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CHAPTER 2 - RACE RULES AND PROCEDURES

CHAPTER 2 RACE RULES AND PROCEDURES


2.1 Pit / Paddock Regulations

  • All motorcycles must remain in the pit or paddock area except when being raced or tested in designated areas.
  • Riding of competition motorcycles, other than on the racetrack or designated test area is strongly discouraged.
  • When a rider or mechanic is riding or testing any motorcycle (including pit bikes) in a designated test area, that person must wear a helmet and be dressed to offer some protection (pants, shirt, shoes).
  • Any operation of a vehicle in the paddock must be at a very slow, safe speed. Only one warning, then penalty will occur.
  • Travel in hot pits will be safe and traveled in one direction.
  • Penalty will occur if not obeyed.
  • Pets are not allowed in pits, grid, signal area, or other restricted areas.
  • Smoking is not allowed in pits, grid, signal area, or other restricted areas
  • All pits are required to have a 5 lb extinguisher, displayed at the front of their pits. All riders not having the required extinguisher will be subject to a $50.00 fine.

2.2 Sign In

  • It is the responsibility of each rider to ensure that he/she has filled in all necessary registration forms, and paid all applicable fees for each of the classes that they wish to compete in during the meet.
  • Riders must bring their valid competition license and their Provincial health card (i.e. Alberta Health Card) with them to the sign in booth.
  • CASH or CHEQUE ONLY payments are accepted at the sign in booth.
  • No refunds will be issued after the riders meeting on Race Day.

2.3 Rider’s Meetings

All riders entered in the meet must attend the riders meeting. Riders that miss the meeting will NOT be allowed onto the track before speaking with the Clerk of the Course and will be gridded at the back of their class. Roll call during riders meetings will be names called at random.

2.4 Technical Inspections

Technical inspections of motorcycles, equipment, and riding apparel are held prior to a race meet.

  • All riders MUST sign in BEFORE going to Technical Inspection.
  • Only motorcycles having passed technical inspection are allowed on racetrack, test areas or starting line.
  • A Referee, Chief Technical Inspector, or Starter may at any time recall a motorcycle, equipment or riding apparel for further inspection.
  • All motorcycles, equipment, and riding apparel involved in a crash must again pass technical inspection before they are allowed on race track, test areas or starting line.
  • All crashes that happen during warm up session before race must proceed to Hot Pits for technical inspection. Start of race will not wait for participant/s.
  • Technical Inspection stickers must be placed on the bike by the technical inspectors only. No stickers from previous events may remain on, under or near the current Technical Inspection sticker for that event/weekend.
  • Bodywork lowers that restrict proper scrutiny of the motorcycle must be removed prior to technical inspection. This is mandatory!

2.5 On Track Regulations

  • No rider may, at any time, ride in such a manner as to endanger life or limb of other riders, officials or the public. Wheelies or stunting in the paddock will result in removal from race facility with no refund. Stunting or wheelies in the hot pits is forbidden and will result in removal from race facility with no refund. Failure to comply will result in removal from race facility with no refund.
  • No one, except riders officially entered, may ride or practice on any racecourse on the day of the meet. Unofficial trials on the day of the race meet are prohibited. Any person unofficially entering will be asked to leave the facility. If on officially entered riders’ machine, official rider will be asked to leave facility without refund.
  • Under no circumstances is any person at any time be permitted to ride a machine in the wrong direction of the track, unless under the express permission of the Race Director or the Clerk of the Course.
  • Only in the designated pit area may any adjustment, repair, or refueling be made to the motorcycle by a mechanic or crew during an event or during a red-flag period.
  • A rider may make repairs during a race, without assistance, in a safe area off the racecourse.
  • Any form of outside assistance on the course is forbidden except when the assistance is given by the officials placed by the Referee for the purpose of safety. Special consideration will be given to pit crews with timing devises and lap boards, must be approved by Race Director or Executive members (but only when approved by Race Director).
  • A rider leaving the course may only continue the race by safely re-entering the course from the closest point to where that rider left the course without gaining an advantage. The rider must re-enter the course under the directions of the turn marshals if they are present in the area where the run-off occurred. It is the duty of the Referee or his designee to make the determination as to whether a rider gained any advantage by leaving the racecourse and re-entering.
  • A rider whose motorcycle is disabled before reaching the finish line may, by the rider’s own unaided muscular energy, push or carry the motorcycle in the proper direction of the course to complete the race unless the rider is determined to be a safety hazard by the Referee.
  • Any racer who appears to be impeding another competitor attempting to pass, by weaving, will be penalized or disqualified. This is a judgement call by the Referee and cannot be protested. Video evidence of alleged incidents may be provided to the Referee as part of a rider protest. Weaving is defined as anything more than:
    a) A pull out/pass/pull back in or
    b) ONE change of line on a straight portion of the track.
  • Any rider exiting the track during a race is considered retired from the race unless under specific instructions from a race official.


2.6 Procedures for Pre Grid, Gridding and Starts

  • Pre Grid is located at the racecourse entrance.
  • Grid sheets are posted at pre-grid indicating row and position of each rider. It is the responsibility of the rider to notify race officials if there is an error in the grid sheet prior to the start of the event.
  • Official starting line for each starting row is plainly marked on racecourse surface.
  • It is the responsibility of each rider to know and report to his or her correct grid position.
  • Five and Two minute warnings are indicated using a board or horn at pre grid.
  • At the completion of the two minutes or at the discretion of the Starter the racecourse entrance gate is opened. The gate closes once the lead riders on the warm up lap complete 50% of the racecourse or on instruction by the Starter.
  • The Starter holds a red flag at the start finish line to indicate final gridding.
  • As a final warning, the Starter leaves the track surface and moves to the starter’s position.
  • Shortly after the Starter has left the track surface, the starting light (a single red light located near the end of the front straight, above the pit wall) will be activated. The light will be kept on for a random period of several seconds. The light will then be de-activated to signal the start of the race. *see note in Chapter 3.1 Canadian / Provincial flag*
  • Should a rider have a problem once on the start grid, the rider must wave his/her arm to get the attention of the Starter. If the problem cannot be resolved immediately the rider is given time to remove the motorcycle from the grid, and can then join the race once the field has left the grid if the motorcycle did not need to be removed from the course.
  • Starts may be divided and started in separate groups or “waves”. The Starter or the Referee determines time interval between waves. The starting light will be activated and de-activated separately for each wave. Once the first group has started, if it is necessary to abort the start of the remaining group(s), the red flag is displayed immediately and there is a complete restart.
  • Groups will typically have Experts ahead of the Intermediates.
  • In the event of a crash during the warm up laps prior to the actual start of the race event, the rider must report to the hot pits for technical inspection. If the bike is deemed fit to continue the race, the racer will then start the race from the exit of the hot pits once the last rider on the grid has passed the hot pit exit.

2.7 Procedures for Stops and Restarts

  • When a race is stopped with two laps or less completed, a complete restart is required using original grid positions.
  • When a race is stopped with more than two laps, but less than 50% of the total laps completed, the field is regridded for the restart. Riders are credited for their completed laps by the order they crossed the finish line in the lap preceding the red-flagged lap. Grid positions are determined by the running order (race position) in that preceding lap. The remaining laps are run, less credit for those completed, in an effort to complete the total distance.
  • The Referee or his designate will attempt to determine which rider(s) caused any incident that leads to a red flag. If the Referee identifies the rider(s) responsible for stopping the race, then the first rider involved is gridded last on the restart, the next rider next to last, etc.
  • Any rider that requires an ambulance ride back to the pits after a red flag will not be allowed to restart that race. Refusal to ride back in the ambulance will result in the rider being suspended from racing for that day.
  • When a race is stopped in which 50% or more of the total laps have been completed, the race may be considered complete.
  • When a race is stopped in which 80% or more of the total laps have been completed, the race is considered complete and there is no restart.
  • If there are two separate red flags shown in a Novice race, the race will be stopped and called final at the second red flag.
  • In the case of no restart, any rider(s) deemed responsible by the Referee for the race-ending incident is placed in the results, at the end of their respective laps, using the method described previously for regridding

2.8 Refueling During a Race

  • There is no refueling during any sprint races. Including such times as when riders are directed to the hot pit area during red-flag and/or restart conditions.

2.9 Race Finishes

  • The race is officially ended for all contestants at the completion of the lap in which the winner is given the checkered flag.
  • Should the checkered flag be displayed later than the official distance, the winner is the leader at the time the checkered flag is displayed.
  • Should a rider be given the checkered flag ahead of the actual winner, or with the winners, the rider is scored as having completed the race in the race position the rider was running at that time.
  • All riders must complete the checkered flag lap and at least 50% of the leaders laps to be scored as finishers in the event.
  • After displaying the checkered flag, the scorer continues to score for 5 minutes or until all riders have crossed the start/finish line.

2.10 Official Race Results

  • Official announcement of race results will be given after all scoring materials are examined and approved by the Head Scorer.
  • Provisional results are then posted in the paddock area. The posted results will become official unless discrepancies are reported. Protests must be made within 20 minutes after the posting of the provisional results.
  • Riders are notified of the results posting location at the riders meeting. An official is appointed to stand by during the posting time limit. All claims must be referred to the appointed official in order to be considered. Following the lapse of the time limit, any later claim(s) based on newly discovered facts are not under any circumstances, considered by any official. If any claim(s) are filed within the time limit, a new posting time limit of 20 minutes is required if the claim(s) are found to be valid.