Motocross is the most popular form of motorcycle racing
The word motocross comes from a French expression that combines motorcycle riding and rough terrain. Typically, motocross routes consist of hills, muddy roads, muddy tracks, and tight turns. Depending on the length of the track, up to 40 motorcycle racers can participate in the race at the same time.
In professional motocross, races are measured by time. Typically, the arrival of professional motorcycle racers lasts 30 minutes. At the end of this time, as soon as the leading motorcycle rider crosses the finish line, the signal is given to start the report of the two final laps.
On the next lap, the signal is given that it is the final lap, and after its completion, the race ends. Such a race is called “30 minutes + two laps.”
Motocross competitions can also be measured simply by laps, where the first rider to complete a predetermined number of laps is the winner of the race. The first three riders to complete the race are called “pedestal riders” and share 1st, 2nd and 3rd place respectively.
Motocross competitions are one of the most spectacular sporting events. During the competition, motorcyclists perform many deadly stunts. It is easy to see the incredible effort that a motorcycle racer puts on his car in an attempt to keep it under control.
The athlete now and then plays with the motorcycle, shifting its center of gravity from one side to the other during maneuvers in an attempt to maintain speed and prevent loss of time.
He constantly has to remember to maintain the best possible adhesion of the wheels to the track, and all this with the wheels constantly scrolling on a slippery surface, from under which dirt, stones and earth fly in all directions.
Motocross participants must be in perfect athletic shape. This type of racing puts an incredible strain on the athlete’s body.
A motorcyclist is faced with the challenge of keeping his motorcycle on a road that most people not only can’t drive, but simply can’t pass. Falls from a height of six meters at high speed can be fatal for both the motorcycle and its owner. Loads during the race reach exorbitant values.
Scraping a motorcycle is one of the tricks
This is an aerial maneuver often performed to impress the crowd watching the race. While airborne, the rider rotates the motorcycle from its normal vertical plane to a horizontal position.
The rider then returns the bike to an upright position before landing, making the jumps much more spectacular to watch. If a rider wants the right side of the bike to be higher than the left, he will shift his weight off the right footpeg to take the downward force of his weight off the footpeg.
This is achieved by simply taking the right foot off the footrest, removing the weight that was pressing directly on the footrest, and transferring the ring to the left footrest.
Pressure is applied to the left side of the frame by rotating the body below the hips in a counterclockwise direction and above the hips in a clockwise direction. This movement is similar to that of a cat falling and landing on its paws.
The rotational movement of the rider turns the right side of the motorcycle up. Once the motorcycle is level, moving the body and weight in the opposite direction returns the motorcycle to a vertical landing position.
Motocross is currently gaining a lot of popularity and attracting a younger audience, both in person and on television. One of the biggest entertainment for spectators is watching motorcycles jump over long distances.
Explaining how the laws of physics allow the riders to control the motorcycle on these jumps is a fun way to get your students’ attention. It will also demonstrate how classroom theory applies to real situations.