CWCRIDER – What you said in your post sums it all up. Your son shows the need for a true rookie class. You said “its a whole other level of competition” at the nats. And this is because of the problem with professional/lifetime rookies.
When I raced ABA nats through ’89 – I do not even remember them having beginners at the nats. Does anyone??
The sad thing is because of rider counts, its gonna be hard to convince the NBL to cut rookies out of the National scene. They’ll be afraid if you make everyone move to novice or expert, they won’t all come because it will lower their chance of winning or placing.
Obviously the move-up points rules need to be addressed and ammended along with the NBL getting better at catching the offenders.
I vote for Jess as new president of the NBL! 😀