As sports go, motocross might be the true beginning of what we now call extreme sports. America was exposed to it in the early 1970s, and the sport, brought over from Europe, began to blossom as it was showcased on ABC’s Wide World of Sports.
In the ’80s, the idea of moving motocross to the city took hold, and supercross was born. It was flashier and had the clean amenities that giant concrete football and baseball stadiums could offer, and they were located closer to home for many. Motocross, it seemed, wasn’t as cool as supercross, and for a while there, its popularity dropped off.
As two-wheeled dirt bike racing action goes, maybe the best way to see the difference between motocross and supercross is akin to seeing a cheetah. In supercross, it’s in a zoo confined to a cage, all its power and speed confined. Motocross, with its larger tracks and open spaces, sees the racing machines at their full capacity. They are free to chase their prey at maximum velocity.
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