Riders on the starting grid before a 4-hour endurance race. Photo by John Martynowski.
An endurance team consists of a team owner, team captain, and team riders. The team owner may also be the team captain and may also be a team rider. All prizes, points, and awards earned by the team belong to the team owner.
All teams must complete an Endurance Entry Form and submit it to LEAN prior to the event. The team captain must be present at all events.
A team should utilize the same riders throughout the season. If a rider is unable to compete in a given event, the team owner may petition LEAN to replace that rider temporarily or permanently. However, significant changes to a team may warrant the formation of a new team. If a new team is formed, no points will transfer to the new team.
All team members riding in an event must attend the rider’s meeting.
Trophies are optional for races with less than 3 entrants.
Once an event has started, riders may not be added to a team. If a rider is injured during an event, the team captain may ask the Race Director for special permission to add a replacement rider to complete the event.
The behavior of all team members including crew and guests is the responsibility of the team captain. Teams may be disqualified and removed from the event without refund by the Race Director at any time for inappropriate or unsafe behavior.
Starting grid positions will be determined by previous season finish or current overall point standings. Teams with no points will be gridded by order of entry behind teams with points. Grid positions may be changed in certain cases, and for safety.
A registered team with a motorcycle that has passed technical inspection may enter a race at any point after the start, with laps counted from point of entry.
Race officials will be on duty to enforce these rules. The rules in this rulebook may be subject to interpretation depending on the situation. The final decision on the interpretation of all rules lies with the Race Director.
Endurance events are not practice or test/tune sessions. Any teams using an event for practice may be disqualified and removed from the event without refund at the discretion of the Race Director.
Typical race day schedule:
7:15 - 8:15 Registration and tech inspection
8:15 - 8:45 Ultralight practice
8:45 - 9:15 LW/MW/HW/PX practice
9:00 Riders meeting for UL 2-hour
9:20 National Anthem
9:25 Sighting lap
9:40 Warm up lap
9:45 UL 2-hour race start
11:45 UL 2-hour race finish
11:45 - 12:30 Lunch
12:00 Awards ceremony (2-hour)
12:15 Riders meeting for 4-hour
12:40 Sighting lap
12:55 Warm up lap
1:00 4-hour race start
5:00 4-hour race finish
5:15 Awards ceremony (4-hour)
There are two 4-hour endurance races - Team Endurance and Pony Express.
Team Endurance teams must have at least 2 riders and a maximum of 4 riders on a single motorcycle.
Pony Express teams must have at least 2 riders and a maximum of 4 riders, and each rider may ride his or her own motorcycle. All motorcycles must be light, middle, or heavyweight. No ultra-lightweight motorcycles allowed. The same transponder must be used on all motorcycles.
The classes for the 4-hour Team Endurance races are:
There is one 40-minute and one 2-hour endurance race - Ultra-Lightweight. The 40-minute race will start and run together with the 2-hour race. The classes for the 40-minute and 2-hour race are:
All motorcycles must use a AMB/MYLAPS transponder. The same transponder must be used throughout the race. Pony Express teams must use the same transponder on all motorcycles. If a transponder fails during a race, or if an incorrect transponder is used, all laps recorded with that transponder do not count. A person may be allowed to count a rider's laps on paper using a stopwatch, but only with prior permission from the Race Director.
WERA rules for points and scoring will be utilized, as follows.
Points for each race will be calculated using all laps completed during the allotted time of the race. Receiving the checkered flag is not required to be awarded points. Each team will accumulate class and overall points from races in which they compete. These points will be computed on the basis of:
Class points will equal the team’s class position points (from the chart below), added to team’s mileage points.
Overall points will equal the team’s overall position points (from the chart below), added to a team’s mileage points.
Mileage points will be computed on the basis of laps completed x length of the track divided by 10. In the case of a 24-hour race, mileage points will be calculated as above except they will be divided by 20.
Following is the Overall and Class position points chart:
1st = 75 11th = 31 21st = 20 31st = 10
2nd = 65 12th = 29 22nd = 19 32nd = 9
3rd = 60 13th = 28 23rd = 18 33rd = 8
4th = 55 14th = 27 24th = 17 34th = 7
5th = 50 15th = 26 25th = 16 35th = 6
6th = 45 16th = 25 26th = 15 36th = 5
7th = 43 17th = 24 27th = 14 37th = 4
8th = 40 18th = 23 28th = 13 38th = 3
9th = 37 19th = 22 29th = 12 39th = 2
10th = 34 20th = 21 30th = 11 40th = 1
A team’s last counted lap will be the last lap the team is able to complete before the checkered flag is displayed at start/finish. Once the checkered flag is displayed at start/finish, all timing is stopped and laps not yet completed will not be counted.
A single-rider team may not compete in any event over two hours.
During an endurance event a rider may not ride more than two consecutive hours, after which the rider must remain off the bike for at least 30 consecutive minutes. Pit stops count against the rider’s two-hour limit. In the event of a red flag, the downtime will not count against the rider’s two-hour limit. If the red flag exceeds 30 minutes, the same rider may remount and continue for a full two-hour period. Any team exceeding the two-hour limit will have any laps after the two-hour mark removed from their results.
All riders, crew, and spectators acknowledge that racing is dangerous and accept the inherent risks, including serious injury or death. Anyone unwilling to accept the risks should inform LEAN before the event.
All riders must have a current LEAN racing license or a racing license from an approved organization (WERA, MRA, CCS, AHRMA). Riders who previously had a valid MOTO SERIES racing license are welcome to race with LEAN in 2019 after purchasing a LEAN racing license.
Helmets must be undamaged and in good condition, must pass technical inspection, and must be full-face DOT, SNELL, or European standard approved, with face shield. Flip-up, open-face, and dirt bike helmets are not allowed. The manufacture date on helmets must not be over 5 years old. For example, to race in 2019 a helmet must have been manufactured in 2014 or later.
One-piece leather suits are required. Two-piece suits that zip entirely together must be approved by technical inspection and may be refused.
Racing boots must be at least 8 inches tall and fully cover the ankle. There may be no uncovered skin between the boots and the leather suit.
Leather gauntlet style motorcycle gloves that fully cover the wrist are required. There may be no uncovered skin between the gloves and the leather suit.
Riders are required to wear a back protector. The built-in soft padding in most leather suits is not enough protection. Chest protectors are recommended but not required.
All riders must bring their motorcycle and helmet to technical inspection. During technical inspection, a rider may be asked to bring their leather suit, boots, and gloves.
All motorcycles entered in an event must pass technical inspection. Motorcycles must be able to pass technical inspection at all times during an event. If something is missed during the initial technical inspection, it may be called out later. If this happens, the issue must be corrected before the motorcycle will be allowed on-track. Motorcycles may be re-inspected at any time and approval may be revoked if the motorcycle no longer meets the requirements.
Prior to technical inspection, bodywork must be removed if the items to be inspected are hidden from view by the bodywork.
A team may only use ONE motorcycle during a given endurance event. For Pony Express teams, only the motorcycles registered to race in that event are allowed - no new motorcycles may be added. A team may change engines, wheels, tires, or other components after the endurance race begins. Parts may be removed from a "spares bike" and installed on the motorcycle registered to race. Backup or "B bikes" may not be used in place of the motorcycle registered to race and are not permitted on track.
All motorcycles must be clean and free of leaks.
Tires must be in good condition as determined by the technical inspector. Tire valve caps must be installed. Off-road and knobby tires are not allowed.
All motorcycles must have a bellypan capable of holding 5 quarts of liquid. Bellypans must be brought to technical inspection and should be removed prior to arrival at technical inspection.
Water-cooled engines must use plain water, or water with Water Wetter. Glycol based antifreezes are prohibited.
All motorcycles must have a working steering damper.
All motorcycles must have an operating and clearly marked engine kill switch on the handlebars.
All motorcycles must have a self-closing throttle and operating front and rear brakes.
Front brake and clutch levers must have non-sharp or ball ends.
Handlebar ends must not be hollow or have sharp ends. End-plugs or stock bar-ends must be used.
Kick-start levers may remain on the motorcycle but must be secured to keep them from swinging out.
Mirrors, headlights, and turn signals must be removed.
Glass and plastic lenses must be taped over with non-transparent tape.
Kickstands and center stands must be removed.
License plate and license plate brackets must be removed.
Bolt-on engine case guards are recommended on all motorcycles. Snap-on engine case guards are not allowed.
The following items must be safety wired. Items are deemed safe only if secured in a visible, approved manner.
Number plates may be of any color as long as the numbers are a contrasting color. Numbers must be visible and readable from a reasonable distance for scoring and safety (e.g., must be visible and readable by Timing & Scoring and corner workers). Motorcycles must have a front number plate and number plates visible on both sides.
All motorcycles must use an AMB/MYLAPS transponder. The transponder should be mounted vertically on the front fork leg. It is the rider/team's responsibility to make sure their transponder is on the bike and functioning properly. Any laps missed due to an improperly mounted transponder will not be reinstated. Transponders will be available to rent at the track. Rental fees are $30 for the event. Any transponder not returned at the event will result in a $100 fine. Any transponder not returned within one week after the event will result in the rider/team being charged the cost of a new transponder. Transponders may not be used by more than one rider/team per event.
Crashed motorcycles must go through technical inspection prior to continuing in the event. If a crashed motorcycle is not taken to technical inspection before continuing in the event, the team will lose all laps after the crash until the motorcycle is re-inspected. In addition, the team may be fined, disqualified, or otherwise penalized at the sole discretion of the Race Director. If the motorcycle fails technical inspection, it will not be allowed to continue in the event until it passes.
Crashed motorcycles will be retrieved in order of occurrence or in order of necessity as determined by Race Control.
Pit lane is restricted to teams actually involved in making a pit stop or signaling a rider on the track, or to LEAN staff or LEAN-approved photographers and journalists. All persons in the hot pit area must be wearing shirts, long pants, and closed toe shoes. No pets or children are allowed in the hot pit area.
Each team must identify their pit area with their competition number to allow officials to quickly locate them. Pony Express teams must display their team name. Signs must be hung on the team’s pit canopy, or if a team has no canopy, they must affix the sign as directed by race officials.
Each team must have at least one operational fire extinguisher in their pit at all time. Any team found without an operational fire extinguisher will be penalized. Anyone sharing a fire extinguisher with another team must notify race officials before the start of the race to keep from being penalized. If your fire extinguisher gets used during a race, contact a race official for help in obtaining a replacement.
Pit stops may involve a maximum of four people not including the rider(s). If a rider does anything to aid in the pit stop, the rider counts against the four-person limit. Signals to on-track riders may be given by only two crew members at a time.
Only routine service and minor crash damage repair will be allowed in hot pit. Major rebuilding or repair must be done in the cold pits.
Teams must notify a race official when moving their race motorcycle out of the hot pit area.
Right-of-way during pit stops is to the rider entering the pits from the track. A racer leaving the pits must yield to racers on the track.
Speeds through hot pit must be safe, reasonable, and below 40 miles per hour at all times. The 40 MPH speed limit applies from the entrance of Hot Pit to just past the Start Tower. Riders using excessive speed in Hot Pot will be given a warning and may be penalized or ejected from the event if not corrected. The LEAN Staff have final say on whether speeds are excessive.
Only gasoline may be used as fuel. Nitrous oxide systems (NOS) are prohibited.
All fuel must be stored behind pit wall except during refueling. During refueling:
All refueling cans must be handheld with non-sparking nozzles contacting the fuel tank. Exchanging fuel tanks is not allowed as a refueling method.
If a red flag is thrown during an endurance race:
Motorcycles on-track at the time of the red flag will proceed onto pit lane and park directly across from their pit. When the rider comes in due to a red flag, one crew member is allowed across pit lane with the stand. As soon as the motorcycle is on the stand, the rider and crew member must immediately cross back to the other side of pit lane.
Endurance motorcycles may not be serviced, fueled, adjusted, or repaired during a red flag. All work must cease on any motorcycle in the pits at the time of the red flag. Any team who does not comply with this may be penalized depending on the severity of the infraction.
Tire reps are permitted to examine the tires of the motorcycles across pit lane.
No one other than a race official may touch any motorcycle during the red flag other than to assist the unloading of a crashed motorcycle or at the direction of an official. Any motorcycle brought in on the crash truck will be dropped off either in the team’s cold pit or across pit lane at the discretion of the officials.
The grid for the restart will be based on the standings at the time of the red flag as determined by the timing and scoring system. At the discretion of the Race Director, the original grid positions may be used instead. The first lap to be scored will be the first time motorcycles cross the start/finish line after the restart.
When first call is given for the restart, one crew member and the rider (you may switch riders) are allowed to cross to the motorcycle and remove the stand and start the motorcycle. All motorcycles that were running on the track at the time of the red flag must take the restart. You do not have to take the warm up lap. You do not have to take your grid spot (you can start from the back of the grid or from pit lane). If you do no take the start you will be penalized one lap. Work on the motorcycles may begin/resume once the green flag has been given for the restart.