AMA Rules Updates – We Especially Like Proposal #20

Rule Changes for the 2008 AMA Rulebooks
OFF ROAD DIVISION
Proposal #2 : Chapter 2, Section A, Paragraph 4, Page 9: 4. To be eligible for a
STOCK CLASS, the following cannot be changed or modified: Internal engine
components, electronics, frame, carburetor, air box, swing arm, rim size, wheel
hubs and exhaust system. Cylinder re-plating is allowed but must retain the
original manufacturer’s bore. Changes to carburetor jetting is allowed. Clutch
plates, pistons and piston rings may be accessory items as long as they maintain
the stock shape, design and material of the OEM parts. High compression
pistons are not allowed. All other internal engine components must be stock
OEM parts. Material may be added to the existing frame for strength, including
welding. OEM front and rear suspension can be altered with internal
modifications only. Shock linkage and suspension spring rates may be changed
to any commercially available part. Any items not listed above may be changed
or modified. Violations of the stock class rules as determined by the protest
process or by the referee of the event will result in a disqualification from the
event. A second violation of the stock class rules will result in a disqualification
from the event and a suspension from AMA competition for one year. However, if
a violation is deemed by the referee to be cosmetic in nature, with no
performance advantage or willful misconduct involved, he may issue a warning or
fine in lieu of disqualification. Approved.
Proposal #4: Chapter 3, Section C, Paragraph 4, Page 11: Drain Plugs – On
road race and Supermoto machines, crankcase and transmission drain plugs
must be safety wired. Approved.
Proposal #8: Chapter 7, Section D, Paragraph 3, Page 71:
a. For each protest, $50 per item or component protested
b. In addition to the protest fee(s), the following teardown fees will apply for a
technical protest requiring measurement or teardown of an engine:
(1) Two-stroke: $100
(2) Four-stroke: $250
(3) An additional $100 is required for measurement of any engine that must be
removed from the frame for inspection. Approved.
Proposal #11: Chapter 7, Section E, Paragraph 2B, Page 73: CHANGES IN
BOLD
b. In general, appeals cannot be accepted related to matters for which no remedy
is available, (For instance, no appeal will be heard if the only means of remedy
would be to re-run an event.) OR IN WHICH THE AMA HAS ALREADY
RENDERED A DECISION
3. All appeals must be in writing, accompanied by the appropriate fee and signed
by the appellant. The appeal must specifically state the date and location of the
sanctioned meet, the elements of the matter being appealed and the grounds for
the appeal. The appeal may be filed with the referee at the meet or submitted to:
AMA Racing, 13515 Yarmouth Dr, Pickerington, OH 43147. Fax: (614) 856-1921.
Accepted delivery methods are facsimile transmission, United States mail or an
express delivery service of the appellant’s choice.
4. The appellant is solely responsible for timely delivery of the appeal, appeal
fees and related documentation to the AMA.
5. Appeals must be received by the AMA before the close of business (5:00 p.m.
Eastern time) on the fifth business day (Monday through Friday) after the ruling
or incident under appeal.
6. A filing fee of $250 ($500 for National events) must accompany an Appeal.
Filing fees will be refunded only if the appealing party prevails. Laboratory fees
for fuel testing must be paid by the appealing party and will be refunded only if
the appealing party prevails.
7. Both AMA and the appealing party are responsible for producing the following
within 10 working days of the decision/incident being appealed and the AMA is
responsible for distributing all such information to the appellant in a timely
manner:
a. Copies of all written statements which will be offered as evidence at an appeal
hearing.
b. A list of all witnesses to testify during the appeal hearing.
8. As soon as practical, AMA will review all materials submitted and take one of
FOUR initial actions:
a. Rule in favor of the appealing party, take appropriate remedial action and
refund the filing fee;
b. If the matter appealed is a dispute between two parties, mediate the matter in
an effort to reach an agreement between the parties; but failing to do so,
convene an appeal board. (For these purposes, a “dispute” exists only if one
party has filed a formal protest against the other.
Having material interest in an appeal, e.g. being in a position to gain or lose
money or points as a result of the outcome, does not constitute a dispute.)
c. Convene an appeal board
d. DENY THE APPEAL
9. The time and place of hearings will be set by AMA. The appeal hearing will be
convened as soon as practical and barring unforeseen delays will be held no
more than 30 days after the ruling/incident being appealed. Approved
Proposal #18: Chapter 3, Section E, Paragraph 1, Page 15: Combine Section 1
and section 2 to read: A rider must wear a helmet at all times when riding on a
track or course. Helmets must be of the full-face or full-coverage type. In contests
of speed, all riders must utilize a shatterproof face shield or shatterproof goggles.
The helmet must conform to one of the following recognized standards and have
a label affixed certifying its approval: USA: Snell M 2005 or DOT FMVSS 218
United Nations: Regulation ECE 2205 P’ UK: BSI 6658 Type A Japan: JIS T
8133:2 Or any of the FIM SFI approved certifications. It is recommended that all
helmets used in competition be equipped with a commercially manufactured
emergency helmet removal device such as the Hats Off device. Approved.
Proposal #19: Chapter 3, Section C, Paragraph 16, Page 15. No electronic
communication with rider is permitted. Approved.
Proposal #20: Chapter 4, Section A, Paragraph 5, Page 17. add to end: ATV’s
and Motorcycles may not race or practice on the track or course at the same
time.(except hare and hound) Approved.
Proposal #23: Chapter K, Section 2, Paragraph D, Page 30. d. National
Pro Riders finishing in the top 15 of the preceding years National Enduro Series
are designated as Pro riders for the following year. A rider in this class is eligible
for overall high point winner and Pro trophies, but not for A class awards. If no
Pro class is run, Pro riders may compete only for the overall win. Any A rider may
submit to the AMA a letter of intent indicating that he wants to be designated an
Pro rider for the calendar year. District organizations that want to establish an
Pro class must submit a detailed description of proposed rules for AMA approval.
The deadline for this proposal is December 15 of each year. Approved.
Proposal #24: Chapter 4, Section K, Paragraph 4;3;A, Page 31. (3) Riders must
comply with all applicable local and state laws and regulations, including speed
limits. At the request of an official of the meet, a rider must show a valid drivers
license. If a qualified, identified official observes a rider violating a safety
regulation—such as entering a public road without first stopping— the rider may
be disqualified on the spot. However, a notice that this rule is being enforced
must be posted at the start of the event. Any rider who receives a citation for a
moving violation will be disqualified immediately. Approved.
Proposal #29: Chapter 4, Section K, Paragraph 9, Page 34: in the first
sentence remove the words “from the last known mileage” Add sentence at the
end of paragraph: “Check mileage verification shall be measured from the last
known mileage.” Approved.
Proposal #30: Chapter K, Section 5, Page 35: 5. National Enduro
Championships
At Nationals, all “A” riders receive the following points toward the Grand National
Enduro Championship. Approved.
Proposal #31: Chapter K, Section 5, Paragraph E, Page 36: e. At Nationals, all
Pro riders start one minute apart, beginning with the previous years champion at
row 21, 2nd on row 22 and continuing on until all Pro competitors have started,
including riders electing to ride the Pro class that were not in the top 15 overall
the previous year. Approved.
Proposal #34: Chapter 4, Section O, Paragraph 4, Page 40: The Overall
National Hare and Hound Championship will be decided by the points
accumulated in all events held in the series. Class champions will be decided by
the points accumulated in one less than the total number of the events in the
series. Ties are broken by comparing the number of first, second, third, etc.
finishes until the ties are resolved. Approved.
Proposal #35: Chapter 4, Section O, Paragraph 2, Page 41: Events run the
following classes, although not all classes need be run if advertised in advance.
Class 1 86-100cc
Class 2 101-125cc
Class 3 126-200cc
Class 4 201-250cc
Class 5 251-Open
Class 6 Veteran (30 yrs. and over)
Class 7 Senior (40 yrs. and over)
Class 8 Super Senior (50 yrs. and over)
Class 9 Master (60yrs.)
Class 10 Women (86cc-Open)
Class 11 ATV Approved.
Proposal #36: Chapter 4, Section P, Paragraph 7, Page 42: Class Engine Size
1 86cc -200cc
2 201cc-250cc
3 251cc – Open
4 Women’s (86cc – Open)
5 Veteran (30 yrs. and over)
6 Senior (40 yrs. and over)
7 Super Senior (50 yrs. and over) Approved.
Proposal #37: Chapter 4, Section P, Paragraph 6-E, Page 42: e. Once the
checkered flag is displayed, riders are given a reasonable amount of time to
complete their final lap. The amount of time varies, depending on the length of
the course, but that time must be: a) displayed in full view at rider registration; or
b) on display or announced at the riders meeting; or c) announced at the start
line prior to the start of each race. Approved.
Proposal #38: Chapter 4, Section P, Paragraph 8, Page 43: Delete paragraph 8.
National Hare Scrambles Championship: A maximum of 12 National Hare
Scrambles are run, with no more than five per region. (The three regions are the
same as those defined for National Enduro competition.) National championships
are decided by the points accumulated in 2 less than all events held in the series.
Approved.
Proposal #41: Chapter 4, Section Z, Page 57: Delete section for Scottish Trials.
Approved.
Proposal #42: Chapter 4, Section BB, Paragraph NEW, Page 58: Replace
existing Chapter 4 Section BB in its entirety with the following: BB: Supermoto.
(Listed out by technical) Approved.
Motocross Committee
Proposal #39: Chapter 4, Section S, Paragraph 7, Page 47″a” stays the same as
currently in rulebook
(7) Rider Performance Value (RPV)
(b) Riders will earn performance points based on their finishes at each meet
according to the following schedules:
(1) Class with 5-14 entries
Finish Points
1st 18
2nd 16
3rd 12
4th 9
5th 6
6th 5
7th 4
8th 3
9th 2
10th 1
(2) Class with 15-24 entries
Finish Points
1st 25
2nd 20
3rd 18
4th 16
5th 14
6th 12
7th 11
8th 10
9th 9
10th 8
11th 7
12th 6
13th 5
14th 4
15th 3
16th 2
17th 1
(3) Class with 25 + entries
Finish Points
1st 30
2nd 25
3rd 21
4th 18
5th 16
6th 15
7th 14
8th 13
9th 12
1oth 11
11th 10
12th 9
13th 8
14th 7
15th 6
16th 5
17th 4
18th 3
19th 2
20th 1
Example: A rider has 18 B class entries. He earns 256 points combined in 15 of
those classes and no points in the other three. To calculate the RPV the total
points earned (256) are divided by the total number of class entries in which
points were earned (15). 256 divided by 15 = RPV of 17.06. The rider’s RPV of
17.06 exceeds the 15 point cutoff and he is advanced to the “A” class.
Approved.
Proposal #39: Chapter 4, Section S, Paragraph 2 A, Page 34. Remove the
stipulation for Class 2. That reads: 144cc achieved by boring only on
homologated 125cc OEM machines. Approved.
Proposal #40: Chapter 4, Section S, Paragraph B 1, Page 49.
Delete: *(1)All starting gates must have a rear restraint on the ground a distance
of eight feet behind the starting gate in the down position. i.e. Railroad ties or 4” x
4” that will prevent riders from rolling back from the gate. Approved.
Proposal #52: Chapter 4, Section C, Paragraph 6, Page 21. Add to the end of
paragraph 6 Failure to do so may result in the rider being docked from one
finishing position all the way to disqualification from the event subject to the
referee’s discretion. Approved.
Proposal #59: Chapter 4, Section S, Paragraph 2A, Page 45: Complete class
listing of approved amateur class structure for AMA Motocross events. All
classes are approved for competition and promoters must advertise any classes
to be run. All classes must have a minimum wheel base of 53″ (except Women’s
class). All classes may be divided into A, B and C skill levels at the promoter’s
discretion.
CLASS NAME DISPLACEMENT RULES
125cc 122cc – 125cc 2-Stroke
250cc 122cc-250cc
Open 122cc-Open cc
14-24 122cc-Open cc
Plus 25 122cc-Open cc
Vet Plus 30 122cc-Open cc
Vet Plus 35 122cc-Open cc
Senior Plus 40 122cc-Open cc
Senior Plus 45 122cc-Open cc
Senior Plus 50 122cc-Open cc
Women (12+) 99cc-250cc Approved.
Proposal #62: Chapter 4, Section C, Paragraph C7B, Page 47: All “C” riders
carrying a RPV of 11.5 or higher at year end will be advanced to the “B” class.
Approved.
Proposal #63: Chapter 4, Section S, Paragraph 8&9, Page 47, The following
criteria are to be used when determining a rider’s eligibility for the “C” class:
-No rider is to be classified as a C rider if that rider had a RPV of 11.5 or higher
the previous year in the C class or a 12-16 youth division.
-No rider is to be classified as a C rider if that rider has ever been classified as an
A or Expert rider.
-No rider is to be classified as a C rider if that rider has qualified for the AMA
Amateur Motocross Nationals in any previous year in any class.
-No rider is to be classified as a C rider if that rider is receiving or has ever
received any type of OEM factory support in any class.
-If a rider does not have enough points paying finishes to calculate their RPV
points or does not meet any of the above criteria, they may not participate in the
C class if they have raced the C, Beginner or any Youth class above 12 years old
prior to June 1, 2006. Approved.
Proposal #65: Chapter 5, Section S, Paragraph 10, Page 48: No rider, youth or
amateur, can be forced to compete in the A class until January 1 following their
16th birthday. Riders under 16 years old may advance on their own
ability/competence.
Approved.
Proposal #67. Chapter 4, Section S, Paragraph B-11, Page 48. Add: 11. Riders
who wish to contest placement or classification may appeal once to the AMA.
There will be a 4 member board to hear complaint and there is no second appeal
to classification process. NO less then 2 members on this appeal board will have
background in the sport which is being contested. Approved.
Proposal #72: Chapter 5, Section C, Paragraph 1, Page 60: Complete class
listing of approved Youth Class Structure for AMA Motocross events
51cc 4-6 Stock Class 1
51cc 7-8 Stock Class 2
51cc 4-8 Stock Oil Injected Class 3
51cc 4-8 Stock Multi Speed Class 4
(All current 51cc classes remain unchanged)
65cc 7-9 59cc-65cc 2-Stroke
65cc 10-11 59cc-65cc 2-Stroke
65cc 7-11 59cc-65cc 2-Stroke
85cc 9-11 79cc-85cc 2-Stroke
85cc 12-15 79cc-85cc 2-Stroke
Supermini 12-16 79cc-112cc 2-Stroke/75-150cc 4-Stroke,
Max. front wheel 19″
Max. rear wheel 16″
Max. wheelbase 52″
Schoolboy 12-16 86cc – 125cc 2-Stroke/75cc-150cc 4 -stroke , Minimum rear
wheel 16″, Minimum front wheel 19″
Schoolboy 14-16 126cc-250cc Minimum 53″ wheelbase (No minicycles or
Superminis)
Girls 9-15 79cc-105cc 2-Stroke
Max. rear wheel 16″ Max. front wheel 19″
Max. wheelbase 52″ Approved.
Proposal #73: Chapter 5, Section C, Paragraph 1, Page 61 No professional
riders are permitted to ride the schoolboy class and supermini class. Change to
read: No A class riders are permitted to compete in any schoolboy or supermini
class. Approved.
Track Racing Committee
Proposal #22: Chapter 4, Section J, Paragraph ALL, Page 26. Replace existing
Chapter 4 Section J in its entirety with the following:
J. Drag Race
The rules of AMA-affiliated organizations will apply to their meets. There is
no appeal of referees decisions at these meets.
1. Drag races may be either time trials or a final race between
two contestants from a standing start to finish line over a
measured distance. The course is no longer than one-quarter
mile in length and must be perfectly straight with a hard,
smooth surface. There must be sufficient distance beyond the
finish line (a minimum of one-half mile) to allow a safe stop.
2. AMA-sanctioned Drag Race events are held under the
auspices of the AMA’s Drag Race Affiliate, Prostar.
AMA Prostar regulations are revised annually and appear in
full in the Prostar rulebook. Contact Prostar at 1250 Ohio Pike,
Suite 228, Cincinnati, Ohio 45102 or see www.amaprostar.com
for the latest regulations. Approved.
Proposal #76: Chapter 2, Section A, Paragraph 9, Page 6. Add: To ride in a
“PRO” class, riders MUST have a Pro-sport , Pro Expert or GNC license.
Approved.
Proposal #78: Chapter 4, Section G, Paragraph 2D, Page 23: New
2 d The following rpm will be used when testing machines for compliance with
the specified db(A) level
Up to 85cc – 7000 RPM
125cc – 6000 RPM
2 Stroke 250cc – 4250 RPM
4 stroke 250cc – 5500 RPM
500cc – 4500 RPM
Open – 3750 RPM Approved.
Proposal #83: Chapter 4, Section Q, Paragraph 4 C, Page 44. At the end of the
existing paragraph add “The cord that is attached to the dead man cannot be
elastic and must kill the engine when the riders wrist moves 36″ from the
handlebars.” Approved.
Proposal #86: Chapter 12, Section D, Paragraph 2, Page 84. Fix the Rider
Payout table. This is an editorial fix to an error caused by the rulebook editing
software. Place 16 rider payout in left column and 10 rider payout in right
column. Approved.
Proposal #87: Chapter 12, Section D, Paragraph 2, Page 84. Change Chapter
12, Section D, Paragraph 2 to read as follows:
“2. See Appendix E for Recommended Payout Structure.”
Create a new Appendix E, printed in wide format, vertically on the page, in a manner
similar to the existing Appendix D. The new Appendix E to read as follows:
RECOMMENDED PAYOUT STRUCTURE
# Riders 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4
1st 30% 30% 30% 30% 30% 30% 30% 30% 30% 30% 30% 30% 30% 30% 30%
2nd 16% 17% 17% 17% 18% 18% 18% 19% 20% 20% 20% 21% 23% 26% 28%
3rd 10% 10% 11% 11% 11% 12% 13% 13% 14% 15% 15% 17% 20% 23% 26%
4th 8% 8% 8% 9% 9% 9% 9% 9% 9% 10% 10% 11% 11% 12% 16%
5th 7% 7% 7% 7% 7% 7% 7% 7% 7% 7% 9% 9% 9% 9%
6th 6% 6% 6% 6% 6% 6% 6% 6% 6% 6% 7% 7% 7%
7th 5% 5% 5% 5% 5% 5% 5% 5% 5% 5% 5% 5%
8th 4% 4% 4% 4% 4% 4% 4% 4% 4% 4% 4%
9th 3% 3% 3% 3% 3% 3% 3% 3% 3% 3%
10th 2% 2% 2% 2% 2% 2% 2% 2% 2%
11th 2% 2% 2% 2% 2% 2% 2% 2%
12th 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1%
13th 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1%
14th 1% 1% 1% 1% 1%
15th 1% 1% 1% 1%
16th 1% 1% 1%
17th 1% 1%
18th 1%
Total Approved.
Proposal #89: Chapter Appendix, Section B, Paragraph 4, Page 87: In
Appendix B, Pro Sport Dirt Track Numbers on page 97. DELETE the following
text: “Pro Sport riders will not be permitted to use the last two digits of their AMA
number.” Approved.
ATV Committee
Proposal #90: Chapter 1, Section 1, Paragraph Definition: Add: Definition for
production after ATV: ATV Production – See Chapter 6, section C, paragraph
15 & 16 Approved.
Proposal #91: Chapter 6, Section A, Paragraph 4, Page 64. Current Class 10
71cc-90cc 2-stroke modified/75cc-125cc 4-stroke (8-15yrs) Class change
proposal 71cc-90cc 2-stroke modified/75cc-125cc 4-stroke (8-12yrs) 71cc-
105cc 2-stroke modified/75cc-150cc 4-stroke (13-15yrs) Approved.
Proposal #200 Chapter 4, Section E, Paragraph 1, Page 22: NEW BUSINESS:
Change last sentence in paragraph to read: Vintage & ATV class equipment will
be excluded from the claiming rule. Approved.
Proposal #205: Chapter 6, Section A, Paragraph 4, Page 64. Class 13 – Senior
Youth Production – 201-400cc 4 stroke 15-17 years old. Approved.