The Best Motocross Tracks From America
There are tracks, and there ARE tracks – ones where angels fear to tread and where the best of the best of mere mortals test their skills to become recognized as some of the best racers in the world. Let’s take a look, shall we?
Recognized as being one of the most iconic tracks in American motocross, it features a series of huge hills and massive jumps in Southern California where the heat can hit you as hard as the dirt itself. A day’s worth f riding will make this look like the gates of Hell. One of the biggest challenging points is St. Helens, a 200 foot climb which has an equally steep slope which is punctuated with massive braking bumps to make sure your journey down is as challenging as possible.
You’d think a dirt track wouldn’t be featured anywhere near fancy upstate New York, well you’re wrong. This is one of America’s oldest tracks and it hosts only one MX race yearly – which is the national. The track features big rocks and deep ruts that could hide a person. With such a challenging track, it is guaranteed that no racer forgets their chest protectors and hand guards when it comes time to race at Unadilla. One of the main challenging parts of the track is the gravity Cavity which can launch riders up to 100 feet in the air to flat so that previous time is saved on the lap time.
This race track is surrounded by one of the most picturesque landscapes which is a must-see for any motocross fan. Early morning, as the sun slowly dawns, the dirt track looks like chocolate waiting to be sampled, as it lies in wait amongst the woods of Washington. As lovely as it looks, once the race is underway, the mud and dirt becomes hard enough to make you wary enough to hope t doesn’t shoot back at you from the back of a wide-open 450. What could make the racers a little wary is the Horsepower Hill which is a steep incline into the trees which could leave the riders behind facing a barrage of dirt and mud that may end up feeling as sharp as razor blades.
Always held on the 4th July weekend, this track is the quintessential representation of America. The craziest pit parties can be found in this Michigan location and it also provides some of the best racing in the motocross year. This track is considered to be a favorite amongst racers because of its pristine dirt track and the multiple jumps which are huge, but are still enjoyable. One feature to tickle the spectators is Larocco’s Leap which is a 120 foot triple step-up right out of a corner, in front of the grandstands.
Located in Millville, Minnesota, this is considered to be another favorite amongst riders because of the loamy soil that is perfect for Motocross racing. The position you find yourself at the start up decides how enjoyable or tough the race could be. The soft dirt could get rough during the race especially if you have a whole bunch of racers ahead. This track is also known for its speed, so a slight delay could cause you to lose the race. Racers can either look forward to or dread the Whoops, two straightaways that are loaded with some massive rollers!
These tracks are some of the most popular and draw crowds and spectators from all over as they watch the racers vie for the top spot.
How I got into motocross is a different matter. My best bud – whom the bike belonged to had signed up for a race and got sick the last minute. Not until that point I had been going on the tacks with him every weekend or every possible chance I had and he asked me if I could take his place.