MOTOCROSS RACES TO POPULARITY
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Motocross may not be the most popular sport out there, but for some it is one of the most exiting.
“I live to ride, and ride to live” said junior James Arbios
Fast speeds, high jumps, and unpredictable wins make motocross enjoyed by many.
“I wouldn’t like motocross that much if it wasn’t so intense and risky. The danger from the speeds and jumps is what makes it fun and what makes you push harder” said senior Preston Danford.
While motocross can be intense and dangerous, it can also be enjoyed by anyone interested in the sport.
Riders have to be in their best shape and state of mind to overcome the hardships and injuries. One slip of a rider’s focus can cause a lot of pain and suffering. One crash can put anyone out for the rest of the season, or in some cases life.
New riders start out in a beginner class, and after outperforming in races, they move up to C class. This is the class where most racers start to get committed, most get sponsored by big companies.
The next and highest class is class A. This is the hardest class to advance to because it takes extreme skill and the racers on the podium are some of the fastest in the district. This is the top class, once you get here you either go pro or go home. Riders who are in the top 5 every race tend to go to arenacross, some even skipping all the way to AMA supercross.
Riders in the A class are sponsored by some of the biggest companies possible. Some get sponsored by their bike companies, Honda, Suzuki, Kawasaki, Yamaha, or KTM.
Motocross is an extremely expensive sport.
Racers need to be able to buy gear, parts for their bikes, tires, fluids, and track entry fees. Sponsors help minimize the cost of everything, having more time to focus on what’s ahead.
Motocross is a big part of sophomore Gunnar Hatzenbiler’s life. He goes to practice or race every weekend. Hatzenbiler is in the 450 C class with his Kawasaki KX250f, moving up to a KX450f soon.“Motocross is the greatest thing that’s ever happened to me and I want to be the greatest thing that ever happened to it” said Hatzenbiler.
The supercross season is one race from over, Las Vegas. This is the biggest race of the year and the winner of this race wins a one million dollar award. With top riders like Villopoto out with a twisted knee, and Dungey who had been off the bike for too long, the racers who have a chance are Andrew Short, Ken Roczen, Davi Millsaps, and Justin Brayton.
A guess of the win will be hard, these riders are all in good shape physically and mentally.
The wrap of the supercross season will bring the beginning of the outdoor motocross season. The first race of the outdoor seasons is at Hangtown on May 13, and it’s outside of Sacramento, near Folsom.
“It’s going to be an exciting year. There a lot of fast guys and a lot of guys coming back from injuries so it will be interesting to see how they stack up” said Danford.