Rules

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Start Times

Youth and Adult race Lengths are time noted Plus a lap, but may be called early if deemed necessary for event time schedule or inclement weather. Race will be deemed over 40 minutes after the leader finishes.

Motorcycle Youth: 45 min – 8:30 AM start time

Motorcycle Peewee:  30 min – 10:15 AM start time

Motorcycle Adult AM Race: 1.5 hr – 11:30 AM start time Motorcycle Adult PM Race: 1.5 hr – 2:00 PM start time

ATV Youth: 45 min – 8:30 AM start time

ATV Peewee:  30 min – 10:15 AM start time

ATV Adult AM Race: 1.5 hr – 11:30 AM start time                ATV Adult PM Race: 1.5 hr – 2:00 PM start time

UTV: 1 hr – 5:00 PM start time (Saturdays)

Rounds 1-6 will be quads on Saturday, bikes on Sundays Rounds 7-12 will be bikes on Saturday, quads on Sundays

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.

Safety Gear:

Riders must wear Helmet, goggles, boots, pants, long sleeve shirt. Chest protectors and neck braces are recommended along with any other safety gear.

Pit Vehicles:

Spectator and pit riding is prohibited. Any violations of this rule could lead to penalties up to and including disqualification of associated rider within the violaters associated group.

Pit Crews:

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

Medical Insurance:

Medical insurance is the sole responsibility of the competitor.  MidWestXC does not offer medical insurance and we encourage everyone to have medical insurance if competing or spectating at our events.

Gate Fees:

Gate fee $15 for ages 13 and up, $5 for ages 6-12, free for 5 and under.

General Rules – 2017

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Rider Eligibility and Classification

“PRO” Classes

Eligible top 10 overall riders from previous year’s MidwestXC By promoter discretion. To qualify for payouts you must have an MWXC sticker on your ride in a highly visible location.

“A” Classes

All “B” Class Champions and “B” riders ranked second or third in the previous year’s MidwestXC who won at least three races. All riders that have an “A” ranking in any other off-road series.

“B” Classes

All “C” class championships in the previous year’s MidwestXC. All “C” riders ranked in the top 3 of their class earning at least 50% of the points earned by the class champion in the previous year’s MidwestXC. Ranking is based on year-end series points and not the banquet awards. All riders that have a “B” ranking in any other, off-road series. This applies any sanctioned event.

Addendum to class advancements

A Class having only 5 or less Racers that raced 6 or more races, the only racer that will be required to advance is the first place racer if they have 3 or more 1st place finishes.

“C” Classes

Novice skill level riders and riders that do not otherwise qualify as an “A” or “B” level rider. Sport : MAX CC 400cc 4 stroke D Class Rider: This class is designed for the Entry-level rider. First year or have never been ranked above a 10th position in any higher Ranked class in any sanctioned XC Event.

Age Divisions

Age will be determined by the riders age on January 1st. Rider Age: Bike amateur riders must be at least 12 years old to race (250cc and lower) (with the exception of the youth classes), and must be at least 14 years old to compete on a bike above 250 cc. ATV amateur riders must be at least 15 years old to race (with the exception of the Sport, Schoolboy, D and Youth classes or If they have a proven record in a Schoolboy, Sport or D class in any Organized XC series then they may advance to the appropriate A, B, C or D Class upon meeting the Age requirement of that class and approval of the MidwestXC Series after review.

Changing Classes: A rider may petition to move to a lower classification based on class finishes and time differences. This will be reviewed by MidwestXC Staff and given answer before the next scheduled MidwestXC event. If you elect to move classes at any time during the season your points earned in the previous class will not transfer to the new class. Riders are responsible for making sure they are running in “like” classes in all local XC series.  If there is a discrepancy found and/or protest filed against a rider and their class placement, they will be made to run in the higher class and points earned in the lower class will not transfer.

Any youth racer who also wants to race adult class in the same grouping (bike or quad) will only be allowed to enter in the Trail Rider Class during adult races. Trail Rider class will be a points class and awarded at year end.

Bike Rules

A Open:

A Lites: 250 and below 2/4 stroke

B Open:

B Lites: 250 and below 2/4Stroke

C Open:

C Lites and Junior C Lites: 250 and below 2/4Stroke

D: Entry level racer open cc class

Trail rider: for the occasional racer or youth racer who is running adult for experience.

Women: Open class (points class)

Youth Classes

Super Mini: (8-15) (85-112cc 2-strk; 75-150cc 4-strk) Max. Wheels: Front 19″; Rear 16″. Big wheel and small wheel models permitted.

Girls Super Mini: (8-15) 80-112cc 2-Stroke/75-150cc 4-Stroke

85cc (7-15) 66-85cc 2-Stroke/75-125cc 4-Stroke

65cc (7-15) 52-65cc 2-Stroke/52-90cc 4-Stroke

Peewee:

Trail Rider Bike -ages 4-8 -Max 90cc, auto clutch only

Senior Bike – ages 4-8 – 50cc only 10″ or 12″ front wheel only

Junior Bike – ages 4-8 – 50cc only 10″ front wheel only

Trail Rider ATV -ages 4-8 -110 4 stroke or 90 2 stroke, stock, auto or CVT only. NO DRR/APEX/Cobra.

Senior ATV – ages 4-8 – 50cc only – Dual A Arm

Junior ATV – ages 4-8 – 50cc only – single A Arm

NOTE- If you are age 7 or 8 and 20% faster than the rest of the racers in any two events you must move up to youth. We have a class there for you. Race will be 30 minutes.

Pee Wee Rules

No screaming at or foul language towards the riders will be tolerated. 1st offense banned from next race. 2nd offense banned for remaining season. Only track official and track sweep will be allowed on track. Spectators on foot only. No Spectators are allowed on track on any type of machine (bike, quad, utv, etc…) unless off track and returning to pit area. Please all parents and spectators stay 5 foot off track unless a child needs your help.  No one is allowed to ride with a peewee rider at any time while on the course, lap will not count if this occurs. No youth rider may run the pee wee class in the same weekend in same classification. They may run peewee bike/youth quad or peewee quad/youth bike. Let’s all work together to make this a fun and safe season!!

ATV Rules

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

Sport

400cc max 2×4

4×4 Class

 

Stock

Atv See rules / guidelines at the bottom of this page.

Schoolboy (13-15) – Adult race

(91-200cc 2-strk; 91-300cc 4-strk) production models. No engine displacement reduction permitted. 250 DRR and Apex will need to run schoolboy class in adult race, no youth races.

90 Limited – youth race

(71-90cc 2-stk; 75-125cc 4-stk) 8-12 age, 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, handle bar pads, front bumper, rear grab bar, air filter, jetting and steering stabilizer.  Fenders may be trimmed.  No other modifications allowed INCLUDING carburetors, oil injection, air box and lid, gas tank, wheelbase, width, rear axle, A-arm, shocks and suspension.  2-Stroke shifter models not eligible.

90 Stock – youth race

(71-90cc 2-strk; 75-125cc 4-strk) 8-12 age, production models automatic and cvt models only. NO DRR, Cobra or Apex. 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, handle bar pads, front bumper, rear grab bar, air filter, jetting and steering stabilizer. Fenders may be trimmed. No other modifications allowed INCLUDING carburetors, oil injection, air box and lid, gas tank, wheelbase, width, rear axle, A-arm, shocks and suspension.

90 Modified – youth race

(71-90cc 2-Strk; 75-125cc 4-Strk) 8-15 age, production models. Shifter, Automatic and CVT models eligible. Manual clutch Shifter models restricted to this class.

Super Mini – youth race

Age 12-15, 250cc max 4-stroke 100cc max 2 stroke.

Girls Super Mini – youth race

Age 12-15, 300cc max 4-stroke 100cc max 2 stroke.

300cc Class – youth race

Age 12-15, 300 c max 4-stroke, 200 cc max 2 stroke.

Stock Modified ATV Class Rules/Guidelines

MidwestXC is implementing this class to offer a less expensive alternative to the Cross Country Racing folio. We have done this for the Racers that have either gotten out or cut back on the sport because of the expense to make their machine competitive with others in their class. We have put together a list of approved components both stock and aftermarket to help insure a safe and level playing field of competition. Directly after the completion of each event the top five machines will be held in the designated holding area for inspection of guidelines. If a machine does not meet guidelines that racer will be disqualified for that race.

Items to remain Stock: Body/ Chassis

  • Steering Stem
  • Braking components- Calipers, Hoses, Rotors
  • Front A-Arms (But you may modify for camber adjustment)
  • Fuel tank
  • Radiator
  • Rear swing arm
  • Rear axle
  • Front & rear hubs OEM
  • Front Stock body shocks
  • Rear stock body shock

Shock exception: If you have a machine that came factory with a non rebuild able shock such as a Honda 400ex you may install shocks from a like for like brand. This example is Honda, so you could put a TRX450 shock on the 400ex.

Items Suggested or allowed aftermarket: Body / Chassis

  • Handle Bars must be solid bars / No anti-vibe (unless machine is equipped with from factory) you may install a riser if needed
  • Hand Guards
  • Grips
  • Front Bumpers
  • Belly Skid
  • Foot pegs / Heel guards / Nerf Bars (personal safety)
  • Sprocket / Chain Gearing selection
  • Rear Swing arm protection/ Skid, Sprocket, Rotor guard
  • Rear Grab bar
  • Tires and wheels – may run bead locks / NO tire flat protection, tire balls, noodles etc
  • Seat covers
  • Frame gussets
  • Fender plastics
  • Rear linkage (remember stock shock body)
  • Tie rods
  • Steering Stabilizer (Stick Style only)

Engine:

  • 450cc limit
  • Internal components to remain stock specification
  • Air box and lid to remain stock W/exception of one 2” hole in lid / May install air box riser
  • Air filter aftermarket allowed
  • Carb re jetting allowed
  • Exhaust system- stock head pipe and silencer
  • Clutch System- Stock basket & Pressure Plate
  • Starting system no 24-volt, no dual start kick & electric only how machine came stock
  • Electrical components to remain OEM – CD box etc
  • Matching engine frame combination

Age requirements 15+

All other Series rules also appy to this class.

UTV Rules

General Rules

  • The UTV race will be a one (1) hour race
  • UTV registration will be held race day CUT OFF 30 minutes prior to race
  • Drivers are responsible for the actions of their entire pit crew
  • AMA membership is not required
  • MidwestXC 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.

Competitor Eligibility

Teams: Competitors will register as a Team. A Team consists of a driver and a passenger. Teams may only switch passengers from event to event, but not during an event. The registered driver at the beginning round shall be the only driver allowed behind the wheel for the season to earn points for the Team. Age: Driver 18+ Passenger 16+ with signed minor consent forms

Machine Eligibility and Classification

Pro – (Open cc), Heavy (900 + cc) Production models. Engine and suspension modifications permitted. Lite: (800 – cc) Production models.

Equipment

  • Machine Width can be a maximum 64 inches.
  • The following equipment is required for all machines:
    • Four point harness restraints securely fastened on both occupants at all times
    • Full roll cages
    • Side-nets Need to be attached securely
    • Doors recommended
    • Silencer/Muffler
    • Fire Extinguisher clearly mounted and easily retrievable by officials/the public
    • Working Kill/Off Switch clearly marked and easily available for officials/the public to pull
  • The following gear is required for all competitors:
    • Helmets
    • Protective eyewear
    • Rear tail/brake lights must remain on at all times
  • The machine a team leaves the starting line on is the official machine of the team for that event, and may not be switched during the event.
  • Fuel can only be carried inside the machine’s fuel tank
  • No horns, bells or other sound devices are permitted on machines

Scoring

Bar code Scanning

Equipment Rules

All machines must have silencers. Officials may test machines any time prior to, during or after the event.

The machine a rider leaves the starting line on is the official machine of the rider for that event, and may not be switched during the event.  Anyone that switches machines or riders during the event will be disqualified.

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

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

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

Machine sound level cannot exceed 99 dbs.

General Event Rules

Registration & Entry Fees

Peewee entries $20

Youth entries $25

Adult entries $35 Amateur/$50 Pro

SxS entries $50 Heavy & Lite/$70 Pro

Everyone must have a transponder for scoring which can be purchased at the registration trailer for $5.

Everyone must be registered at least 30 mins prior to their scheduled race start time.

Pre-registration is available online prior to the start of the race but will close at 6 PM the Thursday immediately before race weekend. Registration is available at the track, cash only.

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. NO Pit Riding will be allowed. At registration, riders will be given a bar code label to be placed on bottom side of visor of helmet and a class row number sticker to be placed on back of helmet.

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 starting line until authorized. The Riders Meeting will be conducted on the starting line before the start of each race. All riders are responsible for attending. All starts are dead engine. The start procedure will be as follows: The blue flag will signal all riders to shut down their engines. 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. 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 race course at the starting line and complete the start chute. ATV riders are required to start the event with their tether cord properly affixed.

Scoring

Bar code scanning the official MidwestXC scoring procedure. If there is a checkpoint this is a no passing zone and rider must give his number to checkpoint attendant. 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 or Riders will be penalized.

Track and Course

The Course

“A” MidwestXC course may include trails, footpaths, roads, hills, motocross tracks, or any type of terrain, which can be negotiated by a bike or ATV.

The course will be open to inspection on Friday after 5:00 p.m. Participants are permitted to walk or bicycle the course only.

Marking, cutting, tampering with or otherwise changing the course in any manner is strictly prohibited. An official may only make course modifications.

No one, except officials and riders officially entered, may ride on the race course at any time during the event.

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: double arrows posted on both sides of the trail, ribbons, signs, stakes, hay bales, barrels, motocross track, grass track, etc.

Riders encountering 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 he must re-enter where they left.

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. Those assisting with such repairs are not allowed to ride any type equipment to reach the rider, they must walk to them to make such repairs.

Radios are permitted between pit crew members, but not with or between riders.  Riders with radios are subject to penalties.

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.

Any Midwest equipment damaged by a rider intentionally will be penalized.

No passing inside of the scoring finish area is allowed or rider will be penalized. This area will be posted NO PASSING.

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.

Unsportsmanlike Conduct. Persons whose appearance, conduct, associations or affiliations, on or off the track, deemed not conducive to the best interest of this sport or who exhibit conduct which is inappropriate, offensive, abrasive or in bad taste, may be excluded or suspended from MidwestXC 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 MidwestXC, 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.

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 and his machine must cross the plane of the checkered flag under the rider’s own unaided ability.

Towing is not allowed. If a machine is towed in from the course, that lap will not count. Racers whose disabled vehicles are towed back to the pit area by staff or otherwise, for any reason, are not eligible to return to the 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 finish and laps completed. It is not necessary to complete all laps in order to be scored.

Results: Racers have 40 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.

Awards are given at the rate of 1 per 3 riders, To win an award, a rider must complete one full lap.

Podium: Burnouts on the podium are prohibited. Violation of this provision will result in a penalty, including but not limited to fine and/or disqualification.

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 $25 up front and must be in writing within 30 minutes after race ends. Engine Protests $200.00 up front and must be in writing within 30 minutes after race ends

Penalties will be assessed at the discretion of the 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.

PAYOUTS (to qualify for payouts you must be entered in one of the classes listed below)

Pro Bike – 5-9 racer entries – 1st place $300, 2nd place $200, 3rd place $100.

10 or more racer entries – 1st place $400, 2nd place $250, 3rd place $150, 4th place $50, 5th place $25.

Pro ATV – 5-9 racer entries – 1st place $300, 2nd place $200, 3rd place $100.

10 or more racer entries – 1st place $400, 2nd place $250, 3rd place $150, 4th place $50, 5th place $25.

4×4 Open Class – minimum 5 racer entries – 1st place $150, 2nd place $75

Pro UTV class – 5-9 racer entries – 1st place $200, 2nd place $100

10 or more racer entries – 1st place $300, 2nd place $150, 3rd place $75

Class Championships

Class Championships will be determined with 2 drops for 2017. You will need to participate in 10 of 12 events for youth and adult, , and 9 of 11 events for peewee and sxs to qualify for year end class awards. The entries do not have to be in the same class but must be in same classification and age grouping. However, must have at least 5 entries in each class and points do not transfer to the other class.

Only one race entry per weekend per grouping will count. Points will be earned in each class per event as follows:

  • 1: 25 points
  • 2: 22 points
  • 3: 20 points
  • 4: 19 points
  • 5: 18 points
  • 6: 17 points
  • 7: 16 points
  • 8: 15 points
  • 9: 14 points
  • 10: 13 points
  • 11: 12 points
  • 12: 11 points
  • 13: 10 points
  • 14: 9 points
  • 15: 8 points
  • 16: 7 points
  • 21: 2 points
  • 17: 6 points
  • 22 & down: 1 point if at least one lap completed
  • 18: 5 points
  • 19: 4 points
  • 20: 3 points

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.

Overall Finishes

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. Overall Numbers will be assigned based on overall finishes. There will be 0 drops for 2017. To qualify for year end 2017 overall awards you must run all 12 rounds for Youth and adult, and 11 rounds for Peewee and UTV.

Final Overall Numbers: at end of year we will release overall earned numbers, your earned number may be reserved and you may reserve a higher number at that time if it is higher than the earned number list released. (For example, you earn 23 but want 123. There is only 78 earned overall numbers so you could decline your earned 23 and request 123. After all earned overall number competitors have had a chance to review their decision we will then open up all available numbers and they will be handed out on a first request first reserved basis)

Overall Numbers will be figured on the following scale: 1st Place 300 points, 2nd Place 299 points, 3rd Place 298 Points, and continuing to decrease 1 point for each lesser position.