How to Start Riding Motocross

Whether you want to ride Motocross just as a hobbyist or as a serious competitor, it is an exhilarating, challenging and life-affirming pastime. However, it is also extremely demanding, requiring physical and mental strength, great technique and plenty of guts and stamina. Professional Motocross racers are highly trained, super fit athletes, so preparing yourself for this sport is no joke. Raceworx KTM offers a five-step guide to the newbie looking to get their tires in the dirt for the first time.

5 Steps to Getting Into Motocross

While it takes a great deal of dedication to become a top Motocross rider, getting started in the sport is actually not that difficult. To help you get started, follow these 5 steps.

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1. Spend Some Time on A Mountain Bike First

If you want to get a feel for pushing your bike through the dirt, jump on a mountain bicycle and try out a few local trails. Aside from being a fun and healthy way to spend a morning, this will help you get a feel for “rubber and rough.” It will enable you to get a slow and manageable introduction to offroad riding.

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2. Choose Your First Bike

When you are ready to make the investment in your first bike, shop carefully through the offerings. There are old-fashioned two-stroke engines still on the market, as well as the latest four-stroke models and even electric-powered e-bikes. Choose the bike that best suits your budget and riding ability. Speak to an expert if you are unsure which bike to go with. Invest in some riding gear too, especially a helmet and boots.

3. Get To Your Nearest Track

Now you have your bike and a bit of experience with riding in the dirt, head to the nearest motocross venue and book get some practice time. In most South African cities, you should be able to find a few options, usually in the suburbs or on large plots of land on the outskirts.

4. Book Classes At A Riding School

Keep practising in your own time, of course, but getting a few lessons from a seasoned professional would be a definite advantage. You get the benefit of learning from a top-level rider, the track and facility will cater to riders of all experience levels, and you will probably have the chance to try out several different bike models. You can learn the techniques and develop your style.

5. Join A Club

When you feel confident, get to your local club and join up. You can then start competing in the club’s fixtures and hopefully advancing through the ranks – depending on how far you want to go with your riding.

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FAQ: How Do I Get Into Motorcycle Racing?

So, you think you have what it takes to be a motorcycle racer? It’s an exhilarating path to follow, whether you want to do it on an amateur or professional level. While acquiring the skill to compete is not easy, getting involved is relatively straightforward. Raceworx KTM is here to advise you on the steps to follow.

4 Steps To Becoming A Motorcycle Racer

Motor racing in South Africa – whether a car or a motorcycle is your “weapon of choice”, requires you to progress through the club system as per Motorsport South Africa (MSA) guidelines. Follow these four steps to get started. Also, visit our blog for more on everything relating to motorcycles.

1. Join A Club (Or At Least Research Some)

To get your career going, you will need to join one of the country’s many clubs at entry-level. The Short Circuit series is the best way to get started and offers several different junior racing classes such as Mini Moto, NSF100, 250CC and 150CC. Go to some race meetings before joining a club and speak to the competitors. This will help you decide exactly what type of racing you want to be involved in.

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2. Buy A Bike

This should actually be your first step, but it is probably best to investigate clubs and speak to established competitors before making the investment. All competitors must have their own bikes and the budget to maintain them and pay all other expenses relating to racing. A club chairman or representative will be able to advise you on what bike to buy. Raceworx KTM can then help you find the perfect bike.

3. Write Your Exam And Get Your MSA Licence

Every racer needs to have a licence issued by MSA. Before getting your licence, you will need to prove your riding capabilities, as well as your knowledge of racing regulations. You need to get a copy of the General Competition Rules handbook and you will then have to pass a written exam on these rules.

4. Get Involved At Your Club And Start Training And Racing

Once you have gone through the above steps, go through the processes of improving your racing skills through practice and training with your club. As you progress, the club will enter you in races that are appropriate for your skill levels. Ride hard and enjoy!

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