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Sorry, I am a bit bitter, especially since I "was" that rider. Yes I agree with you on all points, but when said rider holds his/her line and is literally punted off the track with contact, you get a whole new perspective.
As for the question as to why the two levels are on the same track at same time, well you should come visit the AFM, one of the only regional clubracing series that does not separate the new racers till their feet are sufficiently up to speed. We have a ridiculous 130% of race leader rule, but when there's 75 on the grid, the AMA level guys can catch the back of the pack in a sprint race since they have a half lap lead on you by the time you get through the first turn. I run at about 115% of the leaders now and I'm being lapped but the top 3-4 on the last lap. You would not believe the closing speed differential these guys have on the tail end of the group, its like putting A-group track riders on the same track as C-group newbies. You simply cannot hear them coming.
Theres a big debate in our club on how to make this problem less so, as here in CA we have regular AMA privateers that run in the club races for more "practice." The solutions proposed are to separate out the novice/expert riders that don't keep under 115% of the race leaders, effectively taking lappers out of the equation. I for one hope it goes through, I'd rather be racing for the lead in a junior race while improving and then racing at the back of the main event than having 50-75 on the grid and having the ensuing crashfests.
Last edited by tiltedworld; 09-22-2005 at 09:07 PM.