Motokazie Race Schools consist of 4-5 hours
of ontrack instruction with professional racers. Many topics will
be covered at each school. From common bike maintenance, correct
body positioning and engine braking to double jumps and timing sections.
We are prepared to cover anything involved in the sport of motocross/supercross
Motokazie hires local A/Pro racers that you
might see at your favorite track. The instructors are highly skilled
and qualified to teach in all aspects. There will be multiple instructors
at each event to cater to the specific needs of every student from
absolute beginners to expert racers. We make sure the ratio of students
per instructor stays very low to optimize the one-on-one experience.
We are proud to say that many students return
to Motokazie Race Schools because they find value in what we have
to offer. We are dedicated to increasing knowledge, skill level,
and overall experience to every rider that participates.
The Lowdown on Motocross and Supercross
By Owen Riess
You are a parent like me. You never raced or havent raced
since dirt bikes had two rear shocks. Not to worry it wasnt
that long ago when I pulled into the Motokazie Elko track with my
five year old daughter and a Yamaha PW50 in the back of the SUV.
I have always been a motorcycle enthusiast; for as long as I can
remember I have been dreaming about riding my motorcycle, planning
the next road trip, or trail ride. So when my friend says his daughter
has outgrown her little Yamaha dirt bike and do I want to buy it
well my daughter Jacqueline was only three but I thought
this is something about me I wanted to share with her.
The first year it just sat in the garage and she would climb on
it and hold her hands on handlebars and put her feet on the foot
The second year when she was four she wanted to ride it. So I would
put her on and sit on the back and we would go around the yard.
It wasnt long before she was on her own going around the house
one way and then around the house the other way.
Soon she was riding so well that I couldnt catch her, and
she would just keep going until she ran out of gas. After that I
learned to only put in a few cups of gas and not fill the whole
tank. LOL However, this was the turning point in her riding. The
circles around the house were just not enough of a challenge to
keep her interest. She could start and stop, and pick the bike up
when she tipped it over and start it on her own and the yard was
just not going to limit her.
It was the riding across the neighbors back yards and back
that sent me to the world wide web to find a place for her to ride,
and that brought us to Motokazies Thursday open practice
in Elko, MN.
We arrived at open practice and as you pull in all
you see is the big bikes flying through the air, and you think as
you look at your four year old whose eyes are bigger than the wheels
on her motorcycle, there wont be any riding for her today.
But, the nice Motokazie folks walk you through sign-up and aim
you to the small track for the four to eight year olds.
The little gals and guys have their own riding area called appropriately
the peewee track. This is a challenging course with
all the same design components such as a starting gate, tabletops
and whoops as the big track just in a smaller scale.
All the kids riding on the peewee track are four to eight years
old, and they are all on 50cc bikes. The Motokazie staff breaks
the group into slower and faster groups. You will know after watching
for a few minutes which group your child belongs in. Dont
push your child ~ some of those eight year olds have been
riding and racing for four years.
Your child needs to have the ability to ride their motorcycle.
They need to have control of starting, steering and stopping. I
sent Jacqueline out the first time to just follow the track and
she was weaving all over the track and another rider bumped into
her and down they went. First lap! Bam. She got up crying and we
walked back to the SUV to take a break.
The other rider Tayva (another girl) came over and asked if she
was ok and they talked and became friends. Tayva talked to her all
about holding your line and after that they were off
and running making laps until Motokazie kicked us out at 8 PM.
Holding your line. If you are going to ride down the left side
always stay on the left side, and if you are going to ride in the
right side always stay on the right side. That way the faster riders
coming up behind you that are going to pass you dont have
to guess what you are going to do, and when your child starts passing
they wont have to guess what the slower child they are going
to pass is going to do.
The basic skill set is starting, steering, stopping and holding
your line. If your child can do this they are ready to ride.
Lets cover just what you need to keep your little one protected.
First and foremost is a good quality helmet. Never skimp on the
helmet and get a helmet bag to put it in. Teach your child to take
good care of their helmet. If they drop it on the garage floor,
put it on the shelf and buy a new helmet.
Shin guards, motocross pants, motocross boots, a motocross jersey,
a kidney belt, a roost protector, elbow guards, a good neck brace,
motocross gloves and goggles.
All of this can be overwhelming and the thought of spending $200
or $300 bucks before you even know if your child will be interested
can be discouraging. This is about having fun. I suggest you get
out and try it. Motocross is a family event and the parents are
always on the sidelines while the kids ride. If you need equipment
just ask around. We always hand down the equipment Jacqueline has
outgrown to the younger kids. There are parents and families with
bags and buckets of gear that their kids have outgrown and
they would be happy to see it put to good use.
Its about having fun and making friends
Motocross is a physically demanding individual sport. If you keep
your kids riding and they get involved in racing as a parent you
will see an increase in their confidence and self esteem.
Its not about winning or going fast its about each
child doing their very best and having fun. Every competitor on
the peewee track gets a trophy or a medallion, no matter how they
Motocross is good clean fun. Its a chance to get your family
away for the weekend to camp and grill and make friends from all
over the State and Country.
My daughter and I have three rules for racing: 1. Have fun, 2.
Try hard, and 3. Dont give up. If its not fun well
find something else to do, if something is worth doing its
worth making your best effort, and no quitting, if you fall down
get back up and do your best to finish strong. Rules for life and
living I think, but dont tell the kids that too soon. LOL
Just remember its all about Rule # 1., and letting your kids
ride their motorcycles.
Motocross vs Supercross
There is probably a more technical explanation than Motocross is
a permanent outdoor facility and Supercross is a temporary track
set up for each event. That Motocross is a longer track and Supercross
is a shorter track usually inside the grandstand of a County Fairgrounds
But the short version is that Motocross races are generally on
Sundays. Supercross races can be almost any night of the week. The
actual racing event works the same for both with the biggest difference
being the spectators, the fair and food.
Most of the Motokazie Supercross events are held during the County
Fairs in the grandstands under the lights. If you go early enough
you can visit the fair. Think corn on the cobb, the animal barns,
and a grandstand with 3-4 thousand fans, the Motokazie announcer
saying your childs name and the fans roaring and clapping
and encouraging them to have fun.
Your job as a parent is to get your kid(s) to the track and see
what its all about. You could just bring your child to watch,
but you might as well bring their motorbike, because what you will
find is a fun and friendly environment, and kids just want to ride!