What is Motocross?
Motocross is a high profile, glamorous
and high octane sport enjoyed by thousands of competitors throughout the
predominantly from March to October. ACU Motocross events take place
on purpose built
off-road tracks with spectacular jumps and fast corners.
Motocross races generally last between 10 and 30
minutes, depending on the level of the event, ranging from youth events to
What other forms of Motocross Racing are there?
Other forms of Motocross racing are:
- QuadCross is accessible from the age
of 7 years old in Youth Quad events with classes for all ages up to the Adult
SidecarCross is a three wheeled
form of Motocross where rider
and passenger race
as a team.
You can start racing
Sidecars from 15 years old.
Mini Bike racing is a smaller
version of Motocross and is accessible from 6 years in the Youth
Mini Bike class and all the way up to Adult classes.
Is there a class
If you are 6 years old or over and
ride a motocross bike from a 50cc all the way up to a 500cc then there is a
class for you, no matter whether you are male or female. Schoolboy racing sees
riders grouped together depending on their age, i.e.:
- 6-8 years for 50cc Autos,
years for 65cc,
- 9-12 years for 85cc Small
- 11-14 years for 85cc Big Wheels and
- 13-17 years for the 125cc 2-stroke
only class and
- 14 -17 years for 125cc 2-stroke/250cc 4 stroke classes.
Adult licences start from 15 years of age on bike from a 125cc two stroke upwards. Most adult
clubs will group riders according to their
ability rather than age or bike, although some clubs will run Over 40’s classes etc or EVO bike
classes. With all Adult riders starting
off as Junior graded riders before progressing to Expert Status, allowing you to compete in higher grade of events in the future.
What do I need?
To take part in an ACU event, you will need to have an ACU Approved Motocross Helmet.
When buying a Helmet it is always advised to buy the highest quality
for your own budget and ensure that the fit is
correct. All Motocross riders are
required to wear Chest and Back Protection.
Motocross Boots are also another
must have item of protective wear. You will also require a set of Motocross
kit. Remember as you are just starting
out; there are a lot of bargains to be had on older kits from dealers and the
internet. Other items such as kidney
belts, knee braces and neck braces are all down to