The AMA has just announced a big reorganization and among those changes are new rules making committees for professional racing. There’s quite a lot to digest and while trying to make sense of it all, I stopped by Roadracing World and noticed a press release from American Honda:
For more than 30 years, American Honda has maintained a seat on the American Motorcycle Association (AMA) Board of Trustees. Unfortunately, recent actions taken by the AMA have caused American Honda to question its continued participation on both the AMA Board of Trustees and the Paradama (AMA Pro Racing) Board of Directors. Ultimately, American Honda has made the decision to vacate both seats on these boards effective immediately.
…conflicting interests within the AMA organization have caused a division of ideology and a blurring of the vision that American Honda has always supported. Recent issues, including the departure of dedicated individuals from AMA Pro Racing and its inability to stand by its own rulebook with regard to recent Formula Xtreme considerations, have been particularly alarming.
Honda believes the rulebook is a sanctioning body’s most important asset. When a governing body violates the sanctity of its rulebook, it loses credibility with everyone associated with racing–the teams, the riders, the sponsors and, most importantly, the fans who rely on sanctioning bodies to create racing environments which ensure fair, balanced and exciting competition. Honda believes the AMA and other sanctioning bodies must be responsible for coordinating the efforts of all participants to ultimately benefit the sport. Honda also believes that all manufacturers, through technical committees, must participate in, and collaborate on, development and harmonization of technical rules for each class of competition.
Well, that should wake up a few people. As our posts and numerous comments have laid out, the arbitrary approval of the XBRR for Formula Xtreme leaves an uneasy feeling among those who simply believe everyone needs to follow the rules. Evidently Honda feels the same way. Stay tuned, this should be interesting.
UPDATE: AMA Response to Honda