Dirtbike 250cc at the Motocross or dirt track as a pastime is one of the purest, earthiest forms of motorcycling: a bike, a rider, a trail or piece of land – and a throttle! No road rules, no traffic, no pedestrians.
As a sport, though, motocross is slightly more complicated; a perfect storm of physical demand, mental strength, technique, balance and guts. Most top motocross racers use a training schedule and professional help, and sit at the peak of the sporting fitness tree alongside F1 drivers or Tour de France cyclists.
Getting started in the sport is, thankfully, less arduous. For a great many motorcyclists, those first laps on ‘knobbly’ tires are often all they need for the MX bug to catch and for the sport to become a way of life