Race Day Memberships and Rules:
All races are AMA sanctioned and follow the AMA Sports rulebook, available online at www.amadirectlink.com/rulebooks. All racers must be AMA or ATVA members. Membership can be purchased at the track or online at www.ama-cycle.org. Membership fees vary from $29 – $49/year; a weekend membership is available for $20 and can be applied to a full membership within 120 days.
All regular races* pay GLMX points; rules and info are available at www.greatlakesmx.com. *ATV National and VetFest do not run GLMX classes, but points are applied to as many classes as possible. Loretta Lynns Regional Qualifier does not pay GLMX points. All riders must be GLMX members; this does not apply to the Area or Regional Qualifier or ATV Nationals. Membership can be purchased at the track. Full 12-month membership fee is $20; temporary membership fee is $5 and is good for one weekend of racing. Temporary members can earn points, too. You must upgrade to a full membership before the series ends in order to get an award if you’ve earned one.
In general, the following safety equipment is required: DOT approved helmet, goggles, long sleeved full shirt (not cut off), long pants, tall boots. Gloves are recommended but not required. We strongly recommend race gear (as opposed to jeans and a sweatshirt). Kids are always growing and many race parents have used gear for sale, so ask around in the pits. In addition, we recommend that riders take advantage of other available safety equipment such as gloves, chest protector, knee brace and neck brace. Tether kill switch and nerf bars are required for ALL quads, including minis.
For youth classes, your age on January 1 applies for the whole year. For example, a 15-year-old who turns 16 on March 1 can still race a 12-15 age class for the entire season (because he was 15 on January 1). However, once you move up to the next age level class, you cannot move back down.
For Vet classes, your age on race day applies. You can ride a class as soon as you become eligible, but not before.
The following pit bike rules do NOT apply on pro national weekend. There are no pit bikes allowed on pro weekend!
Pit bikes (golf carts, scooters, etc.) are a privilege and not a right. The privilege will be taken away from anyone who abuses it. Pit bikes may be ridden to and from the track by adults only – you must be 16 or older to ride a pit bike. Pit bikes cannot go inside the pro track infield; they can be parked outside the finish line tunnels. Pit bikes are for competitors and pit crews only; not for spectator use. No riding in fields. 5 MPH limit at all times.
Pit bikes and race bikes cannot be ridden on Friday evenings. Pit bike riding stops Saturday either at dusk or at the time announced. We usually allow pit bike use until signup closes for the night.
No riding on the pro track before or after the event. This includes bicycles.
After racing on the 50 track concludes, we will have open practice on the track, weather and conditions permitting. If you have a child who is learning to ride but not ready to race yet, bring them to registration and fill out release forms and you can let him or her practice after the races are over!
RACE DAY CURFEW: Kids (under 18) must be at their campsite by 11pm nightly, unless they’re with a parent.
The Race Referee is Drex Akin. The KTM Kids Track Referee is Kirk Newman. Both referees are usually located at the starting line at their respective tracks. Please feel free to ask them questions! If you need help choosing the right class, understanding the rules, figuring out what bike belongs in what class, anything! That’s what they’re here for. Make sure you have a clear understanding of the rules and equipment requirements before you enter the track.
We’re pleased to have Traxide Outreach Ministry, headed up by Rich Troyer, here on race weekends. Rich typically holds a service on Saturday evening, along with family activities like movie night, slip-n-slide, scavenger hunts, etc. If you have trouble locating Traxide in the pits, stop by registration and we’ll direct you.
For a regular 2-day race weekend, you will buy a wristband for both days at the front gate when you come in. If you leave by 8pm Saturday, we’ll cut your wristband off and give you a refund for Sunday. Please note that you must be wearing your wristband. We can’t refund a band that’s not attached to a person. Refunds are not available in the middle of an event that spans more than one day, like the Regional qualifier and ATV National.