Red Bull Metallicross is an event that embraces the best of all forms of off-road motorcycle racing, with a few extra obstacles thrown in for good measure. Though we have tried to “throw out the rules” when it came to the concept and track design, we thought it was a good idea to give you a few guidelines to help the process along. So – here are the official rules of Metallicross:
Red Bull Metallicross is a one-day competition. The field size is limited to a maximum of 80 competitors, 60 invited into the field and 20 qualified into the field through a series of qualifying races pre-event. Red Bull Metallicross is run over 4 rounds of competition: Heats, Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ), Semi Final, Final.
Heats: Four races of 20 participants each. Approximately 15 minutes in length. Riders 1-4 will advance directly to Semi Finals, riders 5-12 will move to one of two LCQ’s and riders 13-20 will be eliminated from competition, with the following exception: The two riders with the fastest practice qualifying times of riders 13-20 in each heat will move into one of two LCQ’s.
Last Chance Qualifier: Two races of 20 participants each. Approximately 15 minutes in length. Riders 1-12 in each LCQ will advance through to one of two Semi Finals, riders 13-20 in each LCQ will be eliminated from competition.
Semi Finals: Two races of 20 participants each. Approximately 15 minutes in length. Riders 1-10 will advance through to the Final, riders 11-20 will be eliminated from competition.
Final: One race of 20 participants. Approximately 20 minutes in length. Riders will be ranked according to finish order 1-20.
System of Advancement:
Heats to Semis – Top 4 in Heats 1 and 3 advance to Semi #1. Top 4 in Heats 2 and 4 advance to Semi #2
LCQ to Semis – Top 12 in LCQ #1 advance to Semi #1. Top 12 in LCQ #2 advance to Semi #2
Gate choice in Heats will be dictated by seeding time where the fastest seed in each heat will be given #1 gate choice.
Gate choice in LCQ will be given by the fastest heat and the finishing position in that heat. The #1 finisher in the fastest of the 2 heats will be given #1 gate choice and the #1 finisher in the slowest of the 2 heats will be given #2 gate choice and continue until all 20 gates have been chosen.
Gate choice in Semi Finals will be given first to the Top 4 in each advancement heat, where the #1 finisher in the fastest of the 2 heats will be given #1 gate choice and the #1 finisher in the slowest of the 2 heats will be given #2 gate choice and continue until all 8 riders have chosen a gate. Then gate choice will be given by the finishing position in the advancement LCQ where the #1 finisher in the LCQ will be given the 9th gate choice and continue until all 20 gates have been chosen.
Red Bull Metallicross is an Open Class race meet. Any 2-wheel Motorcycle Make, Model, Year or Engine Displacement may be entered except where, in the opinion of the Race Director, that machine would cause a potential safety risk to riders, spectators or facilities.
The following are exceptions to the “Open” designation:
a. Brakes must be manufactured and installed in a safe and workmanlike manner.
b. A brake or braking device does not mean a compression release, although compression releases may be installed in addition to brakes.
c. Motorcycles in Metallicross competition must be equipped with adequate, operating front and rear brakes.
d. Special pedals must be rubber-covered.
e. Brake ventilation is permitted
f. Brakes that operate by friction on the tire or wheel rim are prohibited.
2. Wheels and Axles
a. Aluminum wheel axles are not allowed in Metallicross competition.
a. Forks must posses the strength and size for the motorcycle and the planned use. If forks are moved up in the triple clamps so that they protrude beyond one inch vertically past the top of the handlebars, a protective device must enclose them.
(a) Frame parts must be manufactured in a safe and workmanlike manner, and any frame modifications also must be done in a workmanlike manner.
(b) Titanium frames are not allowed.
(c) Safety bars and stands must be removed
(d) Foot rests and levers
(i) Footrests must have a non-skid surface (knurled, serrated, rubber covered etc.)
(ii) All footrests must fold back at a 45-degree angle for at least 50 degrees of movement.
(iii) The length of the footrest pivot point to the frame, engine or transmission must not exceed 2 inches and may not be lower than the crankcase or frame, whichever is lower.
(e) Once qualified for the event, the machine’s frame may not be replaced.
5. Handlebars and Controls
a. Handlebars must be made of steel, aluminum, titanium or another material approved by the Metallicross Competition Staff. Repaired, cracked or broken handlebars are prohibited. Handlebar mounts may be altered.
b. Control levers must have ball ends at least one-half inch in diameter.
6. Gas Tanks
a. The gas tank must be manufactured and mounted in a safe and workmanlike manner.
b. Leaking gas tanks or fittings, as well as temporary makeshift repairs, are prohibited.
c. Seat tanks are prohibited.
d. The same size gas tank must be used during the entire meet, including qualification.
a. The front fender and the rear portion of the rear fender may not be removed. Special fenders may be fitted. However, any special fenders must be mounted securely and safely.
b. Rear fenders must extend at least to a vertical line drawn through the rear axle.
8. Exhaust System
a. The exhaust system must be attached securely together and to the frame, and must remain so until the end of the event.
b. The discharge end of an exhaust system may not extend past the rear edge of the back tire, nor point so that it creates dust or interferes with the vision of another rider.
c. Machines entered must have mufflers/silencers which do not exceed a maximum of 99db(A), measured at half maximum rpm per MIC manual SAE J1287 test at 0.5 meters (20 inches).
d. Applicable sound test limits may not be exceeded at any time during the event. Metallicross Competition staff may test for compliance at any time during the event. Any machine not complying with applicable sound rules may be penalized.
e. Spark arrestors shall remain in place throughout the event.
a. Recapped or re-treaded tires are prohibited.
b. No rubber or metal studs (or foreign materials) may be added to the
c. No paddle tires may be used.
d. No liquid may be used as primary tire filler
10. Number Plates
a. Metallicross number plates are required for competition and any time that a bike enters the track. Bikes must be equipped with two side plates of uniform size, and shape and one front number plate.
b. Numbers must be a least five-inch-high standard block letters; numbers must not be shaded or outlined. Lettering must have a professional appearance. Nothing but the number and approved Metallicross design may appear on side number plates. Front number plate stickers with event logo will be supplied for all competitors. These stickers may be trimmed to fit the entire front surface of the plate, but may not be modified in any other way.
c. Number plates must be securely mounted. The front plate must be attached parallel to the head angle and may not be curved.
11. No radio communication with riders is permitted.
12. All riders must have a working, two-pound minimum, BC rated, fire extinguisher in their pit area.
It is the sole responsibility of the rider to select a helmet and apparel, which will provide appropriate protection. The Metallicross Competition Staff do not endorse or certify any manufacturers or products. The rider must rely on his own judgment in the selection of any helmet and apparel for durability and safety.
1. A helmet must be worn during all practice and competition. All helmets must be full coverage or full-face models. Helmets must be certified by the manufacturer and have a sticker affixed stating it meets or exceeds DOT FMVSS 218, Snell M 2005, 2010 or any of the FIM SFI approved certifications. Any rider caught with a helmet strap unsecured during competition will be penalized with disqualification.
2. Shatterproof goggles or face shields must be worn in all events, including practice.
3. Protective pants made of leather or other durable material must be worn in all competition.
4. Long sleeves must be worn in all competition. Short or three-quarter -length sleeves are not allowed.
5. Boots must be worn in all races and practice sessions. They must be at least eight inches high with either laces, buckles or zippers, or specially designed and constructed for leg and foot protection.
D. Race Rules
1. No one except riders officially entered may ride or practice on any portion of the course the day of the event.
2. The machine the rider brings to the starting line for his first heat is considered the qualified machine for the event.
3. Practice or warm up is limited to the designated area identified by the organizer. Competitors riding, or allowing their machines to be ridden, outside these boundaries will be excluded from the event.
4. Under no circumstances are tools to be utilized for the purpose of working on the area of the start gate, or any other part of the racetrack, other than by a designated Metallicross official. The Race Director may elect to authorize the use of brooms to clear loose dirt. Only the bristles of the broom may be used for this purpose. Failure to adhere to this rule may result in a one-lap penalty from the Race Director.
5. A rider must be ready when called to the starting area. If not ready, he is allowed two minutes after the starter’s call to make minor repairs. Afterward, if he still is not ready, he will be allowed to start the event late. No alternate rider will be placed in any race. Any rider may ask for two minutes to make repairs, but the additional time will not prevent the disqualification of another rider who has used the two-minute limit.
6. Under no circumstances may a rider ride a machine in the wrong direction on the track. For this offense, the Race Director may suspend a rider for the entire event.
7. A rider whose machine is disabled before reaching the finish line may, under his own physical power, push or carry his machine (in the direction of the track) across the finish line to receive the checkered flag. Provided he completes at least 50 percent of the number of laps as the winner, a rider who finishes in this manner will be considered as having completed the race. In the event that such a rider causes a safety concern or is considered to be hindering the flow of the event, the Race Director may require him to exit the course and at the Race Director’s discretion scoring will reflect credit for the number of laps completed
8. If a rider stops for any reason during an event, he must restart without any outside assistance. However, if a rider falls, blocking the course and endangering other riders, he may receive help or have his machine pushed off the course. An attempt to help under any other situation will result in the rider’s disqualification.
9. A rider leaving the course must re-enter at the same point or at the first point where he can safely do so without interfering with other riders and without gaining an advantage. Failure to do so will result in the rider being penalized a minimum of one finishing position for that race.
10. A competitor who rides in a way that endangers officials, other riders or the public will be subject to immediate disqualification from the event by the Race Director.
11. When entering or leaving the pits, a rider must use designated entrance and exit lanes. Failure to do so may result in disqualification.
12. The Race Director may decide the maximum number of riders who start any race. Starting riders will be those who qualify as a result of qualifying heats.
13. A rider must start all of his/her heats to qualify for the final race. To avoid disqualification, any rider unable to start a heat must have prior approval from the Race Director.
14. The race is completed when the leader takes the checkered flag. Finishing position is determined by the number of laps completed. A rider must take the checkered flag to finish.
15. Should a rider qualified for a specific heat (Heat, LCQ, Semi, Final) be unable to start the race, there will be no replacement rider brought into the heat.
Flags, measuring 30 inches by 30 inches, have the following meanings:
1. GREEN-start of race.
2. WHITE-one lap to go until finish.
3. YELLOW-caution. When a yellow flag is displayed, competitors must ride cautiously until they have passed the incident that caused the flag. When a yellow flag is displayed there is no passing, jumping or doubling between the flag and the incident that caused the yellow flag. Failure to do so may result in the rider being docked from one finishing position all the way to disqualification from the event subject to the Race Director’s discretion.
4. BLACK disqualification of a rider. That rider must report to the Race Director at once.
5 LIGHT BLUE with diagonal yellow stripe-indicates you are about to be overtaken by faster riders. Hold your line and do not impede their progress.
6. WHITE WITH RED CROSS-indicates that ambulances, safety vehicles or emergency personnel are on the course. EXERCISE caution. Should this flag (red cross) be displayed riders will slow down, maintain position with no passing and both tires traveling on the ground until past the incident.
7. BLACK AND WHITE CHECKERED-end of race.
8RED-stopping of a race for any emergency situation.
1. Each rider is entitled to examine his score or scorecard with the Race Director or appointed scoring official.
2. No official announcement of race winners may be made until the Race Director approves the cards. Official results are declared final if no rider requested a recheck within fifteen minutes after they are posted. The final results posted at the end of the 15-minute protest period may not be altered, except by the Race Director or the appeal process.
3. It is the rider’s responsibility to ensure number legibility. If a rider appeals his score and the numbers are not properly displayed, a protest will be disallowed.