MOTOCROSS IS A PHYSICAL SPORT!
The physical demand of competitive motocross racing is a result of controlling a 200+ pound motocross bike while maintaining top speeds over a rugged and punishing course.
The term “motocross” is a combination of “motorcycle” and “cross country” and traces its origins to British off-road competitions (called “Scrambles”).
The first known Scramble took place at Camberley, Surrey (Southern England) in 1924.
Over the next few decades, British bikes, such as BSA, Norton, Matchless, Rudge, and AJS, dominated the scene with other European makers entering the fray in the 1950′s, including Husqvarna from Sweden, Bultaco from Spain, and CZ from Czechoslovakia.
Similar to the history of street bikes, the Japanese began offering off-road bikes in the 60′s and became a force to be reckoned with in the 1970s, which was also when the sport really started growing in America.
Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, and Yamaha led the way in technology improvements for motocross bikes in the 80′s and became the dominate bikes of choice for the sport, although by the turn of the century, European bike makers have experienced a competitive resurgence, including Husqvarna, Husaberg and KTM.
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