Beginner's Guide to Motocross

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Congratulations, the fact that you are here tells me that its probably already too late. You are well on your way to becoming a Motocross-er!

As you go through the beginner’s guide to motocross basics click on the silver hyperlinks to find more in depth information about specific topics, or to explore the video on this page.

Guide to Motocross Overview:

As new people continue to be introduced to Motocross for the first time. I think it is important for me to start this guide from the foundation by making sure that new Motocross-er understand where the sport came from and what makes it so special. Honoring the history of Motocross is very important to those who race, and love this sport. Many people are surprised when they learn how Motocross started.

Motocross was first known as a British off road event called scrambling, which was an evolution of motorcycle events popular in the northern UK. The first known scramble took place at Camberly, Surrey in 1924. During the 1930s, the sport grew in popularity, especially in Britain where teams from the Birmingham Small Arms Company. (BSA), Norton, Matchless, Rudge, and AJS competed in the events. Off-road bikes from that era differed little from those used on the street. The intense competition over rugged terrain led to technical improvements in motorcycles.

Motocross was introduced to the United States in 1966 when Swedish champion, Torsten Hallman rode an exhibition event against the top American TT riders at Hopetown in Simi Valley, California. The following year Hallman was joined by other motocross stars including Roger Decoster, Joel Robert, and Dave Bickers. They dominated the event placing their light weight two-strokes into the top six finishing positions  

Motocross is a growing sport in America. The fact that everyone can race, Men, Women, Children, makes it very appealing. There are different types of Motocross that are raced today. The most common are:

Motocross Vintage Motocross Indoor Super-cross and arena cross Freestyle

There are also many levels that start with Motocross. There are also many clubs that have adult levels as well for the older veteran racers to be able to continue to race the sport and these clubs vary from simple recreational clubs to very competitive national races.

The sports roots are still preserved in many ways such as Vintage Motocross. Groups like AHRMA (American Historic Racing Motocross Association and AVDRA (American Vintage Dirt Riders Association).

If you come from a sports background, but are not familiar with Motocross you can pick from not as formal but very competitive Vintage racing, to Pro AMA racing with money purse and top riders making thousands of dollars.

Here is an excellent video on starting. This video is great I like to slide back after a short time to get more traction on the real wheel. But this video is great.



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