American supercross governing body AMA insists that it has not done wrong by allowing Kevin Windham to keep his victory from round two of the 2004 series in Phoenix.

AMA claims that, in pre-season meetings and conversations with supercross team managers, it had communicated that it would be taking a closer look at aggressive riding and begin imposing point deduction penalties instead of fines from the 2004 season onwards.

This was partially in response to concerns stated by the teams over an increase in questionable riding tactics by some participants. It was generally agreed by all parties that fines were no longer an effective deterrent, and this directive was communicated to riders and team personnel in rider meetings preceding rounds one and two.

In the opinion of race officials, Windham engaged in unsafe and unsportsmanlike riding by intentionally making contact with David Vuillemin on lap one of the main event in Phoenix. The contact resulted in Vuillemin being pushed off the track, nearly hitting a photographer standing nearby. Additionally, in post race interviews, Windham all but acknowledged that he intentionally collided with Vuillemin.

As defined in the AMA Pro Racing Supercross rulebook, this type of behaviour is specifically prohibited and is punishable by - among other things - points deductions. Upon reviewing video footage of the situation, meeting with involved parties and discussing it with race officials, AMA Pro Racing Supercross/Motocross series manager Steve Whitelock elected to impose a ten-point deduction to Windham's results, while allowing him to keep the win.

"This decision is consistent with guidelines established in the AMA Pro Racing Supercross rulebook," an official statement claimed, "Additionally, it is consistent with the direction that had been discussed with team managers and personnel prior to the season beginning.

"As stated then, it is AMA Pro Racing's intention to minimise overly aggressive riding while maximising safety to all riders and these actions are in line with those objectives."

 

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