Tommy Hayden Penalized

Sean Alexander
by Sean Alexander
I just received a press release from the AMA stating that they were fining Tommy Hayden $2,000 and deducting 20 points, because his cylinder heads had some illegal machining (material was removed from the combustion chambers) It's interesting to note that Hayden's 159.8 mph trap speed at Fontana is actually 2 1/2 mph SLOWER than Tony Meiring's 162.3 mph trap speed. Though both destroyed my measily 152.2 mph trap speed, set on a mostly stock ZX-6R in the same race.


*PRESS RELEASE* AMA PRO RACING CONFIRMS TEAM KAWASAKI RIDER TOMMY HAYDEN PENALIZED

Pickerington, Ohio ~

At the conclusion of the Genuine Suzuki Accessories Superstock race at California Speedway on April 5, 2003, AMA Pro Racing impounded cylinder heads from #22, Tommy Hayden and #56, Tony Meiring, for further investigation.

This inspection was completed Sunday May 4, 2003 at Infineon Raceway (the next round in the series). Tommy Hayden's cylinder head was determined to have minor machining in the combustion chamber. A penalty of 20 points and a $2000 fine were applied.

Tony Meiring's cylinder head was found to be within specification.
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