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EMF Rulebook 2018


Table Of Content

1. General information

1.1. Basic rules

1.1.1. Who’s hosting the series?

1.2. Points

1.2.1. Points per position

1.2.1.1. Points system exception

1.2.2. Tie breakers

1.2.2.1. For championship ties

1.2.2.2. For overalls

2. Riding

2.1. Track cutting

2.1.1. Track cutting exception

2.2. Blue flag

2.2.1. Blue flag exception

2.3. Getting up after crashing

2.4. Re-entering the track

2.5. Riding back in the pack

2.6. Starts

2.7. Backing up on the starting line

2.8. Riding during qualifying

2.9. Unsafe riding

2.10. Laptimes not saving

3. Rider responsibility and behavior

3.1. Name and number

3.2. UID grab

3.2.1. UID grab exceptions

3.3. Do not request during qualifying races

3.4. Listen to the admins and hosters

3.5. Harsh language

3.5.1. Protests and harsh language

3.6. Dedicated pro and amateur servers

3.7. Impersonation

3.8. Using someone else's UID (key)

4. Error handling

4.1. Admins/Hosters decision is final

4.2. DDoS’ing and similar symptoms

4.3. Accidental restarts

5. Protests and protesting

5.1. Demos

5.2. Sending in protests

5.2.1. Where to send in

5.2.2. Filling out the form

5.2.3. What do protest for?

5.3. Admins and hosters decision is final

5.4. Protests that becomes invalid

5.5. Lifting bans


1. General information

1.1. Basic rules

Each individual rider is responsible to make sure he or she is up to date with the latest rules. No one has any responsibility to either remind you of a certain rule or regulation, it is up to you to know what you can or cannot do.

The admins/hosters of a race has no obligation to notify you if you run an incorrect name or number. This is up to each rider to check before the race. A rider riding with the wrong name or number may be kicked from the race as that rider is not following the set rules.

If a rider proceeds to break any rules at any given time, that rider may receive a penalty. Depending on the how bad the particular case is, you might receive penalties such as a warning, being disqualified or banned. The ban will differ in length depending on how sever the incident is.

The rules in this document may be changed at any time without notice. Additional rules specific to series may be specified in the series thread. These rules and regulations in this document is referred to as “Official EMF rules” if other series wants to use the same set of rules as the official EMF series. The rules in this document is applied to all official EMF races.

1.1.1. Who’s hosting the series?

If you have questions about a series, look up who’s the host for the series and ask that person. Most series has a topic on the forum under the “Racing” section and in the subsection “EMF Racing”. Post your question in that topic.

If the series is not hosted by Maxime Tison, Bruno Gouttesoulard, Kristoffer Wenerklang or Yohann Mayer, asking the official EMF crew will not be valid as it is a person outside the official EMF crew hosting it.“EMF Racing”. Post your question there.

Admin/Hosters decision is final.

1.2. Points

The rider that has collected the most points at the end of an championship will be considered the winner of the championship.

1.2.1. Points per position

The standard scoring system will be as in real life: 1st - 25p, 2nd - 22p, 3rd - 20p, 4th - 18p, 5th - 16p and from 6th to 20th place the gap will be 1 point, which means that the last point given out is 1 point for 20th place.

1.2.1.1. Points system exception

For events such as Monster Energy Cup and MX of Nations another system may be used. The system that is likely to be used in situations like these is that you score as many points as in the position you finish meaning the the winner (1st place) gets 1p, 5th place gets 5p, 14th gets 14p and so on. In this scenario the rider with the least amount of points will win the event. If this system is used, the race/championship topic will make you aware of it.

1.2.2. Tie breakers

In a championship, 2 or more riders may have the same amount of points, this will create the demand for a tiebreaker.

1.2.2.1. For championship ties

If riders tie for the championship-win in a supercross championship, the rider with most main event wins will win the championship. If the riders has the same amount of main event wins, the tiebreaker will be decided by who had the better last finish.

If riders tie for the championship-win in a motocross championship, the rider with the most overalls will win the championship. If the riders has the same amount of overalls, the tiebreaker will be decided by who got the better last moto finish.

1.2.2.2. For overalls

If two or more riders tie at the end of a motocross race, the tiebreaker will be decided by who got the better last moto finish.

1.3. Defending a championship - classes and points results

1.3.1. Pro

For the 250 class, if you win the championship, you’re eligible to defend it for one more season before you have to move up to the 450 class.

1.3.2. A

If you win an official EMF championship with an ‘A’ license, you will be given a pro license before the next championship. Riders who perform good enough may get their license bumped up as well, to prevent them from sandbagging.

1.3.3. Amateur

If you’re doing good enough as an amateur, you’ll be given an ‘A’ license in order to be able to try and make your way into pro racing.


2. Riding

2.1. Track cutting

A rider is at no point during a race allowed to cut the track. You shall at all time stay within the constraints of the track and what’s outlining the track such as haybales, stakes or anything else showing the track path. Cutting the track will receive in a penalty. Depending on the cut, the penalty may vary from a warning all the way until a ban, depending on how much you gained during the cut.

2.1.1. Track cutting exception

If there is a big pile-up or downed riders in front of you, you shall not cut across the entire track as that risks you taking some other rider down. If you carefully goes off the track and re-enters as soon as possible without gaining any advantage or positions over other riders, this will be accepted. If you gain one or more positions from doing this and you do not let the riders re-pass you, you will be penalized.

2.2. Blue flag

If you’re being blue flagged, if the gap is 1.5s or below, you shall give the rider(s) lapping you a clear path to pass you on. If you are in the main line, you shall not jump into any other line as an action, as that may end up in you both going down. It is better to be steady and slow in the main line then change. Whenever you’re able to change to a line that is not premiere, do this carefully.

2.2.1. Blue flag exception

If a leader goes down in front of you, you may pass, if you can make the pass without putting the leader at any risk. This means that you cannot pass the leader if he’s getting up and are just about to take off as that would be seens as racing the leader. If the leader hasn’t started to get up yet, you’re good to go.

2.3. Getting up after crashing

If you have crashed and are facing the wrong direction, you shall use the back-up button to turn yourself around as that is predictable for your competitors. You shall also take off in a straight line to not cause any situation that may be putting your competitors in risk of crashing. If you have a clear path and no-one close to you or will be close to you when you’ve turned around, you may turn around riding normally.

2.4. Re-entering the track

When a rider goes off the track, the rider is obligated to check the trackmap and enter carefully at a safe place. If a rider re-enters the track and causes someone else to crash, the rider re-entering the track will be to blame. Even if a leader would re-enter the track and take down a lapper, this is not accepted. The same safe track re-entering policy applies to everyone.

2.5. Riding back in the pack

If you’ve for example had a bad start or find yourself in the back of the pack, do not do big and high risk lines such as big quads or similar. If you’re trying to make passes and end up colliding with others from doing big and unsafe lines in traffic, you will be to blame for “unsafe riding” as all riders should ride with care.

2.6. Starts

All riders are obligated to be careful in the start. If you’re not first into the first turn, make sure to break in time and try to distance yourself from other riders in order to minimize the risk for pile-ups. Being careful in the start, breaking in time and trying not to collide with others goes for all riders in the start field. If a rider is suspected to intentionally ruin the start, that rider will be penalized.

2.7. Backing up on the starting line

Riders are not allowed to back up on the starting line. If this happens, riders are obligated to return to their original position, eventually waiting noticeably in the start to show that he or she did not take advantage of the back-up.

2.8. Riding during qualifying

During qualifying races you shall treat all other riders with respect. Even if you’re a leader and have crashed, do not ruin the laps for riders you have lapped. The lappers lap-time may not be fast to you, but it may be a hotlap for the lapper. If you have crashed during a qualifying lap, show respect and do not block other riders, regardless if you’re a leader or a lapper. Bad behaviour or judgement in this area may end up in a penalty.

2.9. Unsafe riding

If you’re riding is not considered safe or being a danger to others, you may receive a penalty. This goes hand in hand with section 2.5.

2.10. Laptimes not saving

Riders may at some occasions experience that their fastest laptime does not save or show up on the website. This is in 99% of all cases caused by the rider missing a timing gate. If a timing gate is missed by as much as an inch, the laptime will not be valid, therefore will not be saved. In some rare cases, it may be caused by a network error between the end users pc and the server that the qualifying is held on. In both cases, there will not be any action taken, but the rider will have to try again to set a better laptime.


3. Rider responsibility and behavior

3.1. Name and number

It is up to each rider to make sure he or she is running the correct name and number. Admins/hosters are not obligated to inform you if you’re not running your correct name and number. Riding with the wrong name or number may end up in a penalty. The formation of name (and team) is as following:
Firstname Lastname - Team

An example could be:
Maxime Tison - Tizzy Designs

You are allowed to run a nickname in between your first and last name. The nickname should be within quotation marks to highlight that it’s a nickname. An example here could be: Maxime “Tizzy” Tison - Tizzy Designs. The symbol separating your name and your team can either be a dash “ - ” or a pipeline “ | “. Do not run hashtags or similar things in your name.

3.2. UID grab

Make sure to be well in time for the UID grab. If you’re not in time for the UID grab, you are not going to be added in. Extensive complaining will get you muted. On multiple occasions it may get you banned. It is up to you to be there in time.

3.2.1. UID grab exceptions

For Supercross:
If a rider that is within top 10 in points does not make it in time for UID grab, this rider can request to be put in the next Heat/Semi/LCQ if there are spots available. The request has to be requested with time enough left before the race starts, in order to be put in. Asking during the warmup-lap does not count as having “enough time left”.

For Motocross:

Riders within the top 10 in points can be requested to be put in, if there are open slots available. Riders can request to be put in, even if he or she missed the first moto. This also has to happen in enough time before the event the rider wants to race starts.

3.3. Do not request restarts during qualifying races

Do not request restarts during qualifying races. If you didn’t get in, you simply have to wait. If a rider has begun his “Lap 2”, he’s on a timed lap meaning that the lap he’s on will give him a qualifying time. Restarting before the race is finished may result in lap-times not being saved.

3.4. Listen to the admins and hosters

Listen to the admins and respect their decisions. Each series should list the admins either on the site or if there’s a forum topic for the series.

3.5. Harsh language

It is not okay to be racist on the server and saying words such as “the n-word”, in any language. Excessive swearing or aggression towards a certain riders is also not accepted. Threats or telling people kill themselves is also strictly forbidden. You will not be muted or banned for typing “fuck” in the chat once if you’re having bad luck, but action will be taken if it is happening repeatedly.

3.5.1. Protests and harsh language

If you protest a rider for something but you also curse him out in chat or similar things, your protest will not be reviewed as then you weren’t clean yourself, then you also broke a rule. Be the bigger man and keep quiet during the race, then proceed to file a protest.

3.6. Dedicated pro and amateur servers

Some EMF events will feature both pro and amateur classes. In some cases there might be dedicated servers for each license type. If a pro rider qualifies on an amateur server or the other way around, the lap-times will not be saved as you were qualifying in the wrong server.

3.7. Impersonation

Pretending to be another person is strictly forbidden. This behaviour will end up in a ban.

3.8. Using someone else's UID (key)

If you’re caught using someone else’s key, both riders will be banned. No compromises are made, it’s not legal to during qualifying, UID grab, the actual races or at any other given time. If there are suspicions towards a rider and there are facts to back it up that it’s another person racing than the one it’s presented to be. Actions will be taken.
1st time : All the points scored by both players will be reset and a 3 weeks suspension will be applyed.
2nd time : Season Ban
3rd time : Permanent Ban.
If the suspicions are strong enough that a key is shared, evidence will be forwarded to “jlv” and your key could be banned from all server.


4. Error handling

4.1. Admins/Hosters decision is final

Admin/Hosters decision is final. Riders are expected to accept this.

4.2. DDoS’ing and similar symptoms

“Similar symptoms” to DDoS’ing is server lag not caused by DDoS’ing. There will be no specific rules for this as this is too unpredictable. Communication will be tried to be held on the server and the forum. Decisions will be taken during the incident. Races might be postponed or eventually skipped. If a majority of a race is completed, results will be as when the race restarted/shut down.

If a single rider gets DDoS’ed, that is outside of EMF’s control and no action will be taken.

If a person is found to be DDoS’ing MXSEMF SERVERS or ADMINS, the person will be permabanned + having their EMF account suspended.

MXSEMF don't want to take part in PvP DDoS, but if someone is reported as a serial DDos'er, we could suspend his account.

4.3. Accidental restarts

If a race were to restart accidentally, if the has finished more than 75% (without counting +2 laps for outdoors) the race is considered finished and the riders will finish in the positions the race ended in. Table over how many minutes or laps:

Full race          75%

30 minutes        - 22:30 min:sec

25 minutes         - 18:45 min:sec

20 minutes        - 15:00 min:sec

20 laps        - 15 laps

15 laps        - 11 laps

8 laps                - 6 laps

Any race 10 minutes or less, 6 laps or less will be fully restarted if no rider has finished, not taking the 75% limit into account. If any rider has crossed the finish line, the race will end with the positions the riders were in when the restart happened.

4.4. Unstable internet connection

Races hosted officially by EMF will not let you play if you have an internet connection with a very high ping, about 300ms - 350ms is usually considered the limit. You can be kicked even if you do not have a high ping. There is more to laggy and unstable riders other than ping only.

Why are people that’s lagging kicked? If a rider is going in and out of being ghosted all the time, you cannot predict how that rider will affect you. It might seem like the person that’s lagging are taking an outside line, just to re-appear on the inside. This is preventing close racing to happen since everyone will just have to be as far away from the lagger as possible. Not everyone hosting on EMF will utilize this rule and for races such as MXSoN, it’s more or less inevitable to have all riders within the desired limit.


5. Protests and protesting

5.1. Demos

Admins/hosters are not obligated in any way to save a demo and post that so others can download it. Even if this is often the case, each rider that have something to protest should save their own demo to have as a backup if needed. In case that the admins/hosters does not have a demo needed, you as a protester will have to provide the demo for the admins/hosters in order for them to be able to review it. A GIF, youtube video or any other image or video are not accepted. Only a full demo is eligible for review, as a GIF or video can be faked. With the entire demo, you can verify that it’s the correct race.

5.2. Sending in protests

5.2.1. Where to send in

Protests shall be sent in on the mxsemf.com website. Protests sent via pm on the forum are not guaranteed to be reviewed.

5.2.2. Filling out the form

If you have had any problems with some rider it’s up to you to file the protest. You cannot be guaranteed that the protest is filed if someone else is saying that they will. It’s better to get 1 more protest than none. You can protests a rider that you did not personally have a problem with, but you for example saw hitting another rider or cutting the track.

5.2.3. What do protest for?

Things that are eligible for protesting are things such are: Cutting the track, punting/t-boning, riding backwards, lappers not moving, unsafe track re-entry, unsafe restart, unsafe riding, harsh language or any other rule that has been broken. Please note that a little bit of bar banging between riders battling for position is okay. However cutting across the track from one side to another to take someone out is something that you could protest for and it would get reviewed.

5.3. Admins and hosters decision is final

The rule in section 3.4 is applied at all times, but worth to underline here as well.

5.4. Protests that becomes invalid

5.5. Dispute over penalty

If you believe that your penalty wasn’t fair, you can form a complain and let Nioubie/Yohann Mayer make a final decision. Have you formed a complaint for no good reason or if your penalty was entirely in place, you’re trustworthiness will decrease and future penalties you may receive may not be reviewed in case you file a complaint for them.

5.6. Lifting bans

If a rider has received a penalty in form of a ban. It is up to that rider to ask for his or her license back well in time for the race. Preferably immediately after the last race is over he or she was banned from. If the rider does not ask for the ban to be removed in time, he or she may be banned for the next round as well.

5.7. Decision before the race

A decision for a protest cannot be enforced less than 24h prior to the race. In case protests would be fully reviewed with less than 24h prior to the race, no penalties will be given before the race, but enforced when the race is over.


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