Hello all, as Dean previously noted, the rule book committee met this afternoon and came to an agreement on some revised sections of the rule book. Below is a cut and paste of the updated/more contentious sections that need clarification. We would encourage any of you able to attend Monday's meeting to thoroughly read the following sections and FAQ prior to attending the meeting. I have bolded the lines that seemed to be of most interest to those who posted on the previous thread as well as those that are significant change/clarification. Recognizing that not all members can attend meetings, we request that if you have any questions to contact your rider representative (me in most cases) and I will post the question in a closed thread in the "ask the exec" section of the forums. The purpose of this is to encourage those who may not feel comfortable with having their question made public remain anonymous. This will also facilitate an easy to search list of questions while cutting down on the back and forth long drawn out debates that seem to go in circles. Scott Borthwick will be posting a message shortly in connection with the process that the following changes will be made. Chapter 3 – Classification of Riders 3.1 There are three classifications of riders in WMRC promoted events; Novice, Graduated Novice and Expert. These classifications are meant to designate the difference between various riders’ abilities and experience, and hence make for fair and exciting competition. 3.2 The Novice rider classification refers to first time racers. The Novice rider classification will be valid for a period of two years from the date that the license was first issued. If a Novice rider fails to graduate to graduated or expert status after this two year period then he/she may be required to retake a WMRC accredited race school and absorb all costs. Novice riders can advance to expert status after completing the following steps: To graduate out of the Novice class, riders must: I. Compete in and finish a minimum of 8 races. At the discretion of the competition committee this requirement may be altered. II. Complete ALL of the following volunteer requirements: 1. Participate in either the setup or teardown of Airfence. 2. Participate in at least one half WMRC race day as part of the race day team (set up the track, tear down the track, help Race Director/Referee, etc.). 3. Corner work for a minimum of one complete race day or practice day. III. Upon graduation, continue to use a number in the 700 thru 900 series for a minimum of three race weekends, or until graduated to expert status. IV. Be observed by the Referee, Race Director, and any others designated by the competition committee, who will examine all aspects of the rider's racing conduct to determine whether his skill level and safe behavior are sufficient to grant entry into expert classes. V. Be observed by at least one of the designated WMRC expert instructors who participate in the regular novice practices for at least one full practice session. Said instructor(s) will examine all aspects of the rider's racing conduct to determine whether their skill level and safe behavior are sufficient to grant entry into expert classes. The burden shall be on the particular novice to ensure that he or she is so observed. The requirements of part IV and this part carry equal weight and both must be fulfilled to graduate from the novice class. VI. Complete a graduation form. This must be signed by the Referee and one of the instructors indicating the completion of all novice graduation requirements, and turned in to the registrar before the rider will be allowed to enter expert classes. VII. To be bumped to Graduated Novice Status for open novice class riders (600 Supersport Class machinery and higher), minimum lap times must be consistently below 1:22.00 during official WMRC Dry Events. VIII. If a Novice or Graduated Novice changes classification of motorcycles (eg. SV650 or 250 to an open novice class motorcycle), they will be required to continue as a Graduated Novice for a minimum of 3 races to be properly evaluated on the new machine. ** It is mandatory for all Novice racers to wear a high visibility vest at all times when riding on the track during a WMRC event. Vests will be provided by the WMRC at $20 per vest. All vests must be WMRC approved and consistent in color. Undamaged vests may be returned for money returned 3.3 The Expert rider classification refers to riders with a high level of skill and experience. To advance from Graduated Novice to Expert status, 6 races must be completed at the Graduated Novice Level. All riders will be evaluated for status advancement at the end of each season and only under special circumstances will a rider be advanced in mid-season. The Executive and riders rep reserve the right to advance any rider after due consideration. 3.4 Any rider who does not meet the preceding advancement requirements but wishes to be upgraded from Novice to Expert status may apply to their Rider Rep. and present his/her case to be judged on its own merit. As well, any rider slated for mandatory advancement may protest this change in license status by presenting evidence showing why he/she should remain at his/her current rider classification. All rider advancement will be judged by rider representatives. 3.5 Every inquiry regarding a change in rider license classification will be reviewed individually and without prejudice by the WMRC Competition Committee. 3.6 Any competitor who has not raced in 3 years will be required to pass a Race Checkout Session to determine suitability for racing and rider status. These Race Checkout Sessions will not be held on ‘Race Days’ but will be held on ‘Practice’ days or WCSS Track Days only. The rider must contact the executive and make arrangement to be viewed by a qualified official or instructor. 3.7 Transitional Provision – Riders who competed as intermediate classification in 2012 or earlier will be deemed to be expert status for the 2013 season and beyond.