presume other states) without question. We were lucky enough to have a member of the commission (John Inkster) at our meeting to explain the intent and rationale, which matched what I said in my previous posting, and the wording in the minutes. What has happened appears to be extremely Machiavellian - that which was presented for comment and acceptance (with almost no time for response) bears no resemblance to that which is being implemented. A deliberate deception by the commission or a mistake? I'd like to think the latter. Terry, I note that you did not attend the commission meeting (understand you were unwell at the time), but surely you have read the rule book sections to which the changes were recommended and the rationale which was listed in the minutes. (Other readers, both the 2007 GCR and the commission minutes are available on the MA website - I urge you to read them and form your own opinion) If you think it is that important to the ASC rounds to have this rule in place, then I am the first to support your application of a stronger rule through your supplementary regulations. What I reject is the incremental tightening of rules to suit the national championship being pushed down through all layers of the sport without thought of the consequential impact on club level racing.
Chris in all seriousness if I can ask one question please, why is club racers safety any less important then competitors at the ASC?
In relation to your some of your other comments. I was unaware of the recommendations from the RRC at all until well after the final round of the ASC last year. I was not sent any draft rules or recommendations, other then Pro-Twins and Nakedbikes rules whch I asked for in late October so I could update them. I like everyone else only saw what was written when the GCR's were put up on the M.A website late last year and we only received a book in the mail at the same time as everyone else.
The whole process of having a meeting in March to rewrite rules for the following year I believe has shown that this format struggles to keep up with new challenges that become obvious after the March meeting. What the intent might have been back in March last year I bet had morphed considerably by August when after another series of terrible crashes and many oil leaks the need for crashable covers had become alot more of a focuss.
To go racing even at club level a bike has to be prepared, holes have to be drilled and lock wired in various spots, even more now, parts have to be removed and others fitted usually in the name of safety. Now crashable engine covers/cases have to be fitted. This just adds one more thing to the what is required list. Can some one tell me why will all club racing in Australia come to a grinding holt because of this rules implementation?
I heard the same argument when lower farigs with sealable belly pans became mandatory several years ago or has that problem gone away in part because some club officials turn a blind eye and don't enforce that rule either.
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