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Old 07-22-2009, 07:44 PM   #1
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Al Ludington gets "it"

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Old 07-22-2009, 07:52 PM   #2
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AMA Pro Suspends Ludington
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Wednesday, July 22, 2009
From AMA Pro Racing:

AMA Pro Racing Suspends Technical Director Al Ludington Indefinitely Following Mid-Ohio Event

Ludington Apologizes For Actions; Janson to Oversee At-Event Technical Operations in Interim

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 22, 2009) - AMA Pro Racing officials have announced the indefinite suspension of the organization's Technical Director of Competition Al Ludington for conduct detrimental to the sport of professional motorcycle racing following this past weekend's AMA Pro Road Racing event at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

The indefinite suspension will preclude Ludington's participation in AMA Pro Road Racing events commencing with next weekend's round at Heartland Park Topeka following his actions and behavior at Mid-Ohio on Saturday, July 18, in an exchange with AMA Pro American Superbike rider Johnny Rock Page. Ludington has issued a letter of apology to Mr. Page and the overall AMA Pro Racing community.

"Al Ludington is and remains a key member of AMA Pro Racing's management team," said AMA Pro Racing Vice President of Competition Roy Janson. "The outstanding competition that we have seen across the board in AMA Pro Road Racing this season is due in large part to Al's expertise, experience and passion for motorcycle racing. In no way, however, can AMA Pro condone his behavior and actions as displayed this past weekend at Mid-Ohio. It is appropriate that Al extended an apology to Mr. Page, the AMA Pro Racing community and our loyal fans who deserve and can expect in the future nothing but the highest standards of professional conduct from all of our AMA Pro officials."

Janson, who manages all aspects of the competition department in his Vice President position, will have direct oversight for at-event AMA Pro Road Racing technical operations in Ludington's absence.




LOL... i guess because it was made public on youtube
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Old 07-22-2009, 07:55 PM   #3
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Old 07-22-2009, 08:58 PM   #4
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Ha serves his right... he was a total jerk off to Page. Even though page needed his handed to him he should have left it up to Yates and the ranks to set his straight.... what a fug nut this guy Al was!
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Old 07-22-2009, 09:10 PM   #5
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"Al Ludington is and remains a key member of AMA Pro Racing's management team," I'll bet he's back in as soon as the heat blows over.

Such a tragedy what they have done to the AMA. I wonder if it is as big a joke overseas, or just because we are so close to it?
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Old 07-22-2009, 09:10 PM   #6
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Amazing there's viedo of that.
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Old 07-22-2009, 09:52 PM   #7
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He only got spanked because it was made public. This is a lame effort on DMG's part to look sincere and genuine.
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He only got spanked because it was made public. This is a lame effort on DMG's part to look sincere and genuine.
agreed... Im sure this wasnt the first time something like this happend. Johnny Rock Page came off as the good "guy" he knew there was a vdo being rec and Al didnt. imo

I dont follow AMA or MotoGP as much as I would like so, this is all imo...
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the guy kept trying to say how the rider ruined the show for the fans..but how can that be if no ones watching to begin with.
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"chief enforcment officer" should know the rule book says the lapped rider should HOLD HIS LINE and let the faster riders pass
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He only got spanked because it was made public. This is a lame effort on DMG's part to look sincere and genuine.
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I hate the fact that so many folks use video maliciously these days, but man, can't deny the fact that it only happened (the apology) because it was on video and was public.

I'm not a JRP fan, and I believe that he should have made more room since he was a lapper, but in essence (according to the rules) he didn't really do anything wrong.
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Old 07-23-2009, 09:13 AM   #12
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And on that section of the track if you hold the line, it is hard to pass. We saw that all during the race.
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And on that section of the track if you hold the line, it is hard to pass. We saw that all during the race.
I agree, I have watched the footage about 10 times on the DVR, he could have made it a little easier but man that part of the track is tight!!!

Lapped riders are a part of motorcycle racing, it just that simple, being one myself (a frequent lapped rider) I don't know what I would have done but I think I would have just held my line the best I could and let the guy around. Once I picked up where he was coming from (inside or outside) I would have made it easier on him by slowing up, moving over a tad, it doesn't take much effort to give the guy passing you some room... but you know I don't think any of us can ride to the level of Yates or Page so it is kinda hard to compare or say what would have worked in the 2 seconds he "parked" Yates in the corner.
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Old 07-23-2009, 08:23 PM   #14
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Yeah Timme, I would have to agree. my nephew and I just watched it about 5 times on dvr and it is hard to pass.
i guess it is what it is....
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DMG should adopt WSBK's Blue Flag rule....
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I am actually going to go the AMA offices this week coming to hand in my resume, they are right down the street from me.
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