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3 classes for 2009, hehe
I don't really see why everybody thinks AMA rules are so complex, the names aren't self explanatory but its basically just 4 classes; 600 superstock (Supersport) and superbike (FX) and 1000 superstock (Superstock)and superbike (Superbike).
I would like to see factory riders only allowed to ride in say FX and Superbike or something like that but at the same time, if Supersport was limited to privateers it would probably never get any tv time and more casual fans probably wouldn't even watch it, which in 2009 would lead to only having 2 or 3 primary races in a weekend which means a LOT of down time at the track for fans. In other parts of the world this isn't a problem, Europeans go to races, camp at the track, and just hang out all weekend but most American fans show up to watch the big races and leave as soon as its over to beat the traffic leaving. People that watch say 5 races in a weekend are much more likely to start watching the races regularly than somebody who watches 2 races. Most car races in the US are a LOT longer than a motorcycle race so they don't have to worry about having more than one or two races each weekend.
the way I see it, the AMA is a long way from having enough pull to control how the races are produced. MotoGP and WSBK are broadcast all over the world to massive audiences, and BSB is actually moderately popular in the UK. Motorcycle roadracing in the US is closer in popularity to lawnmower racing than nascrap and drag racing that speed makes most of its money off of so we don't get all the perks and cool production stuff that ther other championships you mentioned get.
IMO the sport has to grow in the country before AMA starts making demands from Speed channel and I don't think the lower ratings is because the graphics for the races are the same as other races on Speed.
It may sound like I'm defending the AMA but honestly I think they're moving in the right direction (finally, it was a major disaster for a while) and I think promoting AMA racing and the sport as a whole is more important than my dislike of the graphics they use for AMA races on Speed channel. I'd much rather talk a few people into attending an AMA race that have never been to one before than tell them about how I don't like production company that Speed uses for AMA races.
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