PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- An appeal board that met at AMA Pro Racing headquarters in Pickerington, Ohio, on May 21, 2002, has determined that the Yamaha R1/R7 hybrid motorcycle used by Graves Yamaha in AMA Lockhart Phillips Formula Xtreme competition is not legal.
The board's statement is as follows:
"It is our opinion that the Yamaha R7 does not meet the criteria set forth in Rule No. 24 (d) (2) in spirit or intent. It is also our finding that due to the error by AMA Pro Racing in including the R7 on the list of approved equipment, no team or rider should be penalized for awards received prior to May 21, 2002. The Yamaha R-7 is not legal for competition in Formula Xtreme."
The board specifies that racers who have competed on the R1/R7 hybrid this season will be able to keep the points and purse money earned to date in Formula Xtreme.
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