Mission Statement
Section 1. Competition Committee
Section 2. Host Club
Section 3. Pointskeeper
Section 4. Competitors
Section 5. Admission into the Off-Road Series
Section 6. Complaint Procedures
Section 7. Posters
Section 8. Rules Section
Section 9. Race day

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Mission Statement

The aim of the Pacific Northwest Motorcycle Association (PNWMA) is to provide an off-road motorcycle racing series that is fun, flexible and affordable for both competitors and volunteer workers.

The rules written herein are intended to provide a uniform set of rules and regulations for PNWMA Off-Road Series Events. Each competitor and participant in the series must understand off-road racing is dangerous and must assess the hazards involved and assume the risk of participation.

Competition Committee

Section 1. Competition Committee

1.1) The Competition Committee is to be made up of the PN Executive and one
member from each sponsoring clubs to represent the club at meetings and each
Series event.

1.1.1) A Competition Committee is to be a minimum of three people. Participants
with a conflict of interest are to excuse themselves from participating.

1.1.2) A sponsoring club is defined as a club or association that organizes an
event in the off-road series, and is in good standing with the PNWMA.

1.1.3) If an event is cancelled for the calendar year, the Host Club still retains its
privileges with the Competition Committee for that year, subject to PN
Executive approval.

1.2) Members of the Competition Committee may pre-ride any course up to the day
before the event, and if deemed necessary, and discuss with the Host Club and
changes that may be needed, (i.e. dangers, ease of riding for all classes, course
markings, etc.).

1.3) The Competition Committee must be able to listen to disputes in a quiet area and
settle them to the best of their ability. The Host Club must stand behind their
decisions. All decisions are final.

1.3.1) A protest levy of $50.00 is to be paid to the Competition Committee before
a protest will be considered. Levy will be returned if the protest is upheld.
Any retained protest levies will be donated to the ISDE fund.

1.4) The PN Executive may asses a penalty per competitor to any Host Club who is
found in violation of PNWMA rules at any event.

1.4.1) Any Host Club found in gross or repeated violation of any of the rules and
regulations listed herein, or found operating their event in a manner that the
majority of the Competition Committee finds unsafe, unfair or
unsportsmanlike, may have their event removed from the PNWMA Off-
Road Series.

1.4.2) Any judgements passed by the Competition Committee, as well as any
evidence or testimony, must be recorded in writing and signed. The aim of
this is to justify the actions of the Competition Committee.

1.5) The PN Executive will review standings each year and compile a list of riders to
be moved up. Once a rider has competed in a specific class, he may not drop to a
lower class without receiving approval from the PN Executive.

Mission Statement

2.1) The Host Club must ensure that all requirements for an off-road event are met,
and that appropriate agencies are informed and approval from appropriate
agencies has been attained.

2.1.1) The Host Club also must ensure a reasonable level of safety is maintained
on the course. This is done by following the PNWMA Arrowing Guidelines
to the best of the Host Club’s ability and by providing proper first aid
services. Without 2 qualified First Aid Attendants (minimum level 2) there
shall not be a race. There is to be a minimum of 4 sweep riders per event
and the Host Club must ensure the safe return of all competitors and
volunteers. Sweep riders are to wear hi-visibility vests.

2.1.2) Inclusion into the PWNMA Off-Road series is at the discretion of the PN

2.1.3) Host Club must ensure proper equipment for the scorekeepers, including a
true sine wave generator, (ie, Honda or Yamaha, 2000 Watts)

2.1.4) Host club must have sign up area ready 45 min before sign up starts. This
includes generator, tables and pop up tents.

2.1.5) Sign up area and race scoring will be in the same location. Not to be moved
between sign up and race scoring.

2.1.6) Host club to provide tech inspection/sound check and be ready when sign
up begins.

2.2) The Host Club must give the Pointskeeper or his/her representative money for the
rider levy according to Rule 2.2.3, a copy of the results sheet and the names of
competitors working the event for points.

2.2.1) The Host Club is responsible to sell PNWMA Competition Licenses to all
competitors except Sportsmen or other support classes that don’t require
competition licenses.

2.2.2) Northwest Motorcycle Association (NMA) competitors are not required to
buy a PNWMA license to race any PNWMA event, however their points will
not be tallied by the PNWMA unless they do.

2.2.3) For every entry in an Off-Road Series Event, the Host Club must pay the
PNWMA a Rider Levy, according to Schedule 1, Section 3. , for every entry
in a Pacific Northwest Motorcycle Association Rules and Regulations
Family Trail Ride Event, the Host Club must pay the PNWMA, a Family
Trail Ride Levy, according to Schedule 1, Section 4.
Pacific Northwest Motorcycle Association
Off Road Series Rules and Regulations

2.3) The entry fee will be set by each club.

2.4) Competitors are to be divided into thirteen classes:

1000 Master

Fastest riders, any age,
any size engine. A course

2000 Expert

Fast riders, any size engine. A course
Open A

3000 Vet Expert

Fast riders, 30-39 years, any size engine.  A course
Vet A

4000 Intermediate

Experienced riders, any size engine. A course
Open B

5000 Senior Expert
Fast riders 40-49 years, any size engine. A course, B time
Senior A

6000 Women Expert

Fast riders, any size engine. A course, B time
Women A

7000 Super Senior

50 years or older, any size engine. B course

Super Senior

7500 Legends

60 years or older, any size engine. B course

Masters Q

8000 Vet Amateur

30-39 years, any size engine. B course
Vet B

9000 Senior Amateur

40-49 years, any size engine. B course

Senior B

10000 Junior Over

Novice and beginners,
16 years or older, any size engine. B course
Open C

11000 Women Amateur

Novice to experienced, any size engine. B course
Women B

12000 Junior Under

Novice and beginners, 15 years or younger, any size engine. B course
15 & Under

2.4.1) The Host Club may run other classes if desired, but the results must be
organized so the Pointskeeper can accurately place all Series competitors

in one of the thirteen classes. The Host Club is encouraged to run other
non-competitive classes to promote our sport i.e. Sportsman.

2.4.2) Sportsman is a non-speed event and is not to interfere with the main event.

2.5) Hare Scramble courses should be 5-12 kilometers (3-8 miles) long and a total of 3
hours, with short course competitors, riding 2 hours. Cross Country courses
should be at least 13 km long at a total of at least 3 hours, with short course
competitors riding at least 2 hours. Host Clubs must specify if their event is by
time or by loops completed. If scored by loops completed, Host clubs must
attempt to ensure that the race complies with the time guidelines on the day of the
event. Host clubs may shorten the race course or time due to extreme conditions.

2.5.1) Definition of long course competitors:
1000 Master
2000 Expert
3000 Vet Expert
4000 Intermediate

2.5.2) Definition of short course competitors:
7000 Super Senior
7500 Legends
8000 Vet Amateur
9000 Senior Amateur
10000 Junior Over
11000 Women
12000 Junior Under

2.5.3) Senior Expert and Women’s Expert competitors ride the long course at the
short course time.
5000 Senior Expert
6000 Women’s Expert

2.5.4) The definition between long and short course classes may be changed
based on the majority of competitors in the class and the discretion of the
Host Club.

2.5.5) A clock must be placed on the course, before time check to allow riders to
time out before crossing the check. This clock must be placed in a location
that allows riders to stop without impeding other riders.

2.5.6) . Once the completion time for the shorter course has been reached, any
rider on that course must take his place in the existing line up. If there are
still riders on a longer course coming through the check, those riders must
be allowed to bypass the lineup to proceed through the check.

2.6) An hour before the rider’s meeting must be set aside for practice on hare
scrambles courses. This is done for both safety and to minimize home track

2.7) Two fully trained First Aid persons must be present at all events. If the PNWMA is
arranging insurance, the Host Club must adhere to insurance provider’s
requirements or coverage will be voided.

2.8) Results must be posted half an hour (30 minutes) before trophy presentations, to
allow for disputes. Postings must be done in a location accessible to all
competitors. Reposting time will be 5 minutes if the original half hour has lapsed.

2.8.1) The Host Club has no obligation to hear disputes after the trophies have
been handed out.

2.9) Once a rider has left the start line, he/she may not change motorcycles. No ride
switches shall be made. One rider per motorcycle (except team events).

2.9.1) A competitor who stops racing to assist an injured person will receive an
averaged score (“Good Samaritan Points”) as the discretion of the Host
Club and/or Competition Committee.

2.10) All courses are to be marked with arrows and wrong way markers, where ribbon is
used only where arrows are not feasible. Each loop must have a minimum of two
checks to prevent competitors from course cutting.

2.11) The Host Club is responsible to perform a sound check, to keep sound levels of
the competitors below 96dB. The meter is to be held at a 45 degree angle from
the centerline at the same level as the highest exhaust port and at a distance of
50cm (20 in) from the end. The motorcycle is to be operated at half of its
maximum revolutions per minute.

2.11.1) Any motorcycle failing a sound check may not race at the discretion of the
Host Club and/or the PNWMA Sound Marshalls or Technical inspector. Any
motorcycle failing three sound checks in a season will not be allowed to
race until the motorcycle is able to pass the sound check. A conditional
pass may be granted by the PN Executive/Competition Committee if prior
arrangements are made.

2.12) Motorcycles must have a US Forestry Service Approved spark arrestor or
equivalent in place to prevent fires.

2.12.1) Any motorcycle without a spark arrestor may not race at the discretion of
the Host Club and/or the PNWMA Sound Marshalls. Pacific Northwest
Motorcycle Association Rules and Regulations

2.13) The rider is responsible for the condition of his/her motorcycle, however, the Host
Club, PNWMA Sound Marshalls or Technical Inspector may refuse to allow any
rider to start his motorcycle if it is not in safe operating condition.

2.13A) Riders must wear a minimun DOT approved helmet. (See Helmet certification
article on the website,

2.14) No tires with metal studs may be used.

2.15) The PN scoring system is to be used at all races. A manual backup scoring
system must also be in use. Any variation of the current tag system used is
acceptable. Minimum backup can be the recording of tag numbers in order of
arrival to ascertain the order and laps of the riders

2.16) All scoring and timekeeping concerns will be discussed with the PN scoring
committee well in advance of the event.

2.17) Host Club shall pre-ride the course the morning of the event to ensure the course
is safe and the marking is complete.


3.1) The Pointskeeper is responsible for issuing Competition Licenses. Only those
competitors who buy the PNWMA Competition License will have their points
tallied. The License is not retroactive, and is valid from date purchased only.

3.1.1) Any competitors changing class mid-season require approval from the PN
Executive for the appropriate class. Competitors can only transfer up one
class per season with no points transferring.

3.2) The points will be tallied according to the following system:
Finish – Points:
1 – 30
2 – 25
3 – 21
4 – 18
5 – 16
6 – 15
7 – 14
8 – 13
9 – 12
10 – 11
11 – 10
12 – 9
13 – 8
14 – 7
15 – 6
16 – 5
17 – 4
18 – 3
19 – 2
20 – 1
20+ – 1

3.2.1) Any competitor may work one event for points, which is awarded as the average of
his best scores up to the maximum counted for his/her class. Competitors collecting work
points must be assigned to a work position before the race starts and cannot start the
event as a competitor.

3.2.2) The Good Samaritan points are calculated as the average of his best
scores up to the maximum counted for his/her class.

3.2.3) Club members who work more than 2 or more of their own club events can
earn a maximum of 2 work party points if they ride 50% of the series.

3.2.4) Sponsors who have both days of their event on back to back weekends are
eligible for averaged work points for the previous day’s event if they ride
50% of the Series.

3.2.5) There will be tiebreakers for first place. In the event of a first place tie, most
wins will win, if still tied then the victor of the last race competed by both
riders shall determine the champ. A tie is a tie for the remainder.

3.2.6) Competitors in the following classes may not be moved into another class if
they win the class.
3000 Vet Expert
5000 Senior Expert
6000 Women’s Expert
7000 Super Senior
7500 Legends

3.2.7) Any rider who consistently demonstrates dominance in any class is eligible
for bumping as determined by the Competition Committee.

3.2.8) Racers must apply to receive a Masters license.
Pacific Northwest Motorcycle Association
Off Road Series Rules and Regulations

3.3) A competitor’s best scores of the series are totaled for Series Awards for the
overall series. This is an approximate guide.
1000 Masters 80% of series events
2000 Experts 65% of series events
3000 Vet Expert 60% of series events
4000 Intermediate 60% of series events
5000 Senior Expert 60% of series events
6000 Women’s Expert 60% of series events
7000 Super Senior 60% of series events
7500 Legends 60% of series events
8000 Vet Amateur 60% of series events
9000 Senior Amateur 60% of series events
10,000 Junior Over 55% of series events
11,000 Women 55% of series events
12,000 Junior Under 55% of series events

3.3.1) The exact tally of the amount of races that count towards series awards will
be listed in Appendix B

3.3.2) Additions to the rules concerning the regions are listed in Appendix A

3.4) Point standings should be posted after every few events.

3.5) The Pointskeeper should consult the Competition Committee regarding any
competitor whom in the first events of the Series places in the top 20% of a higher
class, to ensure sportsmanship. That competitor must move up one class.

3.6) The PNWMA Executive will arrange for the Awards Night.

3.6.1) The PNWMA will provide trophies for the overall class dependent on the
number of competitors in that class at the end of the year. Any competitor
who participates in less than four (4) races will be removed from the overall
trophy calculation. One trophy will be awarded for every seven competitors
(14% of competitors.).


4.1) Any competitors unaffiliated with any club may request a sponsoring club or a
member of the executive to act on their behalf regarding concerns over the Off-
Road Series. However competitors doing so must have a valid Competition

4.2) No competitor at any time ride in a manner, which endangers the safety of other
competitors, officials or the public, and when in violation of this rule shall be
subject to immediate disqualification and suspension by the Host Club.

4.3) Competitors must remain on the marked course. A competitor leaving the course
can only continue in the event by returning to the point where he/she left the

4.4) No competitor shall ride backwards on the course. Violators will be subject to
immediate disqualification.

4.5) No competitor will be allowed to compete when under the influence of any
intoxicant or drug, which can affect their mental or physical ability.
4.6) Any competitor that defaces, changes or destroys markers wilfully shall be
disqualified from the event.

4.7) All competitors are responsible for the actions of their pit crew and may face
penalties for their actions.

4.8) All competitors must ensure that their motorcycles meet the technical
requirements for racing which are;
4.8.1) Possession a United States Forestry Service (USFS) approved spark
arrester or equivalent.
4.8.2) An exhaust system, which is able to meet a 96dB sound requirement.
4.8.3) Failure to meet the requirements listed in subsections 1 and 2, may result
in disqualification and or removal from the event, by either the PNWMA
Competition Committee or the Host Club.

4.9) The transponder must be placed as requested and is the responsibility of the

4.10) Competitors can have numbers on their motorcycles. It is recommended that they
use the last three digits of their transponder/license number and the color scheme
outlined below. Riders may also use their position in the overall series from the
previous year if they were in the top ten riders. This is transferable between

Class Number Color Background Color Class Number Example
Masters (AA) White Red 1000 MST 1000
Expert (Open A) Black White 2000 EXP 2000
Veteran Expert (Vet A) Black White 3000 VET EXP 3000
Intermediate (Open B) Black Yellow 4000 INT 4000
Senior Expert (Senior A) Black White 5000 SEN EXP 5000
Women’s Expert (Women A) Black White 6000 WMN EXP 6000
Veteran Amateur (Vet B) Red White 8000 VET AM 8000
Senior Amateur (Senior B) Red White 9000 SEN AM 9000
Super Senior (Super Senior) White Black 7000 SUP SEN 7000
Legends White Black 7500 LEGENDS 7500
Junior Open (Open C) Red White 10000 JUN-OVR 10
Women’s Amateur (Women B) Black White 11000 WMN 11000
Junior Under (15 & Under) Red White 12000 JUN UND 12000

Admission into the Off-Road Series

5.1) A club must provide contact information and payment of fees to the PNWMA.
Then their event will be included in the PNWMA calendar as an off-road event.

5.1.1) Club dues, calendar dates and other information for the following season
are to be submitted to the PNWMA no later than December 1st of this year.

5.2) Two or more representatives of the Competition Committee must either enter the
event or witness it’s operation and examine it for its suitability for inclusion into the
Off-Road Series.

5.3) The Competition Committee will vote to include the event into the Off-Road Series
in the following calendar year.

5.4) If a club is denied access into the Off-Road Series reasons for the decision will be
given to the club.

5.5) A Competition Committee club may co-organize an event with a non-committee
club to bypass the one year requirement. But do so with the understanding that
the Competition Committee club holds all responsibility for the event and may be
subject to any penalties incurred.

5.6) The new Club must sign an affidavit declaring that they have read and understood
the PNWMA Rules and Regulations and the PNWMA Arrowing Guidelines.

Complaint Procedures

6.1) It is highly recommended that any complaints made concerning off-road series
events should be made to the Host Club first. Complaints to the PN Executive
must be made in written or typed form and signed by the complaining parties. No
other evidence or testimony will be allowed. One member of the complaining party
must be a valid Competition License holder.

6.1.1) Complaints will only be heard concerning the actions of the Host Club and
its members, these complaints shall be directed to the Competition
Committee. Complaints concerning the behavior of other competitors will
be heard at the Competition Committee’s discretion.

6.1.2) The Competition Committee is not required to act upon complaints
concerning scorecards. It is the responsibility of the competitors in the
event to ensure that their tags are properly marked upon leaving the

6.2) The testimony will be forwarded to the Host Club unedited for rebuttal. If deemed
necessary by the Competition Committee, the Host Club will be placed on
probationary status for the following season. Fines may be levied by the
Competition Committee depending on the severity of the complaint.

6.3) If the Host Club receives similar complaints in the following season and shows
little or no sign of improvement, then the PN Executive at the following meeting
can vote to remove the Host Club from the Off-Road Series.


7.1) Posters are to be sent to timekeeper to proof read before they are distributed and
must contain PN logo, the entry fee, license fees (transponder included) and sign
up time.

7.1.1) Night sign up must be approved by PN scoring committee. This must be approved
before race weekend.

7.2) All posters for PNWMA Off-Road events require a warning about sound as per
Rule. Otherwise the posters would not be posted on the PN website and not
posted in mail-outs.

7.2.1) The wording of the warning should be; “Spark Arrestors Mandatory – Motorcycles
must meet a 96db sound limit”. The “Less Sound = More Ground” logo can be

Rules Section

8.1) If a rider cuts the course or misses a check, a penalty of disqualification, up to 5
positions in the results or the removal of one lap may apply. This penalty will be
decided by the Competition Committee.

8.2) Where double course markings are used on both sides of the course, riders
MUST stay between them. (IE: four arrows, tow on each tree on either side).
Penalty is disqualification.

8.3) Machines must be shut off when refueling.

8.4) A finisher is a rider who crosses the finish line with the correct number of checks.

8.5) A protest fee of $50.00 will be required before a protest will be considered.

8.6) Absolutely NO smoking will be permitted in the fuelling area (pit lane).

8.7) Use of tear-offs is to be discouraged. Preference is for a roll-off system with one
tear-off for starts.

8.8) At the start of the race the rider must attempt start his/her own bike without
assistance. If the rider requires assistance after his/her line has left help will be

Race Day

9.1 At the riders meeting the host club will relay the course conditions and cut off times.
9.1.1 In adverse conditions cut off time may need to be adjusted during the race.

9.2 Host club to provide communication between promoter, timing/scoring, sweep riders
and checkpoints.

9.3 All races will be dead engine start for all classes.

9.4 The maximum time any rider has to complete the race is double the A cut-off time. If
any rider is on the course after this time they will be sent back the shortest way
and be considered a DNF.

9.5 All riders MUST turn race tag into scoring in the event of a DNF/DNS.

9.6 The host club is responsible for all racers to be accounted for after the race is
completed (rule 2.1.1) and will begin to sweep once cut off has been called.

Figure 1.) Less Sound = More Ground logo

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