How to get atv racing sponsorship

How To Get UTV / ATV Racing Sponsorships

At the start of every UTV or ATV racing career, everyone fantasizes about one day making it big with lineups of sponsorships, free merchandise and loads of other perks. Successful racers have spent years perfecting their race. They never worry about sponsorships because they’ve made a name for themselves and have sponsors “ready to go”. However, if you’re just starting out in your career, you need time and practice to get up to those levels. 


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So, the question is: How can any UTV (SxS) or ATV racer get offroad racing sponsorship?

The best way to get UTV / ATV racing sponsorships is to create a unique and attractive racing resume, proposal letter and online racing profile (website) that you can send to potential sponsors to showcase your bio, skills and what you will do for them if they choose you.

Some companies may require that you send your resume and other documents to them using their online form.

No matter your skill level, getting sponsors for your UTV or ATV race is more about the value that you can bring to your sponsors and what they will get out of the deal. You need to start small and have realistic expectations on the type of sponsors you can get. What’s more important is that you need to focus 100% on your race, commit to perform and deliver results. It takes time, but with the right focus, you will have sponsors lined up with offers. 

In this post, we will go over some tips that can help you attract sponsors, negotiate a deal and create a name for yourself in the racing space.

Create a Website / Online Racing Profile

You can do this right now, even if you don’t have any coding or design experience. There are free services on the internet that you can use to create a stunning and beautiful racing profile about yourself. 

It’s important to setup an online profile because it can be used to demonstrate your:

  1. Racing Achievements / Successes: Sponsors need to know who they are dealing with. Show off your achievements on the website. Even if you haven’t won anything and only participated in a few races, mention it. This shows sponsors that you are progressing in your career and is committed to the sport. 
  2. Racing Background: Sponsors love stories because a good story creates a good image for their Brand. Include a brief background about yourself. How you got started in racing and what’s motivating you to succeed. Don’t be afraid to include some stories of failures. Include how you were able to bounce back from failure and what you did to improve for the next race. 
  3. Knowledge About the Race: Include some information to show sponsors you know how to race. Demonstrate that you understand body positions, how to hit the gas or the difference between concrete and dirt starts. 
  4. Knowledge About Your Ride: You need to demonstrate to sponsors that aside from racing, you understand your ride. Provide a brief description of your vehicle, the parts you’re using and areas that you see can be improved. This can provide a signal to potential sponsors to see which areas of your ride they can help you improve if they decide to sponsor you. 

    Note that you should not mention the shortcomings of your ride. You don’t want to come off as someone who has a bad vehicle requiring maintenance. In this section, you’re simply demonstrating your knowledge of which areas you see can be improved.

  5. Endorsements: What others say about you has a huge impact. Include endorsements from other racers or people within the racing community. 

Treat this website as a live resume that can be used to supplement your paper resume (discussed below). The website is also a good place to upload photos that potential sponsors otherwise would not see if you sent them a hard copy resume.

Remember to also include:

  1. A photo of yourself
  2. A profile about yourself (Age, racing frequency, years of racing experience, rank, etc.)
  3. A professional email address such as [email protected] or [email protected]
  4. A phone number so sponsors can contact you. Make sure your voicemail message is professional.
  5. Your address
  6. Links to your professional social media profiles like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.

    Note: you should create a new profile on each of these sites that will serve the purposes for your career. It shouldn’t be tied to your personal accounts.

  7. A list of future events that you plan to race in. 

Create a Paper Resume

The purpose of the paper resume is for you to have a hard copy resume to send to potential sponsors. If you have created your website, then the paper resume is a shorter summary of your achievements, racing history, and profile. Here is what you need to keep in mind:

  1. Use a Professional Template: You need to stand out from the crowd. A good looking resume shows the sponsor you’ve spent time and effort into creating it and that you’re serious about the sponsorship.
  2. Include an Action Photo: You need to catch the attention of your sponsor by including a professional action photo. Make sure you do it in such a way that they can tell it’s you. Usually, this can be achieved by using a sticker with your name on your racing clothing or helmet. 
  3. Keep it Brief: Don’t overdo your resume by including every detail. Instead, focus on keeping it brief and concise. It should be no more than 2 pages long. Popular companies receive tons of emails/letters each day and they don’t have time to read through everything on your resume. 

Your resume should contain:

  • Your basic profile information
  • A brief introduction about yourself
  • A quick summary of your achievements/wins
  • A photo of yourself (action photo)
  • A quick description of your abilities/qualifications
  • Your website address
Example of an action photo

Create a Proposal Letter

Now that you have your resume and website created. The next step is to create a proposal letter. Your cover letter is used to send to your potential sponsors and it goes along with your resume.  

Your cover letter should be brief with a few short paragraphs (no more than 4 sentences each) that describes the purpose of your communication. 

Your proposal letter should include:

  1. A clear subject line stating the purpose of your letter.
  2. The name of the person who will read the letter. Avoid wording like: “To whom it may concern” as it doesn’t sound sincere. Make sure you spend the time to look up the name of the person who will read your letter. 
  3. The reason that you are contacting the company
  4. A brief introduction of yourself, your achievements and skills. 
  5. A summary of what you hope the sponsorship would be and the benefits that your sponsor will receive. Do not include wording like “I will promote your company to the best of my ability”. It’s not specific to tell the sponsor what you will do. Most sponsors already expect you to wear their logo, say thank you when interviewed and mention their brand from time to time. Think about what additional value you can bring. Some of these might be:
    • Continuous promotion of their brand on your social media profiles.
    • Provide a link to their website from your website. 
    • Work with the Media to include a link or mention for their company in press releases (if you win).
    • Create videos that can help promote the company.
  6. A mention of your enclosed documents (resume) that your sponsor can refer to if they want to look further.

The proposal letter is the first thing that your potential sponsor will read. Keep it brief, but interesting enough for them to look further. 

Print Hard Copy Photos

Print out a couple of photos (3 or 4) of your best achievements/skills and include them with your cover letter and resume. You can’t expect sponsors to have the time to look through your website and photo album. Including photos with your resume and proposal letter ensures that they will at least look at a few photos and peak their interests.  

Do Proofreading and Checking

You’ll be surprised how many people forget to do this step. Your sponsor will throw out your proposal letter and resume if they lose interest within the first 10 seconds of reading it. This is usually due to bad grammar and sentence structures in your letter. Make sure you proofread and check for grammar and spelling mistakes. 

Format and Communication Channel

Your proposal letter, resume, and photos (3 or 4) can be sent physically or through email. It all depends on the preferences of your potential sponsor. Don’t be afraid to make initial contact with them first to see which method they prefer. 

If you will be using email, make sure your photos are resized to be no more than 100kb and in either PNG or JPEG format. Convert your resume and proposal letter into PDF format before sending it out. This will ensure your formatting is consistent.

Note that some application forms require you to copy and paste your resume into their online text box with no option to upload a file. In such a case, you may need to spend some time to format your pasted resume to ensure it’s clear and readable.

Where to Apply for Racing Sponsorship Opportunities 

Now that you have all your documents ready, it’s time to start applying to different companies. Keep in mind that every company has its own rules for application. It’s a good idea to spend time to read and understand the information presented on their website first before applying. 

Here is a list of companies you can start with for ATV / UTV (SxS) racing sponsorships:



PRP Seats

GMZ Race Products

ELKA Suspension


GBC Motorsports

RCV Performance Parts

Simpson Race Products

OGIO Powersports

*I’ll be updating this list often so make sure you come back to check from time to time.

In addition, you can use online services like Sponsorhouse and Hookit to build your profile, track your progress and earn deals with sponsors. Keep in mind that tools like Sponsorhouse an Hookit is a good place to get started but they shouldn’t be a substitute for your website, resume and proposal letter. This is because online profiles though these services are often too generic which means it is easy for sponsors to overlook your abilities and skills.  

Have Realistic Expectations

If you’re just starting out in your career, no one is going to give you free parts or merchandise. Even if you’re willing to do a lot for the company, you need time to gain trust. Sponsors like to back people who stay consistent, display a professional/positive image and achieve results. 

Each company also has ITS own sponsoring budget and levels of sponsorship that they award to different ranked riders. 

Here is what you can expect from sponsors at the beginning of your career:

  1. Discounted Merchandise
  2. Free stickers on your ride
  3. Access to racing seminars, trained technicians and technical support.  
  4. Mentioning you on their company website or social media profiles. 
  5. Agreement on additional perks if you win 

Once you prove yourself, your perks will increase which may include free merchandise, parts for your ride, limited edition kits, contingencies (money paid for your racing events) and much more. 

Negotiating a Deal 

If a sponsor is interested in working with you, they will contact you and present you with an offer on the UTV / ATV racing sponsorship. This is a good opportunity for you to discuss the potential deal, what’s included and get clarification on terms and conditions. 

Here are some tips for negotiating:

  1. Focus on the Market: Sponsors want to know how their name/product is going to reach their target audience. Always focus on the market and how you will help the sponsor reach their target audience. Agree on success factors and your expectations once you have achieved those factors.
  2. Be Creative and Open-Minded: Keep in mind that a sponsorship is made due to business interests. The sponsor may require you to do certain things to maintain the sponsorship. On the other hand, if you want something that the sponsor isn’t willing to give, be creative and think of additional things you can offer and negotiate those.
  3. Sign the Deal: Once you have ironed out the deal with your sponsor, ensure to have it on paper and signed by both parties. Review the deal to ensure everything that you have negotiated for is in agreement.

Sponsorship Maintenance

Once the deal is done, you need to maintain contact with your sponsor from time to time. This is to maintain the sponsor relationship and announce new achievements which increase your chances of contract renewal once your current one is up. 

To maintain sponsorship, you may need to:

  1. Submit a race report after each race
  2. Report podium finishes
  3. Promote on social media at a frequency specified by your sponsor
  4. Create and provide promotional videos
  5. Maintain parts that were given to you by your sponsor

**Note that this isn’t a complete list. It shows some of the things you may be required to do to keep your sponsor happy and maintain the eligibility of your sponsorship.

Final Thought on UTV / ATV Racing Sponsorships

I hope that I was able to help you gain a better understanding of UTV / ATV race sponsorships. If you follow the tips that I have provided in this post, I am confident that you will land a deal. Have fun racing!

If you feel that there are additional tips that I should include or new sponsorship programs to add to the list. Please contact us via our contact form.

PowerMadd > Race Sponsorship

PowerMadd sponsors riders of all different skill levels. Many factors are reviewed to determine if an athlete will be a good fit for our team and our brand. Including but not limited to; a positive attitude (on and off the track), hard work ethic, dedication, race results, exposure and much more.


ATV Racing

Acceptance Period

August 1st-December 16th of each year

PowerMadd accepts rider support resumes for the above listed sport only during the listed time period.  

If you have a current contract with PowerMadd, you must re-apply for support each year. To be considered for new sponsorship or renewal, send a resume and cover letter, with all contact information: Proper full name, address, phone, email address, to the following address:

Attention:  Rider Support
26449 Fallbrook Avenue
Wyoming, MN 55092

Or, send an email to [email protected] - Subject Line: Racer name - Sponsorship

ATV Pro Contingency


Snowmobile Racing

Acceptance Period

August 1st-December 16th of each year

PowerMadd accepts rider support resumes for the above listed sport only during the listed time period.  If you have a current contract with PowerMadd, you must re-apply for support each year. To be considered for new sponsorship or renewal, send a resume and cover letter, with all contact information: Proper full name, address, phone, email address, to the following address:

Attention:  Rider Support
26449 Fallbrook Avenue
Wyoming, MN 55092

Or, send an email to [email protected] - Subject Line: Racer name - Sponsorship


Motorcycle Racing

Acceptance Period

August 1st-December 16th of each year

PowerMadd accepts rider support resumes for the above listed sport only during the listed time period.  If you have a current contract with PowerMadd, you must re-apply for support each year. To be considered for new sponsorship or renewal, send a resume and cover letter, with all contact information: Proper full name, address, phone, email address, to the following address:

Attention:  Rider Support
26449 Fallbrook Avenue
Wyoming, MN 55092

Or, send an email to contact@powermadd. com - Subject Line: Racer name - Sponsorship


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A new type of competition - ATV racing - ATVARMOR


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18 Mar

Today quite confidently came and walks all over the country such kind of active recreation as quad biking. To make riding an all-terrain vehicle even more attractive, companies began to organize various kinds of competitions and races. In fact, the idea of ​​racing and competition immediately attracted many fans of outdoor activities. These events are held both between professional athletes and amateurs. Everyone can take part in a very exciting all-terrain vehicle race. A four-wheeled race will give you a storm of emotions and will definitely not leave you indifferent to this sport.

ATV racing - is it accessible to people who have never sat on an ATV?

ATV Racing

ATVs are such versatile vehicles that you can master them in minutes. If you have no experience in driving an all-terrain vehicle, you will be given a short briefing, as well as a few test runs with you. Thus, in an hour you will already be doing great off-road with this vehicle. Moreover, it is absolutely not necessary to have a driver's license for competitions or races. In this regard, races can also be held for the smallest extreme sportsmen, of course, on the appropriate ATVs. Children over the age of 16 are allowed to ride adult quads.

What is included in ATV racing?

Quad bike stunts

Quad bike competitions can be held both in speed over obstacles and in performing certain tricks. Any of these types of championships will be exciting and very memorable. For the safety of conducting competitions in high-speed overcoming of obstacles, the participants of the race start one after another with a time interval or from different sections of the track. When performing tricks, the correctness of the performance and complexity are evaluated. By holding such events, the organizers secure themselves, and a team of medical staff is on duty. If you are not confident in your skills, then the best option is to practice a little more, because you can create an emergency in which you can drag someone else. Therefore, you can just go out of town and spend some time acquiring skills to overcome obstacles, and then go and try your hand at the championship. Championships are held with different meanings. The very initial stage is city competitions, then regional, regional, national championships, etc. As you can see, quad racing is common enough at various levels that there is something to strive for.

Where can I get an ATV for racing?

Quad bikes for racing

It happens that the desire is just a fountain, but the funds do not allow you to purchase a personal quad bike. For this, there is an ATV rental, and this is very popular. The convenience and popularity of rental outlets is as follows: there is no need to buy your own ATV, the company takes care of refueling and repairing the motorcycle device, you do not need to waste time looking for a race track (the rental company will do this), you do not need to get rights, because the race will take place on a special closed track . Such services are very convenient, since all the above advantages of rental companies can also be attributed to the fact that they deliver equipment to the place of the championship or competition themselves. These companies have another feature. If you don't have quad experience, they will provide you with a beginner level course.

It can be seen that this sport is very popular, and the company can take care of all the minimal organizational difficulties.

Motorsport Gusev


What is motocross?

Motocross (sometimes abbreviated as MX or MotoX) is a style of riding a motorcycle or ATV on off-road or special loop tracks. Motocross is considered the most popular motorcycle sport in the world. Motocross began to gain popularity from France, where it used to be called Scrambling, but was invented in the UK. The world's first motocross race took place in Camberley at 1924 g. The name "Motocross" was formed from the words "Motorcycle" (English "motorcycle") and "Cross Country" (English "cross country"). Gradually, the name began to be shortened to MX. Motocross tracks are usually quite long (1.5-3 km) and include natural obstacles with various variations of specially created jumps and other man-made elements.

In history, there have never been tracks that would consist of hills and turns, without a single springboard. Supercross, as a type of motocross, is a completely man-made track, usually of short length with a large number of jumps and turns, built in stadiums (sometimes indoors). Due to the size of the track, motocross typically has 40 riders, while supercross has around 25. Races vary in duration, usually measured by time plus 1-2 laps. Grand Prix (GP) or American Champion (Pro AMA) are usually held within 30 minutes + 2 laps. Amateur races usually take much less, about 10 minutes. When the scheduled time arrives, the man at the finish line signals to the racers that there is one (or two) laps left, and then the race ends with the wave of the checkered flag. Other off-road varieties such as Enduro (almost the same as motocross, only the races take place on a large natural track, and are much longer and at higher speeds). There is a set number of laps or just a maximum time limit. Races are held by races. Usually the race includes two races, the results of which are the final. Motocross motorcycles Motocross bikes typically have engines ranging from 50cc to 550cc. The most basic difference in motocross bikes is whether they have a two-stroke engine (2T) or a four-stroke (4T). Under 1965g. all motocross bikes were 4 stroke, but with the development of 2T technology, engines got better and became more popular in the sports arena in the 70s, 80s and 90s. A two-stroke engine produces more power than a four-stroke of the same size (cc), however, the fuel must be mixed with oil. Four strokes continue to be used by professional riders, mainly in the MX3 class. Due to environmental laws, a new generation of 4-strokes only appeared in the late 90s, in the form of the Yamaha YZ400. With the rule change now allowing 4-strokes to race in the same class as smaller 2-strokes (see table below), and more power in the new generation of 4T engines (they ran at higher RPMs, used shorter piston rods than the previous generation) the sport embraced the 4T. However, disputes about what is still better do not subside every year, and manufacturers of 4T motocross motorcycles strive to make them even better. Riders are usually divided into classes by engine size (but not always). Children's and junior races are held in classes from MX2 to Autos. Adults - MX1 to MX3. Motocross bikes have long travel suspension for big jumps and high speed riding on various terrain. This suspension has taken motocross from just riding over difficult terrain to what it is today - crazy jumps and huge jumps that weren't possible before. To reduce the weight of the motorcycle (usually it ranges from 80 to 120kg), things like speedometers, headlights, stands, electric starters, etc. removed from sports equipment. Also, lightweight materials are used, such as aluminum, magnesium or their alloys. Due to the nature of the track, riders spend a lot of time standing on the pegs and doing a lot of knee work to absorb bumps. The long, flat seats were designed to allow riders to shift easily, distributing their weight through corners, and not particularly comfortable. Typically, motocross bikes are sold in race-ready or nearly race-ready condition. However, many riders tune their bikes for more power or just to make it more comfortable for them. Motocross bike manufacturers (list is not complete) Current Main: Honda (Japan) Kawasaki (Japan) KTM (Austria) Suzuki (Japan) Yamaha (Japan) The five listed above are the main manufacturers of motocross motorcycles. Small: Aprilia (Italy) Gas Gas (Spain) Husaberg (Sweden) Husqvarna (Italy, formerly Sweden) TM (Italy) Vertemati (Italy) VOR (Italy) These manufacturers share a very small market share. Previously: These manufacturers used to make motocross bikes in the past and don't do it anymore. BSA (UK) - up to 1970, then continued under the name CCM Bultaco (Spain) Can-Am (Canada) Cannondale (now ATK) (USA) CCM (UK) - Collected motocross motorcycles based on Rotax engines Cooper (Mexico) CZ (Czechoslovakia) DKW (Founded in East Germany, recreated in West Germany, after World War II) Greeves (UK) Hodaka (Japan) Ossa (Spain) Maico (West Germany) Monark (Sweden) Montesa (Spain) Puch (Austria) SWM (Italy) Zundapp (West Germany) Competitions The goal of the race is to complete a certain number of laps (between 3 and 7 for amateurs, more for professionals) or a fixed amount of time (up to 40 minutes) first. Races are usually held in two stages, according to the results of which the sum of points is calculated and the final result is obtained. Several riders go to satart. Motocross is one of the most spectacular sports where riders perform big jumps, take turns while being on the verge of falling ... Recently, sub-varieties have appeared in the sport, such as Supercross or Arenacross (both indoor motocross), Freestyle (FMX) (motorcycle stunts), Supermoto (motard) (motocross on asphalt tracks) and vintage motocross (motocross competitions). created up to 1975). Motocross can be practiced all your life. Children's classes start at the age of 4, on 50cc motorcycles. Two series are considered the most famous in the world: in America - the AMA Championship, also known as the "National Championship (nationals)" and the World Motocross Championship, also known as the Grand Prix. The AMA Motocross Championshp series usually runs from early May to mid-August, and consists of 12 stages at 12 tracks across the United States. Each race is held on Sundays, in two classes "Motocross" and "Motocross Lites". Each race consists of two heats of 30 minutes plus two laps. In general, one stage takes 2 hours. The Motocross World Championship is usually held in Europe, with a few away events in South Africa and Japan, but occasionally in America or other countries. The format of the races is the same as in the AMA. Two classes: MX1 and MX2, two runs in each class. The World Championship consists of 16 or more stages. Both series are united by the Motocross Des Nations (MXDN) race (usually not translated from French, but it means Motocross of Nations). The format is such that riders represent their country by team, 3 people per team, each in their own class - MX1, MX2 and "Open". The stage is held in 3 arrivals. The venue varies from year to year. The strongest teams are USA, Belgium and Great Britain. Physical exercise Those who don't ride a motocross bike usually don't realize how much physical stress riders go through. They somehow think that riders do nothing but turn the steering wheel and throttle, and they think that this is the same as driving a family car. Motocross requires very serious physical preparation, mainly arms, shoulders and endurance in general. The rider (she) must maintain control of the motorcycle at the highest possible speed while holding the 100kg motorcycle, which usually has about 50 horsepower. The rider's arms and legs are constantly in motion while riding, fighting for control and absorbing the impact of small bumps and big jumps, not to mention possible undershoots. After all, professional races last over half an hour. This is a real test for the rider. The National Institute of Sport and Health in Inglewood, California tested several professional athletes in the early 80s. Among them were runners, motocrossers, rugby players, soccer players, and many others. Tests have shown that motocross riders experience the most stress, and they also have the highest level of fitness. ATVs Since 2002, Quad Bike Motocross (ATV) has experienced explosive growth in the US. This was a direct result of the manufacturers' entry into the new sport. Before we talk about the current state of things in ATV motocross, we need to understand the past. ATV racing began in the mid-80s when Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha released a new line of sport ATVs that didn't find favor due to press reports about the dangers of these vehicles. From now until the end of 90x, third-party companies supported the sport, but at a fairly low level. Racers built expensive, custom ATVs from parts from various manufacturers such as Laeger's, Walsh Race Craft, and Lonestar Racing. The engine was installed from an old (86-89) Honda TRX250R. Third-party companies also produced spare parts for this engine. Companies such as Curtis Sparks Racing Engines, Baldwin Motorsports and Hinson Racing made clones and parts of the famous engine. Over time, suspension improvements have allowed ATVs to compete with motocross bikes in the jumps. PEP and Custom Axis made special long-travel shocks and links to withstand the hardest landings. However, let's be honest, you had to spend up to $ 20,000 to assemble a normal ATV for racing. At the end of 9The 0x rules changed to allow riders to use motocross bike engines in combination with special frames. The era of four-stroke ATVs began with Harold Goodman winning the national championship in a four-stroke custom ATV powered by the YZ400F. Soon hybrid cars became commonplace on the tracks. Manufacturers began to pay more attention to the ATV market, and in 1999. Honda releases the four-stroke TRX400EX. It was not as powerful as custom hybrids, but the step was taken. In 2001, Cannondale entered the ATV market and formed a racing team in partnership with Nac's Racing. However, Cannondale's history was short and the company filed for bankruptcy in 2002. In 2003, Suzuki released the LT-Z400, a liquid-cooled four-stroke engine. In the same year, ATVA introduces a special class "Stock ATVs" in national competitions. The traditional "Pro" class allows two-strokes and hybrids to participate. There are many riders in both classes, but the Pro class is still the main one. In late 2003, Yamaha introduces the YFZ450 for the 2004 model line. This ATV is the first professional sport ATV to be positioned as a pure racing machine. It wasn't as wide as the others, it didn't have long-travel suspension, but it had a great four-stroke engine, similar to motocross ones. It was the first stock quad with adjustable front suspension. Following Yamaha, Honda is also announcing a new ATV for 2004, the TRX450R, also aimed at professional sports. The 2004 season of ATV motocross was one of the busiest in 15 years. Suzuki added Doug Gast to the team, Honda added Tim Farr, and Yamaha offered sponsorship to Corrie Ellis. It was the first time since 1986 years when companies sponsored riders. This season was successful for Suzuki, their rider won the Championship. In 2005, Suzuki added another rider to the team, Jeremy Jones. This year the victory in the Championship went to Honda rider John Natalie. The 2005 season proved that manufacturers would continue to support ATV motocross. With this realization, smaller companies offering tuning and spare parts began to enter the market. In the summer of 2005, Suzuki announced the new LT-R450. This sport quad was the most advanced and most ready for ATV motocross. It had electronic ignition, an advanced four-stroke engine, and great suspension with 10 inches of travel. Motocross with sidecars Motocross with sidecars appeared sometime in the 50s, but did not become popular until the early 90s.0x. This species is most popular in Europe, with small numbers from the US, New Zealand and Australia. A cross-country motorcycle with a sidecar differs from the usual one only in the frame, to which a flat platform and a special handle are attached to the side. The passenger balances the motorcycle as a counterweight, while cornering and jumping. Races are held on regular cross-country tracks. Sidecar motocross requires a lot of endurance, especially for the passenger. The main frame manufacturers today are VMC, BSU, AYR, EML and Woodenleg. Conventional motors can be used, but there are special motor manufacturers: Zabel (Germany) and MTH (Austria). Four-stroke engines are manufactured by KTM (Austria). Motoiristyle Freestyle motocross (FMX) is a relatively new sport. The bottom line is to perform tricks while jumping on a motocross bike. The winner is chosen by a panel of judges. Riders are judged on style, trick difficulty, best use of the track, and crowd reaction. For example, backflip (backflip), first made by Carey Hart on a special dirt springboard, using a 250cc motorcycle. Shortly thereafter, Mike Metzger did this trick on a standard freestyle ramp with a ground landing. Some consider the hardest trick ever done to be the body viral 360. This trick, also called Carolla, was performed by Chuck Carothers at X Games 2004. Before that, the backflip 360 (off-axis backflip) was considered the hardest. Travis Pastrana brought a new level to freestyle. In 2005, he made the first double backflip at X Games 2006. Minibikes (Pit bikes) The latest craziness when adults ride small (50cc) motorcycles is called minibikes or pit bikes. Previously, adults used to ride in mini-dirt parks (pits - hence the name: pit bike) for fun. Gradually, people began to race against each other. These inexpensive minibikes, originally designed for children, are converted into adult pit bikes with higher handlebars, improved suspension, exhaust, and plastic. Also, among the "improvements" - bored engines 75-147ss and reinforced frames. There is no standard definition of what counts as a pit bike, but the usual requirements are 12" front and 10" rear wheels. None of the "big five" (Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, Kawasaki, KTM) yet offers ready-made pit bikes, however, some companies sell pit models. For example, Pitster Pro, SDG, and Sikk MX. The minibike craze originated in Southern California but quickly gained popularity in other parts of the US and around the world.

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