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in California, then
travels the U.S.
before its Aug. 26
finale in Indiana.
Pro classes are for
450cc and 250cc
bikes, with each
racing in two
laps motos per event.
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Austin Forkner, rider for Monster Energy/
Pro Circuit/Kawasaki in the 250 class. “And
anybody can race on any of the tracks we
race – for a normal race, or a local practice,
or whatever, anybody can show up and
ride them. Because of that, a lot of the
fans here have a better connection of
what it’s like to ride the track.”
Forkner gets it, having turned pro last
year. While many riders turn pro with
Supercross, the 19-year old from Missouri
chose Motocross for his jump to the big
leagues because it was more familiar.
“It’s hard enough to learn to race with
these guys and the kind of pace they do,”
Forkner had ridden tracks like Spring
Creek, Minn., and Redbud, Mich. on his
way to six AMA Amateur National
Motocross Championships. It appears
to have paid off as he finished fourth in
the 250 points in his rookie season.
His teammate, Adam Cianciarulo,
also understands that connection to the
sport’s roots, but knows the commitment
required to take it to the pro level.
“I think when we get to a level where
we are now, it’s easy to get lost,” he
explains. “The fact that we have factory
bikes, we each have our own mechanic,
there’s a suspension guy, a motor guy,
somebody who drives the semis – it’s a
big production and we get a lot of
support. But we all started the same way,
probably in the back of a pickup truck,
and riding a little 50 or at our local track.”
Motocross is accessible, which is a big
part of its appeal. Not only are tracks
numerous and track time quite
affordable, but the equipment is relatively
inexpensive as well. Brand-new bikes are
typically under $9,000; used race-
prepped machinery usually goes for a lot
less, and sometimes you can find ex-pro
bikes at about the cost of a new one off
the showroom floor. Yet getting to the pro
level is extremely difficult and requires a
big commitment – “You have to sacrifice
your childhood, really,” says Tomac. But
(FAR LEFT) A 450 class
start at Thunder Valley,
Colo. Some 30 minutes
and two laps of intense
racing – and eating dirt
and roost, says Kawasaki
factory star Eli Tomac
(LEFT) – will follow.