AMA Pro Racing will delay the implementation of new displacement and stock-frame requirements aimed at the 505 class for 2004 and reconsider phasing in the changes beginning in 2005.
This decision is primarily a result of the input gathered during the 30-day comment period that followed the announcement of preliminary 2004 rules in August. AMA Pro Racing Flat Track Manager Bruce Bober says this is an example of AMA Pro Racing’s responsiveness to the racing community.
“After reviewing the feedback that was received during the 30-day comment period it became apparent to us that it is not in the best interest of the sport to enact these changes now,” said Bober. “Instead we’ll review the situation for possible 2005 race season implementation, which seems to be better for everyone involved.”
AMA Pro Racing CEO, Scott Hollingsworth added that for the long-term growth of flat track racing, evolving the rules for this class is very important. “We strongly believe that taking the 505 class more towards production-based equipment is vital for the sustained growth of flat track,” said Hollingsworth. “However, we listened carefully to those participating in the championship and agree that by delaying the changes for a year, more riders and teams can make a better transition to new equipment.”
As announced in August, rules for the twin-cylinder machines will be relatively unchanged for 2004.
To review the complete 2004 rules package logon to www.1800FlatTrack.com.