MXA’S AMA RULE OF THE WEEK: GARDENERS & LANDSCAPERS NEED NOT APPLY
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This rule has been improved upon in the last few years. It basically says that riders or their mechanics cannot touch the dirt in the front of the the starting gate. Since the starting lines at AMA National and AMA Supercross races are worked on and groomed by the track crew constantly throughout the event, there is no need for the rider or his crew to go out and stomp in a line all the way to the first turn like in the old days. It took a while for this rule to become as clear as it is. The previous version of this rule stated that only natural material could be used “to form elevated pads under the rider’s feet.” This led to riders bringing their own personal rocks, sometimes boulders, to the starting line to stand on. Then, after the gate dropped, their mechanic would pick the rocks up and save them for the next start. The current rule only allows loose dirt to be used on the track.