Senior Thesis Essay on Motocross

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Motocross is one of the most underestimated sports in the world. It is often thought of as an unathletic sport but in reality it is one of the most physically demanding sports in the world. Motocross is a sport with bikes similar to a motorcycle but is raced on dirt with man-made jumps. A typical race contains 20 racers who will race for around 40 minutes. Motocross is physically demanding because the racer is trying to manhandle a 300-pound vehicle while achieving incredibly fast speeds through natural terrain containing chatter, ruts, jumps, and rhythm sections. However, people who have not actually tried motocross seem to believe it is not athletic. In order to fix this common misconception of motocross, knowledgeable individuals of motocross need to advocate for the sport and create awareness displaying true facts and less opinion.

“Moto-cross” is a French word, combing “motorcycle” with “cross country”. The sport of motocross was popularized in Europe during the 50's & 60's, mainly in Western Europe. Most races were held in open fields and pastures, and the best riders were from Europe. Even today, motocross is run outdoors, on natural terrain tracks. The races are longer, typically close to 40 minutes, and the tracks have higher top speeds due to the improvements in both bike and rider capabilities. Currently, the biggest motocross event series in the world is the AMA/FIM Supercross Series, which is primarily a 15 round series in the USA. It is the crown jewel of off-road motorcycling in the world. The sport is also expanding at a rapid pace worldwide. There are now supercross series in many countries, and exciting new series developing in Australia, India, and China.

When it comes to off-road motorcycle racing, there are a number of different variations of the sport. Two of the most well known variations include supercross motorcycle racing and motocross motorcycle racing. For those unfamiliar with the world of off-road racing, it can sometimes be...
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