SUPERCROSS RIDERS: DO YOU KNOW THE RULE CHANGES THAT GO INTO EFFECT THIS SEASON

January 4, 2011
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This is a complete list of the rule changes that go into effect on January 8, 2011. The most notable are the about-face on the 16-year-old age rule and amount of points need to keep a career number.

AMA SUPERCROSS AND SUPERCROSS 250 EAST/WEST CLASS AGE ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES
All license applicants must be at least 16 years of age at the time of application.
 
SUBSTANCE ABUSE POLICY
The Supercross and Supercross 250 East/West class riders will follow the terms and conditions of the FIM Anti-Doping Code.
 
SUPERCROSS AND SUPERCROSS 250 EAST/WEST ENTRIES
Supercross and Supercross 250 East/West will be pre-entry ONLY and limited to 80 riders. Post entries will only be permitted under special circumstances and at the sole discretion of AMA Racing and the FIM.

Pre-entries close 21 days prior to the first event of the season. All other pre-entries close 14 days prior to each event.
 
RIDER APPAREL
The use of a portable music player or an on board/helmet camera (other than the one from the Championship Promoter) is not allowed at anytime during on-track competition, including practice, qualifying and races.
 
ALTERNATE QUALIFYING
If a rider or riders have qualified in the top 40 but are unable to participate in the evening program, riders that qualified outside of the top 40 may be allowed into the heat races. This will be done starting with the 41st qualifier until all positions for the evening program are filled. These riders will pick their gate position in the order in which they qualified after all riders in that heat race from the top 40 have gated. Riders outside of the top 40 may be denied this option based on lap times at the sole discretion of the Race Director or AMA.

STARTING PROCEDURES REGARDING THE LAST TWO GATES
When using a starting gate with 22 gates, any time a race is scheduled for less than 22 riders, the outside gate at either end will not be used. These outside gates will only be used when more than 20 riders are competing in the race.
 
CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS FOR EXTRA RIDERS
Under special circumstances, if more than 20 riders are in the main event, riders finishing 21 and up will receive 1 point.
 
250 EAST/WEST CLASS POINTS FOR THE FINAL ROUND IN LAS VEGAS
Supercross 250 East/West points given at the final round in Las Vegas will count towards both the East and West 250 East/West Championships.

If more than 80 entries are received, entries will only be accepted from riders that have declared a region and have competed in at least one 2011 250 East/West event prior to Las Vegas.
 
HOW TO EARN CAREER NUMBERS & KEEP THEM
Riders who finish in the top ten in Championship points from the combined Supercross, MX 250 and MX 450 classes from the previous competition year will have a priority for the selection of a National two-digit available number for their career number. This change takes effect with the selection of 2011 career numbers.

Riders who fail to earn at least 25 championship points during the season preceding the new season will lose their career number and be issued a new number based on current points. Special consideration is given to a rider if he/she is confirmed with a season-long injury which prevents him/her from competing that season. This change will take effect with points from the 2011 season towards keeping career numbers in 2012.

YOU MUST RUN YOUR NATIONAL NUMBERS
All riders must use the competition number that has been assigned for the current season. This includes the Championship number 1, career number or an earned national number.  

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