The AMA has reversed its decision to penalize Ricky Carmichael 25 points for a fuel violation resulting from finding trace amounts of lead in his fuel. However, … they imposed a $20,000 fine instead. So, they found a problem due to discrepancies in testing protocols causing them to give back the 25 points but then turn around and fine the team $20,000?
This sounds like one of those “How do we get out of this and save face at the same time?” decisions. Once they realized the penalty was a mistake and everyone called them on it, they reversed it so it wouldn’t upset the points race but then save face by fining his team instead because “a penalty was still appropriate.” What the heck does that mean? Hey, whatever works. Ricky Carmichael has the points back and they are breathing a sigh of relief and everyone has time to come up with a way to test fuel so this won’t happen again.
I hope the AMA gets it together soon or this is going to be a long season.
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