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MOTORIZED SPORTS EDUCATION

Dual Sport Arenacross Motocross Supercross Hare Scramble Hill Climb Trials/Sections
Championship Points AMA Race Rules MDRA Rules Safety Messages

WHAT IS MOTORIZED DUAL SPORT?   Dual Sport ~ is a term for the combination of a street and offroad motorcycle. The Dual Sport motorcycle offers enthusiasts the best of both worlds of exploring back country trails and jeep roads while still capable of using our local street and highway systems.

The street-legal dirt bike introduces you to new worlds of adventure, freedom and fun whether to enjoy weekend exploring of your local back roads or participating in the growing number of organized Dual Sport events throughout America. Dual Sport events are non-competitive tours in scenic areas of our national forests and deserts usually providing the participant an opportunity to view what most folks never see from the highway.

 
WHAT IS ARENACROSS?   Arenacross ~~ is conducted within an arena-type facility on a specially-constructed dirt race track. Track design is similar to Supercross but much shorter in length due to the smaller facilities utilized in Arenacross.

Arenacross Classes License Requirements:

125 Class Pro Expert, Pro Sport or "A" Class Amateur
250 Class Pro Expert, Pro Sport or "A" Class Amateur

WHAT IS MOTOCROSS?   Motocross ~~ is conducted on a closed dirt course and must be a minimum of __ mile in length with a maximum of 2 miles in length. The course should be irregular so that both right and left hand turns have to be negotiated. It is advisable to include hills, jumps and other terrain that necessitates gear changing. Natural terrain should be used wherever possible. Tracks should try to maintain a 40 foot width but at no time should they be narrower than 16 feet.

Motocross Classes License Requirements:

125 Class Pro Expert or Pro Sport
250 Class Pro Expert or Pro Sport

                  

 
WHAT IS MOTORIZED HARE SCRAMBLE? Hare Scramble~~ is a form of off road motorcycle racing that varies in distance and time, with the riders completing multiple laps around a marked course through wooded or other rugged natural terrain.

WHAT IS MOTORIZED HILLCLIMBING? Hillclimbing~~ Is done with offroad motorcycles going straight up extremely steep hills. The winner is the one which could climb the highest, or in the case more than one made it to the top, the fastest.

WHAT IS SUPERCROSS?   Supercross ~~ is conducted within a stadium-type facility on a specially-constructed dirt race track. The race track generally should be 20 feet in width at its narrowest point except where narrower sections are a benefit to traffic flow, such as dual line turns, etc. These sections must be approved by the Race Manager prior to the event. The length of the course is contingent upon the track design and the size of the area of the facility used.

Supercross Classes License Requirements:

125 Class Pro Expert or Pro-Sport
250 Class Pro Expert or Pro-Sport


Note: 125 Supercross riders may compete in both East and West regions, provided they are not in the top ten in points of their home region.

WHAT ARE VINTAGE TRIALS?   Vintage Trials ~~ are the sport of Observed Trials ridden on Trials motorcycles produced before the advent of the modern mono-shock machines. The bikes may be from the pre '65 era of British two- and four-stroke motorcycles, the early post '65 era of Spanish Trials bikes, or Japanese or European Trials motorcycles which came slightly later; all of these having either two rear shock absorbers or being of rigid frame.

The object of "Observed Trials" is to ride through specified courses, called sections, without setting your feet down, riding out-of-bounds, or stopping. These sections are generally laid out in wooded areas and use the natural terrain to form different obstacles used to test the rider's balance and throttle control. The sections are placed along a trail which forms a loop. There may be eight to twelve or more "observed sections" along the loop which is ridden several times, giving the rider new chances to attempt each section. A set number of loops ridden is announced at the beginning of the Trial, as well as the "finish time". At the end of the Trial, riders hand in their score sheets, and their scores are tallied by rider/machine classes. The lowest score takes the highest place in each class.

  THE SECTIONS?   The sections of an "Observed Trial" are where the rider is scored by an observer or "checker". These sections vary in length but usually take less than a minute to negotiate. They have an entry and exit point which take effect as the front axle passes through them. The left boundary is marked with blue ribbon or flags, and the right is marked with red. Natural obstacles of mud, rocks, logs, streams etc ... together with tight turns and hillsides are the heart of each section. At MAVT events there are three different "lines" in each section. Depending on the rider's ability and machine, he/she is assigned to ride one of these lines. The "3" line is the easiest and is designed for beginners. The "2" line is more difficult, and the "1" line is the most challenging. At the end of each section the riders are given their score and proceed on to the next section along the loop where they will be scored once again.


WHAT ARE THE AMA MOTOCROSS/SUPERCROSS/ARENACROSS RACE RULES?

The current (2004) AMA race rules for motocross, supercross, & arenacross are as follows:
  1. In National Championship Motocross meets, a rider may enter only one class.


  2. Exclusive race track rentals by motorcycle manufacturers for the purpose of testing or practice within 72 hours of a National event at the rented facility, are not allowed. Limited-access practice rentals by other than motorcycle manufacturers will be permitted provided the promoter makes available additional practice time to all pre-entered riders on the same day.


  3. Riders must use the same motorcycle for parade or sighting lap and the race.


  4. If there are more riders in a class than can be accommodated on the course, the following program may be used for that class:
    1. If there are more than 120 total riders at a National, the practice session must be divided into separate practice sessions between the classes.
    2. Riders may be divided into two or more four-lap qualifying motos depending on the number of riders.
    3. At the discretion of the Race Manager, a quantity less than the total number of riders required will be qualified in each qualifying moto.
    4. Conduct one or more four-lap consolation motos for the non-qualified eligible riders. The balance of riders to fill the field will be chosen from the consolation motos, no money or points awarded.
    5. Deviation from this program can be made provided said changes are approved by the AMA.


  5. In Motocross only, there will be a minimum 45 minute interval between the end of moto one and the start of moto two in the same class.


  6. Procedures for Starts:
    1. Starting area must have a minimum width of 25 feet for Arenacross, 80 feet for Supercross, and 140 feet for Motocross at the starting gate. There must be a minimum width of 20 feet at the point where the starting area enters the track. Starting area must be 120 feet in length prior to entering the race track.
    2. All starts will be made with a mechanical backward-falling gate. Jumping or fouling the gate may result in a penalty of one lap.
    3. All starting gates must have a rear restraint a distance of eight feet behind the gate in the down position: i.e. railroad ties or 4"x 4", that will prevent riders from rolling back from the gate.
    4. The starting gate handle must be enclosed to prevent the riders from viewing the drop of the gate.
    5. At Motocross meets, choice of starting positions of the top ten riders will be determined by current National point standings in that class. In addition, all former National Champions will be exempted from qualifying requirements and will be seeded by lottery following the seeded riders. Remaining starting positions will be determined by the lottery. In all cases where qualifying motos are needed to determine an acceptable starting field, the following procedure will be used:
      1. The finish order of riders in qualifying motos will determine start positions for main motos as follows: the winner of each qualifier will have a choice of position (after seeded riders), 2nd place finishers next, 3rd next and so on (1-1, 2-2, 3-3, etc.).
      2. Riders qualifying in consolation motos will go to the starting line (after all other qualified riders) according to finish position in their consolation.
      3. In all subsequent motos, the riders will choose positions according to finish position from previous motos. In the event results from the previous moto are not available, the starting position will be assigned by the Race Manager.
    6. Riders will be called from the starting area to line up on the starting gate. A rider must take his position on the gate as assigned. Exchanging gate positions with other riders is not allowed.
    7. When the last rider is in the gate and the track is cleared for the start, the Race Manager will direct the Starter to hold up a 30-second sign. The 30-second sign will be held upright for 30 seconds, then turned sideways for at least five seconds, but not more than ten seconds. During the five to ten second interval, the gate will fall.
    8. There will be no grooming in front of the starting gate by riders or mechanics. Grooming may be done behind the gate provided no shovels, tools or other implements are used. Watering of starting lanes by riders or crews is prohibited.
    9. The use of starting blocks or other elevating devices is prohibited.


  7. Procedures for Red Flag Stops and Restarts (see also Race Rules - General; On Track Regulations)
    1. In the case of a false start (gate malfunction), a race will be restarted with the riders returning to their original starting positions.
    2. In Supercross and Arenacross only, when a race is stopped with three laps or less completed, it will be restarted at the beginning of lap one using the original starting positions.
      1. Should a Supercross race be stopped with more than three laps complete, riders will be restarted from a staggered standing start in the starting area.
      2. Riders' restarting positions will be determined by their race positions in the lap preceding the red-flagged lap. The remaining laps, or a minimum of two laps, will then be run. A race will be restarted no later than 10 minutes following a red flag.
    3. Motocross only, should a race be stopped before 15 minutes have elapsed, it will be restarted at the beginning of lap one using the original starting positions.
      1. Should a Motocross race be stopped with 15 or more minutes elapsed, the race will be considered complete.
      2. Riders' finish positions will be determined by their race positions in the lap preceding the red-flagged lap.
    4. Riders determined by the Race Manager to be responsible for stopping a race will be placed at the rear of the restart or the finishing order relative to their involvement (first rider involved last, next rider involved next to last, etc.).


  8. Points for Scoring a Motocross Meet
    1. Riders earn race points in each of the motos according to their respective finish positions. Winners are determined on the basis of total points earned in all motos, except qualifying and consolation motos. In case of a tie, the winner of the tie will be determined on the basis of points earned in the final moto.
    2. Points awarded for a moto will be the National Championship Points. The rider accumulating the most number of points will be declared the winner.

WHAT ABOUT CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS?   For Championship Points:
  1. When the results of National Championship races are declared official, National Championship points will be awarded down to a maximum of twenty places for each moto, except consolation and qualifying motos.


  2. When the results of Supercross or Arenacross events are declared official, National Championship points will be awarded down to a maximum of twenty places for the overall results of the main event.


  3. Riders who qualify for a starting position in the 40-rider program but are unable to make the start or drop out of the event before completing lap one, will be listed in the results relative to the order in which they qualified or dropped out. Points and purse will be awarded for their earned position.


  4. Points will be awarded for each National moto and Supercross main according to the following schedule:
      • 1st - 25
      • 2nd - 22
      • 3rd - 20
      • 4th - 18
      • 5th - 16
      • 6th - 15
      • 7th - 14
      • 8th - 13
      • 9th - 12
      • 10th - 11
      • 11th - 10
      • 12th - 9
      • 13th - 8
      • 14th - 7
      • 15th - 6
      • 16th - 5
      • 17th - 4
      • 18th - 3
      • 19th - 2
      • 20th - 1
  5. The Supercross Series Champion of each class will be decided based on the total annual series points accumulated from each main event. In the event of a tie for the championship, the winner will be determined based on the number of main event wins during the Supercross series. Should it still remain a tie, finishes of second, third, etc. will be tallied until the tie is broken. If a tie remains, the best finish in the last race will determine the champion.


  6. The National Motocross Series Champion of each class will be decided based on the total annual series points accumulated from each moto. In the event of a tie for the championship, the winner will be determined based on the number of moto wins during the Motocross series. Should it still remain a tie, finishes of second, third, etc. will be tallied until the tie is broken. If a tie remains, the best finish in the last race will determine the champion.


  7. Points will be awarded for each National Arenacross 125 and 250 main according to the following schedule:
      • 1st - 20 10th - 9
      • 2nd - 18 11th - 8
      • 3rd - 16 12th - 7
      • 4th - 15 13th - 6
      • 5th - 14 14th - 5
      • 6th - 13 15th - 4
      • 7th - 12 16th - 3
      • 8th - 11 17th - 2
      • 9th - 10 18th - 1
  8. The National Arenacross Series Champion will be decided based on the total annual series points accumulated from each main event in both classes. In the event of a tie for the championship, the winner will be determined based on the number of main event wins during the Arenacross series. Should it still remain a tie, finishes of second, third, etc. will be tallied until the tie is broken. If a tie remains, the best finish in the last race will determine the champion.


  9. Manufacturer Points
    1. To establish a manufacturer champion in Motocross and Supercross, points will be awarded to each manufacturer for its highest-placed finisher in the 250cc Supercross and 125cc/250cc Motocross classes.
    2. The same 20-place points scale will be used.

SNAKE ADVISORY ~ Dangers in the Forest and on riding trails:

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Northern Copperhead

Two poisonous snakes are known to occur in our State Forests although neither is common. These include the northern copperhead and the timber rattlesnake. Anyone who is bitten by a poisonous snake should seek prompt medical attention.

One of the most distinguishing features of poisonous snakes (pit vipers) is the diamond-shaped head that is well defined from the neck. These poisonous snakes have fangs, and elliptical pupils (as opposed to round pupils in nonpoisonous snakes).

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Timber Rattler


 
 
 
 

WATCH OUT for Ticks and BE AWARE of Lyme Disease ~~ Before venturing out and enjoying the great outdoors, make sure you take some precautions against becoming infected with Lyme disease, a disease transmitted from the bite of an infected tick. The third week of July is designated Lyme Disease Awareness Week but it's always good to take precautions to prevent Lyme Disease.

Club members ~~ please submit additional educational tips for posting on the MDRA website to the MDRA Webmaster

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Date of last update:   Sun. Aug. 28, 21:34:55 2016
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