Undoubtedly, motocross is the most
famous off road speciality worldwide:
it has more fans, more professionals
and more amateur bikers than the
others, and it is known in everycontinent. This is a speed contest
which takes place in a dug up circuit
full of holes, bumps, jumps, uphill and
downhill sectors and several other
obstacles. Therefore, besides being
avery spectacular competition,
this motorcycle activity demands
specially designed motorbikes and
a great deal of talent and training from the rider.
After inventing the famous Tourist Trophy, theBritish were the first to make an off road sporting use of the motorcycle, as far back as in 1908 they organised the first trial competitions on a long distance path. Nevertheless, motocross, as areal distinct category, had to wait until the end of the first World War to see the light: the first such race was organised in 1919, it was called “scramble” and it took place in south Scotland. Nowonder, then, that the first top riders came from the British school, but when in 1952 the first European Championship was organised, though with only the 500 c.c. category and which was later turnedinto the World Championship, north European riders, such as Belgians and Swedish, became protagonists and won a great number of titles. As years went by, motocross became ever more “international”;as a result of this, American, Japanese and Italian riders have been able to achieve the World Title. Motocross activity ranges from World competitions to local and amateur contests: every Sunday,worldwide, roughly a thousand races take place, involving a real “army” of riders.
Even though these competitions differ a lot from one another for level of difficulty and ability of the riders, theyshare what is really important, that is the feelings only motocross can convey, the riders’ determination and the fans’ participation. Whether it is top riders (whose ability to combine style with a...