AMA Racers Suspended, Fined, Docked Points For Tech Infractions At Laguna Seca
Sep 20, 2007
From a press release issued by AMA Pro Racing:
PENALTIES ASSESSED FOLLOWING AMA SUPERBIKE CHAMPIONSHIP FINALE
PICKERINGTON, Ohio (September 20, 2007) – AMA Racing has announced that riders Martin Cardenas, Jake Holden, Morgan Murphy, Shaun Summers and Aaron Yates have been penalized following the season-ending AMA Superbike Championship event from Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on Sept. 16, 2007.
In pre-race technical inspection, the motorcycles of Murphy and Summers were found to be using engines that were not homologated for the class. In post-race technical inspection, the motorcycles of Cardenas, Holden and Yates were found to have illegal modifications to the crankcase breather tube(s).
Murphy and Summers were disqualified from the event and received six month suspensions. Cardenas, Holden and Yates have been fined $2,000 and will forfeit 20 points. Cardenas, Holden and Yates will retain their finishing positions from the event.
As noted on page 30, section 3.1 Homologation, a, of the 2007 AMA Superbike rulebook (www.amaproracing.com/rulebook), Only homologated motorcycles may be used in Supersport and Superstock competition.
Also, as noted on page 31, section 3.5 Engines, b, Except as noted, all internal and external engine parts must remain stock with no modifications….
(Editorial note: Murphy's GSX-R600 had been built using GSX-R750 engine internal parts to boost displacement, and Summers' GSX-R600 had been fitted with a complete GSX-R750 engine.)