Kids MX classes how to divide them

How should we divide the kids MX race classes?

  • By age- under 10/11 and up

    Votes: 1 4.5%
  • by bike size- 65(100cc 4 stroke)/85cc(150 4 stroke)

    Votes: 1 4.5%
  • By age and bike size (some 65s will kick butt over the 85s)

    Votes: 4 18.2%
  • By stated skill level- beginner/advanced

    Votes: 10 45.5%
  • By dads testoserone level/mom's fear level

    Votes: 1 4.5%
  • By can or can't beat Gomer (poking stick allowed)

    Votes: 3 13.6%
  • Any other criteria- please specify

    Votes: 2 9.1%

  • Total voters
    22
  • Poll closed .

oldguy

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Every year we have the problem of deciding how to set up the kids MX classes. We have 2 time/trophy (unless Thump forgets again this year to only award top 3 :confused: ) slots to do it.
Need your input to make it both fun and competitive for the little ones.

We figure there will be ages 6 to 13 (14?) entered on everything from 50s to 125 TTRs and all skill levels. How do we divide them up?
Be aware also that any kids racing an adult MX race will not be eligible in the kids race. :thumb:
 

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Well, I would suggest 2-stroke/4-stroke classes because a XR70 just can't compete with a KX or SX 65. Maybe 2 & 4-stroke auto clutch (covers the xr50, xr70, pw50, pw80, ttr90, rm/klx110, sx50), 4-stroke clutch (xr80/100/150, ttr-125, rm/klx125) and 2-stroke clutch (kx60/65/85, cr80, yz80). The age thing is almost taken care of by the type of bike.
 

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I think (no, really, I do!) ...I think:

Kids 50: 50cc
Kid's B: 80cc and below beginners (up to 125 4 stroke)
Kid's A: 100cc and below advanced (up to 150 4 stroke)

I like keeping the 50s away from the bigger bikes and since the speed difference between a begiiner on an 80 and a fast kid on an 80 can be so big, I think it would work well to separate them.

Whew! That thinkin is hard stuff!
 

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I think Gomer's got in NAILED!

50cc - 50cc 2-strk or 4-strk (kids only - sorry JP :confused: )
Kids B - 85cc (125cc 4-strk) and under - beginner
Kids A - 105cc (150cc 4-strk) and under - advanced

No 50cc's in Kids A or B. And the same kid can't race Kids A and Kids B.

And I think it would be cool if Kids A raced on the big track!

Dave - I like your rule on if you race an Adult MX class, then no youth too.
 

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I like following the A and B idea through on the races, just as it was done for the adults. A and B for all groupings 50's, 65's, 80's. The A class for 80's I think would enjoy the big track. Depending on what shows there could be a 4-stroke class for pw80, ttr90, rm/klx110.
 
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Originally posted by Okiewan
too many classes.
How many classes are you thinking?
I think safety is the number one priority but I don't see a way to maintain a reasonable margin of safety without adding additional classes. How long are the motos going to be?
 
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Originally posted by oldguy
Be aware also that any kids racing an adult MX race will not be eligible in the kids race. :thumb:
Proof read edit by Jeff;
By "not eligible" are you talking about awards in the kids class?


Again this may just be a safety issue but... last year Tigger raced the kids mx and though she didn't finish last, she did finish. The thrill of her week of riding was the womens open, which she didn't finish last in either. It was her 1st time to ever race and if any of the other kids are anything like her the thrill will be from riding on the big track. If given a choice to ride only / either the big track with the women or beginner vs the kids race on the small track, she will tell without flinching that you can have the little track, she wants to ride with the adults. I was a little curious how she would handle not getting a trophy last year racing the womens after getting the cool PC backpack for entering the kids race, for her it was a no brainer, a sence of accomplishment was worth far more than the backpack.
 
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#12
Please read Gomer's post. That's how I think it should be done.
Are we to put a fast 50 kid in with slower 80 riders? The number one priority IS to maintain safety. Number two is to have fun. There is no number 3. If Jr. won't have fun unless he's in a class with all slower riders, then Jr. won't have fun.

A & B for 50's 65's and 80's is 6 motos (unless I read the post wrong and the intention is to run A/B together, which is what I suggest). I really can't see where the problem is running the 50's, 65's and 80's all together... meaning all 50's in one moto, all 65's in one moto, etc. The 80's can run on the big track if they like. 3 motos.

PW50's and 80's run with the 50's , RM/KLX 110's, TTR90's with the 65's and 4 Stroke mini's (ie; TTR 125's CRF150's) run with the 80's .... is there a better way?

All we are trying to do is control the closure rate between bikes. There are always going to be slower riders. As long as we keep the bikes even and the age close, we are being safe. We had only two Jr. classes last year, if I recall, everyone survived it.

Let's keep in mind, this, like the big kid classes is for fun. I do not want DW to turn into another typical race weekend. If there's a fast kid on a 50, he/she will win the moto. So be it. This is not to say BigLou can enter on his hot-rod fiddy.

Every year, one of the biggest issues seems to be setting up the classes and what each class means at DW. Deciding what classes there are and what one to be in (grown-ups and kids) shouldn't be a big deal. Are we going to start having School Boy, 25, +35, 125's A,B & C, 250 A,B & C?

There's no money involved, there are no points. It's for fun.
 

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Jeff I guess the rule on kids in adult classes may end up fly by the seat of the pants. I don't want to discourage a rider like tigger from racing the womens but also don't want to see a a case where a 13 yr old can trophy in both B adult and kids. The kids races are set up for the smaller, slower riders to give them fun /competitive track time with others of their level.
I guess I am approaching it from the level of my son last year- he was 14 so eligable for kids races but he would not have had fun racing them and for safety reasons didn't belong out there with them.
I think it was motodawgs son who also was eligable and not knowing the level of competition he dropped out after the first moto when he realized he was that much faster ( I applaud his decision) Kids who are jumping the tabletops race with adults.
The womens B class is a different animal then the mens classes in that none will be jumping big obstacles and loosing sight of the smaller bikes (no offence intended ladies- just what I feel is a valid observation). The men's classes get a bit competitve and dangerous (I was a perfect example) for 65s to be out there.
Long story short Tigger could race both womens B and kids- but only trophy in one.
 

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Dave we are kind of in the same spot as Jeff talked about with tigger. I haven't signed up for any races yet as I was unsure what to do for Troy. Dirtweek will essentially be the first time he gets any seat time on his new 125 so he was talking about doing the Junior MX as well as B Class(only because of the rules that if you race you run B class). I guess we will play it by ear and see what the level of junior riders is when we get to DW?