The Development of ATV/Quad Motocross
August 1, 2017
Motocross first developed in the UK in the early 1900s. Originally, the motorcycle races were scored based on technical finesse and were quite strict when it came to point accrual. Over time, however, the races developed into long-distance races that were won based upon how quickly the driver reached the finish line. The name motocross was first coined in France, as a combination of the French word for motorcycle, motocyclette and cross country.
Motocross races for ATVs, or quad vehicles took off in the 1980s, almost 100 years later. GNCC Racing began around this time and the ATV National Motocross Championship was founded in 1985. Championship Mud Racing (CMR) went into development in 2006 and the first official races under the CMR banner were held in 2008. The majority of the races take place in the Eastern part of the United States. The ever-growing number of races has resulted in the development of more and more specialized equipment and most importantly, ATV tires, including Carlisle tires, ITP ATV tires and GBC ATV tires.