2018 AMA AMATEUR NATIONAL MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
A. RIDER ELIGIBILITY AND CLASSIFICATION
- The following riders are not eligible to participate in the National program:
a. Riders earning more than 25 Pro Motocross points in the current or previous year;
b. Riders qualifying for a Supercross main event (250SX or 450SX class) in the current or previous year; or
c. Riders qualifying for the Final 40 in an FIM MXGP or MX2 Grand Prix event in the current year.
- The following professional licensed riders are eligible to compete in the Open Pro Sport class only:
a. Riders earning 1-25 Pro Motocross points (250 or 450 class) in the current or previous year;
b. Riders qualifying for the Final 40 in Pro Motocross (250 or 450 class) or Final 40 in Pro Supercross (250SX or 450SX class) in the current or previous year; or
c. Riders qualifying for the Final 40 in an FIM MXGP or MX2 Grand Prix event in the previous year.
d. The eligibility to compete by any foreign or non-US citizen holding a professional license in any country other than the U.S., is subject to the sole discretion of AMA pursuant to Section A.9 herein.
Professional licensed racers that have not qualified for the Final 40 in either Pro Motocross or Pro Supercross in the current or previous year, or who have not qualified for the Final 40 in an FIM MXGP or MX2 Grand Prix event in the previous year, are eligible for all classes subject to AMA eligibility requirements.
- Riders in the 250A class are eligible to compete in the Open Pro Sport class. Top 42 overall riders in the Open Pro Sport and 250A classes at the National will be eligible to obtain an AMA Pro Motocross License in the current and next year without further qualification, if age eligible.
- Women (12+) Amateur (99-250cc) (Must be 14 to ride 250cc). Past WMX champions and the top 5 overall finishing positions from the previous two years WMX Championships are not eligible for the Women Amateur class.
- No “A class” riders are permitted to compete in any “Youth” classes. AMA Racing Rule, Section 1.1.G.5.
- Riders who placed in the top 5 overall in the 250B/250B Limited or 450B/450B Limited class at the 2017 National and are 17 years or older as of January 1, 2018, are not eligible to compete in a "B" or “B/C” division. Riders who placed in the top 5 overall in the Schoolboy 1 class at the 2017 National and are 16 years or older as of January 1, 2018, are not eligible to compete in the Schoolboy 1 class. Riders who placed in the top 5 overall in the Schoolboy 2 class at the 2017 National and are 17 years or older as of January 1, 2018, are not eligible to compete in the Schoolboy 2 class.
- Riders who have ever been issued an AMA Pro Motocross or AMA Pro Supercross license or an FIM MXGP license, and earned a professional point are not eligible for any “B”, “C”, or “Sportsman” class, i.e., College (18-24), Vet 30+, or Senior 45+ class. To verify a result, visit The Vault; Riders listed in The Vault who have earned a professional point are not eligible to compete in these classes. www.vault.racerxonline.com.
- Riders may not participate in a “C” class if they have ever:
a. Participated at the National in any previous year in any class, with the exception of any 51cc (4-6), any Girls or Youth Beginner (2011) class, as well as any Women Amateur class riders finishing outside of the top 10;
b. Received any type of OEM factory support in any class (excluding OEM contingency and trackside support);
c. Held an AMA professional motorcycle racing license in any discipline;
d. Earned a Rider Performance Value (RPV) of 15.0 or higher the previous advancement year (Nov. 1, 2016 - Oct. 31, 2017) in any class, including youth divisions; or
e. If they have raced in a “C” division in 2016 and 2017 and have an RPV of 13.0 or higher as of Oct. 31, 2017.
f. For more information regarding “C” class eligibility and/or reclassification, or to check RPV status, visit www.amaracing.com.
- Once qualified for the National, riders may not voluntarily advance in class prior to competing in the National.
- Foreign or Non-US citizens must obtain eligibility approval from the AMA prior to participating in the National program at any level (Qualifier, Regional or National Final). With the exception of Canada, foreign citizens are not eligible for a “C” designated class. Click HERE for AMA International License Eligibility Application.
- Challenges to rider eligibility must be received by the AMA no later than June 30, 2018. Challenges must be in writing and sent by certified mail or email to the following addresses: AMA, Attn: MX Manager, 13515 Yarmouth Dr., Pickerington, OH 43147 or to [email protected]. Rider eligibility challenges received after this date will be accepted at the sole discretion of AMA.
B. MACHINE ELIGIBILITY AND CLASSIFICATION
- 2019 model machines and Electric Motorcycles are NOT eligible in any class.
- Riders may ride a limited motorcycle in a non-limited class.
- The 51cc (4-6) Special Limited class is limited to the following models: Honda XR50, Honda CRF50, KTM Mini Adventure, KTM 50 SX Mini, Suzuki JR50, Kawasaki KDX50, Yamaha TTR50, Yamaha PW 50, Cobra P3, Cobra PW3, Cobra GI, and DRR DB-50 JR. For a list of approved 50cc KTM models in the Special Limited class, click HERE for the KTM Detail Chart. Seat height and wheel base are limited to OEM specifications and cannot be changed.
- The following are NOT permitted in the LIMITED CLASS:
a. High compression pistons, port clean-up; metal hand guards; or aftermarket ECU units.
b. Changes or modifications to the internal engine components, frame, sub-frame, carburetor, EFI throttle body, air box, intake boot, swing arm, rim size, lower/bottom triple clamp, and wheel hubs. Engine blue printing and crank balancing are prohibited.
c. All parts of the exhaust system as designed by the manufacturer (OEM) for a particular model and year must remain stock. This includes, but is not limited to, the head pipe, mid pipe, and silencer. Updating to a more recent year exhaust is prohibited unless the OEM part number is the same. The silencer end cap may be changed for the sole purpose of inserting a spark arrestor, so long as there is no performance enhancement.
d. Gaskets, air filter screen, O-rings or other components may NOT be removed.
e. Only production tires readily available to the general public may be used.
f. The kill switch on all 51cc automatic machines must be stock and fully functioning.
g. 51cc Shaft Class: Oil injection systems must be present and fully functioning. Only oil may be put in the reservoir. Pre-mix gasoline is NOT permitted in the oil injection system.
- The following ARE permitted in the LIMITED CLASS:
a. Replacement fuel filters, air filters, gas line, handlebars, crossbar pads, non-metal open-ended hand- guards, serrated foot pegs, lower fork leg protectors, spokes and nipples, decals, spark plugs, spark plug caps, sprockets, handlebar mounts, seat covers, and upper triple clamp.
b. Programming or mapping changes to the stock OEM ECU unit and carburetor jetting ARE permitted.
c. Cylinder re-plating is allowed but must retain the original manufacturer’s bore and port specifications.
d. Clutch plates, pistons and piston rings may be accessory items, so long as they maintain the stock shape, design and material of the OEM parts.
e. Material may be added to the existing frame for strength, including welding.
f. OEM front and rear suspension can be altered with internal modifications only.
g. Shock linkage and suspension spring rates may be changed to any commercially available part.
h. Rims can be replaced with OEM or aftermarket rims of the same size and width.
i. Front fork/rear linkage holeshot devices (aftermarket or OEM).
j. All other internal engine components must be stock OEM parts.
k. Changes that are cosmetic in nature are allowed, so long as there is no performance advantage.
Any items not listed above may be changed or modified. Please reference the AMA Limited Class Clarification Chart for more details, click HERE.
Violations of the Limited Class rules as determined by the protest process or by the event referee may result in disqualification from the class, or at the Qualifier level, re-assignment to the appropriate class if deemed unintentional by the event referee. A second violation within one calendar year may result in a disqualification from the class and a suspension from AMA competition for one year.
- For minicycle classes (Classes 19-29 and 34), fuel injection is permitted only if it is standard equipment on the production model.
- Proof of age must be available upon request by MX Sports at any time.
- Rider Age:
a. For Youth classes, the age of the rider on January 1, 2018 will determine their age for the remainder of the year.
b. For Amateur classes 12-17, the age of the rider is determined by their age as of the first day of National competition (July 31, 2018).
c. For Amateur classes 8 (250 C Jr. (12-17) Limited) and 18 (Schoolboy 2 (12-17) B/C) the age of the rider is determined by their age as of the first day of Area Qualifier competition (Feb. 10, 2018).
d. For all other classes, the age of the rider is determined as of the date of the event.
e. For classes 18 (Schoolboy 2 (12-17) B/C) and 35 (Women (12+) Amateur), rider must be 14 years of age on the day of the Area Qualifier in order to ride a 250cc.
f. For Youth class 34 (Girls (11-16), rider must be 12 years of age on the day of the Area Qualifier in order to ride a Supermini.
- Riders under the age of 18 years must have a parent present or a duly notarized parental consent form, as required by the AMA Rules and Regulations, in order to participate.
- Riders may compete in only two (2) classes at the National.
- Riders may attempt to qualify at the Area Qualifier and Regional Championship levels in multiple 51cc classes (if age-eligible); however, at the National only one class may be chosen.
- International riders registering for the National final should do so by online registration.
D. QUALIFYING PROCEDURES
- Qualifying for the AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship requires:
a. A two-step process of qualification from an Area Qualifier to a Regional Championship, then qualification from a Regional Championship to the National Championship.
b. Riders may enter a total of 4 classes per day at the Area Qualifier level and 4 classes at the Regional level.
c. Riders may enter as many Area Qualifiers in as many Regions as they choose.
d. In some geographic regions there may be more than 40 riders eligible to participate in the Regional Championship. If there are more riders at the Regional than the starting gate can accommodate, then qualifying races will be run.
- A 2-moto format will apply to all Area Qualifiers; a 3-moto format will apply to Amateur Regional and Youth Regional Championships; a 2-moto format will apply to combined Amateur and Youth Regional Championships.
- Riders who qualify in more than one Regional Championship will advance to the National from the rider’s “home” region. If the rider did not qualify from his home region then the selection will be from the Region in which the rider had the better finish. If there are multiple equal finishes, then the rider will be selected from the Region in which he first qualified. All riders will move up one position in the Region in which a rider was not selected due to qualifying in more than one region.
- Area Qualifier Advancement: Riders finishing in the top positions listed below are guaranteed to advance from Area Qualifiers to Regional Championships.
- Regional Qualifier Advancement: Riders finishing in the positions listed below are guaranteed to advance from the Regional Championship to the National:
Regionals Advance from
Northeast 8 6 Southeast 8 6 Mid-East 8 6 N. Central 8 6 S. Central 8 6 Northwest 10 4 Mid-West 12 4 Southwest 9 4
- National Roster: The final National Roster will consist of 42 riders per class.
- Alternates: Alternate selection at the National is based on a Power Ranking calculated as follows: Finish position divided by number of riders with a numeric finish or DNF result in the class; Multiply the result by 100 and then subtract from 100. For purposes of the power ranking calculation a DNS is not a class result. The higher Power Ranking value will determine the Alternate selection. In the event of a tie in the Power Ranking value, the rider with the higher overall Regional place finish will be selected; In the event of a further tie, the rider with the higher overall Area Qualifier place finish within that region will be selected. A minimum of 50% of the guaranteed qualifying positions from each Regional will advance to the National, regardless of the riders’ power ranking.
E. NATIONAL NUMBERS
At the National the following number plate and number color scheme shall apply:
|All other classes||White||Black|
F. RACE FINISHES
- At the Area Qualifier level, riders must receive a numeric Finish position in at least one moto in order to advance to the Regional level. At the Regional level, riders must receive a numeric Finish position in at least one moto in order to advance to the National.
- In order to receive a numeric Finish position in a moto, a rider must complete at least one-half the laps of the leader and take the checkered flag. At the Area Qualifier and Regional level, a rider who fails to complete at least one full lap will receive a “DNS” (Did Not Start). At the National, a rider who fails to report to staging will receive a “DNS” (Did Not Start). A DNS results in moto points equal to the total number of riders in the class, plus 30 points. In all other instances, the rider will be considered a “DNF” (Did Not Finish). A DNF results in moto points equal to the total number of riders in the class, but never less than 20.
- Disqualification: A “Moto DQ” (“Disqualification”) results in moto points equal to the total number of riders in the class, plus 40 points. A “Class DQ” results in exclusion from the class results in all motos for that class only. A “Meet DQ” results in exclusion from all classes in all motos for the entire meet.
G. PROTEST FEES AND PROCEDURES
- Protests must comply with the AMA Racing Rulebook. Protests must in writing and delivered to the referee no later than 30 minutes after results have been posted. The AMA Racing National Championship Protest Form and applicable fees apply and will be made available from the Official.
- 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 MX Sports supervision.
- The claiming rule value is two times the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) at the National event.
- 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.