The sport of motocross is an adrenaline rush for racers and spectators alike. Originating in the U.S. in the 1960s, motocross has come a long way from its humble beginnings. Now the sport is enjoyed around the world, as fans have fallen in love with the high speeds and amazing aerial maneuvers displayed by professional motocross riders. Though the U.S. is still the epicenter of the sport and draws the best riders from around the world, it is now a global sport with events held almost everywhere. Here is a rundown of the biggest motocross events of the 2013 season.
Supercross is the most popular of all motocross racing. Every year, the world’s best riders meet at stadiums across the U.S. to tackle the most challenging racing courses the world has to offer. Thousands of spectators fill baseball and football stadiums to watch their favorite riders fly through the air and compete in bar-to-bar motorcycle action.
The Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series starts out West in California each and every year. Though Anaheim hosts three Monster Energy Supercross Series races each year, the most famous Supercross race takes place at the famous Daytona Speedway. As the only Supercross race to not take place in a traditional stadium, the Daytona Supercross is held in the infield of the gigantic Daytona oval. The additional seating provided by the Daytona Speedway comes in handy, as thousands of Bike Week tourists flock to the grandstands to catch a glimpse of the exciting action.
The AMA (American Motorcycle Association) National Motocross Series is the pinnacle of motocross racing. The racing series starts almost immediately after the AMA Supercross Series wraps up in the beginning of May. Similar to Supercross, the AMA Nationals start out West with the California tracks and makes its way east every weekend. With the world’s best motocross racers participating in every race, no one race is more significant than the other. However, since southern California is the birthplace of the sport, the California races draw the most diehard fans of the sport.
Since the very beginnings of the sport, the Motocross des Nations has been the most significant motocross race each year. Unlike other motocross events, the Motocross des Nations is a team event where the best racers from countries around the world compete against each other in each motocross class for national pride. From the inception of the sport, the U.S. has consistently produced the best riders. However, Belgium and France have given the U.S. riders a run for their money on more than one occasion.
It is not yet clear who will participate in the 2013 Motocross des Nations or where exactly it will be held. Taking place in the fall, after the completion of the 2013 racing season, everyone must wait until the racing season wraps up before determining who this year’s racers will be. U.S. fans of the sport are clamoring for the opportunity to cheer on their favorite riders on U.S. soil, but time will tell how this year’s event will unfold.
Motocross is without a doubt the most exciting sport on the planet. Professional motocross events take place around the globe, but the U.S. is home to the world’s best riders and hosts the biggest races in the industry. This year’s motocross events are shaping up to be more exciting than ever before, so check your calendars and get ready for some exhilarating motocross action.
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Glenn Curtis is an automotive and advance diesel motorsports blogger.