24MX ALESTREM 2023 Regulations
Article 1. Date and place
Saturday and Sunday 28/29 January 2023 in Alès Avenue Carnot, Saint Martin de Valgalgues Pôle Mécanique Alès Cévennes, Laval Pradel, Saint Julien les Rosiers and La Grand Combe, Portes, Le Martinet.
Article 2. Principle of the event
24MX ALESTREM is an individual “extreme” enduro event. This event takes place over two days as follows
On Saturday from 09:00 am (subject to modification): 2 so-called “selection” stages to determine the starting order for the following day: 1 extreme stage in a natural environment from 09:00 am to 1:00 pm and 1 artificial enduro cross stage from 4:00 pm to 7:05 pm
The enduro cross special stage is run on the principle of an “eliminatory” round.
On Sunday, 10 pilots will start every 2 minutes for all the pilots on the “main” event. The starting order will be determined by the results of the 2 selection rounds held the day before.
Article 3. Number of participants admitted: 530 pilots.
Article 4. Groups allowed to participate
NCO and LJA2 licences are allowed. Riders choosing to subscribe to a LJA2 licence must provide a medical certificate less than 3 months old issued by a doctor using the FFM medical form (https://ffm.ffmoto.org/media/document/licence-annuelle-certificat-medical). The subscription to the LJA2 licences is exclusively done online on the website of the French Federation: http://licencesunemanifestation.ffmoto.net/
Article 5.1 Entries and withdrawals
The entry fee is fixed at 240 €. The fee includes the entry fee, number plates, numbers, and a refreshment station per lap on Sunday. Entries are open from 20 October 2022 to 5 DECEMBER 2022 (depending on the applications received, a waiting list may be opened). No entries will be accepted after this date. Registration is exclusively online on the 24mx-alestrem.com website. In accordance with article N° 188.8.131.52 of the Sporting Code, the organising club reserves the right to refuse an entry without having to give a reason.
The numbering will be done randomly, the numbers are not modifiable. The list of entries will be published one week before the event.
Article 5.2 Categories
Each driver chooses his category at the time of entry. No change of category is possible after having validated his entry by the payment of the registration to the 24MX ALESTREM. The categories have no impact on the format of the selection day. For the main event, the categories determine the number of rounds to be completed. Here are the details of the categories:
- PRO (Black): 3 laps to be completed (no restrictions)
- NATIONAL (Red): 2 laps to be completed (no restrictions)
- FEMININE (Pink): 2 laps to be completed (women only)
- VETERAN (Blue) : 2 laps to be completed (reserved for the +40 years old)
- JUNIOR (Green) : 2 laps to be done (reserved to drivers between 14 and 19 years old)
Article 6. Withdrawals
Withdrawals must be communicated to the WTT via an online form. If the withdrawal is notified before 25 NOVEMBER 2022, the fees will be reimbursed, after deduction of 50€ for administration costs. If the withdrawal is notified after 25 NOVEMBER 2022, the entry fee will not be refunded. Only withdrawals for serious medical reasons can be refunded until 20 December 2022, after deduction of 50€ for administration costs. After 20 December, no entry will be refunded for any reason. Entries are nominative, they cannot be exchanged or modified without the approval of the Moto-Club Welcome TT.
Article 7. Motorbikes
Motorbikes must comply with the Highway Code and the current FFM regulations. Trial bikes are forbidden. They must be equipped with FIM approved and catalogued tyres at the rear. At the front, the tyre approved for use on public roads is compulsory. The registration number must be indelibly marked. Please note that part of the race takes place at night and that the lighting of the motorbikes must be in excellent working order. Additional lighting is permitted. In case of non-conformity or insufficient lighting, the rider of the motorbike in question will be refused the start. The fitting of a strap on the front of the motorbike is mandatory.
Motorbikes with WW and W garage registration are not allowed.
Non-homologated vehicles without lighting systems are allowed for the electric event only. These 100% electric vehicles will only take part in the morning Extreme special stage and the prologue in the centre of Alès on the closed special stage and must not use roads open to public traffic.
Article 8. Administrative control
The administrative control will take place from Friday 27th January from 3pm to 7pm and on Saturday 28th January from 7am to 8am. On arrival, the riders will have to present their driving licence, the motorbike registration document, the insurance certificate and the licence (for day licences, they will have to present a medical certificate authorising the practice of motorbike sports, dated less than 3 months). In return, they will be given a complete file of the event with all the necessary information.
Article 9. Technical control
If they have passed the administrative inspection, the riders will have to present their motorbike for the technical inspection (same dates and times as the administrative inspection), with their registration card and the verification sheet given during the administrative inspection.
The riders will have to present:
- Motorbike respecting the FFM standards
- Registration document of the vehicle presented
- Verification sheet obtained during the administrative check.
- A protective waistcoat respecting the FFM standards
- An approved helmet respecting the FFM standards (Jet helmet forbidden)
- An anti-theft device
Noise control: t : 78 dB/A at 100m or 112 dB/A at 2m according to the 2m. max. method (cf. art.7 of the FFM 2017 enduro regulations)
The following parts will be marked so that they cannot be changed during the event.
- 1 mark on the steering column on the right of the frame;
- 1 mark in the centre of the front wheel hub,
- 1 mark in the centre of the rear wheel hub,
- 1 mark on the right-hand side and one at the front of the engine,
- 1 mark on the silencer.
At the end of the inspection, the competitor shall sign the technical inspection sheet, after having checked that all the marks correspond to the standards.
The rear wheel may be changed during the race on Sunday, provided that it has been presented at the technical inspection.
Thereafter, no complaint concerning a forgotten mark will be taken into consideration. Any motorbike not presented at the technical control or not in conformity will not be admitted to the start.
Article 10. Parc fermé
Once the controls are completed, the rider will have to take his machine immediately to the parc fermé, secure it with a lock and leave immediately. Any movement of the machine during the setting up, as well as when leaving the parc fermé, must be done with the engine stopped.
- Working on a motorbike => Disqualification
- Receiving tools or parts => Disqualification
The organisers decline all responsibility in case of accident, theft, loss, damage or deterioration of the participants’ equipment.
Each rider is obliged to secure his motorbike with an anti-theft device in the paddock and in the parc fermé.
Article 11. Repairs and refuelling
Repairs and refuelling are authorised at the refuelling point in the area provided for this purpose (environmental mat compulsory).
- Refuelling with the engine running => Disqualification
- Refuelling outside the zone => Disqualification
Access to the service park is only open to vehicles with an access badge (sticker provided by the organiser) stuck to the front right of the vehicle’s windscreen. Access may be refused if the badge is not stuck on. No other vehicles are allowed.
It is imperative not to leave any waste on all the sites and in the service park, otherwise you will be excluded.
Each assistance will have to respect the place planned by the ushers. Any exit from the park will be final (except in special cases discussed with the technical manager).
Article 12. Outside help
Outside help is only allowed at the refreshment point, by people wearing a bracelet issued by the organiser. No other person is allowed to intervene on the motorbike. Mutual assistance on the course between riders is allowed. Assistance from the public is strictly forbidden in all circumstances. No follower is allowed on the whole course under penalty of disqualification. Only marshals are allowed to help riders on the course in case of traffic jams and only on motorbikes equipped with straps. The Marshalls will not help systematically!
- Outside help outside the refuelling point => Disqualification
- Help from the public => Disqualification
- Followers on the course = disqualification
- Article 14. Selection special stages
The “extreme” special stage will take place from 09h00 on Saturday. Each driver will be able to complete the special stage from 1 to 2 times. Only the best time of each driver will be kept. The first 100 drivers will be selected for the “enduro cross” prologue. The start of the selection stage will be in reverse number order, except for the Black category. Thus, the starting order will be as follows for the first passage:
- 530 => smallest number RED
- 1 => largest number BLACK
As the second run is optional, there is no particular order for the start.
The “enduro cross” type special stage is run on the principle of elimination heats by group of riders, following a race organisation chart in three phases, the heats, the finals and the Super Final.
Qualifying rounds (for 100 riders)
The participants are divided into 5 groups of 20 riders: A, B, C, D, E.
Each group will run a race of 3 to 10 laps, the first 8 riders of each group will be selected for a final. Thus, 40 selected riders will start in finals 1 and 2.
In finals 1 and 2, the top 10 Drivers of each final will be selected to participate in the Super Final.
The Super Final will be held with the top 10 riders of each final over 6 to 10 laps, the final ranking will determine the starting order for the next day’s 24MX ALESTREM.
Heats => 20 riders at the start => 8 first qualified
Finals => 20 riders at the start => 10 first qualified Superfinal => 20 riders at the start => 20 first of the prologue
In the scratch classification, the 20 riders who took part in the Superfinal will be ranked first, then the 20 riders from finals 1 and 2 according to their times. The other riders will be ranked according to their times achieved during their race from the 41st place.
Attention: The number of riders will not exceed 20 per group. Any rider who involuntarily leaves the markers must return to the track at the point where he left it, otherwise he will be disqualified.
The starting order will be defined as follows
1st to 100th => Prologue ranking
101st to 530th => Extreme Special Stage classification
Article 15. Start of the 24MX ALESTREM event Sunday 29th January
The exit of the closed park will be done from 07H30 in order to recover the motorbikes. The riders must know their race number and their start time. A compulsory briefing will take place at 8.00 am. Assistants and riders are invited to leave the Pôle Mécanique at 08h30. From 9.30 am each rider will have to go to his line to position his bike. The starting grid will be composed of 45 lines of 10 riders each. At 10.00 am, all the bikes must be in position on the respective lines. Any rider who is late will be the last to start. First start at 10.00 hrs, 10 riders every 2 minutes.
The starting procedure will be given “Le Mans” type, engine off.
Delayed start => Put in last line.
Article 16. Reconnaissance
Reconnaissance of the liaison course and the special stages is forbidden by motorbike, 4×4, bicycle or any other vehicle with or without engine. Failure to comply with this rule will result in the disqualification of the rider concerned and the loss of the entry fee.
Article 17. Signage, safety and environment
For your safety, it is strongly recommended to carry a mobile phone during the race. As the event takes place on roads and tracks open to traffic, competitors must respect the highway code and the signs set up by the organisation. A sufficient number of arrows, banners, “Stop”, “No Entry” and “Attention Course de Moto” signs will be installed.
For the crossing of sensitive areas, a system of footbridges will be set up to limit the environmental impact. Any rider reported outside these devices will be downgraded.
Warning: The race does not have priority over public traffic, particular vigilance is recommended when crossing the paddock, on roads open to public traffic and on roads reserved for emergency services. Any rider who finds an injured person on the course must report it to the members of the organisation at the next CP. A description of the location of the injured person must be given as accurately as possible.
Attention: any rider seen off the course will be disqualified!
- Voluntarily leaving the course without authorization => Disqualification
- Taking the course backwards without authorization => Disqualification
- Non-respect of traffic rules and traffic regulations => Disqualification
- Crossing outside the footbridges => Disqualification
Article 18. Checkpoints & feed zones
Before the start of the event, each rider will be given an armband. The armband will be changed for each lap. Each rider must finish his lap with the armband in order to give it to the last CP. In case of loss of the armband, a penalty will be applied by the race direction. The refuelling zones are indicated by 2 flags placed 200 m before the scoring table. Refuelling is allowed in this zone. The rider is solely responsible for his score. The rider is responsible for his choice of course. Directional signs for rounds 1, 2 and 3 will be placed approximately 50m before the switch. The pilot has the choice to take the higher difficulty but in no case the lower.
The check-in will be done in the presence of the motorbike.
An additional petrol station will be provided by the organisation. No assistance team will have access to it. Only the riders will be able to intervene on their motorbikes in case of need with the means at their disposal.
In case of mechanical or unexpected problems. A rider may be authorised by the race management to leave the course to reach a feed zone. The rider must return to the course where he left it in order to continue his race normally. The race direction must be contacted by means of the telephone number noted on the wristbands and given at the briefing. The rider must wait for the response from the race management before leaving the course. Under no circumstances should he/she take the course backwards.
- Modifying or adding a score => Disqualification,
- Not being clocked in at a control => Disqualification
- Loss of the armband or mistake in the lap => Fixed penalty
- Article 19. GPS Tracking
A tracking device will be distributed at the administrative checks (provide a deposit cheque of 300€). This device will be placed in the backpack, antenna upwards for the whole day of Sunday.
The pilot is responsible for his tracker and must ensure that it is switched on and positioned in his backpack.
Any rider who does not have his GPS activated will be disqualified.
An SOS button allows the pilot to signal a distress situation. It should only be used in case of injury or accident. A competitor who witnesses an incident may activate his own GPS.
Article 20: Disqualification
The disqualification will take place on Sunday 29th January from 18:00. Pilots who have not reached the finish will be stopped at the next CP encountered. However, the race direction reserves the right to modify the CP if the conditions require it: unfavourable weather, modified security measures, partially impracticable circuit, …
Article 21. Finish
The winning rider is the one who crosses the finish line first, subject to the effective passage at the various controls. Each rider will be classified at the last timed checkpoint that he will have passed before 18:00. The commissaires in charge of the technical check will have to make sure that all the marked parts are in place and that no irregularity has been committed. The riders will be able to collect their motorbikes ½ hour after their arrival and on presentation of the registration card.
Each rider must, at the end of the race or following an abandonment, present his motorbike at the Parc fermé (located near the refreshment area) and notify the Race HQ by sending a text message (mentioning first name, race number and the cause) to the telephone number mentioned on the wristband.
- Replacement of the machine => Disqualification
- Absence of a marked part => Disqualification
Article 22. Complaints
Complaints must be lodged in accordance with the provisions of the FFM National Sporting Code. The amount of the deposit accompanying the protest is 75 €. When a protest involves the dismantling of the engine, it must be accompanied by a deposit of 75 € for 2 T engines and 150 € for 4 T engines. This sum will be reimbursed if the dismantled machine does not conform, or paid to the pilot who is forced to dismantle it if the conformity is recognised.
Article 23. Image rights and behaviour.
Riders are obliged to accept the advertising of the event sponsors on their motorbike. In case of refusal, the entry fee will be doubled. The riders accept that the images (film or photos) can be used by the Moto-Club Welcome TT and its partners by the simple fact of entering the event. Any conduct or attitude that creates disorder in the smooth running of the event or is detrimental to the environment or the organisation will result in the disqualification of its author. The use and recording of the race route is formally forbidden outside the day of the race. Any rider seen before or after on the course will be refused the day of the start without reimbursement and definitively excluded from the event.
Article 24. Prize-giving ceremony
The prize-giving ceremony will take place on the evening of the event.
Prizes not collected at the prize-giving ceremony will remain in the possession of Moto-Club WTT and will not be refunded.
Article 25. Insurance
The organisation has contracted, for the event, a civil liability insurance with MMA Assurance in ALES (contract number : in progress).
Article 26. Officials
- Race director : Eric Lunier
- Sports steward: Thibault Giacomi
- Technical steward : Guy Mivelaz
NB: In all cases not mentioned in the present regulations, the FFM regulations of the current year are applicable.
Article 27.1 Assistance for the public
- 1 VPSP composed of a pair of first aiders and a doctor
- 1 VPSP will be assigned to the Mercoirol public area, consisting of a pair of first aiders in each VPSP and a doctor
Article 27.2 First aid dedicated to the race
- 1 VPSP composed of a pair of first aiders and a doctor
- 2 complete VPSP composed of a pair of first aiders and a doctor, including a 4X4. This system will be spread over 2 sectors of the race.
The VPSPs will be regulated by a person from ASSM 30 at the Race HQ on both days.