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Official Rules

Red Bull X-Fighters is a Professional Freestyle Motocross (FMX) tour, which can comprise all disciplines of FMX. These disciplines include, but are
not limited to: Freestyle, Speed and Style, Step up, Quarterpipe,
Parallel Freestyle. Unless outlined in competition documents, the
typical Red Bull X-Fighters competition will be Freestyle only. Tour
stops and their disciplines involved will be outlined on the X-Fighters
web page www.redbullxfighters.com.
Participation in a Red Bull X-Fighters competition is by invitation only, based on
past year’s results, selection by Ranking Committee and Wild Card. The
official invitations with all of the relevant information (date and
type of competition, venue address, deadlines, preliminary schedule)
will be sent out within 6 weeks of the event date.

Transperancy The Name Of The Game For 2010 World Tour Judging

Following the closest ever season finale in 2009, the Red Bull X-Fighters World
Tour returns in 2010 to rock new locations with some brand new tricks.
Tour Director Tes Sewell announced ahead of the coming season that one
of the Tour’s main aims for this year would be to make the judging as
transparent and understandable as possible so that every rider can
understand why he received the score he did. Let us take you through
the Red Bull X-Fighters Rules and Regulations 2010.

Section 1 - Tour

1.1 Field Sizes

The Field limit for an X-Fighters competition is 12 riders. At certain Tour
stops riders may be invited to a pre-qualifier where the ‘open’ spots
in the field of 12 will be filled. Red Bull X-Fighters rules apply for
all pre-qualifier events.
Should one or more riders be injured during training or qualifying sessions and are unable to compete, the
organization reserves the right to invite replacement riders into the
competition.

1.2: Point System

The following points are awarded for the finishing positions at the
termination of an X-Fighters event, regardless of the discipline(s)
held:


1st place100 pts
2nd place 80 pts
3rd place 65 pts
4th place 55 pts
5th place 45 pts
6th place 35 pts
7th place 30 pts
8th place 25 pts
9th place 20 pts
10th place 15 pts
11th place 10 pts
12th place 5 pts

An updated Tour ranking list will be distributed at the completion of each Red Bull X-Fighters competition and will be posted online at www.redbullxfighters.com

1.3: Rider Selection

Beginning in Mexico City and continuing throughout the 2010 Red Bull X-Fighters
Tour, riders will be selected to compete in the following categories:

Permanent

Top 6 from 2009 – Riders finishing 1 through 6 in the 2009 Red Bull
X-Fighters Tour will be awarded a permanent spot on the Tour. These 6
riders will be invited to compete in all 2010 Tour events

Open

The Open category will be divided into 2 sub categories:
1.Wild Cards
2.Tour Selections
Wild Cards – 2 Wild Cards will be selected, by the organizing committee, for each Tour stop
Tour Selections – 4 or more other riders will be selected by the 2010 Tour
Rider Selection Committee to compete in each Tour stop. The Mexico City
selections will be based on the list from the 2010 Ranking Selection
Committee.

Open rider guarantees

Beginning in Mexico City there will be up to 4 spots for Open riders to gain a guaranteed spot
in the following Tour event. If an Open rider is ranked in the 2010
Tour Top 6 at the end of any Tour stop, they will be automatically
invited to the next Red Bull X-Fighters event*
*Note: There are a maximum of four (4) spots available for Open rider guarantees in the Tour Top 6.

1.4: Throw Out

The Throw Out rule applies to all riders who compete in all Tour
competitions prior to the Final stop. The lowest single Tour stop score
will be thrown out and the remaining stops will be totaled to give an
adjusted points score prior to the start of the Final competition. This
rule shall only apply if the Tour numbers more than 3 total stops. If a
rider misses one stop (other than the Final), then that one stop will
count as the Throw Out
Example: 2010 Tour is 6 stops. If a rider competes in all 5 stops before the Final then the best 4 results will
count and that points total will be ‘reset’ before the Final. Points
awarded from the Final competition are added to the points total from
the best 4 results and that will be the rider’s Tour points total.

1.5: Prize Money

A schedule for prize money will be distributed no less than 8 weeks prior to the start of each event.

Section 2 – Events

2.1: Event Format

Red Bull X-Fighters events will typically be held over a 3-day period:
Day 1 – Rider Briefing and Training
Day 2 – Training and Qualifying
Day 3 – Training and Competition
*Red Bull X-Fighters events in Mexico City, Cairo and Madrid will be held
over 2 days. In certain circumstances a Red Bull X-Fighters event could
be compacted into one single day comprising all elements of training,
qualifying and competition.

2.2: Qualifying

Qualifying

The start list for qualifying sessions will be organized by reverse order
of Tour ranking (highest ranked rider will ride last). In the event
that more than one rider does not have a tour rank, then those riders
will be assessed a start order by random draw, where the first rider
drawn will be the first to ride and each successive un-ranked rider
will start in order until all un-ranked riders have started. At this
point the Tour ranked riders will begin their reverse-order starts.
Should 2 riders have the same amount of Tour Points then the higher
rank will be given to the rider with the higher finish in the most
recent competition.

*At the first Tour stop the rankings from the previous year will be utilized.
There will be 2 qualifying runs of 90 seconds each. All 12 riders will ride
Run 1 and then all 12 riders will ride Run 2 in their start order.
Start order will be the same for both runs.
Any rider who misses a qualifying session will be scored in the last place position. Should
more than one rider miss the qualifying session then Tour rank will
determine placing, with the lowest ranked rider being scored as the
last place. Should no Tour rank exist, then a draw will take place to
establish rank for the purpose of qualifying.

Any rider who for legitimate mechanical or medical reasons misses his start time in a
qualifying session may be placed into the field before the end of each
qualifying run. If all first runs are complete then the rider will only
be given one run of qualifying. If the last rider in the field has
completed his second qualifying run and more than 2 minutes have
elapsed, then this will be considered as a missed qualifying session.
A qualifying session can be considered complete when at least 1 full run
is completed by all riders (except where a rider is unable to start for
medical or mechanical reasons). If a qualifying session is halted for
any reason (e.g. weather), runs can be restarted, at a later time,
where qualifying was postponed. If qualifying is cancelled and one full
run has not been completed, then all results will be voided and
qualifying positions will revert to Tour ranking plus ranking awarded
by Competition Committee (where required). If a rider does not have a
prior Tour ranking then the Committee will perform a random draw in
which case the first drawn rider will be assessed the highest
non-ranked position and the second drawn rider the next highest
non-ranked position. This process will continue until all non-ranked
riders have been drawn.

Qualifying Results

The results of each qualifying run will be displayed in the riders’ area at the
completion of each round. Official results will be distributed after
completion of Qualifying Session. Qualifying is ranked according to the
riders best run score, where the highest rider’s score will be ranked
as #1.

Time Out rule (Qualifying)

If a rider has a legitimate mechanical or medical issue after given clearance to enter
course to begin a run or after clock has started in run, the rider must
claim a Time Out by forming a “T” with both hands. At this point, a
countdown clock will be started and the rider will have 2 minutes to
return to the course to start or complete the run. If the clock has
already started, then the time will be reset to the moment when the
Time Out was claimed and the rider will be given the remaining time in
his run (Clock starts when the rider takes his first hit, or when the 2
minute Time Out clock expires).
Time Out can only be used once for each Qualifying Session and once for each Competition
If, in the opinion of the Head Judge, the reason for claiming Time Out is
not legitimate, the rider will be disqualified and scored a zero for
that run by all judges.

Number Plates (Qualifying)

Before a rider enters the course with his bike, the Red Bull X-Fighters number
plate must be affixed to the bike. Specific rules pertaining to the
position and look of the number plate must be observed. These rules
will be outlined in each rider contract.

2.3: Competition

Competition Format

Round 1
The top 6 ranked riders will sit out Round 1 and all other riders will
compete in reverse ranking order. Each rider will take one run on the
course with a predetermined time limit (typically 90 seconds). At the
completion of each riders run, the judges will award a score. When all
riders in this round have completed a scored run, the top 2 scored
riders will be advanced through to Round 2 where the highest scored
Round 1 rider will be awarded the #7 seed and the second highest scored
Round 1 rider will be awarded the #8 seed.
Remaining Round 1 riders will be eliminated from competition. All eliminated riders will be ranked according to Round 1 scores.

Round 2

Head to Head competition
Note: In all head-to-head competition, eliminated riders for each round will be ranked according to their qualifying position.

Start order

Heat 1. # 5 vs #4
Heat 2. #6 vs #3
Heat 3. #7 vs #2
Heat 4. #8 vs #1


The 2nd round is an elimination round for the top 8 seeded riders. Each rider takes his own run (90 sec time per rider), one after the other, not at the same time. The lower seeded
rider in each pair will ride first. Time will start when the rider
takes his first jump. After each run, the rider goes a pre-designated
position to watch his replays on the big screen. The second rider in
the pair, who is not riding, will wait at the Hot Spot, remove his
helmet and watch the other rider’s run. After the second rider’s run,
both wait at a pre-designated position for the judges’ decision of whom
of the two is in the Semi Final round.

Semi Finals – 4 Riders

4 riders are qualified in pairs for the semi Final. Winner of Heat 1
faces winner of Heat 4, winner of Heat 2 faces winner of Heat 3. Each
rider takes his own run (90 sec. time per rider). The lower seeded
rider in each pair will ride first. Time will start when the rider
takes his first jump. After each run, the rider goes a pre-designated
position to watch his replays on the big screen. The second rider in
the pair, who is not riding, will wait at the Hot Spot, remove his
helmet and watch the other rider’s run. After the second rider’s run,
both wait at a pre-designated position for the judges’ decision of whom
of the two is in the Final round.

Third Place run-off

The 2 losers of Semi Final competition will meet in a Head to Head Third
Place run-off. Each rider takes his own run (90 sec. time per rider).
The lower seeded rider in the pair will ride first. Time will start
when the rider takes his first jump. After each run, the rider goes a
pre-designated position to watch his replays on the big screen. The
second rider in the pair, who is not riding, will wait at the Hot Spot,
remove his helmet and watch the other rider’s run. After the second
rider’s run, both wait at a pre-designated position for the judges’
decision of whom of the two will be awarded Third place.
Note: In the event that a Third Place run-off can not be held due to time
constraints, Third place will be awarded to the highest qualified loser
from the Semi Finals.

Final

The 2 winners of Semi Final competition will meet in a Head to Head run-off. Each rider takes his
own run (90 sec. time per rider). The lower seeded rider in the pair
will ride first. Time will start when the rider takes his first jump.
After each run, the rider goes a pre-designated position to watch his
replays on the big screen. The second rider in the pair, who is not
riding, will wait at the Hot Spot, remove his helmet and watch the
other rider’s run. After the second rider’s run, both wait at a
pre-designated position for the judges’ decision of whom of the two
will be celebrated as the winner of Red Bull X-Fighters competition.

Time Out Rule (Competition)

If a rider has a legitimate mechanical or medical issue after given
clearance to enter course to begin a run or after clock has started in
run, the rider must claim a Time Out by forming a “T” with both hands.
At this point, a countdown clock will be started and the rider will
have 2 minutes to return to the course to start or complete the run. If
the clock has already started, then the time will be reset to the
moment when the Time Out was claimed and the rider will be given the
remaining time in his run (Clock starts when the rider takes his first
hit, or when the 2 minute Time Out clock expires).
Time Out can only be used once for each Qualifying Session and Competition
If, in the opinion of the Head Judge, the reason for claiming Time Out is
not legitimate, the rider will be disqualified and scored a zero for
that run by all judges.

Number Plates (Competition)

Before a rider enters the course with his bike, the Red Bull X-Fighters number
plate must be affixed to the bike. Specific rules pertaining to the
position and look of the number plate must be observed. These rules
will be outlined in each rider contract.

Section 3 – Judging

3.1: Judges

There will be 2 separate judging systems for X-Fighters competition:
Judging in all rounds will consist of 5 judges, each one judging different criteria.

Judge 1: Variety
Judge 2: Challenge and Execution
Judge 3: Style
Judge 4: Use of Course
Judge 5: Show and Spectator Reaction

Qualifying and Round 1

Qualifying judging panel comprises 5 judges, plus one Head Judge. These judges
will award each rider a score from 1-100 points. Final score will be
from a total of 500 points.
Round 1 to Final – Head to Head competition
Each judge will award each of the paired riders a score on a scale of 1-100
points. The rider in the pair with the highest score from a single
judge will win that judge’s vote. The rider who gets 3 or more judges’
votes out of 5 will win the match-up.
The Head Judge is solely responsible for indicating when time expires on a run. If, in the mind
of the Head Judge, a rider is considered to be ‘on approach’ to a jump
when the time clock reaches zero, then that jump (or series of jumps in
a double-double or 6-pack) will count in the rider’s final score.
The Head Judge will also have the ability to change any single score or
group of scores and makes the final decision in any tie-breaker
situations.

Section 4 – Event Notes

4.1: Time Limit

A time limit may be imposed at the start of each competition run, where a
run-down timer will be started when the rider is released to enter the
course. This limit will be shown on the run-down clocks. At the
expiration of this time the official run time will start, unless the
rider has already hit the first take off and started the clock.
The time limit (if required) will be set and announced at the Rider Briefing, prior to qualification.

4.2: Flags

In each run of Qualifying and Competition flags will be used to indicate
key timing. At 15 seconds left in the run, a yellow flag will be waved.
At the expiration of time a second flag (typically Red or Chequered)
will be waved. These flags are to be used as guidelines only and do not
supercede the official timing on the run-down clock.

Red Flag

When a red flag is displayed in practice sessions a rider must safely come
to a stop then cautiously return to the course entry, where he will be
advised by officials to continue the run or exit the course. Failure to
obey a red flag may result in a penalty, including, but not limited to:
Loss off training time, loss of qualifying position or disqualification.

4.3: Event Cancellation

In the event that a competition is cancelled, the results from the last
complete round (including qualification) will be considered the Final
results from that Tour stop. Points and prize money will be awarded
according to this result. If no rounds were completed and therefore
there were no results, the points and prize money will not be awarded
for this stop.

4.4: Competition Committee

At each stop of the Tour a Competition Committee will be formed,
comprising (but not limited to) the Sport Director, Chief of Course,
Head Judge and Head of Medical. This committee will be responsible for
all rules reviews, course changes and decisions on medical clearances.

4.5: Rider Representative

At each stop of the Tour a Rider Representative will be appointed as a
liaison between the riders and the Competition Committee. This rider
will be selected by ballot at the rider briefing. A rider may not serve
as rider representative for 2 consecutive events, but may serve more
than once per season.

4.6: Tour Ties

In the event of a Tour points tie(s), The highest number of first place
finishes during the season will break the tie. In the event a tie still
exists, the highest number of second place finishes will break the tie.
This process will continue until all finish places have been exhausted.
Should a tie still exist, the highest finishing position at the event
at which the tie(s) was created, or, if the former does not apply, the
highest finishing position at the last Red Bull X-Fighters event the
concerned riders attended, will break the tie(s).

4.7 Format Changes

At certain Tour stops adjustments to competition formats and judging
criteria may be instituted. In this case a Rule Addendum will be issued
for this Tour stop.


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