MCUI General Competition Rules

MCI Motocross Standing Regulations

Revised November 2013

1. Eligibility

All competitors must hold a current competition licence issued by Motorcycle Racing Ireland, Motorcycle Racing Association (Ireland Ltd), A.C.U, S.A.C.U, FMN or F.I.M. Licences. All competitors from outside the jurisdiction of the Motorcycle Union of Ireland must supply starting permission and insurance from their Federation to the Secretary of the Meeting. 

2. Entries 

Entries must be on the prescribed entry form, completed in every detail, signed by the competitor or in the case of a competitor of 18 years and under signed by the Parent or Guardian.

3. Neck Braces Optional

The wearing of neck braces is at the discretion of the competitor, parent or legal guardian.

4. Scrutineering 

All machines with Protective Clothing and Helmets must be presented at scrutineering for spot checks. Note: The onus is on the competitor for the scrutineering of their machine.

5. Qualifying 

For gate position it will be by timed practice. All competitors must qualify. (No seeded competitors will be allowed)

6. Timing system 

Will be by approved timing system if electronic system fails completely manual lap scoring will operate (Weather conditions prevailing, Stewards Decision final) For starting gate position the drawing of pegs will decide. 

7. Method of Starting 

The method of starting will be by a folding back gate or in the case of failure of the gate by the National Flag.

8. Under Starter's Orders & Start Procedures 

Once the riders are called to the line they are under starters orders. The race will be started within 2 minutes of the starter holding up the Green Flag. The method of start will be by holding up a 15 second board for the full 15 seconds followed by the 5 second board and the gate will drop between 5 seconds to 8 seconds. 

9. False Starts 

A rider who causes two false starts will be excluded from the race.

10. Stopping A Race 

If a race is stopped after 50% distance (Time) the race will be considered complete. The finishing order will be based on the placing of the riders on the lap before the red flag was displayed. Any rider's determined by the clerk of the course to have been responsible for the red flag being displayed will be placed behind riders having completed an equal or greater number of laps. 

Except in the case of a false start, a race may be restarted only once. If it is necessary to stop a race more than once it will be declared null and void. 

The Clerk of the Course has the right, on his/her initiative, for urgent reasons, or cases of force majeure, to stop a race prematurely. There will be a complete 

Restart if stopped before 50% of the timed race distance.

11. Finish of a Race 

The chequered flag will be displayed as the winner crosses the finish line and will be kept flying until the last rider completes that lap. No rider will be a permitted to start a fresh lap after the chequered flag is displayed.

12. (a) Chequered flag 

If the chequered flag is mistakenly displayed later than the official time / distance, the finishing order shall be determined by the running order at the official time / distance. 

13. (b) Chequered flag 

Under any other circumstances, such as mistakenly display of the chequered flag before the official time / distance, the finishing order shall be determined by the running order at the time the chequered flag was displayed. 

14. Outside Assistance 

If during a race, a rider receives outside assistance other than that provided by the organisers for the removal of himself and / or his machine from the course in the interest of safety, he/she will be excluded. 

A marshal may lift a fallen rider's motorcycle but is not allowed to hold the motorcycle to assist the rider to restart his motorcycle. 

15. Finisher 

To be declared a finisher a rider must take the chequered flag and complete 75% of the winner's laps and cross the line and take the finish flag within 5 minutes of the winner.

16. Practice 

The number allowed to practice in motocross is one & half times the number of start gates 

The number allowed to practice in quad cross is 34.

17. Starting Gate (Racing) 

Solo: Number of starters according to number of starting gates. 

Quads: 17 on the front row and 17 on the second row. 

Sidecar cross: 2 gates per sidecar one row only. 

18. Riding Numbers 

Will be per competition licence, if there are duplicate numbers between Motorcycling Ireland and Motorcycle Racing Association (Ireland Ltd) the rider whose centre is holding the round will have preference with the rider from outside the organising centre prefixing with the number 1. 

19. Transponders 

It is the responsibility of the competitor to insure the transponder is securely fixed to the machine and in working order, failure of either will result in a no score being recorded by the timekeepers.

19. (a) Transponders 

Sharing of transponders is not allowed.

20. Points Scoring System. 

1st 25 points. 2nd 22 points. 3rd 20 points. 4th 18 points. 5th 16 points. 6th 15 points. 7th 14 points. 8th 13 points. 9th 12 points. 10th 11 points. 11th 10 points. 12th 9 points. 13th 8 points. 14th 7 points. 15th 6 points. 16th 5 points. 17th 4 points. 18th 3 points. 19th 2 points. 20th 1 point. 

21. Tie 

In the event of a tie for the final Championship Positions this shall be resolved in favour of the most wins, then second places, etc. and finally the last race of the Championship.

22. Medical Cover 

There must be one ambulance and sufficient personnel present at the circuit at all times for Practice and Racing. If no ambulance is present then all Practicing and Racing Must Stop.

23. Protests 

Present during a protest 3 Stewards, Clerk of the Course, person making the protest, Person protest is against and Witnesses if any may be called during the hearing and may be asked to remain on till end of the hearing.

24. Parent or Legal Guardian 

If Protester or the Complainant is under 18 their legal guardian or parent must accompany them and if a Child Protection Officer is in attendance they also. 

On hearing the protest and all relevant information the Steward's will retire to adjudicate on the protest. 

On reaching their verdict the Stewards will pass their verdict to the Clerk of the Course to deliver to the interested parties, informing them of their right of appeal to a higher authority depending on whose jurisdiction the incident occurred and in the case of an Irish Championship to the Motorcycle Union of Ireland. 

25. Right To Protest 

(a) The right to protest lies solely with the rider or parent / legal guardian in the case of a youth who may consider themselves aggrieved by any circumstances connected with any competition in which he/she is or has been taking part. 

(b) Nothing in this rule shall effect or prejudice the right and duty of an Official acting on his/ her capacity to take such action as he/she may deem proper in any circumstances regardless of whether a protest has been lodged. 

26. Lodging a Protest 

Every protest shall be in writing, signed by the rider or parent/ legal guardian in the case of a youth, making the protest, clearly specifying the matter protested against which shall refer to a single subject only. A fee of £40 sterling or equivalent Euros. Any protest lost, the fee will be returned to the organising centre along with all paper work. 

(a) All protests shall be handed to the Clerk of the Course with fee which shall be recorded by the Clerk of the Course the time received and handed to the Stewards of the meeting.

(b) Protests regarding the stripping of an engine or transmission must be accompanied by the normal fee of £40 or equivalent Euros plus an extra £150 or equivalent Euros which shall be paid to the owner of the machine to help rebuild the engine if it contravenes the rules in which case it will be returned to the Protestor and the appreciate action taken against the rider of the machine. 

27. Time limit For Protests 

A protest against the decision of a scrutineer or an official measurement shall be lodged immediately after the decision. 

(b) A protest against any mistake, or irregularity alleged to have occurred during the course of a race must be made within thirty minutes of the finish of the race. No protest after this time shall be considered, except within the special permission of the stewards of the meeting who, before admitting the protest, must be satisfied that there has been no unnecessary delay on the part of the protester. 

(c) A protest against an official timing system is not allowed, but a request to the Clerk - of-the-Course to have his/her lap scoring sheet checked by the timing people is permitted. 

28. Terminology 

M.C.U.I. The Motor Cycle Union of Ireland. 

M.R.A. The Motorcycle Racing Association (Ireland Ltd) 

M.C.I. Motorcycling Ireland ( Incorporating Southern Centre) 

F.I.M. Federation Internationale Motocycliste 

F.M.N. Federation Motocycliste Nationale. A national motorcycling organisation federated to, and recognised by The F.I.M. as the sole governing body of the sport in its own territory. 

Associate Member An organisation which the M.C.U.I. has given power to govern defined Disciplines of motorcycling sport in a recognised geographical area. 

Code The Sporting Code of the F.I.M. including any appendices thereto which may be in force

Club Any body recognised by the M.C.U.I. as a club. 

Supplementary Regulations Regulations supplementary to the G.C.R. and the Standing Regulation Drawn up by the promoter of a competition and approved by the Authority granting the permit having for their object the regulation of the details of the competition. 

Permit The documentary authority to organize and hold one or more Competitions, granted in the case of an International Competition By the F.I.M., and in the case of all other competition by M.C.I. / M.R.A. or the M.C.U.I. 

Officials Officials are either supervisory or executive. The supervisory Officials are the Stewards (Jury) of the meeting. Executive Officials are all those officials such as the Clerk-of-the Course, Secretary of the Meeting and all those who, under the Clerk-of-the- Course, are responsible for carrying out the detailed organization of a competition. 

Clerk-of-the-Course The chief executive official at the meeting. 

Entrant Any person having signed an entry form and having been accepted for a competition. 

Youth Competitor is a person 6 years of age or over and under 18 years of age, who has been nominated as a rider of a motorcycle or quad in a competition at a junior Motocross, Quadcross or Grasstrack events. For the purposes of determined by his / her age on the 1st of January in any year, and any driver who attains his/her 18th birthday during a year will have the option of completing the year before moving up to Adult Competitor status. 

Adult Competitor 

a) Is a person 16 years or over who may compete in Adult Motocross & Quadcross, Supercross, Sidecross, and Cross Country. To take part in Enduro and Trail Ride events a Competitor must be 18 years of age or over, if part of the Event course is to be on Public Roads (ie Motor Cycle Driving Licence will be required ) A competitor under the age of 17 years may not compete in the above mentioned events on a machine with a cubic capacity over 250cc (either two stroke or four stroke) 

b) Junior Solo and Junior Quad Competitors. An applicant on reaching their 15th birthday may apply for a dual restricted competition licence which will enable them to compete in Youth and Adult Motocross, Youth And Adult Quadcross, Youth and Adult Supermoto, Youth and Adult Supercross, Cross-Country and Grass Track Events Guide to confirm Competitors age against the permitted minimum/maximum machine engine capacities. 

Age 15. Permitted machine engine capacity 150cc 2 stroke or 250 cc 4 stroke / Classic 250cc air cooled. 

Age 15. Quad 200cc 2 stroke Air Cooled / 250cc 4 Stroke Air Cooled. Quad. 200cc 2 stroke Air Cooled / 250cc 4 stroke Air Cooled. 

This will be a Dual Restricted Licence with above listed capacities applicable. 

Age of Riders 

FIM Motocross MX1 Class: 16 years

FIM Motocross MX2 Class: 15 years 

CYLINDER VOLUME The volume swept in a cylinder or cylinders by the upward or downward movement of the piston or pistons in relation to such cylinder or cylinders. Cylinder volume shall be expressed in cubic centimetres. For all calculations relating to the cylinder volume of engines the symbol shall be regarded as equivalent to 3.1416. 

CLUTCH START The start made when the motorcycle, with the engine running, has been stationary until the order to start is given. When drivers in as competition are all started together it is known as a MASS START when started singly it is known as an INDIVIDUAL START. 

OUTSIDE ASSISTANCE The doing by any person, other than the driver, his passenger (if any) or an official in the course or performance of his duty, of any act involving contact with the vehicle.



Every competition shall be directed and carried out by certain officials whose duties are either supervisory or executive. The officials responsible for the supervision of a competition are the Stewards of the Meeting. At a meeting there shall be from three to five Stewards of the Meeting. Stewards may also be termed to be Jury Members in certain International events. The Chief Executive at a competition is the Clerk of the Course under whose control come all the executive officials necessary to run the competition in a competent manner. All executive officials may have assistants. 


The MRA/MCI may nominate a majority of the Stewards at any meeting. At all meetings at least one of the Stewards shall be nominated by the MRA/MCI. All other officials shall be nominated by the promoters, subject to the approval of the authority issuing the permit. 


To be eligible to act in the capacity of Clerk of the Course or Steward at an event a person must hold an MRA/MCI Officials Licence. An Officials Licence will be valid for three calendar years. To qualify for such a licence a person must have attained his/her 18th birthday and must attend an MRA/MCI training seminar/examination. Participation in a seminar is obligatory at least once every three years. At least one training seminar shall be held annually. 

The MRA/MCI shall maintain a register of all persons to whom an Officials Licence has been issued and shall licence those members who comprise its Panel of Stewards. Other applications for an Officials licence shall only be accepted from an affiliated club/body which shall make application to the MRA/MCI on behalf of the officials) it wishes to have licensed. 

The timekeepers, scrutineers, helmet examiners, technical stewards, etc. shall, be selected from the approved panels. All other appointed officials shall be competent and experienced. 

The Stewards of the Meeting shall have no responsibility for the organisation of the meeting nor have any executive duty in connection therewith, but shall be in supreme supervisory control over the carrying out of the program of the meeting in accordance with the Regulations. 

The Stewards are the only tribunal competent to adjudicate upon protests arising out of the meeting. They may give summary judgment on any protest which may arise, subject to the right of appeal, as is provided in these rules, or they may refer a protest for decision to the authority which granted the permit. 


At a meeting a person, other than a Steward of the Meeting, may be appointed to undertake several different duties, provided he/she is qualified therefore. A Steward of the Meeting shall not undertake any other duty, and an official shall not be eligible to enter or drive in that meeting. 


No official shall perform any duties other than those attached to his appointment or appointments. In addition to the duties and powers attached to his appointment, it is the duty of an official to report to the Clerk of the Course any irregularity which has come to his notice. 

POWERS OF THE CLERK OF THE COURSE Secretary of the Meeting but not recommended and he/she may have various assistants. He/She shall be responsible to the Stewards of the Meeting and the promoter for the good management and conduct of a competition in accordance with the Supplementary Regulations and the Official Programme, and for the direction and control of all executive officials necessary for that purpose. 

DUTIES OF THE CLERK OF THE COURSE The Clerk of Course is the Chief Executive at a competition under whose control come all the additional Officials necessary to run a competition in a competent manner. 

The Clerk of the Course shall control the riders and shall prevent any rider or passenger excluded, suspended or disqualified or otherwise ineligible, from taking part in a competition.

He/She shall prohibit, from starting in a competition, any rider who has not qualified to start, such rider being classed as a "nonstarter".

He/She shall prohibit any rider or passenger from competing, or any motorcycle from being driven whom he considers is, or might be, a source of serious danger. If a driver commits an act or offence for which the penalty follows automatically, as specifically laid down in the Supplementary Regulations, the Clerk of the Course shall impose the penalty.

He/She may also order the removal from the Course and its precincts of any person who refuses to obey the order of a responsible official. In both cases. an immediate report must be made to the Stewards of the Meeting.

He/She shall report to the Stewards of the Meeting any rider, passenger or other person whom he considers guilty at the meeting of misbehaviour, unfair practice, or any failure to comply with the GCR or the applicable Supplementary Regulations.

The Clerk of the Course shall be responsible for the transmission to the Stewards of the Meeting, without undue delay, of any protests that may be made. He/She shall collect the reports of the timekeepers and other executive officials, together with such other official information as may be necessary for the determination of the results.

He/She shall prepare and publish the provisional results of the meeting, and any final amendments, or arrange for the Secretary of the Meeting to do so. It should be pointed out that the Clerk of Course is the person who will have to answer the Questions. No Clerk of Course can be too careful as to the conduct of the meeting. It is his or her responsibility in the long run should anything be overlooked. All safety requirements laid down must be carefully obeyed and should a Clerk of Course still not be satisfied with any particular safety aspect he or she should not hesitate to take any further measures deemed necessary to rectify the situation. 



One of the most difficult positions to fill at an Adult Event is that of Flag Marshall. In many ways it is also an extremely important and essential position to ensure the safe promotion of racing. Therefore if a Club can appoint a chief flag marshal who can look after flag marshalling in total on the day. This can make such a difference to the smooth and safe running of the event and be a tremendous assistance to the Clerk of the Course. 


It is important that the Officials List at the race meetings include an Incident Officer. The duties of this person would be to record as accurately as possible any details of rider's injuries etc. and any other incidents which may occur e.g. An accident involving competitor, spectator or official. He or she should record details of Incident: Which Race, What part of the track, Who was involved in the incident. Record names, riding numbers (if applicable), address and telephone number. Provide a sketch of where incident took place determine if possible the cause of the incident. 

Also it would be very helpful to record any comments from anyone who may have witnessed the incident along with name and address of witness. Use official paper package and camera supplied by the Insurance Officer. Send copy of all records and photos of any serious incidents to Permit Officer. Keep a copy for club records. 


The Clerk of the Course may undertake the duties of starter or judge, or he may instruct a timekeeper to so act, or an official or officials may be appointed for these duties. In the case of a handicap competition where the handicap is wholly or partly by time, the Starter shall be a timekeeper. The use by the Starters, or by the Judge, of mechanical appliances for facilitating starting or for recording finishes is permitted, provided such apparatus has first been approved by the MRA/MCI No protests may be made against the decision of a Starter or Judge which shall be accepted as final unless corrected or hereinafter provided. 

The Judges may perform one or both of the following duties: 

(1) Starting Judges whose duty is to point out any false starts to the Clerk of the Course immediately they occur. 

(2) Finishing Judges whose duty is to declare the order in which competitors cross the finishing line. In most instances this duty will be carried out by MRA/MCI appointed Time keepers or lap scorers. 

A mistake made by a Timekeeper may be corrected by him/her with the approval of the Stewards of the Meeting. 


The principal duties of the timekeepers shall be: At the commencement of the meeting, report themselves to the Clerk of the Course, who shall give them the necessary instructions. if so required, to act as a Starter and/or Judge. To use for timekeeping only official MRA/MCI approved apparatus. To record and report such positions and times as are required by the conditions of competition as instructed by the Clerk of the Course. 

To prepare and sign their reports, according to their individual responsibility, and to send them, together with all the necessary documents, to the Clerk of the Course. Not to communicate any official information to any other person except as they may be required to do so in the performance of their duties. 


A Driver's Competition Licence entitles the holder to enter him/herself, and take part in, a National Competition but does not permit the nomination of any other licensed rider. An applicant for a riders Competition Licence may be asked by the MRA/MUI or any Affiliated Club to produce a signed Medical Certificate. A licence will only be issued to an applicant over 60 years of age on the approval of a signed Medical Certificate. Any applicant suffering from Epilepsy, Diabetes, a Heart related illness or any other illness or disability that would impair their ability to compete in a Motorcycle Competition Event, may in addition to producing a signed Medical Certificate be asked to be examined or viewed by an appointed MCUI Medical Officer. Should the licence application be incomplete, or the application turned down, the application will be returned to the applicant by the Licence Registrar together with a note which will indicate the licence is refused for: 

(a) incorrect information 

(b) insufficient information 


All Disciplines 

Youth and Adult Motocross and Classic Events_At all MRA/MUI permitted events, including official practice and racing ONE AMBULANCE with sufficient qualified First Aid Personnel MUST be in attendance with full first aid equipment, including a spinal board. No Ambulance present at track, event MUST STOP until ambulance returns to track. 


It is also recommended that local hospital authority be notified of the time and date of all speed events, a minimum of one week prior to the event. It is strongly recommended to have 2 ambulance available at all Championship events to allow the smooth running of the event in case that I ambulance has to leave the track. The event can continue with one ambulance. 

AntiDoping Code Appendix I. 

1. AntiDoping Rules; In the area of antidoping. The Motorcycle Racing Association (Ireland Ltd) defers to the jurisdiction of the Irish Governing Body, (M.C.U.I) 

2. Further to clause 1. 

(a) The antidoping rule of the Motorcycle Union of Ireland (the Anti Doping Rules') apply to the sport of Off Road Motorcycle Sport in the Republic of Ireland/Northern Ireland 

(b) Persons participating in the sport of Off Road Motorcycle Sport under the jurisdiction of the_EFSZI who qualify as Participants' (as that term is defined in the AntiDoping Rules) are bound by and must comply in all respects with the AntiDoping Rules_16%_l'-_shall recognise and take all necessary steps to give full force and effects within its jurisdiction (a) to The Anti-Doping Rules; and (b) to any sanction's Imposed under the Anti -Doping Rules." ANTI DOPING CODE 

MCUI AntiDoping Rules Therapeutic Exemption (TUES) The MR%_I'-have adopted the new FIM AntiDoping Code in accordance with the World AntiDoping Agency (WADA ), which came into force on the 1st July 2004.The MRA / MCI also participates in the Irish Sports Council AntiDoping Programme as the National Anti Doping Organisation. 

From the 1st of January 2005 all Licence Holders and Officials with a medical condition requiring the use of a Prohibited Substance of Method must apply for, in association with their doctor, and be granted, a Therapeutic Use Exemption or "TUE", that is permission to use for therapeutic purposes, substances or methods contained in the WADA list of Prohibited Substances or Methods whose use is otherwise forbidden.Go to, click link for Wada. It is conditional that MRA/MC1-Competitors and Officials comply with the AntiDoping Code. Exemption forms are available on request from the MRA/MCI -secretary or licence Registrars. 

The use of banned substances in Sport carries very substantial and severe penalties.