2023 AMA AMATEUR NATIONAL MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP SUPPLEMENTAL RULES
Final Posted: 1.3.23
A. RACER ELIGIBILITY AND CLASSIFICATION
- The following professional licensed racers (motocross or supercross) are not eligible to participate in the National program:
a. Racers competing in the Final 40 in Pro Motocross (250 or 450 class) and earning more than 40 Pro Motocross points (250 or 450 class) in the current year, subject to section 2.a. below.
b. Racers competing in a Supercross main event (250SX or 450SX class) in the current or previous year; or
c. Racers competing in the Final 40 in an FIM MXGP or MX2 Grand Prix event outside of the United States in the current year.
- The following professional licensed racers are eligible to compete in the Open Pro Sport and 250 Pro Sport classes only:
a. Racers competing in the Final 40 in Pro Motocross (250 or 450 class) in the current or previous year; Provided, that racers may earn up to 40 Pro Motocross points (250 or 450 class) in the current year, so long as they did not compete in more than 3 professional motocross events prior to the Amateur National. The total number of points earned applies at the time of the entry of the professional motocross event, not after.
b. Racers competing in the Final 40 in Pro Supercross (250SX or 450SX class) in the current or previous year; or
c. Racers competing in the Final 40 in an FIM MXGP or MX2 Grand Prix event outside of the United States 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.11 below.
- Professional licensed racers who earned an AMA professional point in any year 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; Racers listed in The Vault who have earned a professional point are not eligible to compete in these classes. vault.racerxonline.com.
- Professional licensed racers who have not competed in the Final 40 in either Pro Motocross or Pro Supercross in the current or previous year, or who have not competed in the Final 40 in an FIM MXGP or MX2 Grand Prix event in the previous year, are eligible for all classes (subject to further eligibility requirements).
- WMX (122-250cc) (Must be 14 to race 250cc). A female class. Former WMX professional licensed racers are eligible for class, unless otherwise ineligible.
- The top 42 overall racers in the Open Pro Sport and 250 Pro Sport classes at the National will be eligible to obtain an AMA Pro Motocross License in the current and subsequent year without further qualification (if age eligible).
- “A” class racers may not compete in any “Youth” class (i.e., classes 13, and 20-36). AMA Racing Rule, Section 1.1.G.5.
- Racers who placed in the Top-5 overall in the 250B/250B Limited or 450B/450B Limited class at the 2022 National and who are 17 years or older as of January 1, 2023, are not eligible to compete in a "B" or “B/C” division. Racers who placed in the Top-5 overall in the Schoolboy 2 class at the 2022 National and who are 17 years or older as of January 1, 2023, are not eligible to compete in the Schoolboy 2 class.
- Racers 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 Micro, Girls or Youth Beginner (2011) class, as well as any Women Amateur class racers 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. Held a WMX professional license at any time;
e. Earned a Rider Performance Value (RPV) of 15.0 or higher the previous advancement year (Nov. 1, 2021 - Oct. 31, 2022) in any class, including youth divisions; or
f. If they have raced in a “C” division in 2021 and 2022 and have an RPV of 13.0 or higher as of Oct. 31, 2022.
g. For more information regarding “C” class eligibility and/or reclassification, or to check RPV status, visit https://americanmotorcyclist.com/.
- Once qualified for the National, racers may not voluntarily advance in class prior to competing at 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 racer eligibility must be received by the AMA no later than June 30, 2023. 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]. Racer eligibility challenges received after this date will be accepted at the sole discretion of AMA.
B. MACHINE ELIGIBILITY AND CLASSIFICATION
- 2024 model machines, crankcases, cylinders, or internal engine components are NOT eligible in any class.
- Electric motorcycles are only permitted in the Mini-E class.
- Only production tires readily available to the general public may be used in any class.
- Mini-E (4-7) Limited Class Restrictions: Battery Energy limited to 1kWh. Maximum (adjusted length) wheelbase 41 inches; Maximum wheel size 12 inches; Maximum seat height 28 inches. Retrofitted 12-inch wheels are permitted. OEM parts must be used.
- Limited Classes:
a. AMA Limited Class Rules apply; refer to the AMA 2023 Motocross Limited Clarification Chart for details HERE.
b. All parts of the exhaust system as designed by the manufacturer (OEM) for a particular model and year must remain stock. 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.
c. Changes that are cosmetic in nature are allowed, so long as there is no performance advantage.
d. Limited motorcycles are eligible for a non-limited class.
e. 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 mini-cycle classes (Classes 21-31 and 36), 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.
- Racer Age:
a. For all Youth classes and Amateur classes 8 (250 C Jr (12-17) Limited) and 13 (Schoolboy 2 (12-17) B/C), the age of the racer on January 1, 2023, will determine their age for the remainder of the year. A racer may move to the next higher age class in the Youth Division only if they will be eligible to do so at any time during the calendar year.
b. For all other Amateur classes, the age of the racer is determined as of the date of the Area Qualifier.c. For all Vet classes, the age of the racer is determined as of the first day of National competition (August 1, 2023).
d. A racer must be 14 years of age on the day of the Area Qualifier in order to ride a 250cc machine in any class.
e. A racer must be 12 years of age on the day of the Area Qualifier in order to ride a Supermini in any class.
- Racers 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.
- Qualifying Fees: In order to participate in the qualifying program at the Area Qualifier and Regional levels, racers will be charged a program fee by MX Sports and a separate event registration fee by the event organizer. The MX Sports program fee is $20 at the Area Qualifier and $60 pre/$80 post at the Regional.
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. Classes are assigned to either an Amateur or Youth Regional Championship. See, NATIONAL CLASSES.
c. Racers may enter a total of 4 classes per day at the Area Qualifier level and 4 classes at the Regional level.
d. Racers may enter as many Area Qualifiers in as many Regions as they choose.
e. In some geographic regions there may be more than 40 racers eligible to participate in the Regional Championship. If there are more racers at the Regional than the starting gate can accommodate, then qualifying races will be run.
- Racers in any 51cc or Mini-E class (“Micro” classes) may attempt to qualify in multiple Micro classes at the Area Qualifier and Regional level; however, they may only compete in one Micro class at the National.
- A 2-moto format will apply to all Area Qualifiers; a 3-moto format will apply to all Regional Championships; a 2-moto format will apply to combined (Amateur, Youth and Vet) Regional Championships.
- Regional Weekend Schedule (weather permitting):
• Thursday: Registration
• Friday: Registration & Practice (2 Rotations)
• Saturday: Site Lap & Motos
• Sunday: Site Lap & Motos
- Regional Moto Length (weather permitting):
• 12-minutes: Micro, Girls, Senior (45+), Masters (50+) and “C” classes
• 20-minutes: Open Pro Sport and 250 Pro Sport
• 15-minutes: All other classes
• 4 Laps: Consolation Race
- Racers who qualify in more than one Regional Championship will advance to the National from the racer’s “home” region. If the racer did not qualify from his home region then the selection will be from the Region in which the racer had the better finish. If there are multiple equal finishes, then the racer will be selected from the Region in which he first qualified. All racers will move up one position in the Region in which a racer was not selected due to qualifying in more than one region.
- Area Qualifier Advancement: Racers finishing in the top positions listed below are guaranteed to advance from Area Qualifiers to Regional Championships.
- Regional Qualifier Advancement:
a. Racers finishing in National Classes at the regionals in the positions listed below are guaranteed to advance from the Regional Championship to the National:
Regionals Advance from
Northeast 9 6 Southeast 9 6 Mid-East 9 6 North Central 9 6 South Central 9 6 Northwest* 15 4 Mid-West* 15 4 Southwest* 12 4
E. NATIONAL PROCEDURES
- National Roster: The final National Roster will consist of 42 racers per class.
- Class Limit: Racers may register, practice and compete in two (2) classes maximum. Micro class racers may practice in one (1) Micro class and one (1) 65cc class only, if eligible. Once a racer is placed in two classes, they are no longer eligible to be an Alternate in a third class.
- Transponders: Transponders are required for Monday Practice session and all motos (exception: Alternates not already in another class are not required to have transponders for Monday Practice).
- Alternates: Alternate selection at the National is based on a Power Ranking calculated as follows: Finish position divided by number of racers 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 racer with the higher overall Regional place finish will be selected; In the event of a further tie, the racer 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 racers’ power ranking. In the event a racer registers for the national and subsequently attends another regional and betters their finish, they must notify MX Sports by email ([email protected]) in order to upgrade their power ranking.
- Forfeiting Gate Position. A racer who fails to report to staging in Moto 1 without explanation forfeits their start gate position for Motos 2 and 3 and an Alternate will be placed in their position. This applies to Moto 1 only.
- The following number plate and number color schemes shall apply:
CLASS PLATE NUMBER "Pro Sport" White Black WMX Blue* (*Process Blue) White "B" Yellow Black "C" Black White All other classes White Black
- National Moto Length (weather permitting):
• 4 Laps: Micro-E
• 15-minutes: Micro (51cc), Girls, Senior (45+), Masters (50+) and “C” classes
• 25-minutes: Open Pro Sport and 250 Pro Sport
• 20-minutes: All other classes
- Specific Penalties at the National:
• Jumping the start gate: 1 lap
• Jumping on the red cross flag: 2 positions
• Failure to line-up center on Start Gate: 2 positions
• Passing Pace Rider (Monday Practice): Last Gate Pick
• Cutting the Track during Practice: Last Gate Pick
• Violation of 1-Rider/1-Mechanic at the Start Gate: Last Gate Pick
• Practicing in more than Two Classes: Last Gate Pick
• Counterfeit Vehicle Pass: Disqualification and Eviction
F. RACE FINISHES
- At the Area Qualifier level, racers must receive a numeric Finish position in at least one moto in order to advance to the Regional level. At the Regional level, racers 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 racer must complete at least one-half the laps of the leader and take the checkered flag. At the Area Qualifier and Regional level, a racer who fails to complete at least one full lap will receive a “DNS” (Did Not Start). At the National, a racer 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 racers in the class, plus 30 points. In all other instances, the racer will be considered a “DNF” (Did Not Finish). A DNF results in moto points equal to the total number of racers in the class, but never less than 20.
- Disqualification: A “Moto DQ” (“Disqualification”) results in moto points equal to the total number of racers 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. PROTESTS & PENALTIES
- Protests must comply with the AMA Racing Rulebook. Protests must be 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 racer 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.
- Technical inspections will be conducted in private by race officials and any technical persons deemed necessary by race officials to conduct the inspection. The protesting racer and the protested racer may have an observer present during the inspection process.
- 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.
- Technical protests must have a good faith basis in fact. Protests deemed by the Race Official to be frivolous or filed with the intention of harassing, annoying or disturbing the protested racer, may not be accepted and may be subject to penalty for conduct detrimental to the sport of motocross.
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