What is Motocross?
Some people get confused to actually what motocross is all about, some people confuse it with speedway as the machines look similar. It could not be more different as the motocross track can be dirt roads, hills and muddy tracks and sometimes as many as forty riders are out on the circuit at the same time.
Motocross is professional, where races are measured against time, races are normally over half an hour duration. Motocross races can also be determined by laps, so the first rider that completes a certain number of laps wins. The winners are the first three as usual, and they take the podium.
Motocross bikes are stripped down as much as possible so they are light, but because of the customization they are not legal on the road. The engines range from 50cc to 550cc and race against one another with engine size a consideration. Sometimes the machines have aluminum frames to make them lighter and so they can actually do some of the off-roading that is required. Most motocross bikes are customized and adapted and the highly tunes ones are called factory bikes.
Motocross is becoming more and more popular as a spectator sport, and it is hardly surprising as it is spectacular to watch. The riders are immensely talented and perform death defying stunts, turns and leaps. Watching the racers, it is easy to see the effort that every one of them is putting into their race, as they move about on the bikes shifting their weight around to help negotiate the terrain and in an effort to get more speed
Both professional and amateur motocross riders have to be supremely fit, the sport hammers the legs, arms, glutes and shoulders and also saps the strength. Some of the courses are so tough that most people could not even navigate by foot, let alone guide a machine over. When the riders take a jump, the landings can easily be over twenty feet, and when the bike comes down it lands with an immense thump. This test the endurance of both bike and rider to the limit, their endurance and their core strength.
Motocross racing can be entered into at a very young age, as early as four or five. The kids use the 50cc small bikes, that look really cute, but they are learning to ride at a very early stage which will serve them well in the future. In the USA the AMA (American Motorcyclist Association) holds motocross championships series every year. The series consists of twenty-four races at twelve locations all over the country. In Australia the MX Nationals are held every March to August, which entails ten rounds. The sport is growing across the globe, every year it receives more TV coverage and spectators are flooding to the sport. Motocross has now grown into a true global sport, not just spectators are wanting more, but professional riders are also growing in large numbers. Sponsors are becoming major corporations and not just local businesses.
Motocross has never been healthier; the event is action packed and thrilling both to compete and watch.