Not surprisingly, motocross racing has dramatically increased its viewership in the past few years. Not only does the equipment get better year after year, but the rising stars of the sport such as Ryan Villopoto, Josh Coppins, and Ryan Dungey vie with each other to surpass the feats of such legendary stars as Roger DeCoster and Jeremy McGrath. One thing is for sure – the action is continually getting better every year.
A Little Bit of History
Born in the dusty fields of England at the beginning of the 20th century, motocross has evolved to become the pre-eminent, “no holds barred” form of motorcycle racing in the world. Motocross races are held year round in every type of weather and on the most difficult tracks in the world and motocross riders have only one goal: to finish first.
The sport grew in popularity throughout the 20s, 30s and 40s but finally hit its stride with the introduction of the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme. For many years, this international body held the honor of proclaiming the world motocross champion. Eventually, however, it was eclipsed by other governing bodies as the sport grew ever popular.
These days, the sport has blossomed and there are four distinct racing categories: FIM Motocross World Championship, AMA Motocross Championship, Motocross des Nationsand the British Motocross Championship. In addition, in the U.S. there is Freestyle, Supermoto, Quadmoto and Supercross. Every one of these distinct varieties of motocross demands a different set of skills, both physical and mental. However, they all demand a ruthless determination to win.
With a burgeoning following that grows every year, motocross is definitely a sport destined for greatness in the 21st century. It combines technological know-how with physical strength and mental dexterity. If you’ve never experienced the thrill of a motocross race and you are a real sports fan, you should definitely check out a race. There’s nothing quite like the noise, the vibration and the crowd at a Motocross event.
If you can’t catch a motocross race in person, try watching it on ESPN2, FUEL-TV or at the X-Games. It is a fascinating sport. You’ll never look back. With these things said, make time in one of your busy weekends, put on the required motocross clothing, pack your friends into the car and head out to see one of the most exciting 21st century sports. You and your friends will not regret or soon forget your motocross experience.
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Heather B loves to watch different sports. She always likes to share the newest and most interesting ones with others.