Motocross might have got its start when a Frenchman, Pierre Michaux, added a rudimentary steam engine to an early bicycle in the 1860s but today it’s one of the fastest growing sports in the US, full of freestyle tricks such as the Superman, the Back Flip and the Cliffhanger.
Man and motorbike in perfect harmony. Poetry in 250cc glory. That is until these races came along. This isn't Easy Rider, coasting along the highway without a care in the world, this a whistlestop tour of the hardest, most dangerous races you can complete on two wheels. They challenge riders harder than any other in incredible locations and often horrendous conditions.
The good news is that all of these races are open to the public to enter and compete, the bad news is that these courses are going all out to break you and make you cry.
Motocross gets its name from the French for a motorcycle, moto plus cross for cross country and it started life as motorcycle scrambling in Surrey in the UK in 1924. Now it’s a truly international event with the Japanese leading the way in machine innovation. But it’s in the US where it has become a billion dollar business with corporate sponsorship and exposure in theX Games, the annual ‘Olympics’ for extreme sports.
So it’s no surprise that most of the toughest dirt bike tracks in the world are located in the USA. Here are a selection of the top 10 most challenging, amazing and just plain gnarliest MX tracks in the world today.