mo·​to·​cross | \ ˈmō-tō-ˌkrȯs How to pronounce motocross (audio) \

Definition of motocross

: a closed-course motorcycle race over natural or simulated rough terrain (as with steep inclines, hairpin turns, and mud) also : the sport of engaging in motocross races

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The bike maker’s signature orange livery has been on innumerable podiums across the world for motocross, enduros, trials and rallies. Joe Michaud, San Diego Union-Tribune, "2019 KTM 790 Duke: a lightweight, midsize rocket of a bike," 25 Aug. 2019 Kids events, food and drink, Dodge Demon simulators, freestyle motocross and stunt bike shows are also on tap. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "Let the tire shredding begin: Roadkill Nights returns to Pontiac, adds events Friday," 9 Aug. 2019 An international field of motocross rider will compete at the Washougal National at Washougal MX Park starting on Wednesday, July 24, with Amateur Days and wrapping up with Pro Race Day on Saturday, July 27., "Pro motocross returns to the Pacific Northwest with Washougal National taking place Saturday," 23 July 2019 Rickie Fowler was 11 in June 2000, more into motocross than golf. Ron Kroichick,, "Tiger Woods’ win in 2000 Open still leaves players marveling," 11 June 2019 The team is currently testing additional models and is expanding to look at those designed for mountain biking and bike motocross, or BMX. Alan Levin,, "Bicyclists' injury risk seen doubled if they lack latest helmets," 28 June 2018 During driver introductions, Deegan, the daughter of freestyle motocross legend Brian Deegan, was handed a cap and gown to wear over her racing fire suit and then presented with her diploma. John Smallwood,, "Just graduated from high school, Hailie Deegan now focuses on a career in NASCAR," 27 June 2018 The team is currently testing additional models and is expanding to look at those designed for mountain biking and bike motocross, or BMX. Alan Levin,, "Bicyclists’ Injury Risk Could Be Doubled If They Lack Latest Helmets," 26 June 2018 Seen: Video of motocross star Eli Tomac (the son of Mountain Bike Hall of Famer John) stuffing the front wheel of his machine so hard that the twisting action of the handlebars dislocated one shoulder to the anterior and the second to the posterior. Marc Peruzzi, Outside Online, "19 Lessons I Learned from Extreme Sports Pros," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of motocross

1951, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for motocross

French, from moto motorcycle (short for motocyclette) + cross-country, from English

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English Language Learners Definition of motocross

: the sport of racing motorcycles over a rough course with many hills, sharp turns, etc.

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