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AFT Singles Entry Limits

I feel this might get some of the ol' timers revved up, but here goes: AFT have set entry number limits for the singles events. Get ready for someone to say, 'There used to be 120 entries in my day'!

These are the limits. I guess the higher number of entries at the TTs is because Production Twins don't compete at AFT's TT races so there is more room in the schedule.

TTs: 48 entries

Short Tracks: 32 entries

Half-Miles: 32 entries

Miles: 32 entries

If the reason for this this change isn't blindingly obvious, we'll spell it out. AFT is the pinnacle of the sport and not looking to be the grassroots or everyman option the AMA might have been regarded as in the past. By limiting the numbers of entries you can have a tighter schedule. The AFT's schedules are one of the things we have a problem with, they're too drawn out for the amount of track time. Hopefully this is the another step to try improve it.

A more focussed entry should allow AFT to improve track prep: fewer heats, fewer bikes blowing the track out, more time for prep on a given race day.

Those who are entered get more chance to shine, more chance to impress/attract a potential sponsor, more chance to try eke out a living of the sport (but still a slim chance).

AFT adds 'Season-long entrants will be given priority when entering events, so riders are advised not to wait until the deadlines to enter.

'DAYTONA TT entries are currently open and filling, so riders and teams are advised to enter as soon as possible.'

The downsides are: fewer racers will get the chance to experience AFT for the first time; local hot shots, who don't get their entries in early enough, won't get a chance to fight through to the main. It is undoubtedly going to be slightly harder for new riders to make it into AFT, but the cream rises and the good riders will get there. Also, fans who want to sit in the stands for ten hours watching every practice, qualifying session and heat race will see less track action at the beginning of the day.

Photo: Scott Hunter/ AFT

1 Comment

Ted  Ellis
Ted Ellis
Feb 13, 2020

Yeah. I'll bite on that "get the old timers fired up" bait. From a safety standpoint, I see this as a positive. From a rider opportunity perspective, not so much. Together with some of the other changes over the years at AFT we are drifting farther and farther from the golden age of the sport. If it were ONLY to improve safety it might be more embraced. The appearance that many of these changes are also (primarily even???) designed to make this a more streamlined, salable product is what turns off "oldtimers." Your partner getting "a makeover" after 40 years of marriage doesn't make you love her any less! A brain transplant, which transforms her into someone else thoug…

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