Friday, July 24, 2015
GNC Rules Changes - When Hogs Fly !
Thanks for your emails after my MX Gear VS Leathers for Short Track and TT. Seems like it was all for naught. Here's why, there will be no Short Track races as we know it in 2016. Daytona ( the only ST on the circuit) is building a new 3/8 mile track inside the Banked Bowl which will be fast enough ( Willow Springs Size) that you would want to wear Leathers. Peoria, the only TT, will be Twins for the GNC1 and not wearing leathers on that crap shoot would be nuts.
With multi brands in the Twins Class it makes sense to have that the focus for the G N Championship. The little Kawis will probably dominate Peoria, so they get a gimme at one race which could be a huge advantage in a tight points battle, which is usually the case.
All of this won't put anymore fans in the seats. To do that successfully you need to have low, reasonable ticket prices,something some Promoters just cant seem to do. At a lot of West Coast races folks were shocked at the ticket prices and went home. And it will be hard to get those guys back. The next thing to do is motivate and enthuse the giant existing Motorcycle riding fan base to come to the races. They all know about Flat Track and appreciate it. Its been done before, our home race in San Diego, The Del Mar Mile was a sell out for several years in a row. That was until they changed the racing surface to rubber based material that was supposedly safer for the horses, effectively eliminating motorcycle racing. This proved to be a disaster with more horses getting hurt and euthanized than ever before. They changed back to straight dirt and now, with the demise of Pomona, The Del Mar Mile could well get another lease on life.