2012 Dallas SX – LCQ finish line tie between Weston Peick (54) vs Gavin Faith (617).
The scoring monitors had Weston beating Gavin by 0.002 sec but an AMA official overruled the electronic scoring saying Gavin crossed the actual finish line at the base of the finish line jump.
The official said the big sign that says FINISH, and the spot at the top of the jump with the guy waving a checkered flag is not actually the finish line . . . it’s way back here somewhere at the base of the jump.
Gavin was able to line up for the main, earn some money and points and Weston packed up for the night empty handed.
The AMA should paint a white line where the actual finish line is so everyone else in the sport knows where to look next time. They do it for the holeshot at the first turn, why not for the most important part of the track – the finish line!
Visual Finish Line with a guy waving a checkered flag below a big FINISH sign with flames.
99.99% of people at the race or TV viewers thought to look here for the finish – including the racers!
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AMA’s actual finish line . . . an imaginary line before the visual finish line. At least put a white line or marker where the line is so there is no controversy. The racers deserve better planning and not kept in the dark about an official finish line that only the officials know about.
Hopefully something is brought up at the next riders meeting to where the actual finish line is located.
Here is a nice, stylish video of Ryan Dungey at KTM’s California Test Track.
Thank you MXA
Spoof . . . Ryan Dungey studying at KTM’s HQ getting ready for next year.
I can’t wait until the first photos of #5 ripping up the track on the new KTM 450 and see where Andrew Short ends up.
photo courtesy of http://moto.mpora.com/news/partnerships-ktm.html
It seems Ryan Dungey’s Suzuki obligations run out OCT. 1st. Which means KTM will finally have their day to announce their newest member, and their newest 450 model. As reported in Alex Hodgkinson’s http://www.mx-pure.com, OCT. 1 will be the magic day that will start a new beginning for KTM.
Number 5 will soon be a top an orange racer, but will Dungey race the Monster Million SX in Las Vegas ?
Video highlights from last years 2010 AMA MX National at Pala Raceway.
Can’t wait until Sept. 10 . . . .
Can it be true . . . Dungey to KTM for 2011?
Well, as reported in MXA (8/31/11), the deal is getting more traction. In an interview with Dave Osterman, team manager at TwoTwo Motorsports, the idea of Dungey at KTM seemed plausible.
Ryan Dungey during 2010 Pala National
Here is MXA’s interview:
“The word on the street is that Ryan Dungey has signed with KTM. What are your thoughts on the pairing?
If everything we hear is true, and Ryan Dungey goes to KTM, it’s going to be very interesting. I do think that they are going to have the same issues that every manufacturer has had since the beginning of time. However, they are farther along than probably how other teams started out. I do believe that Ken Roczen is the fastest guy that KTM has had for quite some years in Supercross. Now they will have Dungey, and he will yard Roczen in Supercross. KTM also has Andrew Short, and as close as he is to the top of the game, he’s not Ryan Dungey. That’s no disrespect to Andrew, and I hope that he heals up soon. However, now that bike will be pushed to a whole new level where it has never been pushed before. Antonio Cairoli and all of those other players don’t count, because they aren’t Ryan Dungey. I expect the team to learn a whole lot in a short amount of time, but things will probably bite them like they have everyone else. The first year with Dungey will be very interesting for the team. It will be rewarding, but probably also frustrating. In my years of doing this, every color on the starting line has gone through growing pains. It’s awesome to see KTM have Ryan Dungey, because they deserve it. – – end of MXA quote
Time will tell where Dungey will go, but with all the mechanical troubles at Suzuki, it might be a done deal. I think the deal will be know right after the MXdN finishes. Next year should be very different with new colors at the top of the box.
Race On . . .
This has been a dream of mine for a long time . . . a exterior video pov on a mx racer. I have been thinking about a mx movie with footage of the racers right off the shoulder and helmet. The link with this new helmet mounted camera extended a few feet off the rider is almost perfect. I love it.
RotoR DP19 Dorno from Marco Orbassano on Vimeo.
I cannot wait for more pov videos like this, maybe in a race. Although having a long appendage sticking out in a race is not very safe.