Some Rules Changes in MX

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4/30/2020 5:27 AM

MX Sports Pro Racing has released the full competition rulebook for the 2020 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. It’s common to see clarification or amendments to the official guidelines of the series each season, like the addition of alternates for motos in 2018, but this year’s changes to anti-doping punishments, 450 Class eligibility, helmet camera use, and an established code of conduct are significant to the future of the sport.

The 2020 rule book, which can be viewed in full here, is separated into different sections so we will address the changes in the order of perceived importance, starting with requirements to compete in the 450 Class. Starting in 2020 the minimum age of a racer in the 450 Class class will be 18 years old, a two-year increase from the long-time standard of 16 years old. This will encourage (if not to an extent, require) racers to spend time developing their craft in the 250 Class; many privateer racers prefer to race the 450 Class due to the better purse payout.

That change leads to the next eye-opening addition: starting in 2021, riders competing in the 450 class must provide proof of a high school diploma or its equivalent (a GED), or be actively enrolled in a high school graduate program, as determined in the sole discretion of MX Sports Pro Racing. This requirement shall not apply to riders holding an unlapsed AMA Pro Motocross license issued prior to 2020. Completed basic education has never been required in motocross, though the topic was widely discussed after home schooling’s rise in popularity. This will certainly become a matter that future generations of racers, including some current amateur prospects, will have to take care of before they step to the premier division.

The decision by MX Sports to partner with USADA means that the series has to comply with the rules and procedures of the WADA Code. The code’s strict and lengthy multi-year punishments, which are meant to discourage athletes in Olympic-level sports from using performance-enhancing substances, do not meet up with the rapid competition schedule and career timelines of professional motocross. Starting in 2020, riders will not be at risk of a four-year ban in their first breach of the WADA Code. Instead, riders will face a maximum period of ineligibility of one year for violations which involve a Specified Substance and a maximum period of ineligibility of two years for violations which involve a non-Specified Substance or Prohibited Method. Penalties for violations of the MXS AntiDoping Policy other than those for non-Specified and Specified substances or for multiple violations may exceed two years. MXS shall at its sole discretion determine the effective date of the suspension. This is another significant development as it shows some freedom with the anti-doping agencies, but there is zero indication of the series adopting a punishment policy as lenient as those used in the NFL/NBA/MLB.

MX Sports has also clarified the selection criteria for post-race anti-doping tests, as the riders chosen to provide specimens for testing shall include riders finishing or currently ranked in the top three (3) race positions in each of the 450 and 250 classes, plus several riders per class selected at random from the top 20 race finishes, with all registered riders having an equal chance of selection.

Making motocross appear as professional as possible is something that we all agree is a positive step, and for 2020, MX Sports has added a complete Code of Conduct to the rule book. Credentialed riders and representatives must adhere to the code, which includes standard boilerplate of treating others with courtesy (no disparaging remarks about another person’s race, color, creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, age or handicapping condition) and forbids conduct that is offensive, abrasive, in bad taste, or otherwise inappropriate. Acts or omissions that constitute a violation of MX Sports Pro Racing Rules, or are detrimental to motorcycle racing, AMA Pro Motocross, MX Sports Pro Racing, AMA Pro Racing, Promoters, sponsors, participants or fans, may result in the imposition of penalties.

Two more parts that caught our attention pertained to a rider’s actions. Per the rule book, riders may be requested to make appearances at pre-arranged fan and media engagements, which includes autograph sessions, television interviews, fan forums, tech talks, and the like (We have to assume this includes post-race press conferences, which have at times been a chore to get riders to attend in a timely manner, especially if there’s a chance of getting a late flight out of a nearby airport). Failure or refusal to participate as mutually agreed, once scheduled and notified either in-person or through the event schedule, supplementary regulations or otherwise, may result in the imposition of penalties. Arriving late, missing the activity or departing early, without permission from MXS Pro Racing Officials, is a breach of this regulation.

The second part outlined that remarks made by any credential holder that unreasonably or excessively publicly criticizes and/or disparages AMA Pro Motocross, MX Sports Pro Racing, AMA Pro Racing or its Officials may be considered to be acting in an unsportsmanlike manner prejudicial or detrimental to the sport in violation of these rules, and accordingly subject to penalties as outlined in Appendix A.

The use of cameras and distribution of footage from a rider’s perspective has been a hotly contested item at different times in the sport and for 2020, the rules seem to be relaxed. There is no mention of a brand holding exclusive rights to the series, ala GoPro or Garmin, and riders are authorized to use on-board or helmet-mounted video recording device or its likeness during on-track activity under certain guidelines: on-track or race footage for internal engineering, mechanical or rider development purposes is unlimited, while the use of on-track or race footage for public viewing or distribution is limited to the social media platforms of the rider and registered Premier/Feature Teams only. Footage posted on the rider’s social media is restricted to clips no longer than sixty (60) seconds in length each, not to exceed two (2) minutes in the aggregate, per event. All published clips must be tagged with and include the Series social media handles. Cameras and helmets must be approved by MX Sports prior to use, during the pre-event technical inspection.

There are a handful of other rules worthy making note of, like how Race Boots are required and must be standard issue in the industry (work boots are prohibited), jersey material must be standard issue in the industry (polyester), and that costumes, as determined by MX Sports Pro Racing in its sole discretion, are prohibited.


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4/30/2020 7:05 AM
Edited Date/Time: 4/30/2020 7:06 AM

- Got to get a HS diploma or equivalent to get a pro license
- Got to be 18 to race 450's
- If busted for dope, suspension may be as low as one year, as much as two
- They've added a "detrimental to the sport" rule for behaviors and acts
- Got to show up for press events (like post race press conf/interviews) and don't ditch early

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4/30/2020 7:15 AM

Gotta love a rule that forces a rider to participate in marketing functions, when they should be focusing on their upcoming race.... Gotta save that cash and make the riders do even more crap.... Isn't putting their lives on the line enough?

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4/30/2020 7:22 AM

gt80rider wrote:

Gotta love a rule that forces a rider to participate in marketing functions, when they should be focusing on their upcoming ...more

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4/30/2020 7:25 AM
Edited Date/Time: 4/30/2020 7:31 AM

gt80rider wrote:

Gotta love a rule that forces a rider to participate in marketing functions, when they should be focusing on their upcoming ...more

It's not what you think, and it has nothing to do with "saving that cash." If you want to come and ride press day, you have to show up for the press functions and appointments, like morning talk shows or appearances, and not just show up when it's time to ride. It's damaging to all, the team as well as the series, when a top rider has an appointment with a live local news show and blows it off, because the chances of that station ever coming back and covering the event are pretty much out the window. If you say you're going to be there, you actually need to be there. Otherwise, don't expect to come and just ride.

DC
Racer X

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4/30/2020 7:41 AM

gt80rider wrote:

Gotta love a rule that forces a rider to participate in marketing functions, when they should be focusing on their upcoming ...more

No, it's not

Your job, as a professional racer, is more than just going fast. Ask those racing GP's, MotoGP, F1, Nascar, on and on...

Part of the job, and it is a job, is to effectively and properly represent the sport and your sponsors. You show up for photo shoots, studio or track, you show for press day and do the media dog and pony show, you show up at the post race press conference and stay for the whole thing, not ditch it midway.

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4/30/2020 7:48 AM

Hey DC,
Where is the rule allowing equal displacement in the 250 class?

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4/30/2020 7:55 AM

I get it. It's a professional sport, be a professional.

Of course, Hannah would have been kicked out pretty quickly! laughing

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4/30/2020 7:59 AM

HondaMan66 wrote:

Hey DC,
Where is the rule allowing equal displacement in the 250 class?

Right. Its only been, what, nearly 2 decades that its been blatantly obvious that the rules are not fair as written between the 2 strokes and 4 strokes. 20 years or so should certainly be enough time to revise them to get a little closer to fair.

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4/30/2020 8:05 AM

Tbteam wrote:

I get it. It's a professional sport, be a professional.

Of course, Hannah would have been kicked out pretty quickly! laughing

Bob wrote his own rules and nobody argued the point. He's still one of the best recognized MX racer's of all time.

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4/30/2020 8:05 AM

HondaMan66 wrote:

Hey DC,
Where is the rule allowing equal displacement in the 250 class?

Same place they are for SX and MXGP, sorry.

DC
Racer X

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4/30/2020 8:08 AM
Edited Date/Time: 4/30/2020 8:11 AM

The second part outlined that remarks made by any credential holder that unreasonably or excessively publicly criticizes and/or disparages AMA Pro Motocross, MX Sports Pro Racing, AMA Pro Racing or its Officials may be considered to be acting in an unsportsmanlike manner prejudicial or detrimental to the sport in violation of these rules, and accordingly subject to penalties as outlined in Appendix A.


Would Jason Anderson get a penalty for saying (paraphrasing) 'in my opinion the AMA can shove it' after I think the Dallas SX this year?
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4/30/2020 8:11 AM

Motocross is going PC , I like this sport less and less with every new rule change . Bob Hannah wouldn't last one week in this new environment. Going 250 t vs. 250 f in the lites class would just show the AMA and Honda how wrong they were forcing two strokes out of the sport and killing it in the process. And yes I do race, have for over forty years, even spent twenty years as an AMA pro . If you were an average teenage boy would you spend $10,000 on a dirt bike or a car? That is why our local racers are gone.

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4/30/2020 8:18 AM

alien wrote:

Motocross is going PC , I like this sport less and less with every new rule change . Bob Hannah wouldn't last one week in this ...more

Hannah was his own environment, they would not kick him out, even today. Even in today's environment, Nascar would say "yes sir #3 Mr. Earnhardt"

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I was G before the "moto drive" to Vital

4/30/2020 8:23 AM

Who said they'd be kicked out?
They'd just likely be fined

Anyone hear about the time Rusty Wallace was penalized $5000.00 and paid it in pennies? Armored car had to deliver it, just bags and bags of unrolled pennies

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4/30/2020 8:32 AM

Did I get this right?


"as determined in the sole discretion of MX Sports Pro Racing"

*18yr old privateer that left High School without graduating... "Sorry, you can't race"

**18yr old factory signed phenom drop out... "We'll put you straight into the seeded A practice"

***Joe Privateer caught using Adderal without prescription..."Banned from AMA competition for one year starting today"

****Factory star caught using Adderal without prescription... "Banned from AMA competition for 3 months effective the weekend after the final round of the outdoor nationals"

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4/30/2020 8:43 AM

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4/30/2020 8:50 AM

HondaMan66 wrote:

Hey DC,
Where is the rule allowing equal displacement in the 250 class?

DC wrote:

Same place they are for SX and MXGP, sorry.

DC
Racer X

That is a bad place to be.

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4/30/2020 8:50 AM

Seems like some of those rules should be called the Ronnie Mac rules.

Also does this mean that you can't have an opinion about the Sport?

The second part outlined that remarks made by any credential holder that unreasonably or excessively publicly criticizes and/or disparages AMA Pro Motocross, MX Sports Pro Racing, AMA Pro Racing or its Officials may be considered to be acting in an unsportsmanlike manner prejudicial or detrimental to the sport in violation of these rules, and accordingly subject to penalties as outlined in Appendix A.

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4/30/2020 9:04 AM

HondaMan66 wrote:

Hey DC,
Where is the rule allowing equal displacement in the 250 class?

DC wrote:

Same place they are for SX and MXGP, sorry.

DC
Racer X

I'm guessing the manufacturers dictate that rule or am I wrong?

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4/30/2020 9:08 AM
Edited Date/Time: 4/30/2020 9:09 AM

500guy wrote:

Seems like some of those rules should be called the Ronnie Mac rules.

Also does this mean that you can't have an opinion ...more

There has pretty much ALWAYS been penalties for that stuff for industr(ie) people, you know that.

Just has never been in writing and out in the open

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4/30/2020 9:10 AM

HondaMan66 wrote:

Hey DC,
Where is the rule allowing equal displacement in the 250 class?

DC wrote:

Same place they are for SX and MXGP, sorry.

DC
Racer X

Boomslang wrote:

I'm guessing the manufacturers dictate that rule or am I wrong?

What I said about manufacturers dictating displacement rules....I had a thought DC, how many years left before Electric takes over? You guys must be looking and planning ahead right?

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Non Gratum Anus Rodentum

4/30/2020 9:16 AM

Boomslang wrote:

What I said about manufacturers dictating displacement rules....I had a thought DC, how many years left before Electric takes ...more

I'd imagine not until they can make an electric that can go WFO on psycho setting for at least 40 minutes

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4/30/2020 9:17 AM

500guy wrote:

Seems like some of those rules should be called the Ronnie Mac rules.

Also does this mean that you can't have an opinion ...more

Good point. Reasonable, fair criticism and opinions are fine anytime, just not the excessive and unreasonable nonsense we saw (and heard and read) from that unfortunate episode. Almost every professional sport asks that of their athletes and teams, it's no big deal...

Remember "It's a drug ring"? That kind of stuff.

DC
Racer X

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4/30/2020 9:57 AM

HondaMan66 wrote:

Hey DC,
Where is the rule allowing equal displacement in the 250 class?

DC wrote:

Same place they are for SX and MXGP, sorry.

DC
Racer X

DC - I have a high regard for you, and believe you truly love our sport.

And that you are a great steward of it, whilst being a very successful business man.

But that answer is completely unsatisfactory. It's just dodging a fair question, by hiding behind other entities equally bad rules.

Your GNCC series allows equivalency in XC 2 (and I don't see manufacturers pulling out because of it, nor 2T domination / 4T destruction), and now, many National Federations allow it, and most amateur racing allows it.

So, please be a leader / innovator, and do the right thing for the sport. And don't pass the buck because 'others' won't do the right thing for our sport. Be ahead of Feld and Luongo / InFront, not side by side with them in continuing to perpetuate a now decades old problem.

You coud be the man who rectifies a great wrong within our sport, and leads others to do so, as well.

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4/30/2020 10:19 AM

HondaMan66 wrote:

Hey DC,
Where is the rule allowing equal displacement in the 250 class?

DC wrote:

Same place they are for SX and MXGP, sorry.

DC
Racer X

Bearuno wrote:

DC - I have a high regard for you, and believe you truly love our sport.

And that you are a great steward of it, whilst being ...more

Thanks for the compliment, and I'm not dodging anything. I have explained this many times. There are six major OEMs in this sport right now (soon to be seven) and they invest more money in three championships--AMA Supercross, AMA Pro Motocross, FIM MXGP--than in all other series combined. They have ALL SIX told us time and again that they prefer to race on similar equipment in these series, 250cc four-strokes and 450cc four-strokes. It's not just one brand, or three brands, but ALL of the brands, including all of the ones that still make 250cc two-strokes. They do not have the budgets nor the desire to go back and develop their two-stroke 250s in order to compete at this level again, and while I don't agree with them, nor did I agree with the change 25 years ago, I do respect their opinion to make and market the products they want to market and race against.

DC
Racer X





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4/30/2020 10:23 AM
Edited Date/Time: 4/30/2020 10:23 AM

DC wrote:

Same place they are for SX and MXGP, sorry.

DC
Racer X

Bearuno wrote:

DC - I have a high regard for you, and believe you truly love our sport.

And that you are a great steward of it, whilst being ...more

DC wrote:

Thanks for the compliment, and I'm not dodging anything. I have explained this many times. There are six major OEMs in this ...more

Nobody would force them to use the 2 strokes. But it would give privateers a choice.

And do you think formula 1 cares about the mfg's feelings before a rule change? No. Mfg's have to adapt to the rules given.

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4/30/2020 10:26 AM

yz133rider wrote:

Nobody would force them to use the 2 strokes. But it would give privateers a choice.

And do you think formula 1 cares about ...more

They are afraid of privateers showing up on a nearly bone stock 250 two stroke and winning against factory 250 four strokes.

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4/30/2020 10:28 AM

Just in time for this guy to return (jokes).
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4/30/2020 10:28 AM

I guess no-one watches Canadian moto?

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