Motocross Tips & Tricks : Rules of Motocross

Uploaded by expertvillage on 30.07.2008

The rules of motor cross generally change by the sanctioning body or the organization
that's putting on the event. You know, as a general rule you have the same types of
flags in each organization that mean the same thing. They might have slightly different
meaning, but generally, obviously the white flag means one lap to go. The checkered flag
is the end of the race. The green flag is to continue. Some of the other things that
you might run across that are a little bit different are sometimes there is passing underneath
a yellow flag, which is a caution flag and at other events you're not allowed to. Basically
the thing about motor cross is that the rules are very, very vague. Obviously, racing the
right bike displacement in your class, your classification, as far as being a beginner,
a novice, an intermediate or an expert level rider. Those are all kind of things that you
decide on your own and you can basically advance at the pace that you feel is right for you.
Some organizations do advance riders based on points, others do not. It's, again, kind
of a regional or a local difference there. As I said there's not too many rules once
you actually get on the track. Staying on the course is obviously, you know, the right
thing to do. You know, there's not people watching on every course, every time, but
obviously you want to keep it in the track that's marked. You don't want to; you want
to have respect for your fellow racers. I mean you're going to have instances where
bikes will come together and you know maybe an aggressive pass will be made. The main
thing and the one thing that I always try to observe in my racing career is that you
never want to go in there with the intention of taking anybody down or hurting anybody.
Like I said you might bump people here and there and that's all part of racing and that's
what makes racing fun, but just keeping in mind that it is only a race. At the end of
the day everybody takes their helmets off and they go home to their families. Everybody
wants to return home safe. So, just observing the safety rules, not, you know, not being
overly aggressive and not endangering anybody on the track. As a rule motor cross isn't
filled with all that many rules at least on the local or you know anything, but the professional
or amateur national level. When you're going to your first motor cross race it's important
to be a little bit early, make sure you get your sign up in on time, and you're down for
the riders meeting to hear about the specific rules of that track or that organization.
Taking off in the right practice group, with the right ability level of riders, is kind
of crucial for the safety of everybody. Also, being on time for, you know, the start of
your race; being prepared and mentally focused and alert when the gate does drop. Generally
each track will have a different starting procedure, but at least in professional racing
there will be a card. There's generally a card in every type of; every type of event
where they'll put the card up for maybe thirty seconds to a minute. That card will turn to
the other way and then it'll be ten to fifteen seconds and then it'll go sideways and generally
the gate will drop at some point after that. It's important to be at the riders meeting
and to hear the rules for the specific race that you're going to be at. Past that you
should know in advance how many laps you're going to be riding, knowing what flags to
look for and what the rules are for passing or for, you know, general safety information
in your specific area or region or sanctioning body that's putting on the event that you're
competing in.