Motorsports is a group of competitive events that involve motorized vehicles. Motorcycle racing is called MotoSport. Any racing competition involves certain risks, but extreme motorsports take it to a new level. Narrow streets, acrobatic stunts, jet engines and 24 hours non-stop racing push drivers to their limits. There are the 5 most extreme motorsport competitions:
Freestyle Motocross (FMX) is a new variation of supercross that focuses more on acrobatic stunts than racing. The riders are scored by judges on crowd reaction, style, best use of course and trick difficulty level. Daring and complex tricks are performed, like the 60’jumps of the “Big Air” competition. These acrobatic airborne stunts performed from ramps are extremely dangerous. Sometimes they copy BMX tricks like the back flip that often result in life-threatening injuries.
Off-road racing and desert racing
Off-road racing involves modifies vehicles such as motorcycles, buggies, trucks and cars that compete on off-road surfaces. Desert racing became popular in the 20th century. The Dakar Rally is one of the most dangerous off-road races in the world. Competitors started in Paris and traveled across challenging terrain and weather condition all the way to Dakar, Senegal. Other popular extreme motorsports competitions are the Baja 1000 and the Mojave Off-Road Racing Enthusiast series
Jet cars are vehicles propelled by jet engines, most commonly used for land speed record attempts but also for drag racing. The Green Monster and Vampire are famous dragsters. During the filming of a Top Gear episode, Richard Hammond was severely injured while driving his car, Vampire.
Street circuit racing
Street circuit motorsport competitions involve closed-off public roads in villages, towns and cities. Pit boxes, grandstands, paddocks and fences are temporarily installed for these events. The track surface is bumpy most of the times, it lacks grip and run-off ares are almost non-existent. These circuits are sometimes called “concrete canyons”, because of the narrow streets close to the walls that can make any driving mistake fatal. Drivers take tight corners at speeds up to 150 mph pushing the limits of their cars and motorcycles.
This form of extreme motorsports aims to test the endurance of the drivers and the durability of the equipment. A single event covers large distances in a preset amount of time of in quick laps. The Bol d’Or is the most famous endurance race run on the circuit of Vaujours. The 24 hours Le Mans event of thousand miles non-stop racing tests is very stressful for drivers and crews.