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A look back, and sometimes forward, on the sport of racing

When you’re riding an off-road bike on a track and add in large dirt mounds, the result is the extreme sport known as motocross. This form of dirt bike racing is one of the most dangerous, daredevil sports that anyone could ever do. It is this mesh of supreme skill, high-stakes risk, and heart-pounding showmanship that makes this sport one of the greatest spectacles in the realm of extreme sports. What makes freestyle motocross even more amazing are the insane stunts that the riders pull off in order to showcase their skills. Many fans look up to these stars in the wild hope that they can do the same tricks that these riders do in the air. With a lot of practice—and with nerves of steel—a fan can pull off some of these stunts too.

 

Here are six of the most insane tricks for the freestyle motocross daredevil in the making:

 

  1. Kiss of Death Backflip

The Kiss of Death Backflip is as dangerous as its name implies. This clutch freestyling move relies a lot on your core strength and even more on your timing. To do it, the rider first holds a handstand on the bike, after which he lowers his head to his front fender—all while doing a backflip.

 

  1. Double Backflip

The Double Backflip sounds like a basic trick that any new rider can do, but don’t let its simplistic name fool you. This trick involves making two full revolutions before landing—a feat nigh impossible unless a custom ramp is set up for this exact purpose.

 

  1. Hart Attack

This trick—named after Carey Hart, who first nailed this trick in 1999—can really give you a heart attack with its wild execution. Almost like the Kiss of Death trick, you do this with your legs pointed upwards, but with one hand on the handle and the other on the seat.

 

  1. Shaolin Backflip

The Shaolin Backflip is a trick where you jump over your handlebars, keeping your legs stretched out over the bar in a V-shaped fashion, and all within the duration of a backflip. Definitely an advanced technique, this somersault within a somersault is not for the faint-hearted.

 

  1. Double Front Flip

Much like the Double Backflip, the Double Frontflip is much more difficult than it sounds and is probably one of the more deceptively difficult tricks out in play. By performing a frontflip, you keep your body orientation leaning forward, essentially leaving you to flip blindly. The skill required here is exact and definite timing made smoother by a maximized air time.

 

  1. Rock Solid Backflip

Performing a Rock Solid Backflip will probably be the pinnacle of your career as an amateur rider. After launching yourself into the air for a backflip, grab onto the seat, and with your body perpendicular to your bike, you release. For a few moments, your entire body will be detached from your bike, which makes this trick one of the scariest tricks an amateur can do.

 

Conclusion

Before you start practicing these wild and amazing tricks at the Utah Motorsports Campus Motocross Track, always remember to exercise caution. Wear the appropriate gear, have people around to perform first-aid if necessary, and do it in a venue appropriate for motocross practice.

Looking for a freestyle motocross track in Salt Lake City? Here at Utah Motorsports Campus, we have a track for just about any reason or need. Get in touch and schedule a booking with us today!

Even if you spent hundreds of hours on the road with your car, this doesn't mean that you're going to be an excellent go-kart driver from the get-go. While both activities seem similar, one is racing and the other isn't - the two experiences are quite different from one another.

If you want to leave your competitors in the dust, here are some tips to help you do so:

 

Be as Light as Possible

It is known that the lighter the object, the faster it is going to go. That is why you see many racecars with nothing more than the crucial instruments that keep the car running.

Don't arrive at the course with heavy, baggy pants and shoes the weight of the car. Instead, show up with light clothing. That way, you keep your ride as light as possible, giving you as much advantage as possible to win the race.

 

Do Not Lean

When you're in the heat of the race, you might be so into the activity that you start leaning in every corner. While you might believe that this will help you turn corners sharper, it should be a habit you should try to avoid doing.

When you're turning corners, you'll want to keep the weight of the go-kart as balanced as possible by keeping your body centered in the seat. This way, you'll turn the corners much more quickly.

 

Don't Place Both Feet on The Pedals

Just like driving a car in real life, you should avoid placing your feet on both the gas and brake pedals. While you might be doing this to cut the time between accelerating and braking, you might push both down in panic.

In doing this, you can either spin out of control or cause the go-kart to stop working entirely.

Keep a Consistent Speed

While it is true that you need to keep up to speed to beat your competitors, you need to keep it consistent. That's extremely hard to do, considering there are corners to turn & obstacles that could result in hitting other drivers. However, a professional go-kart driver will tell you that the secret behind turning the corners quickly is to slow down just slightly.

How does one do that? Don't start slowing halfway down the track to be ready for the turn. When you press the breaks, apply it just a few seconds before you make a turn. The slower you are at making the turn, the faster you exit. Of course, this is where the experience comes into play. You'll have to find the perfect timing between slowing down enough to get out of the corner as fast as possible.

 

Hosting a go-kart event and looking for facilities to do so? We have go-kart tracks in Utah that you can use, get in touch with us to see how we can help.

 

The top three things to lock down in planning an event are venue, venue, and venue. The location influences nearly all other aspects of logistics and the program, and you need to consider if an indoor or outdoor venue for your event is for you. Sometimes, the best option is an alfresco affair; you may want to take advantage of the beautiful weather, the gorgeous view, or you might need structures that will not fit under a roof. Though there are many reasons that you should choose an outdoor venue, you must also keep the following non-negotiables in mind.

 

Primary power source and generators

Figure out your production’s electricity needs and find a venue that can supply these. You would want a place that can accommodate your power levels but has rooms for generators. Spend time during your ocular visit to see where you can possibly let power cords run so that they don’t trip guests and suppliers. Your generators should also be set away from the event so that the guests aren’t distracted by the machines’ humming.

 

Nearby support facilities

Your guests and suppliers should be able to freely move in your event space. You wouldn’t want caterers making a veritable journey from the parking lot to your event; you need a place that has strategically planned areas. You also don’t want guests to be inconvenienced by a lack of toilets, especially outdoors. Consider an event place with a variety of restroom facilities in various places on site.

 

Focus on comfort and safety

Although it isn’t a host’s duty to babysit, you still have to consider how children, animal companions, the elderly, and differently-abled people would navigate your venue. Your space should have numerous safety procedures in place as well as big, readable signs and hazard warnings. Accessibility of parking spaces and temperature regulation like mist machines and air conditioners are also important.

 

A team that works with yours

If your group event requires you to bring your own suppliers, make sure you have enough space in your chosen venue for all of their equipment and vehicles. Check the place for ample parking space and for moving and breathing space behind the scenes. Your onsite staff should be experienced and able to custom-design an event for you. You need a venue with an operations team that is able to coordinate with your providers.

 

Contingency plans

As much as possible, schedule your event during the summer or early fall. These are the sunniest, most outdoor-friendly times of the year. However, if you cannot help but host during the rainy season, book a venue that is prepared for unexpected changes in the weather. A place that can accommodate a range of events—from seminars to concerts, retreats to conventions—will likely be prepared for anything you can throw at it.

 

Wrapping Up

An outdoor business event is a unique way to bring colleagues together. Set against the backdrop of a beautiful location, an outdoor affair can be a place where industry partners can find inspiration for their next projects. Outdoor events are also perfect times to showcase larger-than-life installations. And because you are not confined in an events hall, there is room for your party to sprawl and accommodate more guests. Finding the perfect venue for a laundry list of needs can be daunting but ultimately rewarding.

Outdoor events at Utah Motorsports Campus have the benefit of our 511-acre venue, which has vast but accessible infrastructures. Our battle-ready team is equipped for all types of gatherings, from the casual to the elegant, and we have proposals ready for both indoor and outdoor events. Whether you’re planning a corporate event, group event, or concert, we could be just the place. Contact us today to learn more.

If you’re an avid fan of go-karting and wondering whether or not you should let your underage child get in on the action, then this guide is for you. Here, we’ll talk about the different go-kart concerns you might have and provide the answers you’re looking for.

There are many considerations you want to take into account, so we’ll break it down sequentially and tackle one aspect at a time. Let’s get started!

 

Are children even allowed to drive a go-kart?

The answer is yes. Typically, people who go go-karting are required to present a driver’s license in order to race. However, kid-friendly go-karts and tracks do exist, and they are perfectly suited for minors.

In these junior go-kart tracks, the engines used are much less powerful, which means even kids can safely drive them. The tracks themselves are also a lot simpler, so the technical skill requirements are not that high.

Do keep in mind that some junior go-kart tracks further divide their for-kid tracks into different age brackets. These are as follows:

  • Kid: Ages 5 to 7
  • Cadet: Ages 7 to 12
  • Junior: Ages 12 to 15
  • Senior: Ages 15 to 18

The differences between the aforementioned brackets are the a) the size of the go-kart, and b) the engine’s horsepower rating—wherein the size and power of the go-kart increase as you from the kid bracket to the senior one.

Also, just because your child meets the age requirements doesn’t automatically mean that letting them race is a good idea. While there are several benefits to be gained in imparting the love of go-karting to your kids at an early age, there are other considerations, too. Let’s talk about those in the next section.

 

Other considerations before letting your child go go-karting

As we mentioned, for-kid go-karts are bracketed by age, but you must also take into consideration other factors involving your child. Let’s take a look below.

  • Their height: Some children might meet the age required for a certain bracket, but if they fail to meet the height requirement, they will not be allowed to race. You may, however, opt for a smaller kart for your child if it’s possible.
  • Their motor skills: Driving any type of vehicle will require a certain level of dexterity and coordination. Take into account your child’s motor skills before making any decision.
  • Their ability to focus: Similarly, go-karting will also require drivers to be constantly aware of the track and other drivers on it, and it can be a potentially hazardous activity, especially if your child is unable to pay attention to their surroundings.
  • Their enjoyment of the activity: Finally, don’t forget to consider your child’s enthusiasm for go-karting. You don’t want to be forcing them into an activity that they don’t actually derive any joy from.

 

Final words

All in all, the decision to let your child participate in go-karting ultimately falls on you. As such, you must first find out the real reason you are considering it in the first place. Are you looking to introduce the activity as a hobby or will it be more along the lines of a long-term endeavor?

If it is the former, then find a for-kids go-karting track near you so that you can take the activity on a test drive, so to speak. For those who fall into the latter group, you might want to do the same, and then eventually get your kid their own kart.

If you’d like to race on Utah’s finest go-karting tracks, contact us today and book your reservation.