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NORBA Series Update
Sun Jan 11, 2004
Source: VeloNews

In a brief "state-of-NORBA" conversation with series co-director Jeff Frost this week, he conceded that the "tough sponsorship climate has not changed," making the prospect of prize money at all eight races very unlikely.

"Basically we've shifted gears," he said. "Right now we're really directing our efforts at 2005. This year is basically set in stone."

Frost did say that at least one of the events - stop No. 2 at the Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California - will have prize money, and that it is possible that Mount Snow and Snowshoe may also pony up some cash themselves.

"At this point it is basically up to the local promoters," Frost added.

Frost also put to rest a recurring rumor that several of this year's events were in jeopardy of being canceled. "Things could be a lot different next year," he said, "but this year is a done deal."

Also done for this year is a change in the points structure for the gravity races. Frost said that season-series points will be awarded for qualifying in both the downhill and mountain cross, and that they were looking at changing the points distribution for the finals of all the events.

"We may emulate the World Cup more, which rewards winning a lot more than NORBA has in the past," he said. "But it's a tough call because that can make the chase for the series titles boring."

Last year, points on the World Cup circuit went 250 for first, 200 for second and 170 for third. In the NORBA series it went 210, 186, 174.

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