Flat Track Motorcycle Racing

motorcycle flat track racing

Flat track motorcycle racing began in the 1930’s and was made compulsory by the US Supreme Court in 1940. The reason for this was the desire to increase safety through the sport of motor-racing, which was believed to be unsafe due to the low ceilings and uneven surfaces of the tracks. In order to make motor-racing safer the tracks were literally rebuilt from top to bottom and the racing rules were changed to exclude motorcycles.

Form Of Motorcycle Racing

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Flat track racing is essentially a form of motorcycle racing in which multiple people or teams compete against opponents on an overgrown, unpaved (or specially designed) track. There are many differing variations, with each variation racing on a unique surface type. Some of the more popular types of racing include quarter pole track racing and three-stroke race courses. Each of these varieties incorporates their own special factors to the racing, such as wind speed, elevation and difficulty.

Motorcycle track racing has increased in popularity over the years and some countries have even dedicated a region to the sport. One of the most popular arenas for motorcycle racing is the Grand Prix motorcycle race series held annually in Belgium. It is regarded as the worlds’ longest motorcycle race course. Other types of track racing include British Downhill championship, which was the first category to incorporate a dirt oval into its lap race structure. Motocross is also a very popular motorcycle racing series that started out on dirt tracks but now uses suspension-equipped titanium frames. It is thought that this change happened because the bikes could not support the weight of the body, so they needed more suspension than regular bikes.

Famous And Popular Types Of Motorcycle

A person riding a motorcycle down a dirt road

One of the most famous and popular types of motorcycle flat track racing is the English round-robin races, also known as the Bathrobes races. The idea behind these races was to use several different bikes in a race from the same manufacturer in a short distance. In the United States, it is still a popular way for motorcycle builders and custom motorcycle builders to show off their work. They still do quite well, as many of the top notch builders still use the same flat track as they have always used.

Other Type Of Racing

Another type of racing that has made its way into the world of flat track motorcycle racing are the Cross-country rallies. They were popularized by the famous rally team of the 1980’s, which was ridden by Terry Sheets. These types of rallies were so popular that the series was filmed and put on television. Another similar type of series to the Cross-country series is the Car Rally, which started out on a wooden floor. It moved onto asphalt tracks in the 1990s. Today, they are no longer around, as people have replaced the wooden floors with synthetic surfaces that are easier to control.


If you are interested in taking part in motorcycle flat track racing, you should look into various organizations near you. Some will sponsor specific motorcycle teams, and these will give you better exposure to the sport. You may also be able to find individual motorcycle owners who would like to see their friends get into the sport, and these people will be glad to help you find a group that will let them. You may even be able to find a local motorcycle shop that is open to allowing you to use their garage for the duration of the race. Just remember to check with your local laws before taking part in any event.

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