Bill Would Add Motorcycle License Requirement in Alabama

1_test_paperLegislators in Alabama, the only State in the Union that doesn’t require adults to take a test to obtain a motorcycle license, are considering a bill to change that distinction.

In Alabama, anyone 16 and older with a regular driver’s license can also drive a motorcycle in the state, said Capt. Guy Rush, chief examiner of the Driver License Division for the Alabama Department of Public Safety.  Rush said an oversight in the 1990s led to the gap in the law and DPS is supporting legislation to remedy that mistake.

The Alabama Senate has already passed a bill requiring a Class M endorsement, however a similar bill in the House of Representatives failed during the first half of this legislative session.

The Senate bill originally required all motorcycle operators to pass a knowledge test for the class M endorsement, however, the bill was amended to limit the testing to only those under 19 years of age.

Rush said he supports a mandatory skills test but observers say that’s not likely to happen anytime soon.

As of 2010, 40 states required a skills test for a motorcycle license, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

As for the Class M endorsement on the license, many Alabama drivers already have the designation and might not even know it. Rush said when new driver’s license classes were assigned in 1995 those who already had licenses were “grandfathered” and given the M endorsement.

Those who don’t have the Class M endorsement are only legal driving a motorcycle as long as they are riding in Alabama, Rush said.

When lawmakers return April 2nd, they will have only 15 meeting days to reconcile the two bills and present a measure to the Governor for his signature.

Political insiders say the bill is likely to reach Gov. Bentley’s desk who is expected to sign it into law.

 

Fillmore Wins AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Race at Mid-Ohio

Beck and Wyman Battle Rapp for Podium Spots

Milwaukee (July 11, 2011) – Bruce Rossmeyer’s Daytona Racing’s Chris Fillmore posted a dominant victory from the pole position to win his third AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 race of the season at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course July 10.

 Fillmore lost the lead on a holeshot start by Steve Rapp, and battled with the Parts Unlimited rider for most of the first lap, but after passing Rapp on the second lap of the 11-lap race, he checked out to a substantial gap by the midpoint of the race and eventually built a lead of more than six seconds at the checkered flag.

“I took a look back and didn’t see anyone there,” Fillmore said.  “I expected [Rapp] to be there, so I took a couple more glances then put it on cruise control from there. I got a good launch, got through Turn 1 real well, and was kind of switching up my gearing through the race. I tried some different stuff, but pretty much had figured it out by the third lap.”

While Fillmore cruised to victory and a 30-point lead in the series standings, the racing action was more tense for the second and third spots on the podium, as Rapp began to fade back and was caught first by Michael Beck (J&P Cycles) and Kyle Wyman (Bruce Rossmeyer’s Daytona Racing) to eventually drop to fourth place.

“I got a decent start and was just watching Rapp, [Michael] Barnes, and Fillmore out front,” Beck said. “I kept my head down, got by Barney, and saw Rapp in the distance. I caught Steve and was holding on to him, and I noticed his tires were going off dramatically. I felt like my bike was rolling, and all three of us had a pretty big battle; it was really great. Then both of them made a mistake in the Keyhole, and I was able to take advantage of it and ended up second today.”

“I made a move on [Beck] going into Turn 1–it was a tight, close one, but I got through,” Wyman said. “Then going into the Keyhole, Steve made a mistake right in front of me and I had to check up, and both guys got back past me. I just pushed as hard as I could through the second segment, which is the hardest place to pass. I knew if there was going to be a chance it would have to be coming up in Thunder Valley. I didn’t have the greatest drive, but I tried to get a run out into the inside of the Carousel, but I got out of shape and had to check up again. Then Steve made another mistake and I was able to get a run around the outside of the last corner [and get by him] by maybe six inches or so.”

Rapp finished fourth followed by Tyler O’Hara (Tyler O’Hara Racing) and Michael Barnes (Drag Specialties).

The AMA Pro Racing Vance & Hines XR1200 Series returns to action August 13-14 at Virginia International Raceway in Alton, VA.

Mid-Ohio Race Result:

1. Chris Fillmore (Bruce Rossmeyer’s Daytona Racing), 11 laps

2. Michael Beck (J&P Cycles), +6.587 seconds

3. Kyle Wyman (Bruce Rossmeyer’s Daytona Racing), +6.987

4. Steve Rapp (Parts Unlimited), +7.020

5. Tyler O’Hara (Tyler O’Hara Racing), +11.395

6. Michael Barnes (Drag Specialties), +11.572

7. Michael Corbino (Bruce Rossmeyer’s Daytona Racing), +39.798

8. Chase McFarland (Latus Motors Racing), +45.345

9. Michael Morgan (Python Exhaust), 45.745

10. Gerry Signorelli (Kuryakyn), +56.463

11. Josh Chisum (Troy Lee Designs), +1:10.062

12. Gene Burcham (ERMCO Electric), +1:10.996

13. Brett Sassaman (Eagle Harley-Davidson), +1:13.489

14. Paul James (Hoban Brothers/H-D of Appleton), +1:13.627

15. Jeremiah Johnson (BE-EV.com ·New Roc Harley-Davidson), +1:33.295

16. Matthew Heidel (Shar-Tuff/Davis H-D), +1:33.458

17. Nicholas Hansen (Suburban Motors H-D), 10 laps, crash

18. Bryan Desimone (Kuryakyn), +1:33.018

19. Payton Sassaman (Eagle Harley-Davidson), DNS

 

XR1200 Series Points Standings

1. Chris Fillmore, 167

2. Steve Rapp, 137

3. Kyle Wyman, 99

4. Michael Barnes, 95

5. Michael Beck, 84

6. Tyler O’Hara, 83

7. Michael Corbino, 79

8. Chase McFarland, 74

9. Danny Eslick, 50

9 (tie). Paul James, 50