It might surprise some people to find out that Motocross is one of the most accessible motorsports on the planet. Unlike many other forms of bike or car racing MX is relatively cheap and cheerful, and the adrenaline buzz you get from taking part is hard to beat! But what exactly is involved if you want to give this awesome sport a whirl? How hard is it to transform yourself from moto-virgin to fully-fledged Dirt Bike bad-ass? What’s the process? Lucky for, BeMoto motorcycle insurance are here to offer some advice that might just get you started…

Motocross & Off-Road Try Out Days

Before splashing a load of your hard-earned dosh on the latest, greatest bikes and gear we highly recommend that you sign up to one of the many try out days that are available around the UK (and read our A-Z of off-road motorcycling). By doing this you can get a little taster of the sport to make sure it’s right for you before you take the plunge and spend a load of money on all the gear required to ride. You’ll be provided with safety gear, a bike and some tuition to get you going. This really is the best and safest way to dip your toes into the world of motocross. Not only do you get a low-cost, gamble free taster session but in most cases you’ll also get some tuition and pointers from a professional to make sure that you are safe and ready to progress further in the sport.
Here are a few places in the UK where you can do this — most cater for both kids and adults:

  • https://www.washbrookfarmmx.co.uk/tryoutnew.php
  • https://www.moto101.co.uk/collections/hire-me-moto/Motocross-hire-bikes
  • http://www.leedunhamracing.com/what-we-offer
  • http://www.mxtryout.co.uk/
  • https://ktmmxexperience.co.uk/

Which Off-Road Bike To Choose?

Once you know that this fantastic sport is for you, choosing a bike is your next big decision. It’s important to make sure you select the correct bike for you and your skill set. For the parents, it’s even more appropriate to find the right bike for a child’s age, height and strength.

Kids Motocross and Off-Road Bikes

Kids can start racing motocross at six, but four-years-old is normally a good age to start riding. As kids grow at very different rates it’s hard to say exactly what bike your child should be riding at a certain age. It’s not an exact science, but here’s a guide of what to look for…

  • Ages 4 to 6 — Restricted 50cc Auto Bikes. The Yamaha PW50 is generally the best starter bike as its small, easy to ride, can be restricted and there are even stabilisers available! In more recent years kids in this age group have got their start on small electric powered bikes, such as the Oset.
  • Ages 6 to 8 – 50cc Auto Race Bikes. KTM, Husqvarna and GasGas all produce race bikes for the 50cc Automatic class. They have also recently launched an electric bike for this category as well. Both the petrol powered, and the electric powered machines are nippy little things, so it’s important to make sure that your child has a good riding foundation before letting them rip these race machine.
  • Ages 7 to 10 – 65cc Race Bike. KTM, Husqvarna, GasGas, Kawasaki and Yamaha all produce bikes for this class. Obviously, these are slightly more powerful and a little bigger for your growing racers.
  • Ages 8 to 11 – Small Wheel 85cc. KTM, Husqvarna, GasGas, Kawasaki, TM and Yamaha all have bikes in this class. Once again these are a little bigger and more powerful than the previous class. Obviously, this is where kids really start to grow at different rates, so some may stay in this class for longer and some may progress more quickly.
  • Ages 11 to 15 – Big Wheel 85cc. Once again KTM, Husqvarna, GasGas, Kawasaki, TM and Yamaha all have bikes in this class. In the main the machines are exactly the same as the Small Wheel 85 bikes, they just have bigger wheels for the older/taller riders.
  • Ages 14 to 17 — 125cc two-stroke or 250cc four-stroke. KTM, Husqvarna, GasGas, Kawasaki, Yamaha, Suzuki, Honda, Fantic, Beta and TM all have bikes for this class. Although both bikes are the same size the 125cc two-stroke is much lighter and far easier to handle compared to a 250cc four-stroke, so the common route is to race at least one season on the 125 before progressing to the 250. Although some bigger, stronger kids will jump straight onto the four-stroke.

Adult Bikes

With Adult bikes you have the choice of buying a two-stroke or a four-stroke. Two-stroke bikes are generally cheaper to buy and easier to maintain, but they can be a little harder to ride – although some would say they are more fun — due to the way the power is delivered. Four-strokes have a smoother power delivery and most new four-stroke machines (except Suzuki) have electric starts. However, if a four-stroke goes wrong it can be a lot more expensive to fix.

  • Two Strokes – 125cc, 150cc (KTM only), 250cc
  • Four Strokes – 250cc, 350cc (KTM & Husqvarna Only), 450cc

If you’re just starting out we recommend a 125cc two-stroke or 250 four-stroke. These machines are plenty powerful for most people and the sensible choice for a first bike. When buying a bike always ask to see the receipt of purchase from the owner (if you’re not buying from a dealer) and always check that the chassis number is visible on the bike.

Motocross and Off-Road Riding Gear

It’s very important to wear the correct clothing when riding a motocross bike. Any legitimate motocross facilities will refuse you entry to the track if you’re not wearing the correct equipment. The following items are essential: Body Armour — Most body armour is designed to protect you from roost and also offers protection to your body and back if you crash. You can get different types – some that fit over your riding gear and some that fit under your riding gear. If you race, body armour is now a mandatory requirement. Boots – Proper Motocross boots are essential. A Motocross boot will have a smooth sole, a metal toe cap and protection around the ankles. Riding in trainers is a massive no no… Elbow Pads – Although not absolutely essential, I mean you won’t see many pro’s rocking elbow pads, you’ll definitely want some of these when you are starting out. Think knee pads for your elbows! Gloves – Motocross gloves provide protection for the top of your hands and fingers to protect against the roost that you’ll encounter when following other bikes. Goggles – When you ride on a Motocross track generally there will be 30 or 40 other riders sharing the track with you. This means that there will be a lot of mud and stones (aka roost) winging its way towards you as you’re riding around the circuit. This is why you should ALWAYS wear goggles to protect your eyes. You’ll also want to consider some ‘‘tear offs’’ or ‘‘roll offs’’, which are the two main ways of keeping your vision clear whilst riding. They are the closest you’ll get to having windscreen wipers on a motorcycle! Helmet – The more you pay the more protection you’ll get. Helmet technology has improved drastically over the last few years, if you buy the right lid your noggin is more protected than ever before. When it comes to helmets you should never buy second hand and you should always make sure it is ACU approved — it will have a gold ACU sticker on it. You only get one head so make sure you look after it. Jeans – When we say jeans we don’t mean denim! As well as being made of fire-retardant material Motocross jeans generally have built in space for knee pads as well as additional protection. They generally come with a matching top to make you look cool too. There are many brands and designs in the market place to suit your fashion sense and budget! Kneepads / Knee Braces — Knee injuries are common in Motocross so you need to do everything you can to protect yourself. What’s the difference between a knee pad and a knee brace you ask? Well, knee pads are simply designed to reduce the impact to your knee if you fall off (which you will). Whereas knee braces are designed not only to absorb impact but to reduce rotational forces and increase stability of the knee as well. Braces do cost a lot more than standard knee pads, but we highly recommend them if you get into the sport and start racing. Neck Braces – We highly recommend wearing a neck brace. These devices reduce the extreme movement and hyper extension of your neck in a crash. In simple terms they are designed to stop your head moving too far forward, backward and side to side to reduce risk of spinal cord injuries.

Motocross and Off-Road Tracks

The UK has many Motocross tracks spread around the country and there are several resources to help you find them. A typical day’s practice (if you have your own bike and gear) will cost £35 — £40. Here are some online resources to help you find your local track:

  • https://www.goracemx.com/
  • https://dirti.co.uk/what-is-dirti%3F
  • http://motocrosstracks.co.uk/all-tracks/

Racing

You can start racing motocross in the UK from six-years-old, and there is no upper limit.

  • 6-8 years for 50cc Autos
  • 7-10 years for 65cc
  • 9-12 years for 85cc Small Wheels
  • 11-14 years for 85cc Big Wheels
  • 13-17 years for the 125cc 2-stroke only class
  • 14 -17 years for 125cc 2-stroke/250cc 4 stroke classes
  • 18+ Adult

Local Motocross Club Racing

Most people start racing at their local club where there is usually a friendly atmosphere and mix of abilities. Be warned, you may be asked to provide a marshal (someone who holds the safety flags on track), so you’ll probably have to bring a supportive friend or family member with you. Here are three of the main race organisations in the UK where you will be able to find out more information about racing in your local area:

  • ACU — https://www.acu.org.uk/get-involved/starting-motorcross.aspx
  • Nora92 https://nora92.com/
  • AMCA https://www.amca.uk.com/

It’s worth researching which organisation is right for you, particularly if you are an adult as some organisations split the classes by engine size and others split the classes by engine size AND ability of the rider (AMCA).

National Motocross Events

Once you have mastered the local club events you may want to progress to a “National’’ level event. These tend to be held at the best tracks in the country, which attracts the best riders and they also have spectators. Some of these events are for Pro riders only, but most cater for mixed abilities and ages (Kids and Adults). Here are the main National championship in the UK: https://rhlactivities.com/blog/category/british-motocross-championship https://www.mxnationals.co.uk/ https://www.offroadmotorsportuk.com/bridgestone-british-masters https://www.acerbisnationals.co.uk/ https://www.amca.uk.com/motocross/motocross-news/2688-2021-championship-85-125-mx2-mx1-vets-dates

Our Top 5 Motocross Tips

  1. Never ride on your own
  2. Always wear the correct safety gear
  3. Always go to organised practice or race events
  4. If you’re buying a second hand bike avoid well used four-stroke bikes
  5. Insure your bike and keep it safe! – Motorcycle theft is common off road as well as on the road. So make sure you insure your bike, keep it locked up with a ground anchor and don’t show it off on social media!

THE BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO MOTOCROSS RACING SAFETY GEAR
There is a simple rule in racing, dress for the crash, not for the ride.
The more gear you have on the more likely you are to go home sore then to ride in an ambulance.
Motocross racing is not a fashion show. Amateur riders, especially young beginning riders should
be more concerned with wearing as much protection as possible than with looking like Jeremy
McGrath. Buying safety gear is something that a good dealer can really help with. Sizes on gear
vary a great deal and are not always accurate. Dealing locally will allow you to try on stuff before
buying and also can help if there is a warranty problem later .
Helmet. If you have a $10 head, you buy a $10 helmet. This is the single most important piece of
protection you will buy. A helmet should be snug going on and off but not so tight it is uncomfortable.
There are different DOT and SNELL certification ratings rating that dealers can explain to you. A Full-face
helmet offers more protection against both front and side impacts then a helmet with a bolt on mouth
guard. When you strap on the helmet make sure the strap is snug so if you do go down it will come off
easily and you lose your protection
GOGGLEs. These should always be worn. Get used to them when you practice and you will feel naked
with out them later. Try different brands on while wearing your helmet to find the ones that are most
comfortable.
BODY ARMOR. Also known as Chest and Back protectors. It is important to learn to ride with these from
the beginning since they can take some getting used to later. These can help protect from an impact
injury by spreading the impact over a wider area. They also protect from roost (hard clods or small rocks
thrown up from tires) There is a huge selection of makes and models in different colors available in both
body Armor (front and back) and Chest only protectors.
Clothing. Long sleeve shirts are required to race. 100% cotton will be cooler but fades quicker. Racing
pants are not required to race. Jeans are OK to start out in. We do recommend buying some sort of
kneepads. Most dealers sell them to go inside race pants so you will have to buy them eventually
anyway. If you want to know what happens with out kneepads let a friend hit you with a hammer on the
kneecap. Gloves are also recommended. Elbow pads are optional also and are a good idea for beginners.
Boots. To race some sort of boot that covers the ankle is required. When you buy Motocross boots it is
important to take the time to break them in properly. If you try to race with them before they are you will
have a hard time working the controls on your bike which could result in an accident. If you are buying
for your child get them a little big, but not too big, to allow for growth. If you take care of boots they will
last quite awhile and then you can sell them to another rider.
YOUR BIKE OR ATV. It is important to carefully maintain your machine. Inspect it carefully and look for
any sharp edges or protruding bolts that can be eliminated to prevent them from catching on clothing or
injuring a rider. Make sure grips are glued or wired on so that they will not come loose while riding. Keep
control cables lubed. Do not run broken clutch or brake levers because of the sharp point they have.
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JUST FOR PARENTS
Motocross racing is a great sport. It teaches discipline, the importance of preparation, goal setting and
the satisfaction that comes from reaching them as well as dealing with the disappointment of working
hard but coming up short.
Motocross differs from a lot of sports because unlike team sports like baseball, football soccer etc. it is
an individual sport. This can be helpful in teaching young people personal responsibility. If they set a
goal and come up short there is no one else to blame.
As in any sport that involves young people there are parents that sometimes push to hard for success. It
is the classic “Little League Parent Syndrome”
The difference is that if you push to hard in motorsports it can result in your rider and possibly other
riders getting injured. Motocross is hardly as easy as the pro riders make it look. There are skills that
will develop only with time and practice. Besides if you stand on the side of the track and yell at your
rider it is unlikely that they are going to be able to hear much less understand what your are saying.
It is a good idea to step back occasionally and look at racing through your child’s eyes. Remember that
the most important thing in racing is to have fun.
PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT
The best thing that can prepare you for racing is riding. When you go out to ride don’t just ride in circles
all day. There are different things you can do to improve basic riding skills. Practice riding wheelies and
doing power slides. Concentrate on using different controls like the clutch, front and rear brakes etc. so
that you will know their limits. Using the clutch will help you attack corners harder. Proper use of the
brakes will shave seconds off your lap time. While jumping is important in Motocross races are still won
and lost mostly in the corners. Practice corners by doing circles or figure eights to get better with the
clutch, brakes and throttle control. Practice riding berms and ruts to get comfortable in them. Do not
watch your front wheel or you will pop out of the rut or berm everytime. Practice looking further down
the track. This will make you faster and make you a safer rider.
Motocross is kind of like golf and tennis. Learning proper form early will make it easier in the long run.
Keeping the elbows up and learning to stand up on the bike are very important. Learning proper body
position will help you save energy and make you a safer rider because you will be in better control of
your machine and will be able to respond easier to what the bike does when it hits ruts, bumps, and
holes on the track. Watch faster riders when you go to practice and try to copy what they do. Most
experienced riders are happy to offer riding tips because they had help when they were learning. Try to
find someone that is close to your speed, maybe just a little faster and ride with them. Have pretend
races for a set period of time and ride it like a race. Even if you fall off get up and keep riding until the
time is up just like you would in a race.
So now you are ready to race.
Lets start with a list of what you need to bring to the race.
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General Riding gear
Wallet ,(FIND OUT ALL FEES FOR THE EVENT) , AMA Membership cards (IF YOU DO NOT HAVE ONE
GET IT AT THE EVENT), Notarized Birth Certificate (if required)
Helmet, 2 Jersy’s, MX pants, MX socks, Knee pads, Boots, Gloves, Mud gloves*, Goggles,
Extra lenses, Tear offs*, Kidney belt*, Hip pads*, Body armor,
An extra change of street clothes, An extra pair of shoes, Towels, Spray glass cleaner,
Snacks (not junk food), Drinks (sport drinks) Water (for Clean up and drinking), Paper towels,
An umbrella Rain gear/ light jacket or sweatshirt* Lawn Chairs* Elbow pads*
Pen & paper, Track directions, gate times for opening and closing.
Miscellaneous parts and tools
The more parts and tools you have the better your chances of being able to race after a fall. Other
racers are very generous and helpful when another rider has problems but there is not always
time to find someone that has the parts you might need. The items listed below are suggestions of
things you might need:
A good basic tool set, Tire Irons, A patch kit or extra inner tubes. A tire pump, Tire gauge
Extra front brake and clutch levers Chain Lube. Extra clutch and throttle cables* WD 40
An extra clutch lever perch, Carb cleaner, At least 2 extra sparkplugs, a plug wrench, Extra
Master link
Extra air filter and filter oil, Duct tape, Some kind of bike stand, zip ties,
Gas can, Premix oil and mixing cup Electrical tape, Misc extra screws and bolts, Shop rags,
Large trash bags If you did not get one at the front gate coming in ask for one, Lock and chain
for securing bike* Once you start coming to the races ask other riders that ride machines similar
to yours what spare parts they recommend having at the races.
Race day, what to expect.
Above all else expect to be nervous. It is natural. Riders that have been racing for years still get
butterflies on race day. The secret is to accept that it is part of racing. When you go to the track for your
practice get there early so that you won’t feel rushed (check the times on the website). When you are
about to ride concentrate on taking some deep breaths and stretching before going out on the track. Try
to watch as much of thepracticing / racing as you can so that you can see how other riders are doing
different sections and obstacles. When you go out to ride concentrate on not riding over your head. It
doesn’t matter whether you only race a couple of times in your life or if you are a future McGrath you will
only have one first race. It is rare that riders win their first race so just to relax, learn, and have fun.
RACE DAY, WHAT TO DO THE BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO MOTOCROSS RACING
Start the night before by going over your checklist and making sure you have everything organized and
ready to go. Make a list of all things you are taking and enter it into a computer as: Lets go racing. List
all things and if at the event you need something make note of this and add it to the “Lets go racing” list.
This list will have everything from long johns to suntan lotion. On race day load up early so that you
don’t feel rushed. You should already have directions and know how long it should take you to get to the
track.
PIT PASSES: The first thing that you will do when you come into the track is to buy a pit
pass.Everybody will sign the required releases when they come on the grounds. This pit pass us usually
an armband…..you must keep this on till the very last time you are leaving and not coming back. If you
lose it you must purchase another one. If a newsletter is handed out get parked take a few minutes and
read it.
PARKING: Where you park is a personal preference. At most tracks there is parking next to the racetrack.
Some riders look for shade if there is any. Others prefer to be as close to registration as possible. When
you park make sure you are not blocking any driveways or fire lanes, these are usually marked by a row
of fence posts or stakes. If you are like me the quietest place with shade is best so you can bring your
boombox and turn your radio on the fm station that our announcer is on and you can hear when you are
called to practice as a class.
REGISTRATION: Find out where rider registration is located. Riders under 18 years of age must be
accompanied by a parent/guardian or another adult with a notarized statement authorizing them to sign for the
minor. No exceptions. Fill out a registration form and a minor release (if under 18). Be sure to write legibly
and then sign the forms. Do not leave sign-up until the staff has told you your riding number is good. If
someone else has already registered with the same number ,you will be asked to change yours. You will
also be given a practice sticker that needs to be put on your front number plate to practice.
The Practice order will be posted at sign-up so take a pen and paper to make yourself a copy. The race
order will be made up and posted during practice.
After you have signed up go back and unload your bike and set up your pit. Look over your bike and get
it ready for your practice session.
WALK THE TRACK: When you have everything set up walk the racetrack. This will help you relax as well
as learn the track. Take the time to look at the different obstacles. Find a high spot and stand and look at
the track like you are watching a rider go around it while they are racing. This will help you learn the
layout. Take your time.
PRACTICE: About 30-45 minutes before your practice, start getting dressed. Check the gas in your bike
and then warm it up. Ride in first gear to the staging area at the start gate. Do not pull into the staging
lane until it is time for your group. Remember to take some deep breaths to help you relax before going
out on the track.
Use the practice session to learn the track and warm up. Try different lines so you will know what to
expect if you need to take them later. Pay attention to the track flags. Be sure and hold your line (don’t
zigzag) so that faster riders can get past you. Don’t worry about racing with anyone and remember not to
ride over your head.
When you are flagged off the track slow down to 5 mph as you exit. It is easy to go too fast because you
are nervous and have a lot of adrenaline. Calm down and take some deep breaths again. Ride back to
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then go to sign-up and write down the Race order. Watch some of the other groups. The rider’s meeting
will be next.
RIDER’S MEETING: Get somewhere near a PA speaker so that you can hear the rider’s meeting. If there
are any changes in the race order they will be announced. If there are any problems that have come up
during practice they will also be addressed.
Following the riders meeting there will usually be a short break and then a prayer and national anthem.
Riders in the first couple of qualifying races need to work their way to the start gate during the break so
all bikes can be shut off. Riders in bigger classes will either get to pick gates by number draw or sign-up
order.
Start Procedure: When you get up on the starting gate leave your bike shut off until the white flag comes
out for the class racing. Start your bike and make sure the gas is turned on. The start card will go up
with a 2 showing. If you are having problems starting your bike let the card man know by waving your
hand so that you will get two minutes to correct the problem. If everyone is ready the card will be turned
to one. The card man will check down the line again. If everyone is ready there will be a slight pause
then the one will be turned sideways. The gate will fall 2-7 seconds later.
STAGER STARTS: Sometimes if there are several small classes that can be run on the track at the same
time they will be combined and scored separately. If they are very small they leave the gate at the same
time. If there are enough riders than the classes will be stagger started. One class will leave them line,
the gate will be reset and then the second class leaves. Stagger starts are usually marked on the race
order with slash marks ( / ) between the classes. If you are supposed to start with the second group and
you start with the first you will be penalized one lap. Don’t get excited and start with the wrong class.
The second group must be ready when the card goes up for the first group.
QUALIFIERS: At the Indoor events Qualifiers are used to determine gate pick for the mains. If there are
more riders than will fit on the starting gate these qualifiers will be used to narrow the field down to a full
gate. Depending on how many extra riders are in the class there will either be a last chance qualifier or
the extra riders will get to start on the back row. If the class is really big it can be split into two different
divisions and each division will get separate points and awards. The details will be in the race order and
rider’s meeting.
The qualifiers will go very quickly so be sure and keep up so you don’t miss your race.
OUTDOOR MOTOCROSS: The outdoor events are two moto’s that are added together to place as an overall
winning place and the awards are handed out from the final overall. Always check the bullitin board for results
posted on the moto that you just ran. If all the info is right , fine, but if there is a problem with any of the info on
you go to the sign up area and tell the ladies there. All info is kept in computer. When you get your AMA
membership you will have a temp. number that will be different from the card number. Tell the sign up ladies that
your now have a card and the temp number will no longer be used. When you get the AMA card if your name is
William but you want to be announced as Bill join the AMA under the name Bill.
RESULTS: Shortly after your qualifier the results will be posted on the posting board at sign-up. It is
each rider’s responsibility to check the results for errors and notify the score clerk if there is a problem
so it can be corrected. Once the results have been posted for 30 minutes they will be official unless it is
changed because of a protest that came during the protest time. Riders get gate pick for the mains (or
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Mains: The mains , or overall finish ,are what count for awards and series points. After the mains the
results will be posted on the board just like for the qualifiers. There is a 30 minute protest time for the
mains also.
AWARDS: The location that the awards will be handed out will be announced at the rider’s meeting.
Please check the posted results before coming to pick up your awards so that if there is a mistake it can
be corrected. No awards will be given out until the protest time for a class has expired. The number of
awards given out should be posted. GENERAL RACE RULES
These rules are enforced at most tracks. Additional rules will be posted at events.
Rules vary for different tracks and promoters. Ask promoters for clarification.
PIT RIDING: Riders are allowed to ride their machines to and from the starting gate at 5 MPH. Absolutely
no pit racing or burnouts will be tolerated. You will receive no further warning, You will be asked to leave
the facility with no refund. This includes pit bikes. Please observe “NO MOTORCYCLES, ATVS, OR
BICYCLES IN THIS AREA” signs. Bicycles should also be ridden with caution in the pit area. This is one
rule that needs to be taken very seriously because it will be enforced at events. Parents should make
sure their children understand this rule and they know how fast 5 mph is.
SAFETY FLAGS: Yellow flags mean there is a problem on the track and you should be in control of your
machine and look for the problem so you can avoid it. Watch the flaggers to see if they are directing you
to one side of the track. Passing is allowed under the yellow Flag. If a Red Cross flag is out then there is
a problem on the track that is causing a hazard or a rider is receiving assistance. Riders must slow to 5
mph and no passing is allowed through the area where the flag is being displayed. If you exceed 5 mph,
pass another rider, or endanger or hit a track worker, EMT, or a downed rider you will be penalized.
Penalties vary from a stop and go or being docked positions to disqualification for more serious
violations. This rule is to protect you and your fellow riders and will be strictly enforced. Parents of
young riders please explain this very carefully to them so they will know what the different flags mean.
CUTTING THE TRACK: If a rider leaves the marked, designated track for any reason they must go back
and enter at the point they exited the track, or a point before or they can be penalized a minimum of one
position. The worse the infraction the more positions they can be penalized.
UNSPORTSMAN LIKE BEHAVIOR: This includes dirty riding, fighting, use of profanity, obscene gestures
etc. Violators can be penalized, including disqualification and being suspended from racing our series. If
another rider tries to start a fight do whatever you have to do to get away and notify the Referee
immediately. Riders are responsible for the actions of their pit crew and family.
Use of alcohol and/or drugs by participants while riding will absolutely not be tolerated at our events. If
you are coming to the track to party then stay home or go to a bar. If you see a competitor violating this
rule please bring it to the staff’s attention so the problem can be addressed before it results in an
accident.
IF YOU do fall down: If you go down on your bike or atv and are not hurt your number one concern is to
get off the racetrack. If your bike is in the middle of the track move it before trying to restart it so you will
not get hit by another rider or block the race track. Do not wait on the track crew to move your bike or
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start it for you. Their number one priority is to let the other riders know there is a problem and to keep
you from getting hit.
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Hopefully this will give you enough basic information about racing that when you get ready to try it you will be
able to concentrate on the most important things, having fun and riding safe. If you have additional questions
please contact Victory Sports or one of the sponsoring dealers
A few extra tips that might be helpful
Learn to service your own air filter. This and being consistent with your premix are the two most
important things you can do to keep your bike running trouble free.
Loosen your front brake and clutch lever mounts enough that you can hit them with your hand to pivot
them on the handlebars but tighten them enough they will not move around while you are riding. This
can help keep the brackets from breaking if you fall.
If you bend a lever take it off and put it on a hard flat service and tap it with a hammer to straighten it.
Replace it with a new one as soon as you can and keep the other one as a spare.
Do not fill your gas tank completely up. A full tank will last 35-45 minutes of riding. Running a third of a
tank should be enough for a 12-15 minute race and will save as much as 10 pounds of extra weight.
Experiment when you are out practicing and mark a level to fill to for racing.
Tire pressure can make a big difference in how your bike will hook up. Talk to other riders to see what
they are running for each track, different track conditions, and tire compounds.
If it is muddy spray WD 40, silicone spray, or Pam cooking spray on your plastic and riding gear. This
will help the mud fall off and make clean up easier. DO NOT spray on your seat or gas tank. You will slide
all over and will not be able to grip the gas tank with your legs like you should.
SEE YOU AT THE RACES! Motocross is a highly challenging and exciting sport. After watching the exhilarating action on television and social media, you might want to get involved. These are the things you need to get started in this thrilling sport. First, you’ll need to make sure that you get the right safety gear. You’ll need a helmet, jersey, pants, gloves, goggles, and boots. Then, you’ll be able to start practicing and perfecting your skills. It will often take a few months before you can test your skills at a race. If you’re just starting your journey it’s common to feel both excited and nervous. There are a few things you need to know to make sure that you will be able to stay safe.

How do you Get into Motocross?

The best way to introduce yourself to the sport is to attend events and to try a bike for yourself. This will let you get the hang of how it feels to be on the bike. If you like the experience, you can learn more about the sport. Motocross is a very welcoming community. They are always happy to welcome new people into the fold. When you are deciding whether it’s a good time to get involved in the sport, there are a few places where you might want to start. The best way to explore whether motocross is right for you is by attending an event. There are a few reasons why this is so important. First, it will allow you to get an insight into what the sport of motocross is about. Most people will be happy to talk you through the events. This can be a great way to learn some of the rules. If you are interested in motocross, you might want to attend a day that will let you try out the bikes for yourself. Many clubs will hold these throughout the day. This can let you learn the basics, without needing to buy the equipment. You’ll often be paired with a more experienced rider, to make sure that you don’t accidentally hurt yourself.

What’s a Good Age to Start Learning Motocross?

Though it’s easiest to learn the skills when you are younger, people of all ages will be able to participate in motocross. In most cases, physical fitness will be a more important factor than how old the rider is. For many people, one of the biggest reasons why they avoid getting into motocross is because they are worried that they will be too old. However, you shouldn’t allow these fears to hold you back. Younger people will indeed find the sport easier to pick up. Typically, the athlete in televised contests will be under 30. But older people still have a place in the sport. Many competitions will have a range of ages that can compete. For example, it’s common for people over 60 to be able to compete. The biggest concern is the risk of injury. The older you get, the longer it will take for you to recover from a serious injury. However, as long as you ride sensibly and have the right safety gear, your chances of being on the receiving end of a serious crash will dwindle greatly. If you’re planning on learning Motocross as an older individual, it’s a good idea to take private lessons. This will ensure that you master the technique. It’s also important to make sure that you start slowly. As your skills grow, you’ll be able to take on more complex jumps and technical tracks. In most cases, your physical fitness levels will be the biggest factor that will determine how easy it will be to pick up Motocross. You’ll need to be physically able to steer the bike around the course. You’ll also need to deal with the pressures associated with performing the stunts. Because of this, Motocross can be a great way to stay in shape.

Is Motocross Expensive?

Motocross requires more equipment and safety gear than other sports. Because of this, you might need to pay between $2,000 to $20,000. Motocross is one of the more expensive sports that you can take part in. As we’ll discuss later, you’ll need to purchase a lot of equipment for Motocross. However, the biggest expense will be the bike. It’s often best to spend a little more to purchase a high-quality piece of machinery that will be able to last for a long time. Another often overlooked expense is the costs associated with entering the races. In most cases, you’ll need to pay an entry fee. You might also need to pay a membership to join the club. In most cases, you’ll need to pay either yearly or monthly fees. We’ll discuss membership a little later. Once you add these costs, you’ll need to be prepared to pay between $2,000 to $20,000. Though the costs can seem extensive, especially if you’re planning on racing competitively. However, there are a few ways to make the expenses more manageable. One of the best is getting sponsored. Risk Racing offers a lot of sponsorships, to apply just follow this link.

What Should I Wear when Riding?

There are a few important pieces of safety equipment that you’ll need to wear when taking place in Motocross. First, you’ll need to wear a helmet. You’ll also need to get some goggles, a jersey and pants, and a pair of gloves. While this can sound like a lot of equipment, it’s essential to make sure that you’re safe. When you’re a beginner, you’ll likely fall off the bike, possibly at high speed. Every Motocross rider has had this experience at some point. To make sure that you are kept safe, you must have the right equipment. Let’s investigate some of the things to look for when deciding what safety gear you should purchase.

What Should I Look for in a Motocross Helmet?

Before buying a motocross helmet, you should always check that it fits properly. It’s also important to check that the helmet provides plenty of protection without getting too heavy. One of the most important pieces of safety gear is your helmet. If you have a fall, you’ll want to make sure that you can take a bump on the head. Because of this, the first thing that you’ll need to check is that it meets the safety requirements. If you’re in the United States, you’ll need to check these standards with the Department of Transportation (DOT). However, for many dirt bike riders, the most important check is to get a helmet that has SNELL approval and is MIPS certified. These tend to be the safest on the market. To meet the safety regulations, it will need to have a lot of padding. This will help absorb the impact when you have a crash. However, too much padding might make the helmet too heavy. This can have an impact on your performance on the track. It might make you tired while you’re riding. To check that this won’t happen to you, check how heavy the helmet is in the product specifications. The next most important thing to check is the way that the helmet fits. If it’s too loose, you will feel it shifting during the race. This will cause you to lose your concentration. More importantly, it won’t offer you any protection. If it’s too tight, it will reduce your range of motion. To make sure that your helmet fits properly, you’ll usually need to try it on yourself. Because of this, you might need to purchase it in-store. If buying online, make sure that you’re using a trusted retailer. Check the returns policy to make sure that you’ll be able to send it back if it doesn’t fit properly. Finally, it’s also important to make sure that you get a cool design on the helmet. Though this doesn’t have any bearing on the way that it works, it’s always a bonus to look cool during the race.

What Should I Look for in Motocross Gloves?

When shopping for Motocross gloves, you should make sure that you get a pair that makes you feel comfortable. It’s also important to check that they will be durable enough to deal with the rough conditions. When you’re riding, you’ll need to get a good pair of gloves. They will be able to protect your hands from debris. They’ll also make sure that you can maintain your grip on the handlebars. The materials used will determine the quality of the gloves. You want to get something that will be soft and flexible enough to be comfortable. But you’ll also need to get something that will be tough enough to protect your hands during a fall. Because of this, you might want to try them on. It’s also important to make sure that you purchase from a trusted brand, like Risk Racing, so you know that they offer plenty of protection. Like other pieces of gear, it’s good to get something with a cool design. Though it won’t serve any functional purpose, a cool design will help you get more credibility on the track. Risk Racing offers many gloves that are sure to make other riders envious. You might also want to consider changing the grips on your dirt bike. This will make it easier for you to get a good hold. A good grip should also be strong and durable, to survive any crashes. They should also stay on the bike without you having to wire them in place. The Risk Racing Fusion 2.0 Moto Grips have been designed specifically for Motocross and will be an excellent choice.

How Can I Find Good Motocross Goggles?

There are a few things to keep in mind when buying goggles. First, you’ll want something that will be adjustable. You’ll also need to make sure that they offer good ventilation, to prevent fogging. Next, you’ll need to find the right tear-off system to keep your vision clear while you’re racing. One of the most important pieces of equipment is your goggles. The Motocross course can often get wild. Roost will be churned up by the tires. Without eye protection, you WILL get this debris hurled into your eyes. There are plenty of types of goggles on the market. However, they won’t all be a good choice. To make sure that your goggles will be suitable, you’ll need to make sure that they will be compatible with your helmet. In most cases, there will be adjustable straps. This makes it easy for you to get them tight enough to compete. Next, you’ll need to make sure that the goggles are comfortable. You’ll want to make sure that you get some good ventilation. This will ensure that they don’t fog up during the race. You might want to check what the inside of the goggles are made of. In some cases, there might be some padding, which will allow you to wick away the sweat. The J.A.C. goggles by Risk Racing will deliver a wide field of vision while remaining comfortable. You’ll also want to find goggles that offer high visibility. To check this, you’ll need to look at the lenses. In this case, there are a few things that you might need to consider. First, you’ll need to make sure that you’re getting the right lenses. It’s a good idea to look for high contrast. In some cases, you might be able to find interchangeable lenses. This will let you swap the lenses in and out, depending on the circumstances that you are facing. It’s also important to consider the way that you’ll deal with the mud that lands on your goggles during the race. There are a few ways that you can do this. First, you can get a tear-off style. In this case, you’ll need to reach up and tear off these layers during the race. However, these models tend to have a big flaw. They require you to take your hand off the grip. During a big race, this can be a very dangerous move. If you need to slow down, it can cost you track position. You can also risk losing your concentration. Even upgrading to a roll-off system still requires you to take a hand up to your face to pull the cord. Thankfully, there is an alternative. The Ripper from Risk Racing adds a button on the handlebar. When you need to have your vision cleared, you simply hit a button, next to your left side grip. This will wirelessly trigger a mechanism in the goggles, advancing the roll-off material. This occurs very quickly. It will take less than one second to clear your vision. If something goes wrong, you have a cord you can pull manually. The Ripper can be attached to most goggles and roll-off setups.

What Type of Body Armor do I Need for Motocross?

You’ll need to make sure that you get a set of gear when riding Motocross. This will consist of a jersey and pants. It’s important to make sure that there is plenty of padding, especially around the elbows and knees. When riding, you’ll want to wear some gear. This will reduce the risk that you get hurt on the track. There are a few layers of protection that you should have. First, you’ll need to get a good jersey and pants. These will help protect your arms and legs from scratches. They must have good ventilation, ensuring that you don’t get too hot when riding. You don’t want anything too tight, as this will restrict your movement. These jerseys and pants from Risk Racing fit the bill. Next, you may want to get some padding. A good start would be to get elbow and knee pads. You might also want to wear a chest protector. These will protect the sensitive areas of your body, keeping you safe on the bike. Though this gear might seem a little uncomfortable at first, you’ll get used to it over time. More than that, this type of protection outweighs the bit of uncomfortability you may experience to start.

What Type of Boots Should I Get for Motocross?

You’ll also need to get some excellent boots. You’ll want to get something that will be tough enough to protect you during a crash. You’ll also want to look for boots that offer a comfortable fit. When you are riding, your feet will be one of the areas that are at the highest risk for injury. A good pair of boots will be able to protect you from getting your ankle twisted or broken. Because of this, you’ll want to make sure that you have a strong pair of boots. When picking what boots you are going to use, the fit is the most important factor. If it’s too loose, it will be sliding around on your feet when you’re on the track. If they are too tight, they can often be uncomfortable. To find the right fit, you might need to try on multiple pairs. When you’re trying on boots, make sure that you can move your ankle smoothly, but they should be stiff around the ankle. This is to protect you in a crash and increases your chances of staying out of the ER. It’s also important your boots aren’t too heavy. If they are, they can affect your technique during the race. This can suck your concentration. It might also affect your posture, making it harder to learn the correct technique.

How do You Start Motocross?

There are a few things that you’ll need to do to start Motocross. First, you’ll need to hone in your skills. This will allow you to learn the right technique. Then, you’ll need to put your skills to the test by entering races. Once you’ve got all the safety gear, you’ll be itching to get on the course and put it to the test. This is the beginning of your adventure into the world of Motocross. However, you must start your journey the right way. This will give you the skills and confidence you need to take on racing. Let’s look at how you can start Motocross.

What’s the Best Way to Practice Motocross?

The way that you practice Motocross is very important. When you’re starting, you might want to get a coach. They will be able to work with you to improve your technique. It’s also important to start preparing for racing. This will let you get more confident on the course. After you get all the safety gear in place, you’ll want to begin learning how to race Motocross. However, you must learn the right technique. This will lower the risks that you will hurt yourself. It will also allow you to get faster around the track, giving you a better chance of winning. Because of this, it can be worth paying for a coach or getting a training partner. They will be able to watch you ride and offer ways that you can improve. At first, this will be about how you’ll be able to improve your technique. Later, though, they will be able to help you improve your speed around the track. This is especially important if you’re planning on racing competitively. Having this kind of support can also encourage you to work harder when you’re practicing, improving your performance on the track. However, you will also need to make sure that you’re preparing to race. The best way to do this is by replicating the race conditions at home. There are a few simple ways that you can do this. First, you can invite some friends round for some friendly races. You can also attend practice days at your local track. This will get you used to riding with other people. The start is the most important part of the race. If you don’t get a good position at the start, you’ll be stuck playing catch-up. To practice your starts at home you can use this Holeshot Race Gate. This will let you work on your reaction times. Like the real gates, this will drop randomly, forcing you to be on your guard. Finally, you’ll need to get used to caring for your dirt bike. If you don’t keep it in good condition, there is the risk that you will have a mechanical issue during the race. This can cause you to lose valuable track condition or have an accident. Even worse, you’ll end up getting embarrassed in front of other Motocross enthusiasts. A great addition can be this stand, which you can sit your bike on while you spend countless nights working on it.

Do you need a Membership to Start Motocross?

You don’t need to join a club to enjoy Motocross. You’ll be able to get access to training facilities. In some cases, you might need to be a member to take part in certain races and events. There are plenty of Motocross clubs across the country. You can use the internet to find one close to your home. You don’t need to join a club to enjoy Motocross, but it does help. You’ll be able to use their track and facilities for training. You’ll also be able to connect with other racers, who can help you grow and learn new skills. In some cases, there might be competitions held exclusively for members. Even if you don’t want to pay a membership fee, you will need to pay to compete. These costs will cover things like renting the venue and providing equipment.

How Long Does It Take To Learn Motocross?

How long it takes you to learn will often depend on the amount of time you can dedicate to practicing. Most people will be able to pick up the basics in a few sessions. However, it might take you a few months before you can do some of the more complicated tricks. One of the most common questions that beginners ask is how long it will take until they can get racing. That’s understandable. It’s one of the most exciting parts of Motocross. But, it’s essential to put in the practice to build your skills first. Otherwise, the result won’t be one that you will be stoked on. It’s a good idea to try to dedicate a few hours each week to practice. The more time you can spend on the bike, the better you will become. In most cases, it will take a while before you’re able to land jumps properly. During each session, make sure to work on improving one aspect of your performance. For example, you might want to dedicate a few hours to practice starts. If you do this, you’ll find that your skills are slowly but surely improving. The most important factor that will decide whether you succeed in Motocross isn’t your raw talent, it’s your attitude. Everyone will have setbacks and crashes. The most important thing is how you deal with them. As long as you don’t give up, you’ll be able to make yourself into a successful rider over time.

Final Thoughts

Motocross is an exciting sport. Its fast-paced action has attracted people from around the world. The good news is that you are never too old to learn how to compete. To keep yourself safe, you’ll need to get the right safety equipment. You’ll also need to make sure that you’re learning the right technique. As long as you’re willing to put in the work, you’ll be able to become a successful Motocross racer. So, try this sport for yourself and see how much fun Motocross can be.


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