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Official rules Vespa The Resistance 2012

  1. 1. OFFICIAL RULES VESPA THE RESISTANCE (by Team Vespa Barcelona)This document has been drawn up according to the rules that have been wrtitten forthe past editions of 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 of the VTR and in collaboration withorganizers of Vespa and Lambreta endurance races in Spain, along with theInternational Circuit of Zuera (Zaragoza, Spain).
  2. 2. 1. THE RACEVespa The Resistance will be held the 12-13th of May 2012 in Circuito Internacional deZuera, with a total length of 1,7 km.This race should be considered by all participants as a free and voluntary activity soeach competitor must take their own responsibility. Therefore, the organization needs asigned document from each driver and team in which they accept the stipulated rules inthe race regulations. In the same way the competitors must accept the joint agreementfor the proper development of the race, meaning in turn that it is a non-profit activity bypromoters, and where each person is solely responsible for their actions, unable toderive these in any case the people who organized the activity, nor on the circuitowners.2. DRIVERS AND TEAMSEach team may consist of 1 motorbike, with a minimum of 3 riders and a maximum of6, and also one person as a mechanical role. In short, no teams will be allowed morethan 7 people in the pit area closest to the circuit.In the inscription of the race, the team must facilitate the following information: - Name of the team - Model of Vespa or Lambretta in categories - Name and ID/Passport of all the drivers, mechanics and team manager - Phone number of the contact person - Email of the contact personIt will be maintained the fixed dorsal assigned in previous editions (for more informationon this, see the TVB forum or contact us by email( The dorsal should be placed in the followingvisible places: in the frontal part of the motorbike, on left and the right sides. Thenumber must be visible from a distance of approximately 50 meters.The dorsal must be made of a material that lasts during the whole length of event. Thisyear the organization will not provide the dorsal, so each team must provide their owndorsal taking into account the above specifications.
  3. 3. 3. THE PILOTS EQUIPMENTInside the track circuit, pilots should be provided with: approved helmet, protectivegloves specific for motorcycles, coveralls (either one or two pieces) of leather or othersafe material; all clothing must be completely closed or latched. In case of inclementweather, the pilots can wear protective clothing against rain, always on top of theaforementioned.At the discretion of each team it is stressed that all these aspects aim the safety of thepilots, reason why it will not be accepted clothing that do not meet these safetystandards.4. IDENTIFIERSAll drivers shall be marked with an obligatorily identification armband, which allowsaccess to various race services.The organization will provide the armbands to all participants.5. CATEGORIESThe only scooters allowed in the race are Vespa and Lambretta 2-stroke and withmanual transmission. Automatic engines are not allowed.The following categories and subcategories are stipulated:VESPA PROTO Proto Largeframe > Proto Large frame are considered to be vespas with "big" crank such as those belonging to the following models: PX,TX, P, etc., with any type of modifications. It is required to maintain the original crankcase and chassis of the 2-stroke Vespa. Proto Smallframe > Proto Small frame are considered to be scooters with small crank, such as those belonging to the models: PK, PRIMAVERA, etc., with any type of modifications. It is required to maintain the original crankcase and chassis of the 2-stroke Vespa.
  4. 4. VESPA SERIE Large frame Series > Large frame series Vespa are considered to be vespas strictly from the factory, that is, with all original components of series (even for other models within large frame). Small frame Series > Small frame series Vespa are considered to be vespas strictly from the factory, that is, with all original components of series (even for other models within small frame).LAMBRETTA Lambretta Proto > In this case there is only one category of free configuration, as long as the cranks and the original chassis of Lambretta is maintained.* APPLIES ONLY TO SERIES CATEGORY- This rule provides for adjustment of pieces, so you can lighten-modify all components,provided they are the same strict original series.- It is allowed to change the seat by a non-original one.- The side covers must be mounted on place- For safety reasons, it is allowed to remove mirrors and elements that protrude fromthe bike or may easily brake in case of falls such as lights, tulips, and trestles. GENERAL ASPECTS (Series Category)Trimmings- It is allowed to trim up to 4 cm of the plate (teams which participated in previouseditions are excluded from this limit).- The front mudguard may be trimmed (up to 4 cm), as long as the edges are protectedso they are not sharp.Wheels- It allows you to mount tubeless wheels, understanding these are safer for heavierpilots.
  5. 5. Tires- Of free choice, including slicks.Suspensions and fork- Forks are interchangeable between models within the same series.- It is allowed to modify the series suspensions, and also mount Carboneas long as they are not adjustable.- It is forbidden to mount any type or hydraulic adjustable suspension.Cap- Must have the top and bottom parts.- The odometer hole and the light must be covered with soft non-metallic materials(fibre, plastic, etc.), in case they could loosen up.Handles- Original and with ball in the end.- In case of falls, it should be changed immediately.Brake Drums- Must be originals.- Vents are permitted, provided they do not pose a security risk, no sheet metal or partsthat could come loose.- It is allowed you to mount a disc brake, if it is the original of PX and it is coupled to thebar. TECHNICAL ASPECTS OF ENGINES (Series Category)- In principle, all parts must be original (except for the piston and connecting rod. In thiscase they must have features as similar as possible to the originals). It is allowed toreduce, file or drill.- Racing rod 51 for smallframe) and 57 for largeframe.- Disastato axis to increase stroke and cylinder capacity are prohibited.Clutch- Must be original. Modifications are allowed, always starting from the original parts.- It is forbidden to mount carbon disks or alike.- It is allowed to mount reinforced springs.
  6. 6. Carburetor- Must be original. Modifications are allowed, always starting from the original parts.Air Filter- Must be original. Modifications are allowed, always starting from the original parts.- It is allowed to run without the air filter.Sprockets- Must be original. Modifications are allowed, always starting from the original parts.- It is prohibited to mount the 4th gear short.Magnetic plate, coils, cylinder and cylinder head- Must be original. Modifications are allowed, always starting from the original parts.- Only original seams are allowed.Bearings, seals, spark plug- Of free choice.Piston- Given an original cylinder can be rectified, it is allowed the following maximum pistondiameters. Up to three oversize:125 Maximum piston 55.4 mm in cylinder 55.6 mm. Race 51mm.200 Maximum piston 66.9 mm in cylinder of 67.1 mm. Race 57mm.- It is allowed you to mount other brands of piston, as long as they have identicalcharacteristics as the originals (windows).Exhaust- Originals only.- It is allowed to crop, add more flues, or modify the interior.- It is forbidden to run without the exhaust.NOTICE - All bikes should take off the deflector and the fan cover for scrutineeringprior to the race.- At the end of the race the piston-cylinder assembly of the three top finishers insmallframe and largeframe will be measured.* APPLIES TO ALL CATEGORIES (SERIES AND PROTO)
  7. 7. - For new teams the maximum plate cut is limited to a maximum of 4 cm for seriescategory and 10 cm for proto categories from either end of the bike. The organizationaims that Lambrettas and Vespas are recognizable by others, and above all to maintainthe originality of these two brands. The teams which have participated in previouseditions and exceed these limits will not be outside the rules.Plate drill:- For safety reasons, the maximum diameter of the holes on the plate should be 10 m(should not fit one finger in it).- Holes are allowed on the side covers and frontal, leaving a space between the holesof a size of the same order as the actual holes.- The bottom and central parts of the chassis and can not be drilled.- It is allowed to drill the registration plate area for aesthetic reasons. Also, the area ofthe battery, to make it easier to remove the rear wheel.- All engines must be single cylinder (including the proto category)- The use of front mudguard is mandatory in all categories.- It is mandatory to mount a front light (white) and a rear light (red) Front light: - Must be the original beacon light or any approved beacon (the latter ONLY FOR PROTO CATEGORY). - The glass-plastic optical should be lined with transparent tape. - LED lights are not allowed. - Two replacement bulbs must be shown at scrutineering. Rear light: - It is recommended to mount the original lights, however, it is allowed to mount LED lights, provided they are well fasten and visible at a distance of 100 meters. Two replacement bulbs must be shown at scrutineering. - If the rear light stops working, it is mandatory to enter the pit to repair it. - The lights must be turned off during refuelling, except for the LED lights. - It is allowed to mount a battery for the lighting system. In this case, it must be airtight or sealed.- It is forbidden to mount an electric starter.
  8. 8. - It is allowed to mount additional deposits, which may be made of aluminium or plastic,never iron (ONLY FOR PROTO CATEGORY).- It is prohibited to mount trestles.- During refuelling the bike should be placed on a stand.- Tires of more than 10 inches will not be accepted.6. PROGRAMThe program of the race will be published in the section related to Vespa TheResistance12 on Team Vespa Barcelona Forum: ASSIGNMENTS OF PITSThe pits area is limited. The organization will assign the pits to the teams consideringthe preference of teams to be together (this will be notified by email before the event).The pits will be placed in an orderly and linear manner. It must be noted that we onlyaccept 7 people by box, each one with their respective accrediting wristband.* Refuelling will be made in a common and secure are assigned by the organization.8. TECHNICAL INSPECTIONSThe technical inspection will take place in the box of each team or in an enabled zone(it will be communicated during the briefing). In a very strict and incontestable manner,if a motorbike does not pass the inspections, it will not be allowed in the race.Scooters may not compete if they are not safe for the pilot or other participants. Thisrefers to any sharp or pointed edges or pieces that can detach.
  9. 9. Not mandatory: - Spare wheels, gloves. - Side covers (ONLY FOR PROTO CATEGORY) as long as it does not contradict the section about sharp or pointed edges. - Kick start.It is mandatory: - Placing the transponder in a visible zone in the front part of the bike, locked to prevent loss, and returning it at the end of the race. - It must have a stop button or else the ignition key, as long as it is safely secured to the chassis (with a flange, for example). - Have the fill and drain bolts of the engine oil "sealed". They must be secured to the crankcase (through a fine wire that crosses the bolt and attach to the crankcase, for example). - Key rings, chains or other unsafe items will not be accepted. - A front light (white) and a back light (red) and two sets of replacement bulbs. - Access the checks with personal safety components such as coveralls, helmets, gloves or tanks for refuelling as these also must be properly verified. - All team members must access the check area to get the identification armbands.Will be a cause for exclusion from the event for teams that: - Oppose to undergo the technical checks. - Show any disrespectful attitude against the organization or their representatives. Teams that do not follow the warnings of the organization will be sanctioned. - Do not pass the technical verification tests.The organization of Team Vespa Barcelona may require technical verifications itdeems appropriate during the course of the competition. If the organization identifiesany abnormalities or deficiencies in any bike it will demand the team to resolve thembefore returning to the race. It is the decision of the organizers and the race directorany penalties or sanctions to participants.
  10. 10. Main topics to consider in the checks:Bodywork - Box refuelling support or main stand - Fuel deposit and additional deposit - Sharp edges - Engine stop system - System of front and back lights (and replacement sets) - Loose or dangerous parts - Brake levers - Dorsals - Front and back brakes - Front and back tires - SuspensionsEngine - Exhaust - Carburettor - Cylinder – piston (mono-cylinder) -Fan
  11. 11. 9. BRIEFINGAccording the timetable established, before starting the race there will be aninformation briefing. All team managers must attend this briefing as this information isvery important for them.10. START PROCESS AND ASSIGNMENT OF POSITIONS- The start will be like “Le Mans”.- All bikes are arranged in a row in battery position, the place of each team will bedecided in the previous training races. Before the race starts, there will be arecognition lap. At the end of this recognition lap, the pilots will place the bikes on theassigned places according to their start position.- At the start of the race, in case there is a team missing, this place will remain empty.There may only be 2 drivers on the track, one holding the bike (with the enginerunning) and the other waiting for the start.- If any team has problems with the bike it should go straight to the box to solve theproblems and do not delay the race start. When the team has the problems fixed, if therace has not started, it may return to line up. Otherwise, it must start from the pit-lane,only after all the other participants have passed the line.- The race start will be done with the rise of a flag or with a traffic light (it will becommunicated during the briefing). After that, each pilot will run to his bike and startthe race. The pilot who holds the bike, must have the engine running.- If a pilot is not in front of the bike at the moment of the start, he will be punished. Inthe same way, if the second pilot invades the track to push his partner he will bepunished (see paragraph 22 - Penalties).11. PILOT PERFORMANCE IN THE TRACK AND WHITE FLAG- Any action in the track or in the pit lane in the opposite direction to the direction of therace is prohibited.- In the case of failure during the race, there is a established plan which will beexplained in the briefing to evacuate the pilot and the bike of the circuit, while notpresenting danger to other participants.- In case of any problems that occur inside the track, the race director may give input
  12. 12. to the Safety Car. In this case the white flag would be shown throughout the circuit andall participants will be directed to find the queue behind the Safety Car. The pilotsshould move without overtaking and with the maximum precaution. It means that thepilots cannot overtake while the Safety Car remains on the track. Once the Safety-Caris out of the track, the race will resume as normal. Pilots can refuel or make the pilotchange while the safety car is on track but when they meet the safety car again theymust be extremely careful while rolling on the track, as there may be ambulances or"Pisters" performing their duties.- In the case of an accident, the pilot who needs to tow his bike to the proper exits,must wear security equipment (helmet, gloves, overalls) at all times until they leave thetrack completely. Otherwise he will be penalized with 5 laps penalty.- On the track it is completely prohibited unsportsmanlike actions, screaming, hittingand any behaviour that may be considered inappropriate. All dangerous actions will bepunished (see section 22 - Penalties).- The Race Director or his deputies can stop a scooter whose driver has committed anoffence punishable by exclusion or expulsion.- In the case a pilot is shown a black flag, he must go to his team box. The reason forthe decision would be notified to the team manager.12. BEHAVIOR IN PIT-LANE- The maximum speed through the pit lane is 30 km/hour.- Throughout the course of the race only accredited persons may remain in the pitlane, and a maximum of 7 people per team.- Animals are not allowed.- Smoking is strictly prohibited, except in the smoking area of the circuit.- It is forbidden to install on this zone any elements that may disturb the normal trafficof pilots, bikes or their assistants.- It is absolutely forbidden to light fires or store gas containers in the pit area or pit-lane.- When not performing maintenance on the bike, the pit-lane should remain clear ofmaterials and tools that may hinder the passage.- In the case when an intervention on the bike involves any liquid, oil or fuel spills, the
  13. 13. bike cannot exit the pit until the affected area is completely clean.- Refueling and pilot changes must be made only in permitted areas.* Disrespect to the above mentioned rules will suppose a sanction (see section 22 -Penalties).13. BEHAVIOUR IN THE PITSWhen the competitors stop in the box, they must stop the scooter engine to performany operation. Only in the case of the pilot change, the scooter engine is allowed to beon. If this rule is not followed, a penalty will be applied to the team according to thesection 22 (Penalties) of theses rules.14. PILOT CHANGE- The maximum time each pilot may remain in the track will be 65 minutes in a row.Once somebody starts in the race, a controller will take note of the time the pilot entersthe track.- The minimum rest period for each pilot is 20 minutes.- The pilot change can be carried out in the refuelling area or in the box.- When a pilot change is carried out, it is not necessary to stop the scooter engine.- In the case of a breakdown, the time the scooter is in the box for repairing will notcount for the pilots 65 minutes of track time.15. CHANGE OF SCOOTER/ ENGINEChange of the engine is allowed but it is forbidden to change the scooter. If the teambrings a spare engine, this one must pass the technical verifications by theorganization, previously to the start of the race.16. REFUELLING- The teams may refuel as many times as needed.- The refuelling will be carried out exclusively in the area assigned by the organization,
  14. 14. NEVER IN THE PIT.- The organization will assign an area to store the fuel containers.- During refuelling the scooter must have the engine stopped. A maximum of threepeople could be present in the refuelling.- It is mandatory to use a support for the scooter during the refueling.- It is totally forbidden to make any repairs in the refueling area.- The pilot change is allowed during refuelling.- It is forbidden to refuel by changing the fuel deposit.* If any of these rules are not properly followed it will suppose a penalty for the teamaccording the section 22 (Penalties) of theses rules.17. INTERRUPTION OF THE RACE (red flag)The race is a nonstop resistance race, so it is not allowed to stop the scooter duringthe competition. Although, due to security or other important reasons the direction ofthe race could interrupt the competition.In the case that the race must be interrupted, there are two possible situations:1. If in that moment more than 90% of the total time of the competition is completed,the race will be consider finished.2. If in that moment less than 90% of the total time of the competition is completed, anew start will be carried out. In this case, the positions in the start line will be the samepositions scooters had when the competition was interrupted.18. NEUTRALIZATION OF THE RACE- If during the race would occur an incident due to weather conditions, serious accidentor something like that, which could compromise or make impossible the normaldevelopment of the competition, the race director could decide the neutralization of therace using white flags or SC sings (Safety Car) according to section 11 (White Flag) ofthese rules.- During the neutralization period it is forbidden the overtaking maneuvers. Any pilotwho does not follow this rule will be penalized according to section 22 (Penalties) ofthese rules.
  15. 15. - When the Race Director consider convenient, green flags will be shown in order torestart the race.19. RACE FINISHOnce the 24 hours of the race is completed, the race director will show the checkeredflag. The winner will be the team with more laps completed once the race director hassubtracted the penalty laps in the case that these exist.20. FINAL CLASSIFICATIONSThe classification by category will be established according to the number ofcompleted laps until the checkered flag is shown and once the penalty laps arededucted.At the finish of the race if some scooters of the same category have the same numberof laps, the order in which the scooter arrives to the finish line will be respected.21. CANCELLATION OR POSTPONEMENT OF THE EVENTThe organization has the right to cancel or postpone the competition if unforeseenevents oblige them to take that decision. In that case the organization is not obliged toto indemnify the participants.22. COMPLAINTS- Any complaints regarding the competition as well as technical complaints should bemade in writing to the Race Director.- These complaints should be presented within 20 minutes of the race finish.- The complaint has to be presented together with a bail of 100 €. The bail is nonrefundable in the case the complaint is resolved negative.
  16. 16. 22. PENALIZATIONS INFRACTIONS PENALTIES SECOND INFRACTIONRide in reverse direction on the pit lane Warning 3 lapsDo not respect the speed limit in the pit-lane Warning 3 lapsDo the pilot change out of the assigned area Warning 2 lapsMisconduct Warning ExclusionDo not respect resting periods 1 lap each 1 lap each 10% 10% over time over timeDo not assist the briefing 2 lapsIncorrect refuel 2 laps 2 lapsMake repairs out of the box area 2 laps 4 lapsReceive help outside of pit lane (it is allowed to 2 laps Exclusionreceive help on the box entrance track)Do not stop the engine in the refuelling area 2 laps ExclusionInvade de track at race start 3 lapsOvertake dangerously or overtake the safety 4 laps Disqualificationcar in the trackDo not obey the pilot changing times 5 laps/changeNon authorized change of the dorsal DisqualificationDo not wear the identity armband DisqualificationRide in reverse direction on the track DisqualificationRefuel by changing the fuel deposit DisqualificationChange the scooter DisqualificationDamage the circuit premises DisqualificationSmoke inside the pit or pit lane area Exclusion of offender + 5 lapsPresent yourself inebriated to scrutineering Exclusion of
  17. 17. offender + 5 laps Use of drugs Exclusion of offender + 5 laps Refusing to do a drug test or a breathalyser test Exclusion Failing an breathalyser test Exclusion Unsporting behaviour Exclusion Violation of technical verification Exclusion Do not place the bike in closed park Exclusion23. FLAGS / LIGHT SIGNS- Green flag = free tracks, end of overtaking prohibition- Yellow flag (or flashing yellow light) = Danger, no overtaking- Traffic lights flashing = Danger, no overtaking- Yellow flag (or flashing yellow light) + panel "Slow" = Safety car on track- Poster with initials SC = Safety car on track- Yellow flag with red stripes = Loss of grip, caution- White flag = service vehicle on the track, caution- White flag with red diagonal cross = rain- Black flag + dorsal = immediate stop of indicated dorsal- Black flag + orange circle + dorsal = immediate stop of indicated dorsal- Red flag = interruption of the race. Slowly return to the pits.- Red traffic light = interruption of the race. Slowly return to the pits.- Chequered flag (plaid)= End of the race
  18. 18. INFOMAIL: teamvespabarcelona@gmail.comFORUM: www.vespabcn.foroportal.esFACEBOOK: @vesparesistanceRegistrations, Teams & Riders: (0034) 665 64 07 90 XaviGeneral Info: (0034) 649 33 01 85 Manel (0034) 615 23 71 21 Isaac Santana (0034) 687 78 34 12 Enric Mollón