Motocross Cup, a race series for vintage motocross bikes, has become more
and more popular every year. People have noticed that this is not ment to
be fierce top-level competition but purely a fun hobby. In this sport you
don’t have to go jogging every day, and fitness center can be something
that you know only by name. Although, with this attitude you must also
accept that you are not going to stand on the podium because there are
also very fast and strong riders on the track. Anyway, the main purpose is
to be able to race in a pleasant way. Heat is 10 minutes + 2 laps so
everyone in normal condition can survive it nicely.
other side of the hobby (and the most time consuming) is of course
building the bike. Very few people have a ready-to-race 20- 40 years old
motocross bike standing in the back of their garage. So, the first step
into the merry brotherhood of classic motocrossers, is to get or make
parts needed and to put the bike ready for race. Nowadays there are many
bikes ready so it is possible to buy one. Hints for getting a bike or
spare parts can be get, for example, by joining Husqvarna Club Finland.
A is for bikes of year model 1968 or older. Class
B for 1969 –1974 and class C 1975 – 1979. In class
D there is no limit for the year model but the bike
must be air cooled, have drum brakes and no linkage
system rear suspension. Class D1 is for 250cc and
D2 for 500cc bikes. New class E is for pre -87 bikes.
Sidecars in class 1 must be from 1986 or older and
have air cooled motor and drum brakes. No "light-weight
bikes". Class 2 is for 1989 and older bikes.
Every rider (and passengers in side cars) must have
a racing licence.
plate colours depends on bike’s size: under 175
cc have black plates and white numbers, 250cc have
green plates and white numbers and 500cc have yellow
plates and black numbers. Riders number remains
the same for the whole season and in all classes.
Number is required also on the back of the rider,
in sidecars also passenger. This black number must
be clearly marked on white base sized at least 20
x 20 cm.
Motocross des Nations will be held in Italy. Riders
in this event mean business, and it’s no use trying
to get in the team without serious commitment. Classes
are divided according to both riders and bikes age.
60+ old riders can have bikes from year 1965 or
older, 50+ have to ride 1970 or older bikes and
35+ riders race bikes from 1972 or older. There
are 4 riders in a team or only 3 if more than 12
attending countries. Riders for the Finnish team
will be chosen in early summer, mainly from riders
attending in the Classic Motocross Cup. Finland
has had great success every year.
European Championship will be ridden also in 2010.
There will be three races all having two heats.
All heats are counted. Classes are the same as in
Classic Motocross des Nations except that there
is a new class 66+.
info about the finnish Classic Motocross Cup can
be obtained from these pages and Husqvarna Club
Finland's member publications.