I think they are doing this so they aren't obligated to run both sides of the ride on low attendance days. If both tracks give (essentially) the same ride experience, they can get away with only operating one side.
This saves labor and maintenance. It's probably more about saving Cedar Fair the money then anything else.
Rode it yesterday and have to say the former backwards side got a TON of new track and they were racing all day long unless there was a problem, I have to say I enjoyed it just as much as recaR and I was a huge recaR fan.