Saturday, August 19th, 2017

The History of Supercross Motorcycle Racing

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The History of Supercross Motorcycle Racing

Motorcycle racing evolved almost as soon as motorcycles were available for sale. However, that type of motorcycle racing is different from most of the races that take place today. In the past, motorcycle racing was like most other forms of racing. It often took place on flat tracks. Motorcycle racing first began on dirt tracks. Aftertime, those dirt tacks became asphalt tracks. When you think about it, in a way, motorcycle racing has somewhat returned to its roots.

Although motorcycle races have changed since the past, it is important to know that those old racing styles still exist today. All across the country, the world for that matter, motorcycle racing takes place on all different racing surfaces. Flat track racing still exists today and it is still fairly popular; however, racers, as well as fans wanted something more. They wanted excitement; thus, supercross motorcycle racing was born.

When it comes to the history of supercross motorcycle racing, it is often difficult to pinpoint its exact date of birth. Supercross racing is a variation of motocross racing. The only difference between the two is that motocross races tend to take place outdoors, while supercross racing events are mostly held indoors. In the early seventies, motocross racing started taking the world and racing fans by storm. The only problem with motocross racing was that it was held outdoors, often in rural areas. This largely limited the number of fans who could enjoy a motocross event; therefore, the switch was made to indoors.

The first supercross racing event was held in the Los Angeles Coliseum. Although, at the time, it was not officially known as supercross racing. A comparison was made by the racing promoter. That comparison was between motocross and the Superbowl; for that reason, the supercross name was used. Supercross and motocross still exist today. While it is now easier to separate the two, it was difficult to do when supercross racing was first developed. That was why the name supercross was so popular and widely used.

Although most amateur or local supercross motorcycle racing events can be classified as motocross, due to being held outdoors, many have bared the supercross racing name. While many local courses are held outdoors, there are also local indoor courses as well. Like many other forms of local racing, these indoor supercross racing events tend to take place on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. These constant race schedules are great for local fans, who never have to worry about missing a race or worry about having to travel to follow their favorite sport.

One of the reasons why supercross motorcycle racing has increased in popular, aside from its action packed events, is because most professional events are televised. Even locally run, amateur supercross races have benefited from these lived televised events, even though they are not the ones being broadcasted on television.


24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 26 Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. 27 No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.

1 Corinthians 9:24-27


11 I again saw under the sun that the race is not to the swift and the battle is not to the warriors, and neither is bread to the wise nor wealth to the discerning nor favor to men of ability; for time and chance overtake them all.

Ecclesiastes 9:11


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