Track Rules and Safety
( All AMGP race classes are designed to be safe for all racers eligible for racing. Rules are designed to be fair, safe and competitive in the spirit of the standard of racing. )
SUPER CLOSE COURSE LAYOUT
Similar to motocross on the water.
When possible the starting line is split in two for safety. Half of the field goes to the outside lane, the other half goes to the inside lane and then merge together. After the first lap is completed, each rider can select which split they take on each lap (inside or outside).
Holeshot winner is determined by the first boat to cross the finish line right after the start.
Buoy colors direct the racer to turn. Red signifies a left turn, yellow is for right. White and other color buoys will also be used, you will receive instructions as how to go around them.
Standard motorsports flags are used: green = go, yellow = caution, red = stop, crossed white and green = race is half way done, white = last lap, checkered = finished, blue/yellow = lapped traffic, black = warning or disqualification.
Many times A two moto scoring system is used. The combination of Moto 1 finish and Moto 2 finish determines the winner. In the event of a tie, the higher placed racer in Moto 2 wins.
- All buoys must be gone around on a specific side on every lap. Topping a buoy is a missed buoy. If unsure ask questions at the riders meeting.
- Clear legible numbers are very important. Remember, if the numbers cannot be read while the watercraft is moving, the rider stands a good chance of not being scored properly. It is the responsibility of the rider to have the proper size and color numbers and backgrounds.
Make up Buoy
If a racer misses a buoy they must continue on the race course. To make up a missed buoy you must use the Black Buoy. The Black Buoy will be located IN A SAFE TRACK LOCATION This will be gone over in detail during the riders meeting at the start of each race day.
And white/other color buoys are used to mark the outside lane of a racecourse utilizing a two-lane split start. White buoys are also used to mark turns on the Slalom event and to mark the merge lane in the case of a split type race course. Long hot dog inflatables are also sometimes used to establish a merge lane on a split-type racecourse. Other color buoys are often used on the outside of the racecourse to control boat traffic from entering the racecourse.
Race Numbers All riders must have two sets of race numbers with the correct color backgrounds on their PWC – one on each side (port & starboard) in the front of the watercraft. We will no longer try to score you if your race number is not easily identifiable. If we can not read your number, you will not be scored.
Rider’s Meeting is Mandatory that all participants attend the published rider’s meeting each day that you will be racing. The rider’s meeting normally takes place at the published time each morning (see race day schedule). Roll call will be taken to insure that everyone’ smiling faces will be seen bright and early each morning. If you do not attend the Rider’s Meeting, you may not be allowed to race that day.
Pre-Race Safety Inspection Every participant is required to have his/her watercraft Safety Inspected. Safety Inspection is from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. Safety Inspection is to check to see if your boat is safe to go on the water, not to see if it is legal for class participation.
Please bring your watercraft to the beach along with your tether, helmet and PFD. You must be with your watercraft for it to be inspected. Have your hoods open, handle poles up or seats removed. Your boat must be Safety inspected before you will be allowed to practice. Here are some of the things we are checking: grips secured and do not turn, battery cables secured, flame arresters on, zip-ties on all fuel lines, bow eyes removed were needed, bumpers in place and approved helmet and PFD. We also will check to make sure that your tether works properly.
Proper Protective Gear –
PFD (Personal flotation Device): A Coast Guard approved life vest. Don’t get caught without it.
Helmet: Fullface motocross style Snell/DOT approved only. See your PWC dealer for info.
Footwear: Watercraft racing boots, wrestling shoes, high-top tennis shoes, etc. Find what works for you.
Gloves: Watercraft racing types are good. Some like to use water-skiing gloves.
Goggles: A good pair of goggles is very important when racing watercraft. Rain-X on the goggles definitely helps to keep water off and your goggles from fogging. To prevent you from losing your goggles, use duct tape or a pair of “Goggle Grips” to keep them from falling off.
Wetsuit: Will help keep you warm and protect you.
Post-Race Tech Inspection Every participant who finishes the race and receives the checkered flag must immediately proceed to the tech inspection area and submit watercraft for inspection. Failure to submit yourself and your personal watercraft for inspection may cause you to be disqualified.
AQUAMOTO GRANDPRIX BASIC RACE RULES:
ADDITIONAL RULE CHANGES TO BE DETERMINED FOR SAFETY IF NEEDED
All race rules are designed to make racing safe. Violations of rules may result in dismissal. Additional Rules Apply and may include fines, warnings or counseling if violated.
- All Personal Watercraft will have on the helm port side: STOP SWITCH SAFETY LANYARDS
- All Personal Watercraft will be technical inspected for safety and rules compliance. This means at the beginning of the event (Pre-race) and the commencement of the race
- Each Personal Watercraft will have A SAFETY RECOVERY-LOOP of proper strength and material rating up to 4,000 lbs. breaking strength attached to the front bow anchor point (through hole on bow or bow cleat)
- All competitors must wear a newer model helmet (not older than 5 years with SNELL or D.O.T. sticker VISIBLE) and our required Personal Protection Equipment (PPE). Wetsuit, Water Boots, Gloves, USCG Approved Lifejacket and Eye Protection as a minimum
- All Competitors on the closed course race track will negotiate the ‘Penalty’ buoy for missed buoys. They will NEVER TURN AROUND ON THE TRACK – if a missed buoy is encountered during the race, this applies as a rule on the same lap and must be completed in sequence, otherwise it is marked as a penalty
- All competitors will participate in the practice sessions on the track for safety in navigation
- All competitors and race team support (mechanic/holders) MUST ATTEND RIDERS MEETING at the designated area and time
- Roll Call will be taken at the commencement, fines or dismissal will apply for non-attendance
- Any bolt on sponsons that are allowed MUST BE SAFE operational condition and have NO SHARP EDGES