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Old 03-09-2003   #1
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Sighting Lap?

Can someone clear something up for me?

In the article below:
http://www.speedtv.com/articles/moto/amasuperbike/5428/

It shows the schedule for this year's rain delayed Daytona 200 is as follows:
11 a.m. - Sighting Lap
11:15 a.m. - Start of the Daytona 200 By Arai (LIVE on SPEED)

Is a Sighting Lap the same thing as what I always hear called a 'Hot Lap' at Nelson Ledges?

Never really paid much attention at Mid-Ohio, the only other track at which I've seen a Motorcycle Race.

Are 'Hot Lap' and 'Sighting Lap' synonymous?

Just curious,

Mike
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Old 03-10-2003   #2
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I think I noticed that they did one "sighting" lap, then an actual "hot lap" before the Boxer Cup race. I think perhaps the sighting lap gives the racers a chance to wave to the fans & lets the fans get a better look at the racers & bikes when they are travelling slower than on the hot lap and race laps.

This seems similar to the parade lap done for the bigger sprint car races, like World of Outlaws & All Stars.

Club races like WERA, CCS, Fasttrax do not do this sighting lap, only a hot lap.
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Old 03-12-2003   #3
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Don't quote me on this but I believe the sighting lap is actually a track sighting lap. It is a chance for the riders to get one last slow look at the track and anything they may need to deal with. Then they run the hot lap to make sure they are up to snuff and then the gloves come off and it is time for some crazy stuff. Just my understanding.
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Old 05-25-2003   #4
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In AMA Pro, there are two laps before the actual race starts. The riders take a parade lap, behind a pace car. THis is often called sighting lap by the tv guys. Afterward, the riders take a hot lap, at speed if they wish. This is to warm tires, recon the track, prepare for battle. After that, the race begins immediately. Hope this helps.
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Old 05-25-2003   #5
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Quote:
Originally posted by SbRacer15
In AMA Pro, there are two laps before the actual race starts. The riders take a parade lap, behind a pace car. THis is often called sighting lap by the tv guys. Afterward, the riders take a hot lap, at speed if they wish. This is to warm tires, recon the track, prepare for battle. After that, the race begins immediately. Hope this helps.
Yes indeed this helps because the rest of us have guessed a little you on the other hand actually have done it!

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