Updated: Oct 18
Motocross seems to have lost its way at the grassroots level,
unless you have been doing it for a long time or you were born into a family that has its not an easy sport to get into.
You have pee wee tracks for little kids on their 50's and then you have full blown MX or SX tracks. What does the 13yr old or adult beginner on a big bike do? They have to go on the big track on a practice day with 40 other riders running hot laps? That's a pretty intimidating learning environment, not to mention unsafe. this keeps potential riders away.
Motocross has evolved very similar to Nascar racing. The vehicles being used are very high tech advanced race machines.
But in Motocross it's not just at the pro level, The bikes being used at the Amateur and local level are very advanced also, I would argue that they are better than 95% of the people interested in the sport of Motocross need.
The refined bikes being Raced these days are easy to ride and very easy to go fast on, they are great!
but they have considerably raised the speeds and the size of the jumps, but raising the speeds has also increased the severity of the injuries.
A friend of mine that has raced for many years describes the modern bikes as more like riding a street bike on dirt.
Vs how dirt bikes used to be.
(I don't know if that makes sense to you but it does to me)
Just about any kid can jump on a powerful 250f grab a handful of throttle and clear every jump on the track,
but do you want your kid to be next to him in the air
When the inevitable mistake comes?
Sometimes not it may not even be your own mistake someone could bump you, causing you to crash.
Not to mention that in this sport we all know we are going to crash at some point and the regularity and severity of the injuries these days would back up the fact that the speeds have gotten too fast.
So what do we do to fix it ?
When people want to try out Car racing do they Start out in a Nascar?
The Easy fix in motocross is to Make more options less powerful options (for adults) adding options not taking anything away.
And give them separate classes. separate classes are a must. nobody wants to try to race slow bikes against fast bikes, (or race against new bikes on an old bike) That's not fun, but racing others on equal equipment is fun, even if they are slow. In Fact sometimes it's more fun to ride a slow bike fast than it is to ride a fast bike slow.
If There was a XR100 Type bike preferably with a little better suspension and a little lighter than they are now, That would be an excellent race bike and class for older kids and even adults Just getting Started some may even enjoy it and not want to move up, some people like a bike they can fully put through its paces and feel like they have mastered it.
Others will want more power and want to move up but either way it's an area that is completely void and missing Right now and was an option in the 1970's and nobody purposely ended it the bikes just evolved, in hindsight They could have separated it and kept a class just for these type of bikes. We could also do it now and I do believe this would help the sport grow.
I have done a great amount of research into the history of Motocross.
I have always had a desire to work in the motorcycle industry I have done a great amount of research into the history of Motocross
and I want to have a sit-down conversation with people in the industry.