The United States has a long and proud history of automotive racing, from its origins in bootlegging to NASCAR and beyond. When it comes to racing, though, four-wheeled vehicles don’t have a monopoly on fun — the American tradition of motocross is alive and well, kicking up dust across the country 9 months of the year.
Professional motocross has been around for practically a century. One of the first recorded motocross races can be traced back to France in 1924, but it wasn’t long before the sport attracted American daredevils in droves. It would take a few decades for pro MX championships to make it to US soil, but when they did, the American Motorcycle Association Motocross Championship was born in 1972.
These early races would have a 500cc class and a 250cc class, featuring talent pulled from American moto racers competing in international MX tournaments. a 125cc class would be added just two years later and these classes would remain unchanged until 1994, when new and more powerful engine types would see the AMA redesign these classes. Then, in 1996, a Women’s MX category was added, thanks to the soaring popularity of motocross in the US.
The AMA 2018 Motocross Championship runs from May to August every year, featuring 12 tournaments ranging from the season opener, the Hangtown Motocross Classic in Sacramento, California to the final race of the year, the Ironman National in Crawfordsville, Indiana. These exciting events take place in open-air dirt track arenas packed with tens of thousands of roaring crowds.
Meanwhile, there’s something for MX fans to do in the off-season as well. From January to May and then finishing in October, the 2018 AMA Supercross Championship season is in high gear. Taking place exclusively in indoor arenas, these events have been called “the Super Bowl of Motocross”, these events arejust as action-packed as their outdoor cousins in locations such as Anaheim, California’s Angel Stadium to Las Vegas, Nevada’s Sam Boyd Stadium.
Pro MX tournaments, whether they’re held in outdoor arenas or indoor ones, are the best of both worlds for motocross fans. They’ve been a staple of American automotive racing history since 1972 and they show no signs of slowing down any time soon. Featuring top racers and agile, powerful machines getting down and dirty, motocross is good, clean fun.
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