2014 GNCC Pro Competition Rules

Revised 1.9.14

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.    Classes:

There will be two Pro Bike classes and one Pro and one Pro Am ATV class, as follows:

Bikes XC1 Pro ATV XC1 Pro
XC2 Pro Lites XC2 Pro Am
  4x4 Pro

 2.   Minimum Age Requirement:  

XC1 Pro competitors must be at least 17 years of age at the time of the event. 

XC2 competitors must be at least 16 years of age at the time of the event. 

XC2 Bike competitors finishing within the top 20 overall the previous year may be 15 years of age at the time of the event.

4x4 Pro competitors must be at least 16 years of age at the time of the event. 

3.   Race Length:

The Motorcycle Pro race will be a minimum 2:40 - 3 hour race.

The ATV Pro race and 4x4 Pro race will be a 2 hour race.

4.   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.

5.   Pit Vehicles:

Each OEM will be issued one Pit Vehicle permit to accommodate VIP’s and sponsors.  The vehicle can be used throughout the weekend, and can be taken to and from the start area to haul tools, tires, parts, etc..  However, it cannot be used by mechanics or team staff DURING the race, or for VIPs to go point to point along the course to signal or otherwise assist racers.  No materials that can be used for assistance in any manner for a racer on the course can be hauled in the pit vehicle at any time during the event after the start. This includes but is not limited to eyewear, tools, parts, signs, pit boards or any materials the promoter feels can be used for assistance.  Otherwise, pit riding is prohibited. 6.   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.   RACE NUMBERS:

1. The following number plate color codes are required:

Class Plate Number PMS Code
XC1/4x4 Pro Red White PMS 032 C
XC2 Green White PMS 354 C

      The following number plate color codes are recommended:

Class Plate Number PMS Code
XC1 Points Leader White Red PMS 032 C
XC2 Points Leader White Green PMS 354 C

2.   Front plate numbers must be a minimum of 5.5” H.  The current GNCCRacing.com logo must be displayed across the top of the front plate.  At minimum, the sticker will be 1” H x 8” W and is provided by GNCC Racing. Only numbers and the approved GNCC Racing logo are permitted on the front number plates.  Digital logo files may be requested from GNCC Racing for the purpose of third party production of number plates with the official GNCC Racing logo. Click HERE for logo download.

Click HERE for Front Number Plate specs.

3.   Side plate numbers must be a minimum of 3” H.  The remaining space may be used for rider sponsor signage.

4.   Race numbers must be clearly visible on the rider's back.

5.   ATV machines must have a number plate with rider number mounted on the rear grab bar.

C.   RIDER ELIGIBILITY AND CLASSIFICATION:

1.   XC1/XC2 (Bikes): The following riders are required to compete in either the XC1 or XC2 class:

a.   Top 10 overall riders from previous year's GNCC, unless eligible for an age division (30+).  Provided, however, that riders earning a Top 10 overall ranking the two previous consecutive years are required to compete in XC1.

b.   Top 5 overall riders from previous year's AMA National Enduro, AMA National Hare & Hound, EnduroXcross, SCORE or WORCS series; 

c.   Riders earning a gold medal during the previous 3 years at the ISDE unless eligible for an age or gender class;

d.   International riders currently holding a top 3 overall ranking in their home country's national championship of similar type event;

e.   Current AMA Pro Supercross or Pro Motocross license holders who qualified for a Supercross or National Motocross in the current or previous year; or

f.    By promoter discretion.

g.   Riders placing 11-25 overall the previous year are eligible, but not required to race XC1/XC2.

h.   The XC2 Champion from the previous year may remain in the XC2 class for one additional year to defend the title. Thereafter, the XC2 Champion must move to the XC1 class.

i.    “A” riders advancing to the XC1/XC2 class may return to the “A” division at any time without penalty.

2.   XC2 Lites (Bikes):  The following riders are eligible, but not required, to compete in the XC2 Lites class: 

a.   Riders placing 11-50 overall the previous year;

b.   Top 3 overall riders from previous year’s GNCC “A” classes; or

c.   By promoter discretion.

d.   Former GNCC, WORCS, AMA National Enduro, AMA National Hare & Hound or EnduroXcross overall national champions in the past 5 years are not eligible for the XC2 class. 

3.   XC1 Pro (ATV):  The following riders are required to compete in the XC1 Pro class:

a.   Riders earning a Top 10 overall ranking the two previous consecutive years;

b.   Top five overall riders from previous year's ATVMX Pro or WORCS; or

c.   By promoter discretion.

d.   Riders placing 11-25 overall the previous year are eligible, but not required to race XC1.

4.   XC2 Pro-Am (ATV):  The following riders are eligible, but not required, to compete in the Pro-Am class:

a.   Riders placing 11-50 overall the previous year;

b.   Top 3 overall riders from previous year’s GNCC “A” classes;

c.   Top 5 overall riders from previous year's ATVMX or WORCS Pro-Am classes; or

d.   By promoter discretion.

e.   Former GNCC, WORCS or ATVMX Pro national champions in the past 5 years are not eligible for the Pro Am class. 

5.   4x4 Pro (ATV):  The following 4x4 riders are eligible to compete in the 4x4 Pro class:

a.   Riders earning national number 200-250 the previous year;

b.   Top 5 overall riders from previous year's 4x4 Open and 4x4 U2 classes;

c.   Top 5 overall riders from previous year’s GNCC “A” classes;

d.   Riders holding an ATVMX Pro license in the past 5 years; or

e.   By promoter discretion.

D.   MACHINE ELIGIBILITY AND CLASSIFICATION:

1.   XC1 Pro (Bikes): (122cc-Open 2/4 Stroke).

2.   XC2 Lites (Bikes): (122-250cc 2/4 Strokes). 

3.   XC1/XC2 (ATV): (201-450cc); Fuel tanks are limited to a 4-gallon maximum capacity. Production models only. 

4.   4x4 Pro: (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.

5.   ATV 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 2014 ATV Class Detail for production model designation.

6.   Riders may not carry gasoline anywhere exceptin inside the machine's fuel tank.

7.   All machines must have silencers.

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

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

10.   Machine sound level cannot exceed 98 dB/A.

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

E.   REGISTRATION PROCEDURE:

1.   Riders may only compete in one race per day.  Provided, however, that ATV racers may compete in the UTV division.

2.   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.

3.   Entry Fees:                    XC1:         $100 entry fee; top-15 purse

                                    XC2 (Bike):        $50 entry fee; top-5 purse

                                    XC2 (ATV):         $40 entry fee; top-3 purse

                                       4x4 Pro:       $40 entry fee; top-3 purse

4.   Riders must first obtain a transponder.  Units 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.  Place the smaller white tag on the lower left chin side of the helmet; place the

colored tag 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 racing 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.   The Start Horn will signal that the XC1 Class will line up in 15 minutes; the XC2 Class will select start positions immediately after the start of the 10 am Amateur race; the 4x4 Pro Class will select start positions immediately after the start of the 8 am Youth Race. Place markets will be provided for this purpose.

2.    Riders must be prepared to line up when called, or risk losing their start position choice. 

3.   The XC1 class will start on the front row; the XC2 classes will start from the second row. 

4.   Start positions for the first race only will be determined by the top 10 finishers from the previous year’s class standings.  For the balance of the series, the top 10 in class point standings will get the first 10 start picks.  Riders will draw for remaining positions at the time of registration.  Riders must quickly make their start selection.

5.   The Riders Meeting will be conducted on the Start Line after the XC1 Pro class start position selection.  All riders must attend riders meeting.

6.   Upon the official’s signal, all persons must clear the area in front of the X1 Pro class for opening ceremonies.

7.   GNCC is a dead engine start. 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. 

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

9.   Riders missing the start of their class must enter the race course at the start line and complete the start chute.

10.  The machine a rider leaves the starting line with is the official machine of the rider for that event, and may not be switched during the event.

11.  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.   XC1 Pro and XC2 Pro Lites Bikes are permitted to inspect the course the day before the race between 1 - 5 pm only, and the day of the race.  XC1 Pro and XC2 Pro Am ATV are permitted to inspect the course the day before the race between 1 - 7 pm only, and the day of the race. 

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.

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

3.   Checkpoints are "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. 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.   With the exception of fueling, 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.   Riders must fuel in their designated Pro Pit area.  In the event a rider runs completely out of fuel, he may obtain fuel outside his designated Pro Pit area sufficient only enough to allow him to return to his designated pro pit area, where he MUST stop and refuel, regardless of whether he needs the fuel to complete the race.

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

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

9.   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. 

10.  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.

11.  Unsportsmanlike Conduct. Persons whose appearance, conduct, associations or affiliations, on or off the track, deemed harmful or otherwise 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 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 XC1 Pro top three finishers will be recognized on the podium; then the top three XC2 class finishers. Provided, however, that in the event an XC2 rider finishes in the top three Overall, the top three Overall will be recognized briefly first, followed by the top three XC1 and XC2 classes.

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.

9.   Impound: After the race, the top 3 overall riders, as well as any other rider requested by an official to do so, must leave their machines at a designated impound area for post-race inspection until released by the official.

10. Protests must be in writing and comply with the GNCC Protest Procedure, available HERERiders 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 Director 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, loss of prize money, fine, probation, etc.

12. Purse earnings will be distributed via the GNCC Direct Deposit Program.  All riders earning a purse must submit a Direct Deposit Application, available HERE.

13.  Pro Autograph Sessions:  Pro riders pitting on Pro Row shall participate and be available for the Pro Autograph Session, to be conducted on race day from 10:30-11 am, or immediately after the start of the 10 am Amateur Race.  The location of the Pro Autograph Session will be designated by GNCC.  Pro riders shall provide their own autograph stock.  GNCC will provide graphic design services upon request.

K.   MECHANICS AND PRO PIT AREA:

1.   Riders are responsible for the actions of their entire pit crew.

2.   Pit areas must be maintained in a clean and professional manner.  Mechanics and pit crew members must present a clean and neat appearance.  Mechanics are encouraged to be in uniform designating a rider or team name.  All other persons in the pro pits must dress appropriately.

3.   Alcohol is prohibited in the pro pits during pro racing.

4.   Unleashed pets are prohibited in the pro pits during pro racing.

5.   Smoking is prohibited in the pro pits during pro racing.        

L.   NATIONAL CLASS CHAMPIONSHIPS:

All XC1 and XC2 and 4x4 Pro classes will be recognized as separate National Class Championships. All 13 events will count towards the National Class Championship.

Ties:  Ties for the class championship will be broken by the most first place finishes, then by the most second place finishes, if necessary. Ties for other positions will be broken by the higher national ranking. 

M.  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. 

Final National Overall Numbers will be assigned based on overall points earned and will be awarded to the top 20 overall first, regardless of the number of events entered, then to the remaining riders based on overall finish in at least 9 races and as many as 11. Bike Numbers 111 through 119 and 174, are reserved for visiting champions. 

The Overall National Champion will be awarded the National Number “1” plate and shall be required to display the Number “1” plate the next season.  In the event the XC2 Bike class champion is eligible to  remain in the XC2 class, he may also display the XC2 Number “1” plate, so long as the required plate color codes are complied with. 

Ties: Ties in the top 20 National Numbers will be broken by the most first place finishes, then by the most second place finishes, etc., if necessary. Ties for remaining national numbers will be broken by the higher overall finish in the final race of the season

N.   NATIONAL POINTS SCALE:

National Class Championship and Overall National Number points will be earned as follows per event:     

1 – 30 5 – 16 9 – 12 13 – 8 17 – 4
2 – 25 6 – 15 10 – 11 14 – 7 18 – 3
3 – 21 7 – 14 11 – 10 15 – 6 19 – 2
4 – 18 8 – 13 12 – 9 16 – 5 20 – 1
For the XC1 Class, national ranking shall be consistent with the Overall National ranking, exclusive of riders in other classes. 

O.  MANUFACTURER CHAMPIONSHIP:

A Manufacturer Championship will be awarded for both the motorcycle and ATV disciplines.  To establish the Manufacturer Champion, points will be awarded per race to each manufacturer for its two (2) highest placed overall finishers. The same Championship point scale and tie-breaker procedure set forth above shall be used to determine the Manufacturer Championship.

Revised: 1.9.14

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