Next Gen Motocross Rules Released!

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Next Gen Motocross Rules Released!

(Please direct any questions to Fred Guidi at fguidi@ahrma.org)

(Note: The below definitions are to be used to define the classes within the existing Pre-Modern designation, which exists in our current structure as “Pre-Modern”. The Pre-Modern class was approved as a class and has now been added to our “Post-Vintage” program. What exists below is that breakdown.)

(12.4.7 – Existing Pre-Modern Structured as follows:)

Pre-Modern: Pre-Modern machines are on the cusp of incorporating all features of modern technology, including linkage rear-suspension, engine power valves, and disk brakes. Class eligible machines shall consist of circa 1982 to 1988 two- and four- stroke motorcycles which were factory-produced with hydraulic front disk brake and rear drum brake. Bikes equipped with a factory-produced rear hydraulic disk brake are not allowed.

PRE-MODERN 125: Certain 2-stroke motorcycles 100-125cc that were produced within the guidelines of the Pre-Modern class specifications. Eligible machines include, but are not limited to:

1984-’87 Cagiva WMX125
1984-’86 Honda CR125R
1985-’88 Husqvarna 125CR
1986-’88 Husqvarna 125WR, 125XC
1982-’85 Kawasaki KX125
1983-’85 KTM 125GS, 125MX
1985-’86 Suzuki RM125
1985-’87 Yamaha YZ125
1990-’93 Yamaha RT180 (air cooled)

PRE-MODERN 250: Certain 2-stroke motorcycles 126-250cc that were produced within the guidelines of the Pre-Modern class specifications. Eligible machines include, but are not limited to:

1984-’87 Cagiva WMX250
1986- 87 Can Am 200/250
1984-’86 Honda CR250R
1985-’88 Husqvarna 250CR
1986-’88 Husqvarna 250WR, 250XC
1982-’85 Kawasaki KX250
1986-’88 Kawasaki KDX200, KDX250
1983-’85 KTM 250GS, 250MX
1985 M-Star 250
1985-’86 Suzuki RM250
1986 Yamaha IT200
1985-’87 Yamaha YZ250

PRE-MODERN 500: Certain 2-stroke motorcycles 280-500cc that were produced within the guidelines of the Pre-Modern class specifications. Eligible machines include, but are not limited to:

1984-’87 Cagiva WMX500
1986 -87 Can Am 406/500
1984-’86 Honda CR500R
1985-’86 Husqvarna 500CR
1986 Husqvarna 500WR, 500XC
1986-’88 Husqvarna 430AE
1987-’88 Husqvarna 430CR, 430WR, 430XC
1983-’85 Kawasaki KX500
1983-’85 KTM 420GS, 420XC, 495MC, 495XC, 500MX
1985 M-Star 500
1985 Suzuki RM500
1985-’90 Yamaha YZ490

PRE-MODERN 4-STROKE: Certain 4-stroke motorcycles 250-650cc that were produced within the guidelines of the Pre-Modern class specifications. Eligible machines include, but are not limited to:

1984 ATK 560
1984 Honda XL350R, XL600R
1984-’89 Honda XR250R
1984-’85 Honda XR350R
1983-’84 Honda XR500R
1983-’89 Honda XR600R
1987-’88 Husqvarna 510TC, 510TE, 510TX
1982 KTM 500K4, 500XC
1983-’88 KTM Any 4-Stroke, rear drum
1986-’87 Yamaha TT250
1985-’86 Yamaha TT600
1985-“00 Yamaha XT350
1984-’89 Yamaha XT600

Section 16 – Next Gen Motocross

Mission Statement: The Mission of AHRMA Next Gen Motocross is to showcase the technological advancements that continued in rapid succession after the Post Vintage Period. Most of these advancements can be found in modern Motocross bikes produced to this day.

General Rules: General Motocross rules apply to the Next Gen Series of classes, with the exception of machine specific details which will be noted within the class structure.

Number Plates: All Next Gen Class eligible machines shall use a white background with black numerals.

Technical Inspection: All Next Gen eligible machines and riders are subject to the pre-race, technical inspection. All equipment must adhere to the rules for the class entered. All riders must meet safety and eligibility standards for AHRMA Motocross.

Courses: Tracks will follow the same design principles as those created for Post Vintage Motocross. All “SuperCross” or “Extreme” steep faced, sharply-lipped jumps are to be avoided. Tracks shall be traditional outdoor style MX. Safety will be considered when designing track obstacles with the Race Director being the final authority in making track changes.

16.1.1 Next Gen 1:Next Gen machines incorporate nearly all of features of current motorcycle technology, including front and rear hydraulic disk brakes, upside-down front forks, and twin-spar frames. Class eligible machines shall consist of circa 1986 to 1998 two- and four- stroke motorcycles which were factory-produced with steel main frames. Aluminum sub-frame and swingarm are allowed. Motorcycles equipped with an aluminum main-frame are not allowed.

16.2.1 Next Gen 1- 125: Certain 2-stroke motorcycles 100-125cc that were produced within the guidelines of the Next Gen 1 class specifications. Eligible machines include, but are not limited to:

1987-’97 Honda CR125R
1989-’99 Husqvarna 125 all
1989-’02 Gas Gas 125
1986-’98 Kawasaki KX125
1986-’00 KTM 125
1987-00′ Suzuki RM125
1986-’98 TM Racing 125
1988-’01 Yamaha YZ125

16.2.2 Next Gen 1 250: Certain 2-stroke motorcycles 126-250cc that were produced within the guidelines of the Next Gen 1 class specifications. Eligible machines include, but are not limited to:

1988-’93 ATK 250
1987-’96 Honda CR250R
1989-’99 Husqvarna 250
1989-’02 Gas Gas 250
1986-’98 Kawasaki KX250
1986-’06 Kawasaki KDX200, KDX220, KDX250
1988-’02 KTM 250
1987-2000 Suzuki RM250, RMX250
1994-’98 TM Racing 250
1988-’98 Yamaha YZ250, WR250

16.2.3 Next Gen 1 500: Certain 2-stroke motorcycles 126-250cc that were produced within the guidelines of the Next Gen 1 class specifications. Eligible machines include, but are not limited to:

1988-’95 ATK 406
1987-’03 Honda CR500R
1989-’91 Husqvarna 300
1986-’04 Kawasaki KX500
1986-05” KTM 300, 360, 380 (up to MXC/EXC)

16.3.1 Millennium 2-Stroke

Millennium 2-Stroke: machines incorporate nearly all features of current motorcycle technology. Class eligible machines shall consist of circa 1997 to 2008 two-stroke motorcycles which were factory-produced. These machines represent the era when 2 stroke motocross bikes were nearing the end of their development cycles and were being phased out of the Japanese manufacturer’s model lines in favor of modern 4-strokes motocross bikes. OEM engine and main frame combination/configuration must remain as produced by the original manufacturer for a given model. Motorcycles built using engines and frames from different models/displacements, even if from the same manufacturer, are not allowed.

16.3.2 MILLENNIUM 2-ST 125: Certain 2-stroke motorcycles 100-125cc that were produced within the guidelines of the Millennium class specifications. Eligible machines include, but are not limited to:

1997-’07 Honda CR125R
2000-’13 Husqvarna CR125 (Pre-Austrian)
1999-’06 Kawasaki KX125
2001-10′ KTM 125 SX (PDS Shock, No Linkage)
2001-’07 Suzuki RM125
1999-’07 TM Racing 125 MX (Steel Perimeter Frame)
2002-’05 Yamaha YZ125 (Pre KYB SSS Front Fork, No Ti Shock Spring)

16.3.3 MILLENNIUM 2-ST 250:  Certain 2-stroke motorcycles 126-250cc that were produced within the guidelines of the Millennium class specifications. Eligible machines include, but are not limited to:

1997-’07 Honda CR250R
1999-’09 Husqvarna CR250 (Pre-Austrian)
1999-’07 Kawasaki KX250
2003-’10 KTM 250 SX (PDS Shock, No Linkage)
2001-’08 Suzuki RM2501999-’07 TM Racing 250 MX (Steel Perimeter Frame)
1999-’06 Yamaha YZ250 (Pre KYB SSS Front Fork, No Ti Shock Spring)

16.4.1 Current 2 -Stroke

Current 2-Stroke – Included machines are those produced to the current era. Modern 2- strokes, including those currently in production by contemporary manufacturers and future models not yet in production, which maintain the modern structure. All modifications currently known are permitted, with the exception, of those which create an unsafe operating condition.

16.4.2 CURRENT 2-STROKE 125 AM: 2-stroke motorcycles 100-125cc that were produced within the guidelines of the Current 2-Stroke class specifications. Eligible machines include, but are not limited to:

Husqvarna TC125
KTM 125 SX
TM Racing 125 MX
Yamaha YZ125

16.4.3 CURRENT 2-STROKE 250 AM: 2-stroke motorcycles 126-250cc that were produced within the guidelines of the Current 2-Stroke class specifications. Eligible machines include, but are not limited to:

Husqvarna TC250
KTM 250 SX
TM Racing 250 MX
Yamaha YZ250

16.4.4 2-Stroke Unlimited: This class shall not have OEM production machine restrictions, unlimited modifications are allowed, 2-Stroke engines ONLY. No displacement limits.

16.5.1 Age Classes

16.5.2 +40 Expert & Intermediate Any Bike of this Generation is eligible for this class
16.5.3 +50 Expert & Intermediate Any Bike of this Generation is eligible for this class
16.5.4 +60 Expert & Intermediate Any Bike of this Generation is eligible for this class

(Note: There is no novice classification in the Age Groups)

By |2018-11-16T18:43:04+00:00November 7th, 2018|Motocross, Rules|25 Comments

25 Comments

  1. Matt Hilgenberg November 7, 2018 at 7:18 pm

    The machines included in the Pre-Modern class step beyond the bounds of the original intent of the post vintage motocross program, and do not fit within that discipline’s mission statement. Now that AHRMA will have classes for later-era motorcycles, it seems like an opportune time to move Pre-Modern out of post vintage and group those bikes with similar, disc-brake-equipped racebikes.

  2. mark parker November 7, 2018 at 10:02 pm

    Went to 2018 AMA Vintage Days. Sunday MX event had 17 motos from post vintage to pre-modern bikes. Over 600 Motocross sign-ups for the weekend. Do the math.
    AHRMA needs to wake up.

    • Arthur Kowitz November 7, 2018 at 11:03 pm

      what is your suggested way for us to “wake up”?

    • Allen Wenzel November 7, 2018 at 11:58 pm

      I would think that you would be indicating that AHRMA had “woken up”. AHRMA now provides MX classes for everything from a BSA Goldstar all the way to a modern 2-Stroke motocross machine. That’s quite a spread of classes and technologies. Something literally for everyone. How much more “woke” does AHRMA need to be?

    • Reese Dengler November 8, 2018 at 5:07 am

      Mark Parker: Where are the full results listed for the 2018 AMA Vintage Days motocross races? Please post the link, Google can’t find it. I want to count the entries and prove your math.

  3. Gary DiPietro November 7, 2018 at 10:43 pm

    “NO +70 CLASS”

    • Guenter Sommer November 14, 2018 at 1:20 am

      We get to run with the +60…. need more +70 to show up if we’re going to have a +70.

  4. Arthur Kowitz November 7, 2018 at 11:03 pm

    what is your suggested way for us to “wake up”?

  5. Reese Dengler November 8, 2018 at 5:27 am

    Where do the early Husabergs fit into this NextGen Motocross program?

  6. mark parker November 8, 2018 at 2:23 pm

    Pre Modern Structured. Certainly a good inclusion for AHRMA to grow. But where are the youth classes for Vintage Motocross? The AMA Vintage days had them, and that was why they had three generations of Families racing that weekend. Plus other events, like the Hole-Shot contest, and a Pit Bike race that drew a sea of spectators too. Conformation of 600+ entries? Well, the promoter announced that, so you can believe it or not. But if you were there, in the middle of thousands of vintage bikes, racers, friends and family, it sure felt like a movement and a high water mark.
    So there’s the wake up call request to the Organization.

    • Reese Dengler November 8, 2018 at 8:58 pm

      Mark Parker: Since I could not find a link to the complete 2018 VMD MX results, and you could not furnish one. I emailed the AMA to ask them where they were posted. I was sent the link almost immediately and I count a total of 664 motocross entries for the 2018 VMD. These entries include all classes, vintage to modern two stroke and include youth classes. I’m sorry I doubted your “Over 600 Motocross sign-ups for the weekend” statement.

  7. mark parker November 8, 2018 at 9:29 pm

    Thanks Reese. I like AHRMA .and have been a member for about 25 years. But it needs to be more inclusive, or I’m afraid the organization will bleed itself out.
    You can PM me. We can discuss further, and I would love to help.

  8. Mickey Sergeant November 10, 2018 at 4:08 am

    how are you going to run all these classes in a day. Cut laps down to two laps

  9. Allen Wenzel November 12, 2018 at 2:53 am

    Will these Next-Gen Motocross machines also be included into AHRMA’s Cross-Country program?

    Are Pre-Modern machines going to be allowed to compete in PVMX age related classes?

    Can you race a modern two-stroke machine in the Next-Gen rider age related classes? Why is there no Novice class in the Next-Gen rider age related classes?

  10. Joshua Miller November 14, 2018 at 12:58 am

    Kind of defeats the purpose of “American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association”. Is this an attempt to get more people to show up? I think you will lose a lot more of the older crowd and get some young people to show up but your gonna lose a lot of the people that are there for the old bikes because less will show up. Just my 2 cents…

    • Tom November 14, 2018 at 1:32 am

      I think the goal is to have some Vintage and PV events on vintage style tracks and then some PV and Next Gen Nationals on more modern style tracks.

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