AMA Welcomes (to Some Degree) Traction Control in Road Racing. Staff
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From the AMA:

PICKERINGTON, Ohio (July 17, 2006) -- AMA Pro Racing announced todaythat the newly-formed Road Race Rules Committee unanimously approved achange to the rule regarding traction control in the AMA SuperbikeChampionship.

The rule change, announced this morning via an AMA Pro RacingCompetition Bulletin, reads as follows:

Effectively immediately replace E.23A, pg 36 with:a. For Superstock and Supersport, any form of engine control system thatcan actively change the performance/acceleration of the engine usinginput from any sensors that are not OEM on the motorcycle, to create asituation of better traction at the rear wheel at any time while themotorcycle is being ridden is prohibited.

The rule change effectively legalizes the use of traction controldevices in the AMA Superbike and AMA Formula Xtreme classes whilelimiting the application of such devices in the AMA Supersport and AMASuperstock classes.

“It is our belief, and one that was echoed by each member of the rulescommittee, is that we should continue to limit the use of tractioncontrol devices in the stock classes but open it up in the modifiedclasses,” said AMA Pro Racing Director of Technical Development, KevinCrowther. “This rule change is consistent with the spirit of our classrules and objectively recognizes the current state of development ofthis emerging technology.”

Crowther pointed out that OEM application of traction control onproduction motorcycles is imminent.

Under new AMA Pro Racing rules making guidelines, rules are proposed bya discipline-specific rules committee then forwarded to the AMA Board ofDirectors for ratification. The Road Race Rules Committee held itsinaugural meeting last Thursday at AMA headquarters in Pickerington,Ohio where the committee voted to not only approve this specific rulebut also that the board approve its immediate implementation.

“Everyone agreed that this rule change was important enough to have itimplemented immediately,” confirmed Crowther. “We’re happy that thecommittee acted quickly and was supported decisively by the board.”

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