Motocross Racing

Motocross Racing

In other news, the sun rose in the east. Ryan Villopoto has won three of the four races in the 450 class this motocross season. He came into the Geico High Point National after "slipping" to a third place finish in Tennessee, but Villopoto quickly showed that result was a fluke, winning both 450 motos. Ryan Dungey settled for second in the 450s while Marvin Musquin emerged victorious in the 250 MX class.

From humble beginnings, Loretta Lynn's became the premier amateur motocross event.
The Loretta Lynn's amateur motocross championships started off as a way for the best up-and-coming racers to compete against each other on a fair and even playing field. The event has arguably become more famous than the country singer it's named after. The Loretta Lynn's helped launch the careers of motocross superstars like Ricky Carmichael, James Stewart, Kevin Windham, and Ryan Dungey. But Loretta Lynn's aren't just for the can't-miss prospects, it's also a chance for thousands of other young motocross riders to compete and have a fun time with their families.

The King of Supercross can still fly. Jeremy McGrath linked up with the Dirt Shark crew to rip some laps around Pala Raceway. McGrath was joined by fellow motocross riders Josh Hansen, Tyler Bereman, and Axell Hodges. Riding around with all those up-and-comers, McGrath had to take a crack at the 165-foot jump at Pala. The jump brought back memories for McGrath of his days launching off sand dunes. And even though he bounced around on his first attempt, McGrath figured out the jump quickly and landed a clean one.

When some kids are still on training wheels, these guys are speeding around on motorcycles.
The 2013 Red Bull AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships at Loretta Lynn's are taking place. Loretta Lynn's have launched the careers of almost every one of today's motocross stars, from Ricky Carmichael to James Stewart to Ryan Dungey. But the riders that are most fun to watch are the little kids. This action is from the 65cc division with riders in the 7-11-year-old age group.

The final X Games in Los Angeles featured plenty of motocross bloopers.
Meghan Rutledge learned to never count your chickens before they're hatched at X Games LA. Rutledge had a commanding lead on the last lap of women's Moto X Racing. Then she pumped her fist in celebration going over one of the final jumps and crashed, allowing Vicki Golden to take the victory. If there's any consolation for Rutledge, it's that her fail was just one of many on a motocross bike at X Games LA as this video shows.

Tommy Hahn, Josh Grant, and Kyle Chisolm were not in the select group.
On the fourth episode of "The Moto: Inside the Outdoors," the trials and tribulations of motocross racers Hahn, Grant, and Chisolm continue. Each have raced well but are still on the bubble for the following year. Consistency proves to be elusive for the trio, but some are more successful than others.

You'll probably still have to get a job when your career is over.
So far "The Moto: Inside the Outdoors" is a bit of a buzzkill. Sure, it reveals the "real" side of racing motocross. But it turns out that the "real" side of motocross isn't that pretty. The latest episode features Kyle Chisholm, Josh Grant, and Tommy Hahn talking about the financial challenges and the uncertainty that comes with life in motocross.

Surprise, surprise, Dungey has been good for a long time.
Revisit some classic footage of Ryan Dungey, Eli Tomac, Jake Weimar and others from past outdoor motocross seasons as they tear through the berms, spit up dirt and launch huge whips.