TENTATIVE 2015 GNCC Amateur Competition Rules

REVISED 12.17.14

The following rules and regulations are solely applicable to Grand National Cross Country events. Please direct all questions and inquiries to Racer Productions, Inc. All decisions by Racer Productions are final.

A. GENERAL:

1. Minimum Age Requirement:  Riders must meet the minimum age requirements in order to compete on the following machines:  

DIVISION AGE ENGINE DISPLACEMENT
Youth Bike 4 51cc 2-Stk; 70cc 4-Stk
Youth Bike 7 65/85cc 2-Stk
Youth Bike 12 150cc 4-Stk
Amateur Bike 12 250cc
Amateur Bike 14 450cc
Youth ATV 4 50cc
Youth ATV 6 70cc CVT
Youth ATV 8 90cc 2-Stk; 125cc 4-Stk
Youth ATV 13 200cc 2-Stk; 300cc 4-Stk
Youth ATV 15 400cc
Amateur ATV 16 450cc

2. Race Length: All race times weather permitting.

Division Length
Bike Pro 2:40-3 hr
Bike Amateur 2 hr
Bike Youth 80-90 min
Bike Micro 30 min
ATV Pro 2 hr
ATV Amateur 2 hr
ATV Youth 1 hr
ATV Micro 30 min

3.   Inclement Weather: Events may be conducted regardless of weather conditions.  In the event of rain or other unfavorable conditions, it may be necessary to alter the order of the event schedule, including but not limited to, adjusting the length of the race or delaying or stopping the program completely.  Should a delay occur, every effort will be made to resume the schedule in a timely fashion if conditions significantly improve. 

4. Pit Vehicles:  Spectator and pit riding is prohibited.

5. Pit Crews:  Riders are responsible for the actions of their entire pit crew.

6. Medical Insurance:  GNCC Racing does not provide medical insurance for competitors, and we urge you not to compete without it.  Medical insurance is the sole responsibility of the competitor.

B. RIDER ELIGIBILITY AND CLASSIFICATION:

1. "A" Classes 

a.  Bikes: All riders in the top 10 overall ranking in any regional or state off-road series the previous year. ATV:  All riders in the top 10% overall ranking in any regional or state off-road series the previous year.

    b.  All "B" class champions and "B" riders ranked 2nd or 3rd in the previous year's GNCC who won at least 4 races.

      c.  All riders that have ever qualified for the American ISDE Trophy or Junior teams, excluding the Women/Masters/Golden Masters class.

        d.  All riders that have an "A" ranking in any other off-road series.  This applies to both AMA and non-AMA sanctioned events.

          e.  Age Divisions: "B" riders in the previous year's GNCC who won at least 4 races.

          2. "B" Classes

          a.  All riders with a "B" ranking in any other off-road series (AMA and non-AMA sanctioned events).

          b.  "B" riders placing in the top 20 overall in the 1 pm Pro Race at any given event will be moved to the "A" class the following event.

          c.  All "C" class champions and "C" riders ranked 2nd or 3rd in the previous year's GNCC who won at least 3 races. Ranking is based on year-end series points and not banquet awards.

          d.  Age Divisions: 

          i.  In lieu of advancing to “B”, riders ranked 2nd or 3rd in the previous year's GNCC may advance to the next younger “C” division. Once this option is exercised, the rider may not return to the older age division for at least 5 years.

          ii.  For the ATV (16-19) C class only, riders ranked 2nd or 3rd in the previous year's GNCC may advance to the next older “C” division.  Once this option is exercised, the rider may not return to the younger age division in lieu of advancing to “B”.

          iii.  The option to move to a younger/older “C” age division in lieu of advancing to “B” may be exercised only once.  Thereafter, the rider must move to the “B” division if advanced.

          3. Novice/"C" Classes: Novice skill level riders and riders that do not otherwise qualify as an “A” or “B” level rider.

          4. Schoolboy (ATV): Schoolboy (13-15) riders advancing to a 450cc machine upon meeting the age requirement may compete in the “A”, “B” or “C” division.

          5. Women Amateur: Limited to Intermediate and Novice level riders.  The previous year’s class champion will be required to advance to the WXC class if between the ages of 16-24.  GNCC Amateur Competition Rules shall apply to the WXC classes.

          6. Sportsman: Restricted to “A” and “B” skill level riders not eligible for any other 10 am Amateur race class. Class is not eligible for national points, series awards or contingency, or podium recognition.

          7. Trail Rider: Limited to riders competing in their first year of organized competition or the non-competitive casual rider. Class is not eligible for national points, series awards or contingency.

          8. Age Divisions: For all Youth classes, age is determined by the rider’s age on January 1. However, a youth rider may voluntarily advance to a higher age division if he will be eligible to do so at any time during the year, but once a youth rider advances to the higher age division, he may not return to the younger age division.  For all Amateur classes, the age of the rider is determined as of the date of the event.  However, riders competing in a younger age division are not required to move to an older age division once they become eligible to do so.  For purposes of clarification, the Schoolboy classes are “youth” classes.

          9. Changing Classes: A rider may petition to move to a lower classification based on class finishes and time differences.  However, in order to do so, the rider must first petition the AMA (in the event of an AMA-ranked rider) or the rider’s home district for reclassification, and provide proof of grant of reclassification prior to competing in the lower class.

          10. Rider Advancement: Riders advanced in their local series prior to completion of the GNCC series may continue to compete in the GNCC class in which they started the season, so long as they do not voluntarily compete in the higher classification prior to the start of the next race season of their local series, i.e., SETRA, SERA, WORCS, etc..

          C. MACHINE ELIGIBILITY AND CLASSIFICATION:

          1. BIKES

          a.  Open: 251cc and over single cylinder bike engine, so long as the cylinder is stamped with the correct engine displacement.  A 250cc machine is NOT eligible for the Open class.

          b.  Super Mini: (79-112cc 2-Stk; 75-150cc 4-Stk) Max. Wheels: Front 19"; Rear 16". Big wheel and small wheel models permitted.

          c.  85 (12-13): (79-85cc 2-Stk; 75-150cc 4-Stk) Max. Wheels: Front 17"; Rear 14". Max. Wheelbase: 51”.  Small wheel models only.

          d.  Trail Rider (7-15):  (75-105cc 2-Stk; 70-150cc 4-Stk) Max. Wheels: Front 19"; Rear 16". Big wheel and small wheel models permitted.  Limited to the non-competitive casual rider. Class is not eligible for national points, series awards or contingency.

          e.  Micro: For Micro (4-6) class, Max. Rear Wheel is 10”; For all other Micro classes, Max. Rear Wheel is 12”.

          2.  ATV 

          a.  Production Rule: OEM motor and matching frame combination model required (matching year NOT required).  Frame geometry must remain as designed by the OEM, including all suspension pivot points.  Engine modifications, frame reinforcements, and aftermarket A-arms, caster brackets, swing-arms and suspension are permitted.  See the 2015 ATV Class Detailfor production model designation. 

          b.  Sport: (200-250cc 2-Stk; 201-400cc 4-Stk) 2-wheel drive production models. Modifications are permitted. No engine displacement reduction permitted.

          c.  4x4: (201-850cc) 4-wheel or 2-wheel drive shaft or chain driven automatic transmission/clutch production models that come with or without rack or rack availability as standard equipment.  

          d.  90 Limited: (71-90cc 2-stk; 75-125cc 4-stk) Production models. The following may be changed or added: tires (but no tire balls), wheels (cannot change stock width), pipe, sprockets, gearing, clutch, twist throttle, handlebars, grips, handle bar pads, front bumper, rear grab bar, air filter, jetting and steering stabilizer.  Fenders may be trimmed.  No other modifications allowed INCLUDING carburetors, oil injection, air box and lid, gas tank, wheelbase, width, rear axle, A-arm, shocks and suspension.  2-Stroke shifter models not eligible. 

          e.  Youth Classes: No engine displacement reduction permitted.

          D. EQUIPMENT:

          The AMA Equipment Standards List in Chapter 2 of the AMA Racing Rulebook applies. In addition, the following apply:

          1.   Riders may not carry gasoline anywhere except inside the machine's fuel tank.

          2.   All machines must have silencers.

          3.   All machines must have a working kill switch (bikes) or tether cord (ATV).

          4.   No horns, bells or other sound devices are permitted on machines.

          5.   Machine sound level cannot exceed 98 dB/A

          6.   Machines may be tested by officials any time prior to, during or after the event.

          7.   Paddle tires and studded tires are prohibited.

          8.   Riders contesting the series should comply with the number plate color code. (See, Class Chart).

          E. REGISTRATION:

          1.   Riders may only compete in one race per day.  Riders who violate this rule will be disqualified from both classes.  Provided, that at the final round of the season, Youth riders may compete in two races per day; however, their results in the second race will not be counted.  Provided further, that UTV team members and SS competitors may compete in either the ATV or Bike races, and Micro racers may compete in either the ATV or Bike Youth races. Provided further, in the event of a co-sanctioned GNCC round, racers challenging points in both the GNCC Series and the co-sanctioning series may compete in more than one race per day upon verification from the co-sanctioning body that the racer is actively challenging points in the co-sanctioned series.  Upon approval, racers may receive points toward both classes in the co-sanctioning series, but only one race will count for GNCC points.

          2.   Riders under the age of 18 must provide a photo I.D with proof of age upon request by an official, and be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at registration.

          3.   Riders must register for the race before riding their machine anywhere, may not exceed 1st gear idle when traveling to/from their pit area, and must always wear a helmet. Warm-up riding is limited to the start area and only after an official has given permission and the rider has registered for the event.

          4.   Riders must obtain a transponder.  Transponders can be purchased/rented at each event. For best results, mount the unit on the rider’s chest protector or on the front fender.  Transponders have a 2-year battery life from the date printed on the unit.  Once the unit fails to read at Tech Inspection, or exceeds the battery life, riders must purchase/rent a new unit.

          5.   Riders will receive two numbered helmet tags for emergency back-up scoring, to be placed on either side of the helmet chin area, and a class color-coded tag to be placed on the back of the helmet. Helmet tags may not be trimmed less than 3”.

          6.   All machines and rider helmets must be taken through Tech Inspection prior to competing for the purpose of inspecting transponder functioning, helmet tag placement, number assignment, and contingency eligibility. Safety equipment and machine eligibility are the sole responsibility of the rider.

          F. START PROCEDURE:

          1.  Riders shall line up on their assigned Starting Row on a first come basis when directed by the race official.  No one is permitted on the Start Line until authorized.

          2.  The Riders Meeting will be conducted on the Start Line before the start of each race.  All riders are responsible for attending. Machines must be dead engine during Riders Meeting.

          3.  GNCC is a dead engine start (with the exception of Micros). When the track is cleared for the start:

          a.  The blue flag will signal all riders to shut down their engines. 

            b.  30 seconds later the Referee will extend his arm to signal “10 Seconds” before the start of the race.  At the “10 Seconds” signal, all crew members must step behind the riders. 

              c.  Between 8 and 10 seconds, the green flag will be thrown, signaling the start of the race.

              4.  Riders starting their machines prior to the green flag signal or taking off with the wrong row will be penalized.

              5.  Riders missing the start of their class must enter the race course at the Start Line and complete the start chute.

              6.  The machine a rider leaves the Start Line with is the official machine of the rider for that event, and may not be switched during the event.

              7.  ATV riders are required to start the event with their tether cord properly affixed.

              G. THE COURSE: 

               1.   A GNCC course may include trails, footpaths, roads, hills, motocross tracks, or any type of terrain which can be negotiated by a motorcycle or ATV. 

              2.   The course will be open to inspection Friday after 3 pm. Participants are permitted to walk or bicycle the course only. 

              3.   Marking, cutting, tampering with or otherwise changing the course in any manner is strictly prohibited. Course modifications may only be made by an official.

              4.   No one, except officials and riders officially entered in the race program, may ride on the race course at any time during the event.

              5.   Riders will be disqualified for riding a GNCC course during the 7 days prior to the first day of the event.

              H. SCORING:

              1.   Transponder scoring is the official scoring procedure for GNCC. All riders will be required to have a fully-functioning transponder in order to compete. Transponders will be available for either purchase or rental at Rider Registration.

              2.   There will be three checkpoints throughout the race course: one at the Finish Line and two Out-post checkpoints.  Riders must come to a complete stop at the Finish Line checkpoint, but not at the Out-post checkpoints. 

              3.   Checkpoints will be "No Passing" zones. The section from the Finish Line to the Finish Line checkpoint is a "No Passing" zone.  In addition, checkpoints will be marked with double arrows, indicating riders must stay within the confines of the course markers. 

              4.   Riders may not be serviced or pitted in the area between the Finish Line and the Finish Line checkpoint or in the area immediately after the Finish Line checkpoint.

              I. ON TRACK REGULATIONS:

              1. Riders must remain on the marked course. The marked course is within 25 feet of race arrows.  However, riders must stay within the confines of the following markers:  double arrows posted on both sides of the trail, ribbons, signs, stakes, hay bales, barrels, motocross track, grass track, etc.. 

              2. Riders encountering a traffic jam or bottleneck may go more than 25 feet off the course to get around the bottleneck only. However, the rider must re-enter the course as soon as possible, and upon approaching this section the next lap, must ride the original arrowed section if the track is clear. If the original marking devices are knocked down, the rider must stay on the original marked course regardless. A "bottleneck" is a section of the track that becomes impassable for any reason, with the exception of checkpoints.

              3. Riders may not cut to the inside of a white pole corner marker.

              4. If a rider leaves the course for any reason they must re-enter where they left the course.

              5. Riders may make repairs and otherwise receive mechanical assistance anywhere along the course from anyone.  All such repairs and assistance must be made without causing interference with other riders and in a suitable area off the racetrack. 

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

              7. Reckless Riding. 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, including but not limited to the deliberate ramming, blocking or intentional contact with another rider, or for running into an official. 

              8. Team Tactics are prohibited, and include but are not limited to: blocking, allowing another rider to pass in order to affect the outcome of the race, or exchanging machines in order for another rider to continue the race. Riders involved will be penalized.

              9. Unsportsmanlike Conduct. Persons whose appearance, conduct, associations or affiliations, on or off the track, deemed harmful or not conducive to the best interest of the sport or who exhibit conduct which is inappropriate, offensive, abrasive or in bad taste, may be excluded or suspended from GNCC at the discretion of the Race Director.

              Participants engaged in any event, public appearance, media activity or any other situation relating to their participation in the series must refrain from intentional physical contact with any participant, inappropriate or profane language, fraud, and unsportsmanlike behavior. At the sole discretion of GNCC, participants who exhibit behaviors deemed inappropriate or unsportsmanlike, prejudicial or detrimental to the best interests of the sport, or detract from the enjoyment, appreciation or interests of the fans, sponsors or other supporters of the sport, may be penalized by monetary fine, docking of championship points, or both. Such penalties are not subject to protest or appeal.

              J. RACE FINISHES: 

              1. The race officially ends for all contestants at the completion of the lap in which the checkered flag is displayed to the overall winner.

              2. To be considered as having completed a lap, the rider and his machine must cross the plane of the checkered flag under the rider’s own unaided ability.

              3. Towing is not allowed. Racers whose disabled vehicles are towed back to the pit area by staff or otherwise, for any reason, are not eligible to return to competition.  Any laps earned by a racer that returns to competition after receiving a tow back to the pit area will be removed.  If a racer desires to repair their machine and return to the competition, they must decline the offer to tow their vehicle back to the pit area.  This rule does not apply to racers towed only a short distance in order to dislodge the vehicle from a track obstacle (i.e., mud pit, deep rut, ravine, etc.). 

              4. Riders will be scored in order of their finish and number of laps completed.  It is not necessary to complete all laps in order to receive a score.

              5. Overall:  The overall for the event will be awarded to the overall winner of the race, regardless of class entered. 

              6. Podium:  The top three overall finishers will be recognized on the podium for each race.

              7. Burnouts on the podium are prohibited.  Violation of this provision will result in a penalty, including but not limited to fine and/or disqualification.

              8. Results: Racers have 50 minutes to finish the race after the overall winner takes the checkered flag.  A rider may question the results within the 30-minute period following posting of the final results. After 30 minutes, awards will be given out and results will be final unless a protest is pending.

              9. Impound: After the race, the top three overall riders, as well as any other rider requested by an official to do so, must leave their machines at a designated impound area until released by the official.     

              10. Protests must be in writing and comply with the GNCC Protest Procedure.  Riders may only protest matters regarding a class in which they were a registered participant.

              11. Penalties will be assessed at the discretion of the Race 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. 

              12. Awards are given at the rate of 1 per 3 riders, with a minimum of 5 awards per class. To win an award, a rider must complete 50% of the laps of the class winner.

              K. NATIONAL AMATEUR CLASS CHAMPIONSHIPS:

              Class Championships will be determined by the rider’s best finishes in a minimum number of 9 events in the same discipline (i.e., Bike or ATV). A rider must enter a minimum of 9 events in order to be eligible for series awards and national class ranking.  The entries do not have to be in the same class.  However, a rider must compete in at least 5 events in the same class in order to be eligible for series awards in that class. Only one entry per weekend will count per discipline.

              Micro Class Championships will be determined by the rider’s best finishes in a minimum number of 5 events in the same discipline (i.e., Bike or ATV).  A rider must enter a minimum of 5 events in order to be eligible for series awards and national class ranking. The entries do not have to be in the same class.  However, a rider must compete in at least three events in the same class in order to be eligible for series awards in that class. 

              Points will be earned in each class per event as follows:

              1 – 20 5 – 16 9 – 12 13 – 8 17 – 4
              2 – 19 6 – 15 10 – 11 14 – 7 18 – 3
              3 – 18 7 – 14 11 – 10 15 – 6 19 – 2
              4 – 17 8 – 13 12 – 9 16 – 5 20 – 1

              Ties: Ties for the class championship will be broken by the most first place finishes, then by the best finish in the final race of the season if necessary. Ties for other amateur class positions will be broken by the best finish in the final race of the season.

              L. NATIONAL OVERALL NUMBER ASSIGNMENT:

              The electronic scoring system provides a complete overall race finish for each event. Points will be accumulated for National Number assignment and can be viewed as a gage toward overall ranking for the year.

              National Numbers will be assigned based on overall finishes in a minimum of 9 events, with as many as 11 events counting.  The minimum number of events does not have to be in the same class, but it must be in the same discipline.

              Micro National Numbers will be assigned based on overall finishes in a minimum of 4 events, with as many as 6 events counting. The minimum number of events does not have to be in the same class, but it must be in the same discipline, i.e., Bike Micro or ATV Micro.

              Final National Numbers for 1 pm Pro Race participants will be awarded to the top 20 overall first, regardless of number of events entered, then to remaining afternoon riders. Bike Numbers 111 through 119, and 174 are reserved for visiting champions. Final National Numbers for 10 am Amateur Race participants will start at number 201. A rider with an earned number has the option to reserve a higher number, if available.