Vroooommm!!! Let's get ready to ride! Well, here we go! Dirt bike riding can be fun and exciting. There are many different types of dirt biking on and off the road. Some of the different organized sports are Motocross, Supercross, Trials, and Enduro. Dirt bikes are built differently then regular motorcycles. Dirt bikes are built to handle rough treatment like riding up steep hills and through mud. Now let's take a ride and learn about the history of dirt bike riding. Dirt bike riding first started in England when people used to race each other through the woods. The first six day trial race was held in England in 1913. Later, a group of riders got together and formed a new race. This new race was called a scramble. Scramble is now called Motocross. After WW II, Motocross became popular in the United States. Motocross is a race through rough and hilly woods. The track is 1 ¼ mile long and riders go for approximately 20 laps. There are about 40 riders per race. In 1972, the American Motorcycle Association established a formal series of races. This brought more interest to the sport. But it didn't become as popular as it is today until the AMA tried setting up a temporary track in Daytona. This made it easier for the audience to watch. Today millions of people watch championships on TV. Supercross is the stadium version of motocross. It is a race on artificial materials and sand in a super bowl stadium. This is how it got its name. It was first started in the United States in the 1970's. There is another dirt bike race called trials. Trials can be from 3 miles to 100 miles long. Trials may be help outside or inside. They contain tricky obstacles and are broken down into sections. The rules in a trial race are that you cannot put your foot down on the ground and you cannot stop. You may only rest in between sections. There is even another type of racing called Enduro. An Enduro is a long...
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