Important Information

2023 Rules

Key Time, Classes & Fees

Key Time: 10:00 a.m. (Registration closes at 9:30 a.m.)
*All 2023 rule changes/additions in red

Points Classes
AA (86cc-Up)
200 A (86cc-200cc)
200 B (86cc-200cc)
250 A (201cc-250cc)
250 B (201cc-250cc)
Open A (251cc-Up)
Open B (251cc-Up)
30+ A (86cc-Up)
30+ B (86cc-Up)
40+ A (86cc-Up)
40+ B (86cc-Up)
50+ A (86cc-Up)
50+ B (86cc-Up)
60+ A/B (86cc-Up)
65+ A/B (86cc-Up)
15-29 C (86cc-Up)
30+ C (86cc-Up)
Women’s (86cc-Up)

Non-Points Classes
Vintage *Check with individual clubs to see if this class will be offered

Race Fees
ACES Membership Card: No longer required after 2013

Points classes: min. $70 entry (Points & Awards)

Sportsman, vintage, and dual sport classes (non-points): $60 entry — No points or awards

Race Format & Scoring

Race Entry
The racer must enter by their name on their AMA card. (If your name on your AMA card is William Smith. Do not enter the race as Billy Smith.) You must also be sure to list your bike brand. For nationals, the racer must compete in their ACES class in order to be scored correctly.

Race Format
The series is sanctioned by the AMA and will run according to AMA traditional timekeeping enduro rules and restart format enduro rules, depending on discretion of each individual club. View the AMA Rulebook.

Row Assignments
Except for the assigned AA rows, all rider numbers will be drawn. For riders wishing to ride together, one rider will draw for all riders. If the row is not empty, the closest empty row will be assigned. Only the assigned AA rider’s slot and one additional rider slot will be reserved. It may be released if not claimed by Wednesday prior to the event. *Not applicable to national events that are co-sanctioned.

Sportsman riders will be mixed in with other rows. (Take them under your wing and teach them the ropes.)

Tech Inspection
It is at the hosting club’s discretion to perform tech inspection at each event. Closed-course events do not require a headlight, taillight or license plate. At all other events, the appearance of legality is at the club’s discretion. Ultimately, it is the rider’s responsibility to follow applicable laws. All bikes are subject to AMA sound test standards. The club retains the right to refuse entry.

Scoring at the Race
If you’re unable to finish a race, but made it to the first check, be sure to turn in your scorecard to a club member BEFORE you leave the event. You could still receive points.

Once the protest period is over at the enduro, the scores for that event final. It’s possible that mistakes happen in the key-in process with manual score cards, but after the referee calls the end of protest period the results are finalized. It’s the racer’s responsibility to stay and make sure the score is correct. If a racer chooses to leave before the end of the protest period, that’s their choice. Scores will not be changed when the racer gets home later and realizes something has been keyed in wrong. Results cannot be changed after the protest period is over and awards have been handed out.

Points & Advancement

Points System
Starting in 2023, the last 4 digits of a rider’s AMA number shall be their ACES series ID (This is not a “membership,” and there is no charge. It’s simply to keep record of riders.) 

Class and overall points will be calculated using the scale below.

Award Eligibility
In order to qualify for year-end awards, all enduro riders must be active, working club members of an ACES club. First year ACES riders shall be exempt. A rider must ride five (5) or more events to be considered for year-end awards (not including worker points). For 2023, there will be two (2) throw-away races – meaning your two lowest event scores will be thrown out at the end of the season – for your class points. No throw-away race for the overall points.

A club member will receive worker points equal to their highest class and overall points for assisting the club with event preparation, including layout, trail maintenance, etc., and/or working their club’s event. At the club’s discretion, if a rider assists the club prior to the event and chooses to compete in the event, they will not receive worker points but will remain eligible for year-end awards.

We have developed a program that will automatically calculate (and recalculate) a club member’s worker points after each event. This will prevent someone from “sneaking in on you” for the class awards. Everyone should know where they are at all times.

We encourage rider participation in event organization, however we will not provide worker points to someone for showing up to “help” run a check. We hope that this point system will allow others to consider joining a club without fear of forfeiting the chance of winning their class. Each club will notify the ACES Scorekeeper in advance of their event with a list of club members that have been assisting in layout and desire worker points. If a rider’s club has more than one event in a year, and the rider works to prepare for the event/works the event, the rider will earn worker points for each event.

D14 or ECEA riders competing in an ACES event that pays D14 or ECEA points must notify the club if they want ECEA or D14 points, otherwise they will be paid ACES points only.

Where a rider finishes in a dual-sanction, NON-national event is the place they will be given. (We will no longer be removing D14 and ECEA riders to calculate “ACES-only” updated rider placings)

If you see a mistake in the points listed on the website (meaning a human error in the input after the race, not a protest of placement), you must notify the Scorekeeper no later than one week after the event that you have a discrepancy with.

Any questions regarding points should be directed to: ACES Scorekeeeper

Points Scale
All classes will be calculated on the 20 point scale regardless of number of entrants.

Finish Position / Points
1st / 20
2nd / 16
3rd / 13
4th / 11
5th / 10
6th / 9
7th / 8
8th / 7
9th / 6
10th / 5
11th / 4
12th / 3
13th / 2
14th / 1

All ties in final points will be broken as follows:
-Rider with the most 1st place finishes.
-Then, the most 2nd place finishes if needed.
-Then, the most 3rd place finishes etc.
-If still tied, the winner of the last head to head competition will prevail.

Advancement to AA:
-ACES will advance the top 10% of the A class to AA for the coming season.
-Advancement will be based on the average A attendance for the year. ACES will always round the average up to the next whole number.

Advancement from B to A class is based off of the AMA advancement list. View the AMA advancement.

C class riders will advance as follows:
-Winning the C class for the year
-Two or more class wins
-Self-promotion to B