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Old 11-16-2013, 01:26 AM   #40
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Originally Posted by DogBoy View Post
Nothing else to talk about in this thread so how about some genuine offseason nonsense?

With the motorcycle market still suffering and so many other places for fans to spend money, I don't see either AMA Pro Road Racing or AMA Pro Flat Track returning to their glory days anytime soon, if ever. I propose the AMA combine the the road racing and flat track championships along the lines of the old Grand National Championship. Both disciplines are struggling to put together full schedules. Both need more participants, more money, more events, more fans and televison viewers.

Short list of pros:
- More events
- Much of the top talent in road racing has dirt track experience
- Could possibly kick-start interest from ostracized fan base(s).
- Existing road racing and flat track teams could join forces to share costs/expertise
- Suzuki, Kawasaki, Triumph, KTM brands are represented in both series. Yamaha could suggest using their new 700cc parallel twin
- Maybe a place for Pro Supermoto among with the short track/TT singles events (really, really dreaming here but I LOVE supermoto)

Short list of cons:
- Class structure could be too confusing for attention-deficit America
- Limited road race experience for much of the top flat track talent
- No place for HD on the road race side (BIG problem)
- Existing teams would not want to share resources or give up control of any aspect of their programs and building a new set of bikes for the "other half" of the championship is prohibitively expensive
- Just a plain dumb idea

I would have put this in the Flat Track thread but I already know what FT fans would say.

Could this could work? Would it be a step in the wrong direction? What say you?
I say you make it a 'selected rounds' thing, and only select rounds where there are no schedule clashes. That way full time racers in both series can also do the 'Grand National' rounds in the other discipline, while others can just do the 'Grand National' rounds in both championships and have themselves a season of sorts. Also, probably not Superbikes - it would need to be something like Supersport vs Pro Singles so that the people playing away from home didn't kill themselves on a Superbike or a full on fire-breathing flat track monster. All Harley would need to do is agree to collaborate with Erik Buell Racing, boy would I want to be a fly on the wall in that meeting, to divide responsibilities between flat-track and road-racing under a "Team 'Murrica" banner...

I'd pay actual cash money to watch Shayna Texter have a run-out on a road race bike.
Ken Haylock
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