Evolving from motorcycle racing, Motocross first emerged as a sport in the early 1900s in the United Kingdom. In the late 60s, the sport began to gain popularity in the states. Manufactures continued to make adjustments to the original concept of the motorcycle to provide the motocross riders a better bike for the terrain that they race on. Through the sport the riders race for best time as they travel through rough terrain. The races take place no matter what the weather is like. Since this sport has gained so much popularity in the states we thought that we would look at some of the sports stars. This article will take a look at some of the famous faces behind the sport and discuss what their accomplishments.
Known for his erratic driving style, Ricky Carmichael blazed into the pro motocross world in 1997. In his rookie year he raced both indoor and outdoor. However, he has proven to be more at ease in the outdoor races. Though he struggled with injuries and switching the different class levels, in 2002 he won all 24 motos in the National season. 2006 ended up being another rough season for the star and he was forced to take time off after wrecking at Glen Helen Raceway. In 2007 he returned to a partial motocross career so that he could make the transformation into NASCAR. In his final year in the motocross world, Ricky won 3 Supercross races, 6 outdoor National Championship wins, a winning performance on the X-Games and competed with Team USA at the Motocross Nations in Budds Creek.
Emerging into the racing world in 1989 at the age of 15, Jeremy McGrath is known as the “King of Supercross”. From 1993 to the year 2000 Jeremy won 72250cc main events, and captured 7 250cc SuperCross championships. This era of his wins is often referred to as the “McGrath Era”. After his age caught up to him and a few wrecks in 2003 Jeremy decided to retire. His retirement didn’t last long though as he came back in 2005 to race a limit circuit. In 2007 Jeremy McGrath decided to also join NASCAR.
Another NASCAR racer that got their start in the motocross world is Travis Pastrana. Travis won various races in his motocross career at the 125cc level. In 2002 he then moved up to 250cc but was unable to win a race at the new level. His NASCAR aspirations will not start until later this year because he was in an accident.
All of these guys have shown that there is more to motorcycles than many people think. These guys have shed light on a new past time and helped others follow their dreams. It is important to remember that this sort can still be dangerous, as these three guys have also shown. When deciding to race or allow your child to race, make sure that you have proper motorcycle insurance. You never know what can happen in the blink of an eye on the tracks and it is better to be prepared.