Running of Races
(AMA Rules are used with the following exceptions)
All Quads will be inspected before being allowed to race. Riders will receive a band on their quad showing that it has been inspected. Any quad that does not have a band on will not be allowed to line up at the starting gate for the race. Also, all quads are able to be inspected again at any time. If your band comes off you will be required to come back for another inspection before racing.
All Quads must have front and rear number plates and tether cords are required on all quads. Quads cannot race without a kill cord. Front and side number plates with legible numbers are required on all motorcycles. Safety gear and nerf bars are strongly recommended.
Many race procedures are not dictated by the TMXA. Things like method of start, number of laps, format of race (SX, MX, or AX), etc. for the most part, it is left to the discretion of the promoter.
TMXA Guidelines do cover classing, flagging, and scoring procedures. The following are AMA rules and common sense matters.
Yellow flags are caution only. No passing or doubling jumps on a yellow flag. Passing or doubling on a yellow flag may result in a disqualification. It will be left solely to the discretion of each promoter and will be explained during the riders meeting.
Checkered flag tells the riders that the race is over. When the checkered is displayed, your race is over (regardless of the number of laps you have completed). You do not keep going to unlap yourself or try to gain a position after the checkered flag is displayed. The checkered flag will be displayed when the leader has completed the designated number of laps. In the event the leader has not lapped you and the flagger has a white and a checkered flag, you have to complete the last lap before pulling off the track. If you pull off with the leader and he never passed you, you may not get scored properly.
Flagger must be 16 years of age or older.
When the red flag is displayed the race is stopped and the riders must pull off the track. Race will restart if 50% of the laps were not completed.
Scoring Motocross Finishes
The two moto points are totaled for overall points. The second moto finish will break all ties. Moto one gate lineup will be random, not in order of sign up. For a rider to be scored during a MX race, he/she must complete at least half of the laps of the leader, or must cross the finish line on the checkered flag. If neither of these things occur, the rider will not be scored and will receive a DNS or DNF.
Heat race lineup will be random, not in order of sign up. If rider misses heat race he/she may still ride the main, he/she will just have last gate pick. For the rider to be scored in the main, the rider must cross the finish line at least one time during the race to earn a finishing spot and for points to be given.
In large classes a consolation race or B main may be run. If fewer than 14 are in the main, the balance of points paying places will go to the top B main position (I.E. 9 riders in the main. 1st place in the B main will receive 10th place points, with 2nd receiving 11th place points, etc.
In the event of a rider jumping the starting gate, he may be penalized one lap or if the race is restarted the rider may be turned around in a backwards position for the restart. It will be left up to the promoter’s discretion.
A rider leaving the course must re-enter at the same point or where he can safely enter without interfering with other riders and without gaining an advantage. A rider who fails to do so may be docked at least one finishing position at the discretion of the promoter.
There will be visual and administrative protesting allowed. These protests will go by the AMA Rules in the 2016 AMA Rulebook found in Chapter 5. Protests must be submitted in writing within 30 minutes of motos and with a $50 upfront fee. See AMA Rules Chapter 5 for more on the protests. If you are protested and found illegal, you will be disqualified for the rest of the season and forfeit all points earned for the year. So let’s just have fun racing.
1st- 25, 2nd- 22, 3rd- 20, 4th- 18, 5th- 16, 6th- 15, 7th- 14, 8th- 13, 9th- 12, 10th- 11, etc.
Riders must ride the same bike during the race. No switching bikes from heat race to the main or from first moto to second moto. If you are caught racing a different bike in the race you will be disqualified.
YEAR END AWARDS BANQUET
After completion of the season, we will be having a banquet to recognize your accomplishments. Awards vary from year to year depending on the participation level in your particular class. The types of awards will also vary, but typically a 3-4’ trophy will be awarded to the champions. We will also be having giveaways purchased by TMXA depending on the amount of money raised by the TMXA throughout the year. The number of awards and giveaways are not determined until the end of the year by the TMXA Assoc. Our goal is to return to the riders, fees collected throughout the year.
TMXA will not establish any new classes in mid-season.
Mini- All minis can be modified using AMA Guidelines for mods. Mini classes are amateur classes and should not receive money as per AMA Guidelines.
50cc- 0-50cc shaft xr (4-6 years old), 4-6 years old, 4-8 years old
65cc- 7-9 years old, 7-11 years old. No 50cc may run this class.
85cc- 85 Jr (7-11), 85 Senior (12-15). No 60cc may run this class. Big wheels allowed in Senior class
Supermini- 7-16 years old, 79cc-112cc-2 stroke/ 75cc-150cc 4 stroke.
Schoolboy- 12-16 years old, 86cc-250cc 2 stroke/126-250cc 4 stroke
Girls- 9-13 years old 65cc-105cc/Women- 14years old and up, 99cc-250cc
Beginner- A rider who has never raced a motorcycle or mini cycle before may ride for one (1) calendar year (even if he starts at the end of the season).
Regardless of the number of riders in that class, no rider has ever ridden the AMA National Loretta Lynn’s in any class (50’s-60’s) may ride the beginner class.
The beginner class is a non-points paying class and has no engine classification unless a promoter chooses to run separate classes with specific sized bikes. This is a skill level class rider. A beginner may also ride any of the age category classes (such as schoolboy, 16-24, 25+, 30+, 40+, etc) or a quad class, but he may not ride a C, B, or A bike classes.
Beginner classes should not receive money as per AMA Guidelines.
C Classes- 250 and 450/Open C - AGES 16 & UP ONLY!!
These classes are for riders above beginner level
In the event a C-Rider Qualifies and leaves the starting line at the Loretta Lynn’s National as a C rider, he/she must move to the B class the next calendar year. In other words, He may finish the TMXA Points Season in the C class but must move up the next season.
B Classes- 250 B and 450 B- These classes are for riders above C class level. In the event a B rider places in the top five (5) at the Loretta Lynn’s National Event (Stock or Modified, but not vets) he will advance to an A class the following calendar year. B riders may not ride C or Beginner classes but may ride age classes. B classes are amateur classes and should not receive money as per AMA Guidelines. AGES 16 & UP ONLY!!
A Class- Open A rider may also ride money age classes or money quad classes as long as the guidelines for that specific classes are met. All money classes are chosen by each track promoter. One track may offer multiple money classes for A riders to ride and another track may not offer all of those same classes. AGES 16 & UP ONLY!!
Age Classes- 16-24, 25+, 30+, 40+, etc.-- Age classes are open modified classes and any skill level rider may compete (B,C, D).The only criteria is age. But it is an amateur class, so if an A rider wants to compete he must compete in the money/age class that fits him/her. All money classes are chosen by each track promoter. One track may offer multiple money classes for A riders to ride and another track may not offer all of those same classes.
Girls-Women- Girls-65cc-105cc-9-13 years/Women-99cc-250cc-14 & up. Girls-Women’s class, any skill level may compete.
Open beginner quad (16 years old and up)- A rider who has never raced a Quad before, may ride for one calendar year regardless of the number of riders in the class. A beginner may not ride a C, B, or A Quad Class. No rider who has ever ridden the AMA Nationals at Loretta Lynn’s in any quad class may ride the beginner class. The beginner class is a non-points class and has no engine classification unless a promoter chooses to run separate classes. Beginner classes should not receive money as per AMA Guidelines.
0-50cc Open Production- Ages 5-8. This is an Open Production Class meaning the motor must match the frame. Quads allowed to race this class are at TMXA officials discretion.
51-70cc Open Production- Ages 6-11. This is an Open Production Class, meaning the motor must match the frame. Quads allowed to race this class are at TMXA oficials discretion.
50-90cc 2 stroke/50-125cc 4 stroke Youth Open- Ages 8-15. This is an Open class, so changes can be made but still must be within the CC range.
150-300cc 4 stroke/150-200cc 2stroke Open- Ages 12-15. This is an Open class, so changes can be made but still must be within the CC range.
71-90cc 2 stroke/125cc 4 stroke Open Production- Ages 8-15. This is an Open Production Class, meaning the motor must match the frame. Quads allowed to race this class are at TMXA officials disretion.
Open B and Open C-201cc and up. These are amateur classes based on skill level. AGES 16 & UP ONLY!!
16-24 Open Amateur and 25+ Open Amateur- 201cc and up. This is an age class for amateurs only.
65 Beginner, 85 Beginner, Beginner Bike (Big Bike), Beginner Quads (Big Quads), and Beginner Mini Quad (0-90cc/ 4-8 years old)-TMXA also offers these beginner classes through the year, but they are not points classes and no awards are given out for them at the Awards Banquet at the end of the year.
50cc 7-8 Bike, Quad 0-70cc Open 6-11, Quad 70-90 Open 8-15, Quad Jr Outlaw 8-15 classes- These classes are offered based on a 5 rider minimum. They will run if at least 5 riders sign up to race, if not 5 riders then these classes will not run.
First year promoters or clubs interested in joining the TMXA must submit a written proposal to be considered for the following season to: Tommy Polinski 45 Christine St. Atwood, TN 38220.
All tracks must also be TMXA Sponsors, they cannot have practices on other tracks race weekends.
First year promoters are probational. All fees are to be paid.
Promoter must offer all TMXA Sanctioned classes at points races
There will be no points events held during the months of December and January.
There may only be one (1) Points Race per weekend.
All TMXA sanctioned points events must have a fully staffed ambulance on site, capable of transporting a rider during practice and racing. In the event there is no ambulance on site at a points race, it will not be considered a points race.
Promoters or clubs must use the AMA Rulebook for all guidelines except as noted in these supplemental guidelines.
A promoter or club may reward riders in any way they choose (trophies, prizes, number of awards, number of places, etc.)
TMXA will be held harmless and not responsible for any accident brought about by any promoter or clubs individual track or facility.
The TMXA will constantly strive to improve our operations and awards. Any and all suggestions are welcome.
Become familiar with the AMA Rule Book.
Be involved. Ask questions if you don’t understand.
All Sx track races will be charging a $7 or $10 gate fee to get in track per person
All Mx track races will be charging a $10 gate fee to get in per person
Racing Fees will be $25 per class for amateur classes and $30 per class for money classes. This is for both Sx and Mx tracks.
NO PIT RIDING