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.
- Minimum Age Requirement: Riders must meet the minimum age requirements in order to compete on the following machines:
DIVISION AGE ENGINE DISPLACEMENT Bike Youth 4 51cc; 70cc 4-Stk 7 65/85cc 2-Stk 12 150cc 4-Stk Bike Amateur 12 125cc 14 250cc 16 450cc ATV Youth 4 51cc 6 70cc CVT 8 90cc; 125cc 4-Stk 13 250cc 4-Stk 13 200cc 2-Stk; 300cc 4-Stk 14 400cc ATV Amateur 16 450cc
- 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 1:50 - 2 hr ATV Amateur 1:45 - 2 hr ATV Youth 1 hr ATV Micro 30 min
- 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.
- Pit Vehicles: Spectator and pit riding is prohibited. Crew members are prohibited from using motorized vehicles to access the racecourse.
- Pit Crews: Riders are responsible for the actions of their entire pit crew.
- Bicycles are restricted from the following areas:
a. The eMTB racecourse during the eMTB race (unless competing in the event); and
b. The Micro racecourse during the Micro races.
- 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.
- Sponsor Village is designated a “No Motorized Vehicles – Foot Traffic Only” zone. Only authorized motor vehicles permitted in Sponsor Village.
B. RIDER ELIGIBILITY AND CLASSIFICATION:
- "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. "B" riders in the previous year's GNCC who won at least 4 races in a “B” division.
d. Riders that have ever qualified for the American ISDE Trophy or Junior teams, excluding the Women/Masters/Golden Masters class.
e. Riders that have an "A" ranking in any other off-road series. This applies to both AMA and non-AMA sanctioned events.
- "B" Classes
a. 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. "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. “C” riders in the previous year's GNCC who won at least 4 races in a “C” division.
e. 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 (16-18) 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. Riders who desire to exercise this option but who have been advanced to “B” class due to the AMA ORPV must appeal to the AMA to remain in a “C” class.
- Novice/"C" Classes: Novice skill level riders and riders that do not otherwise qualify as an “A” or “B” level rider.
- Schoolboy (ATV): Schoolboy riders advancing to a 450cc machine upon meeting the age requirement may compete in the “A”, “B” or “C” division.
- Youth Classes: No “A class” riders are permitted to compete in any “Youth” class. AMA Racing Rule, Section 2.1.E.1.e. Hence, Youth riders are prohibited from competing in any “A” division in any non-GNCC off-road event/series. For purposes of clarification, this restriction does not apply to the ATV Schoolboy Sr. division, so long as the rider is under 16 years of age and does not receive a cash prize.
- Warrior Classes: Restricted to active military and veterans. Military ID Required.
- 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 or series awards
- 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. Competitors not eligible to compete in Bike Youth program.
- 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.
- Changing Classes: A rider may petition to move to a lower classification based on class finishes and time differences. However, 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.
- 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..
- Riding Out of Class: Riders must compete in their designated or assigned skill level and may not “ride down” at the GNCC, i.e., riders that compete at the “A” or “B” level in any other series or events must compete at the “A” or “B” level in GNCC. This applies to AMA and non-AMA sanctioned events. Riders determined to be riding out of class will be removed from the race results for that event and prohibited from competing further in such class, and the class rescored. In addition, the rider will forfeit all prior championship points earned in the current year during their ineligibility for the class. Objections to class eligibility must be supported by data and will be accepted up to 48 hours after results are posted. Email objections to [email protected].
C. MACHINE ELIGIBILITY AND CLASSIFICATION:
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 Jr: For Micro Junior classes (Jr.1 (6-7) and Jr.2 (4-5), Max. Front Wheel is 10”; For all other Micro classes, Max. Front Wheel is 12”. Micro Jr. limited to the following OEM models: KTM Mini Adventure, KTM SX Mini, KTM Mini-E, Husky EE-5, Cobra MC-E5, Cobra CX50P3, Cobra CX50 Jr., Yamaha PW50 and Yamaha TTR50E.
f. Mini-E: Mini-E models are eligible in all Micro classes in accordance with class age and wheel size requirements.
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.
b. 4x4: (201-1000cc) 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.
c. Women: (91-200cc 2-Stk; 91-300cc 4-Stk) Production/Non-production models (Age 13+); (301-Open 4-Stk) Production models only. Minimum age requirements apply for model chosen. No engine displacement reduction permitted.
d. Schoolboy (14-17): (91-200cc 2-Stk; 91-300cc 4-Stk) Production/Non-production models; (301-400cc 4-Stk) Production models only. No engine displacement reduction permitted. (For clarification: 13-yr olds are eligible for class if they meet the age requirements of Section B.9 above.); provided, 13-yr olds are not eligible to race over a 300cc model.)
e. Super Mini (12-15): (71-105cc 2-Stk; 75-150cc 4-Stk) Production/Non-production models. Youth model frames only.
f. 250 (13-15) & Schoolgirl: (91-250cc 4-Stk) Production models. Youth model frames only. The following may be changed or added: tires, tire balls, wheels, wheelbase (must use stock suspension points), rear axle, A-arm, shocks, suspension, pipe, sprockets, gearing, clutch, twist throttle, handlebars, grips, handlebar pads, front bumper, rear grab bar, air filter, jetting, steering stabilizer, and frame reinforcements. Fenders may be trimmed. No other modifications allowed, INCLUDING carburetor, electronics (including CDI and ECU), air box (may remove lid but not screen or stock cage), and gas tank. Maximum wheels: front 10”; rear 9”. Production bore & stroke must remain stock. Air-cooled models only; 2-Stroke shifter models not eligible; Apex models not eligible.
g. 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, handlebar pads, front bumper, rear grab bar, air filter, jetting, steering stabilizer and frame reinforcements. Fenders may be trimmed. No other modifications allowed, INCLUDING carburetor, electronics (including CDI and ECU), oil injection, air box (may remove lid but not screen or stock cage), gas tank, wheelbase, width, rear axle, A-arm, shocks and suspension. 2-Stroke shifter models not eligible.
h. 90 Stock: (75-90cc 4-stk) Production models. The following may be changed or added: tires (but no tire balls), wheels (max. 10”), sprocket, clutch, twist throttle, handlebars, grips, handlebar pads, front bumper, rear grab bar, air filter, steering stabilizer and frame reinforcements. Fenders may be trimmed. No other modifications allowed, INCLUDING pipe, gearing, jetting, carburetor, electronics (including CDI and ECU), air box and lid, gas tank, wheelbase, width, rear axle, A-arm, shocks and suspension. Limited to the following OEM models: Can Am 90, Honda TRX90, Kymco 90, Suzuki LTZ90, Textron DVX90 and Yamaha Raptor 90.
i. Youth Classes: No engine displacement reduction permitted.
The AMA Equipment Standards List in Chapter 2 of the AMA Racing Rulebook applies. In addition, the following apply:
- Riders may not carry gasoline anywhere except inside the machine's fuel tank. Aftermarket fuel tanks are permitted; Auxiliary/Extension fuel tanks are not permitted. (Note: This rule differs from the AMA Racing Rulebook.)
- All machines must have silencers.
- All machines must have a working kill switch (bikes) or tether cord (ATV).
- Extended after-market foot shifters must fold.
- No horns, bells or other sound devices are permitted on machines.
- Machine sound level cannot exceed 98 dB/A.
- Machines may be tested by officials any time prior to, during or after the event.
- Paddle tires and studded tires are prohibited.
- Riders contesting the series should comply with the number plate color code. (See, Class Chart).
- Long sleeve shirts/jerseys are required for all competitors.
- Riders may only compete in one race per day, with the following exceptions:
a. Once a youth class championship has been decided, youth riders may compete in both the Youth race and Amateur race, if otherwise eligible for the class; however, their results in the second race will not be counted;
b. Youth ATV racers may compete in one Micro race (ATV or Bike). Micro riders may compete in both the ATV Micro and the Bike Micro race events but may only compete in a total of two events per day. (added 1.11.21)
c. 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 in the same classes he/she wishes to compete in with GNCC. Upon approval, racers may receive points toward both classes in the co-sanctioning series, but only one race will count for GNCC points.
d. This rule does not apply to eMTB classes. ATV/Micro riders may compete in the eMTB race. (added 1.24.21)
- 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.
- 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.
- Riders must obtain a GNCC approved transponder. GNCC utilizes Sport-Tag transponders only. Sport-Tag 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.
- 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”.
- 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:
- 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. For the Snowshoe event only, a block of rows will be designated for each class. The Top 5 in class points will start on the first row of the class. The remainder of the class will draw for Start Row assignment at registration.
- The Start Line and all refueling areas will be a designated “No Smoking Zone”.
- 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.
- 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.
c. At the “10 Seconds” signal, all crew members must step behind the riders and may have no physical contact with a rider or their machine until after the green flag is thrown.
d. Between 8 and 10 seconds, the green flag will be thrown, signaling the start of the race.
- Riders starting their machines prior to the green flag signal or taking off with the wrong row will be penalized.
- Riders missing the start of their class must enter the racecourse at the Start Line and complete the start chute.
- 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.
- ATV riders are required to start the event with their tether cord properly affixed.
G. THE COURSE:
- 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.
- The course will be marked with arrows pursuant to the following color chart:
SATURDAY RACES ARROW BACKGROUND ATV Micro Black White Bike Micro Black White ATV Youth Blue White ATV Amateur Red White ATV Pro Red White eMTB White Red SUNDAY RACES Bike Youth Blue White Bike Amateur Red White Bike Pro Red White Bike Only (Pro and Amateur) Black Orange
- The course will be open to inspection Friday through Sunday. Participants are permitted to walk or bicycle the course only; Pedal-assist cycles are permissible for this purpose.
- Marking, cutting, tampering with or otherwise changing the course in any manner is strictly prohibited. Course modifications may only be made by an official.
- No one, except officials and riders officially entered in the race program, may ride on the racecourse at any time during the event.
- Riders will be disqualified for riding a GNCC course during the 7 days prior to the first day of the event.
- Motocross Tracks: The infield of a motocross track is a restricted area, accessible by race officials and staff only. Trackside pitting is prohibited inside the fence barrier of a motocross track, and team members and race fans must remain outside the fence line.
- 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.
- There will be three checkpoints throughout the racecourse: 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.
- 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.
- 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:
- 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: DoubleStriped Placards posted on both sides of the trail, ribbons, signs, stakes, hay bales, barrels, motocross track, grass track, etc..
- 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.
- Riders may not cut to the inside of a white pole corner marker.
- If a rider leaves the course for any reason they must re-enter where they left the course.
- 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.
- Radios are permitted between pit crew members, but not with or between riders.
- 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.
- Team Tactics are prohibited and include but are not limited to: altering the race course, marking the race course, blocking course lines, blocking riders, 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, team members or spectators involved will be penalized, including but not limited to disqualification, removal and suspension from GNCC.
- 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 deemed 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:
- The race officially ends for all contestants at the completion of the lap in which the checkered flag is displayed to the overall winner.
- To be considered as having completed a lap, the rider must remain with his machine with his helmet on, at all times, and both rider and machine must cross the plane of the checkered flag under the rider’s own unaided ability. No credit will be given for any distance covered during which time the rider’s helmet was removed.
- 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.).
- 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.
- Podium Procedure: The following racers will be recognized on the podium:
ATV Amateur: Top 3 Overall in points-paying classes, then Top 3 4x4 and Top 3 WXC.
ATV Pro: Top 3 Overall, regardless of class, then Top 3 XC1 Pro, Top 3 XC2 Pro-Am and Top Amateur.
Bike Amateur: Top 3 Overall in points-paying classes, then Top 3 WXC.
Bike Pro: Top 3 Overall, regardless of class, then Top 3 XC1 Pro, Top 3 XC2 Pro, Top 3 XC3 Pro-Am and Top Amateur.
- Burnouts on the podium are prohibited. Violation of this provision will result in a penalty, including but not limited to fine and/or disqualification.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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, etc.. A sliding penalty severity scale may be imposed for repeat offenders. A Penalty Log will be maintained for this purpose.
- 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 9 finishes 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 6 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 8 finishes in the same discipline (i.e., Bike or ATV). A rider must enter a minimum of 8 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.
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 8 events, with as many as 10 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.
Ties: Ties in the top 20 National Numbers in the 1 pm Pro Race will be broken by the most first place overall finishes, then by the most second place overall finishes, etc., until the tie is broken. Ties for remaining national numbers will be broken by the higher overall finish in the final race of the season.