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AMA RULES YOU NEED TO
What would happen if the AMA enforced all of its
rules equally and with due diligence? Good question,
but one that will never be answered. Have you ever
read the AMA Professional Motocross Rulebook It’s
light reading that will keep you in stitches for hours.
During a long road trip, the MXA wrecking crew
spent time thumbing through its pages—looking for
the steamy parts. Instead, we found lots of AMA
rules you need to know about.
NO IV NEEDLES: “At no time during a meet will
a rider receive any type of intravenous rehydration.”
If a rider requires an IV for heat stroke or
exhaustion, he is done for the day.
NO BUTTS, PLEASE: “Smoking is not allowed
in the pits, grid, signal areas or other restricted
areas.” It appears as if a rider could smoke while
on the racetrack.
NO PIT RATS: “Persons under 16 years of age
are not allowed in the mechanics area or other
restricted areas.” Pets aren’t allowed, either.
NO T-SHIRTS: “Mechanics must wear a shirt
with a collar.” Tuxes are not mandatory.
NO GHOST RIDING: “No rider may, at any time,
ride in such a manner as to endanger life or limb
of other riders, officials or the public.” This puts a
crimp in Jason Lawrence’s style.
THE SPEED LIMIT: “During a race, a rider
must always attempt to succeed. If not, he or she
shall not be allowed to continue.” How do you
AGE LIMIT: “Riders aged over 50 years must
attach to their rider’s license request a certificate
of medical fitness (including an electrocardiogram).”
Although a check will also be accepted.
NO DOUBLE-CLASSING IT: “In National
Championship Motocross meets, a rider may enter
only one class.” However, he can ride as many
classes as he wants in Supercross.
NO HELPING HANDS: “Exchanging gate
positions with other riders is not allowed.” Once you
roll up to the gate, you have to lock yourself in.
NO AIR NIKES: “Boots must be at least 8 inches
high.” Is anybody actually measuring them?
NO CIVIL RIGHTS: “Riders will be punished for
engaging in a rider boycott, public protest or other
similar concerted activity meant to stop, delay or
otherwise inhibit the start or completion of any AMA
professional event.” Does this rule apply to lame
NO STOPPING: “Intentionally stopping on the
racetrack during timed practice is prohibited. Every
time a rider is found in violation of this rule, he
will have his fastest lap removed from the official
results.” So, always get off and check your chain.
THE VILLOPOTO RULE: “Penalties incurred prior
to the red flag will be assessed at the completion of
the race, not during the restart.” That is staggering.
NO LONG KNOBS: “Tires with lugs over 0.750
inches are prohibited.” The average knobby is 0.600
NO SHORTCUTS: “No one at any time will be
permitted to ride a motorcycle in the wrong
direction on the track.” This is a good rule.
NO TIES ALLOWED: “In the event that any
Professional Motocross series ends in a tie for
the Championship, that tie will be broken based
on the number of moto wins. If that method fails
to produce a winner, the number of second-place
motos will be counted, then third place, etc. until
the tie is broken.” There have only been two ties in
history. Gary Semics tied Tim Hart in 1974 500
Supercross, and Broc Glover tied Danny LaPorte in
the 1977 125 Nationals.