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Intro to Motocross

Motocross, often considered an extreme sport, might not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about family-friendly activities. However, the sport of motocross can actually provide a safe and positive environment for families to bond and create lasting memories. Here are a few reasons why motocross is a good family environment: 


 1. Shared Passion: Motocross is a sport that can bring the whole family together through a shared passion. Whether it's parents and children riding together or siblings supporting each other at races, motocross encourages family members to engage in a common interest and support each other's growth. 


 2. Outdoor Adventure: Motocross takes place in the great outdoors, allowing families to enjoy nature and experience thrilling adventures together. From exploring different tracks to camping at race events, motocross provides a unique opportunity for families to connect with nature and create unforgettable experiences. 


3. Physical Fitness: Motocross is a physically demanding sport that requires strength, agility, and stamina. By participating in motocross, families can stay active and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Engaging in physical activities together not only promotes overall well-being but also strengthens family bonds. 


 4. Safety First: While motocross is known for its adrenaline-pumping nature, safety is always a top priority. Families can ensure a safe environment by investing in proper safety gear, following safety guidelines, and enrolling in training programs. By emphasizing safety measures, families can enjoy the sport with peace of mind. 


 5. Supportive Community: The motocross community is known for its camaraderie and support. Families can connect with other motocross enthusiasts, share experiences, and form lasting friendships. Attending races and events also provides an opportunity for families to cheer on other riders and celebrate their achievements, fostering a sense of community and belonging.


 6. Life Lessons: Motocross teaches valuable life lessons such as discipline, perseverance, and sportsmanship. Families can use the sport as a platform to instill these qualities in their children. By setting goals, overcoming challenges, and learning from both victories and setbacks, families can grow together and develop important life skills. 


 In conclusion, motocross offers a family-friendly environment that promotes shared passion, outdoor adventure, physical fitness, safety, a supportive community, and valuable life lessons. By participating in this exciting sport together, families can create lasting memories and strengthen their bonds. So why not consider motocross as your next family activity?




Basic motocross track etiquette is essential to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone on the track. Here are some guidelines to follow:


 1. Respect the track rules: Familiarize yourself with the specific rules and regulations of the track you are riding on. Follow them at all times to maintain safety and order. 


 2. Ride within your skill level: Ride at a pace that matches your skill level. Avoid attempting obstacles or jumps that you are not comfortable with, as it can lead to accidents and injuries. 


 3. Avoid cutting the track. Error in judgment can cause a serious collision with other riders on the track. Only enter and exit the track in designated areas or long straightaways where oncoming riders can be seen and they can see you. Never under any circumstances should you enter the track on the landing side of a jump or obstacle. You are hidden to oncoming rides and could cause a serious accident. 


 4. Yield to faster riders: If a faster rider approaches from behind, hold your line. Do not move from one side of the track to the other. Maintain a steady speed and  allow them to pass safely. Do not impede their progress or block their line. 


 5. Communicate with hand signals: Use hand signals to communicate with other riders on the track. Signals such as pointing to a direction or indicating a hazard can help prevent collisions. If you or another rider go down, get off the track and move up stream waving your hands to let oncoming riders know there is a rider down or a bike on the track. 


 6. Be aware of your surroundings: Constantly scan the track for other riders, obstacles, and hazards. Maintain a safe distance from other riders and be prepared to react quickly if needed. 


 7. Respect others' personal space: Give other riders enough space to ride comfortably. Avoid tailgating or riding too closely, as it can be dangerous and intimidating. 


 8. Help fallen riders: If you witness a rider fall or get injured, stop and offer assistance if it is safe to do so. Notify track officials or staff if necessary. 


9. Keep your speed to a minimum while off the track. This includes the parking lot, pit area, and any area off the side of the track. 


 10. Keep the track clean: Dispose of any trash or debris in designated bins. Avoid littering on the track or surrounding areas to maintain cleanliness and preserve the environment. 


 11. Be courteous and respectful: Treat fellow riders, track officials, and staff with respect and courtesy. Avoid aggressive or confrontational behavior that can spoil the atmosphere. By following these basic motocross track etiquette guidelines, you can contribute to a safer and more enjoyable riding experience for yourself and others.




Joshua A Hitchens

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