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That's stupid. There's no performance advantage in using leaded fuel, which is what was non-compliant. Even using oxygenated fuels wouldn't really be an advantage in supercross - the speed isn't limited by power; it's limited by traction. The AMA is going to screw up the first really competitive supercross championship race in five years.



However, this illustrates the problem with AMA scoring. With 25pts for first and 22pts for second it means that to make up for a DNF you have to win nine races. That's ridiculous. It makes the Championship too much of a crapshoot. It shouldn't take more than three or four wins to compensate for a DNF - or in this case for a penalty that's the same as a DNF.
 

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You're right, it is stupid, on the part of Carmichael and/or his team.

And you have to wonder, why would they take that risk (to think it was accidental defies all logic, this is one of the most polished professional teams in all motorsports) if they didn't think they were gaining advantage?
 

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It wasn't a matter of Carmichael and Suzuki complying. Their fuel came from a different source than the other teams, it tested 1 percent out of bounds and bing! The greatest championship season in supercross ever is history. Obviously, Suzuki and Roger DeCoster didn't do anything to the fuel–RC doesn't need to cheat. And as the first poster noted, leaded fuel doesn't do anything for four strokes. Anyone who follows what's going on with the AMA right now should see this is another example of mismanagement at the top.
 

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Wait a second, didn't they introduce tetra-ethyl lead into gasoiline in the 1920's as an anti-knock agent that also effects octane rating?



Seems a 4 stroke is where you want leaded fuel, since you can run a higher compression ratio, hence more power.



Punch "Charles Kettering" in your search engine...
 

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Stop talking about leaded fuels. The article doesn't say anything about him using leaded fuels - and you are right - leaded fuels don't really make more power. But lets think about it, if someone was going to cheat and risk getting caught it better be something that will make more power - like mixing some nitro - that will make more power. He tried - he got gaught - he must pay the piper.
 

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The rule may be stupid and perhaps it should be abolished next season, but kudos to the AMA for actually having set guidelines for handing out punishments for specific infractions. At least it's the same stupid rule that everyone has to follow or risk loosing 25pts.
 

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The problem could be somthing like what happened to Bubba last year. His fuel tank leaked lead into the gas. ; ) Honestly the ama has there head up thier asses and we all know it. Has anyone been reading chicanery in cyclenews lately, if 1/2 of what Adams says is true than some other people need to run the show.
 
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