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BLACK & WHITE: IS TIMED QUALIFYING REALLY THE BEST WE CAN COME UP WITH?

The AMA Nationals should qualify riders for the races by racing, but they don’t. In 2006 the AMA switched from heat race qualifying for the AMA National and Supercross Championships to timed qualifying (where instead of racing your way into the 40-man fields, a rider got there based on his lap times in timed practice). Make no mistake about it, the old AMA heat race system had some serious flaws, which is why most people were willing to give the then-AMA head honcho Steve Whitelock’s European-based time…