Motocross as a pastime is one of the purest, earthiest forms of motorcycling: a bike, a rider, a trail or piece of land – and a throttle! No road rules, no traffic, no pedestrians.
As a sport, though, motocross is slightly more complicated; a perfect storm of physical demand, mental strength, technique, balance and guts. Most top motocross racers use a training schedule and professional help, and sit at the peak of the sporting fitness tree alongside F1 drivers or Tour de France cyclists.
Getting started in the sport is, thankfully, less arduous. For a great many motorcyclists, those first laps on ‘knobbly’ tyres are often all they need for the MX bug to catch and for the sport to become a way of life.
To help you get started, here is our seven-point guide on how to get into motocross, with advice from top British rider Ben Watson, currently repping in the MX2 class of the FIM Motocross World Championship.