Freestyle Motocross Schedule
If you are looking to see some truly death-defying acts performed by extreme athletes
who have dedicated their lives to successfully pulling off some of the most impressive stunts ever attempted, freestyle motocross
is for you. Each year there are several thrilling freestyle motocross events, and whether you attend Big-X, Red Bull X-Fighters,
the X-Games, NIGHT of the JUMPs, Moto-X Freestyle National Championship, Gravity Games, or Dew Action Sports Tour Freeriding
you are sure to have an unforgettable time that will make you a freestyle motocross fan for life. If you have never attended
a freestyle motocross event in your life, now is the time to do so as many of the best athletes in the history of the sport
are competing now and the stakes are as high as ever.
There are two thrilling freestyle motocross events lined up for
this summer, the first taking being XTreme Freestyle Moto X which will be held at the OC Fair and Event Center in Costa Mesa,
California on July 11th. Southern California is a hotbed for freestyle motocross and you can be sure that all of the best
riders as well as the most die hard fans will be at this one. On August 8th Freestyle Motocross will take place at the Winston-Salem
Fairgrounds in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. There are always exciting freestyle motocross events being added all over the
country so if you can't make it to either one of these events be sure to keep checking back on StubHub to see when a competition
is being held near you.
Freestyle Motocross History
Freestyle Motocross consists of two separate scored
events. One is Big Air in which riders get two jumps of about 75 feet, both of which are scored by judges and the highest
scored jump is used with the rider with the highest score being pronounced the winner. The other event is traditional freestyle
motocross where riders go around a course for anywhere from 90 seconds to 14 minutes, pulling off different tricks throughout
the run as they go off a variety of jumps. The entire run is judged and given a score of up to a maximum of 100 points, with
the highest score winning. For years, pulling off a back flip was considered to be the Holy Grail of freestyle motocross and
it was finally landed in 1993, ushering in a whole new era of freestyle motocross as more and more riders began pulling off
the once impossible feat. Dew Action Sports Tour Freeriding is the original and the oldest freestyle motocross competition,
and there are four prime locations for freeriding, where contestants compete on public land, looking for their own jumps and
dunes to use in completely unique runs: Beaumont, Texas; Glamis Dunes, California; Cainville, Utah; and Ocotillo Wells, California.
There is nothing that quite matches the thrill of attending a freestyle motocross event in person.
You may have seen these athletes pulling off breath-taking stunts on television but until you are actually there at the track
you cannot fully appreciate the extreme heights to which the riders propel themselves and their bikes and the danger they
put themselves in. People attending freestyle motocross events always leave with tremendous amounts of respect for the riders
and always find themselves wanting to come back for more. Hearing the roar of the engines, smelling the gasoline in the air,
and seeing the huge jumps before the competition starts while surrounded by thousands of other motocross fans adds even more
excitement to the event and it is unlike any other sporting event you have ever attended.
motocross riders have spent years perfecting their skills, constantly attempting new tricks and putting their body at risk
all for the pride of landing some new trick. All of this hard work leads up to impressive displays of death-defying stunts
which fans of the sport gobble up. Some of the all-time greatest freestyle motocross riders include Bob Kohl, Carey Hart,
Travis Pastrana, Caleb Wyatt, Mike Metzger, Kenny Bartram, and more. Several of the riders have also spent a lot of time riding
BMX bikes then transfer those skills over to the bigger, more powerful motocross bikes where they can fly even higher in the
air. For most riders, just being part of a freestyle motocross event is a dream come true and they are always eager to spend
time with their fans and to help promote the sport.
In 1993 Bob Kohl became the first motocross
rider to land a back flip on a motor bike, using a Honda CR80 and continued performing the impressive trick until he had to
retire due to injuries. Kohl had been a BMX rider and had performed a back flip on a BMX bike just as many other freestyle
motocross riders have been known to attempt popular BMX tricks on motor bikes. Carey Hart became the first rider to successfully
land a back flip on a full size motocross bike when he did so at the 2000 Gravity Games.