UPDATE: Nov. 2014 – Until further notice our carrier(s) is/are no longer underwriting motocross sports/MX. We are working hard to provide you with another A-rated carrier and the same level of superior protection as in the past. Contact us for any news on motocross coverage.
We have an awesome time connecting with a new group of our guests who totally are in-love with revving up their engines doing motocross adventures in and outside the U.S. Did you know that motocross first developed in the UK (United Kingdom) from trials completions dating back to 1906? The extremely delicate balancing and strict scoring of trials was done away with in favor of a race to be the fastest and first to the finish line.
Originally it was called “scrambles”, which originated in the phrase, “a rare old scramble”. One of the first scramble race took place at Camberley, Surrey England in 1924. It was in the 1930s though that the sport grew in popularity, especially in Britain, where teams from the British motorcycle manufacturers competed in the events.
Off-road bikes from the old era were almost no different from those used on the street. Over time the competition led to technical improvements in motorcycles due to necessity of the rough terrain raced on.
Wikipedia has some additional information which fits in with our discussion here on the motocross sport:
Rigid frame bikes gave way to suspensions by the early 1930s, and swinging fork rear suspension appeared by the early 1950s, several years before they appeared on the majority of production street bikes. The post WWII period was dominated by BSA (Birmingham Small Arms Company) who had emerged as the largest motorcycle company in the world. In 1952, motorcycling’s international governing body, the FIM, created an individual European Championship using a 500 cc engine displacement formula. In 1957 it was upgraded to World Championship event. By 1962, a 250 cc world championship was created. It was the smaller 250 cc category where manufacturers of two-stroke motorcycles took over due to their lighter weight and agility. By the 1960s, advancements in two-stroke engine technology largely displaced the the heavier, four-stroke machines in competition.
A Suzuki bike claimed the first world championship in 1970. The very first first stadium motocross event was held in 1972 at the Los Angeles Coliseum. Then in 1975, a 125 cc world championship was introduced. European riders continued to dominate throughout the 1970s but, in the 1980s, American riders had caught up and began to win international competitions.
While motocross racing is certainly an exciting form of motorcycle racing consisting of a windy dirt trail with hills, jumps, sharp turns and sometimes muddy terrain, it can also be full of risk and uncertainty as well. Some of these uncertainties could be broken collar bones, wrists, AC joint sprains and ruptures and broken ankles to name just a few. While common sense would dictate that one can mitigate some risk though the use of helmets, neck braces and other common safety equipment. It’s impossible to eliminate all of it.
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