2014 ATVMX National Championship Supplemental Rules

These Rules supplement the current AMA Racing Rulebook, which governs amateur ATV racing. Current AMA or ATVA members in good standing may compete.  For the 2014 AMA Racing rulebook, go HERE.  

Updated: 4.09.14

A.    RIDER ELIGIBILITY AND CLASSIFICATION

1.     Pro Am Class

  1. The following riders are eligible, but not required, to compete in the Pro Am class:
    • Top 20 ranked riders from previous year Pro Am class;
    • Top 5 ranked riders from previous year “A” classes; and
    • Top 5 ranked riders from previous year GNCC or WORCS Pro Am classes.
    • Top 5 ranked riders from previous year ATVMX Pro class are not eligible for class.
    • Former ATVMX, GNCC or WORCS Pro class champions in the past 5 years are not eligible for class. 
    • Or by Referee discretion  
  2. Pro Am riders who have earned 130 class points (Section J.2) in the current or previous season are eligible for the Pro class as an additional class. Pro Am Riders earning a Top 3 overall national ranking or finishing 1st place overall 5 or more events, in the Pro Am class the two previous consecutive years, are only eligible for the Pro class as an additional class. All other Pro Am riders are also eligible for the Open A only as an additional class. Otherwise, once a rider advances to the Pro Am class he is no longer eligible for an“A” class without petitioning AMA for re-classification.
  3. Motos will be 10 minutes plus 2 laps in length and will be held on Sunday.
  4. Class purse limited to top 3 overall positions.  No championship bonus will be paid.

2.     "A" Classes

  1. All "B" riders ranked in the top three of their class earning at least 50% of the points earned by the class champion in the previous year. Ranking is based on year-end series points and not the banquet awards.
  2. Riders that have an "A" ranking in any other motocross series. This applies to both AMA and non-AMA sanctioned events.
  3.  “A” class riders may only advance to the Pro Am or age division class.

3.     "B" Classes

  1. All "C" riders ranked in the top 3 of their class earning at least 50% of the points earned by the class champion in the previous year. Ranking is based on year-end series points and not the banquet awards.
  2. Riders with a "B" ranking in any other motocross series, AMA and non-AMA sanctioned events.
  3. “B” class riders may only advance to an “A” or age division class.

4.     "C" Classes:

Novice skill level riders and riders that do not otherwise qualify as an "A" or "B" level rider. Riders who receive or have ever received any type of OEM factory support in any class are not eligible for the "C" class.  “C” class riders may only advance to a “B” or age division class.

5.     Age:

For Amateur classes, riders must be 16 years or older on the date of the event in order to compete on any size machine in any class. For Youth classes, age is based on the rider's age on January 1, 2014. However, riders, including youth, who change age during the season, may stay in the class they started the year in, or may advance to the older division. Youth riders may advance to the next higher age class in the Youth Division prior to their age change, only if they will be eligible to do so at any time during the year.  However, once a rider moves to the next higher age class, they may not move back to the lower age class, per AMA rules.  Points accumulated in one class do not advance with the rider to another class.

6.     Advancement:

Amateur riders who participate in a higher classification (i.e. "A", "B" or "C") at any AMA or non-AMA local or national event will be considered as advanced to that higher classification and may not return to the lower class. Youth riders who compete in a higher age group may not return to their actual age group.  Youth riders may compete in a non-“A” designated Amateur class if age appropriate.

7.     Changing Classes:

A rider may petition to move to a lower classification based on class finishes. However, in order to do so, the rider must first petition his/her AMA district and/or the AMA/ATVA Motocross Manager for reclassification, and provide Event Organizer with a copy of the granted petition, prior to racing in the lower classification.

B.    MACHINE ELIGIBILITY AND CLASSIFICATION

1.     Class Descriptions:

Machine eligibility, including displacement limit and production requirements, will be defined in the Class Chart. 2015 models are not eligible in any class.

2.     Youth Classes:

No engine displacement reduction permitted.

3.     Production Rule:

OEM motor and matching frame combination model required. Frame geometry must remain as designed by the OEM, including all suspension pivot points. Material may be added for strength but not removed from the OEM frame. Engine modifications, frame reinforcements, and aftermarket A-arms, swing-arms and suspension are permitted. No engine displacement reduction permitted.  See, 2014 ATVMX Class Detail for approved models. 

4.     All Other Classes: 

Engine and suspension modifications, frame reinforcements, aftermarket A-arms, swing-arms and custom frames are permitted are permitted in all other classes, with the exception of the Semi Stock (see details below).  Production machines are eligible in all classes.

5.     Automatic:

Restricted to CVT or automatic transmission and automatic clutch. Machines must be able to idle in gear, with the machine at a full stop, without manually disengaging the clutch.

6.     Semi Stock:

Production models. The following may be changed: shocks (limited to maximum 4" shock travel), tires, wheels (must not change stock width) internal portions of the motor, spark arrestor may be removed, sprockets, gearing, clutch, twist throttle, handlebars and handlebar pads, grips, front bumper, rear grab bar, air filter and jetting. Air box lid may be removed or modified. Fenders may be trimmed. Manufacturer installed parental speed limiting devices may be removed. Nerf bars or suitable floorboards and working tether cords are required. No other modifications allowed, INCLUDING, carburetors, oil injection, air box, gas tank, exhaust systems, wheel base, width, rear axle, A-arm, steering dampener, and suspension (with the exception of shocks).

C.    EQUIPMENT

The AMA Equipment Standards List in the AMA Racing Rulebook, which governs amateur ATV competition, will be enforced. In addition, the following apply:

1.     Maximum machine width is 50" in amateur classes.

2.     Tether cords and nerf bars or suitable floorboards are required.

3.     Control levers must have ball ends; axle nuts must have cotter pins or clips; glass components/lights must be covered; horns, bells or other sound devices are prohibited.

4.     Sound: The maximum sound limit is set at 98dB/a for 2-Stroke and 96dB/a for 4-Stroke engine.

5.     Fuel: Only petroleum-based gasoline as defined by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), designation: D4814, may be used. All fuel must be stored in approved containers.  E15, E85 or other ‘flex fuels’ not designed for production ATV’s is prohibited.

6.     Machines may be bored or stroked in order to increase engine displacement, so long as the engine size is stamped on the case and the class limit is not exceeded, i.e., 400cc engine may be increased to a maximum of 450cc in the 450 class.

7.     All machines are subject to random equipment inspections any time prior to, during or after the event. Displacement will be measured at the end of the meet.

8.     The machine a rider competes on in the first moto/qualifier is the official machine of the rider for that event, and may not be switched during the event.  Provided, however, that the engine may be changed during the event, so long as it is replaced with an engine of the same make, model and displacement.  Provided, further, that the Race Director or Chief Technical Inspector may grant permission to change the main frame if it is damaged or deemed to be unsafe for competition.

D.    NUMBER PLATES

1.     Machines must have vertical number plates mounted on the front bumper and rear grab bar. Plates may not be mounted to the handlebars, be made of wood or metal, or be cut down for cosmetic purposes. For single and two digit numbers, plates may be mounted vertically; for three digits numbers, plates may be mounted horizontally.

2.     Numbers shall be a minimum of 6" block numbers (no shading or outlining). No other letters or symbols may be used except as indicated by the Event Organizer.

3.     Number plates and numbers shall be of contrasting colors, clear, legible and have a professional appearance.

4.     The top two inches of the plate is reserved for the series logo identification; the bottom two inches of the plate may be used for sponsor/rider identification.

5.     Number Plate Color Codes are recommended to be the following (Age and Women classes should use the color code based on skill level, i.e., A, B, C):

CLASS PLATE NUMBER
Pro-Am Green White
"A" White Black
"B" Yellow Black
"C" Black White
Youth White Black

 

E.     REGISTRATION

1.     A current AMA Membership is required for all riders.  Memberships are $49 per year or $20 per single event, and $29 per year for youth racers under the age of 12 (11 and under).  Family Memberships are also available at a rate of $98 for up to 5 members.  Memberships are available at Rider Registration or in advance online at www.americanmotorcyclist.com.

2.     Proof of age (i.e., birth certificate or driver's license) must be available upon request by event referee or at rider registration.

3.     Riders must register for the race before riding their machine anywhere on the facility grounds.

4.     Riders may not exceed first gear idle when traveling to/from their pit area and must always wear a helmet.

5.     Riders will be required to either purchase or rent a transponder prior to registration.

6.     After registration, all machines must be taken through Tech Inspection prior to competing. Safety equipment and machine/rider eligibility are the sole responsibility of the rider.  Frame Stickers will be used to identify authorized race machines. 

F.     QUALIFYING PROCEDURES

1.     There will be no more than 20 riders per gate drop. Motos/qualifiers may be stagger start.

2.     If there are 21 or more riders in a class, the following program will be used:

a.     Riders will be divided into equal qualifier groups based on current point standings, with the higher ranked riders being assigned to different groups to avoid all top ranked riders competing in the same qualifying moto. (Example: 1st and 2nd place in points will be in separate groups; 3rd and 4th will be in separate groups, and so on. This does not mean that 1st and 3rd will be in the same group or 2nd and 4th will be in the same group. Computer will randomly place riders in separate groups.)

b.     All riders who do not advance from the qualifiers are eligible to compete in the last chance qualifier (LCQ) races.

c.     Rider advancement from qualifiers and LCQs are as follows:

TOTAL ENTRIES # OF DIVISIONS ADVANCE TO MOTO 2 # OF LCQs ADVANCE FROM LCQ TO MOTO 2
20 entries or less 1 ALL 0 NA
21 - 36 Entries 2 8 1 4
37 - 40 Entries 2 8 2 2
41 - 56 Entries 4 4 2 2
57 - 76 Entries 4 4 3 2/1/1*
77 - 97 Entries 6 2 4 2
*Fastest LCQ transfers two (2) riders; other two transfer one (1) rider each.

 d.     Riders advancing from the qualifier motos will transfer their earned points according to their finishing position, i.e., a rider finishing in first place will receive one (1) point. Riders transferring from the LCQ will transfer their earned points according to the next finishing position, i.e., if eight riders transferred from each of the qualifier motos, the winner of the LCQ will receive a 9th place position, and so on.

G.    RACE PROCEDURES

1.     First moto or qualifier gate pics will be determined by computer draw. The second/final moto gate pics will be determined by first moto/qualifier finishing position, with the faster qualifier moto taking precedence.

2.     Riders must start each race with their tether cord properly affixed.

3.     Motos will be 5 Laps for Premiere Amateur classes; 4 Laps for all other classes, weather permitting.

4.     To accommodate the 50cc classes, a shortened or separate track may be used as necessary.

5.     Radios are permitted between pit crew members, but not with or between riders.

6.     No rider may ride in such a manner as to endanger life or limb of other riders, officials or the public. Riders will be penalized for the reckless operation of their machine or for running into an official.

7.     Unsportsmanlike conduct or the deliberate ramming, blocking, or intentional contact with another rider will result in a penalty.

8.     Team tactics include blocking, allowing another rider to pass in order to affect the outcome of the race. Riders involved will be penalized.

H.    RACE FINISHES

1.     Transponder

scoring is the official scoring process. The finish line will be marked and clearly visible.

2.     Race Finish:

The race officially ends for all contestants at the completion of the lap in which the checkered flag is displayed to the winner.  Should the checkered flag be displayed later than the official distance, the finishing order will be decided on the basis of the official advertised distance.

3.     Finish Position: 

Riders will be scored in order of finish and laps completed. It is not necessary to complete all laps in order to be scored. Any rider who makes at least one lap will get a finish position for that moto.

DNF: A rider who starts the race but does not make at least one lap will receive a "Did Not Finish" or DNF. A DNF results in moto points equal to the total number of riders in the class, but not less than 20.

DNS: A rider who does not report to staging will get a "Did Not Start/Stage". A DNS results in moto points equal to the total number of riders in the class, plus 30 points.

4.     Awards

Awards are given at the rate of 1 per every 3 riders, with a minimum of 10 awards per class.

I.     NATIONAL NUMBERS

The top 10 numbers for each class are reserved for the top 10 ranked riders from the previous year. A rider with an earned number has the option to reserve a different number, if available. To reserve a number, click HERE or go to www.atvmotocross.com for rider requirements.

J.     CLASS CHAMPIONSHIPS

1.     To be eligible for series awards, a rider must enter the following minimum number of events in the same class.  However, only the maximum number of events will be counted.  Furthermore, a Disqualification (“DQ”) cannot be used as a throw-away.

CLASS MINIMUM MAXIMUM
Pro-Am 4 9
Amateur 4 7
Youth 4 7

 

2.     Overall points will be earned in each class per event as follows*:

1st 30   8th 13   15th 6
2nd 25   9th 12   16th 5
3rd 21   10th 11   17th 4
4th 18   11th 10   18th 3
5th 16   12th 9   19th 2
6th 15   13th 8   20th 1
7th 14   14th 7      

 

3.     Ties for class championships will be broken by the following procedure:

a.     The rider with the most first place finishes, then if necessary, most 2nd place finishes, 3rd, etc.

b.     If the tie continues, the points accumulated in the events previously not counted (i.e. throw out points) will determine the winner.

c.     If the tie continues, the rider who had the better score when competing against the other tied riders will be the winner.

d.     If the tie continues and the riders did not compete against one another, the rider who competed against the most entries in that class in any round will determine the winner.

e.     If the tie continues, riders will be awarded the same position.

K.    PROTESTS & PENALTIES

1.     Protests must comply with the AMA Racing Rulebook. Protests must in writing and delivered to the referee no more than 30 minutes after results have been posted.

2.     The following protest fees shall apply at all National events:

a.     Visual Protests: $100 per item or component protested;

b.     Technical Protests: $100 per item or component protested,

c.     Plus the following, if applicable:

i.      Teardown Fees: $200 Two-Stroke/$500 Four-Stroke

ii.     Required Engine Removal: $100

iii.    Fuel Test Deposit: $325

d.     Administrative Protests: $100 per incident.

3.     In the event of a technical protest involving a teardown or removal of the engine from the frame, the protested rider may elect for the inspection to occur either before or after the final moto involving the protested machine. In the event the inspection is made after the final moto, the machine will be impounded between motos and/or the engine sealed pending the inspection, with the exception that minor repairs and maintenance may be made under Event Organizer supervision.

4.     The claiming rule value is three times the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP).

5.     Penalties will be assessed at the discretion of the official based on the severity of the offense, and may include one or more of the following: position(s), lap(s), time adjustment, disqualification, suspension, loss of championship points, fine, probation, warning, etc. In the Limited classes, if a violation is deemed by the referee to be cosmetic in nature, with no performance advantage or willful misconduct involved, a warning or fine may be issued in lieu of disqualification.