The AMA has just announced expanded equipment eligibilty for Formula Xtreme beginning next year. Looks like everyone will be pleased with these changes, especially the very vocal Triumph crowd that would love to see the 675 do battle:
From the AMA:
The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) and AMA Pro Racing today announced changes to the equipment eligibility list for AMA Formula Xtreme beginning with the 2007 racing season.
AMA Formula Xtreme is a support class of the AMA Superbike Championship, the nation’s premier motorcycle road racing series.
Beginning next year, production motorcycles featuring engines with the following displacement and specifications will be eligible for competition in the AMA Formula Xtreme class:
• 550cc-600cc 4-stroke liquid-cooled 4-valve four cylinders
• 650cc-675cc 4-stroke liquid-cooled 4-valve three cylinders
• 650cc-850cc 4-stroke liquid-cooled 4-valve twin cylinders
• 990cc-1100cc 4-stroke air/oil-cooled 2-valve desmo twin cylinders
• 990cc-1200cc 4-stroke air/oil-cooled 4-valve pushrod twin cylinders
• 900cc-1350cc 4-stroke air/oil-cooled 2-valve pushrod twin cylinders
In making the announcement, AMA Pro Racing Director of Technical Development, Kevin Crowther said the changes were consistent with the intent of the Formula Xtreme class and reflective of the current motorcycle marketplace.
“The goal of the Formula Xtreme class is to feature highly-modified machines from the broadest list of models,” said Crowther. “These changes are consistent with that philosophy and should lead to increased brand and rider participation in the class.”
Crowther added that emphasis was placed on equipment diversity as well as competitive balance.
“If it becomes apparent that a specific model or type of machine gains an unfair performance advantage, AMA Pro Racing reserves the right to implement restrictions including, but not limited to, additional weight to restore competitiveness,” said Crowther. Crowther noted that this stipulation applies to the Formula Xtreme class only.
The changes to the eligible model list are the result of actions taken by the newly-formed AMA Racing Committee created earlier this year as part of a re-organization of the AMA and AMA Pro Racing.
Equipment standards for the remaining classes (AMA Superbike, AMA Supersport and AMA Superstock) remain unchanged.
UPDATE: The AMA has noted an error in their first release:
The line • 990cc-1100cc 4-stroke air/oil-cooled 4-valve desmo twin cylinders
Should read • 990cc-1100cc 4-stroke air/oil-cooled 2-valve desmo twin cylinders
The list above has been corrected.