The speed and competitive nature of motocross has made it one of the most popular extreme sports. It takes great upper body strength and can be very demanding. If speed is what you enjoy then motocross is your sport. Bumping, cornering and jumping is the name of the game. Some go over the obstacles with speed and tricks in the air while others go over gradual and with much more caution. July 11, 2010 found many Montana motocross enthusiasts at the Bozeman, Montana Hyline Motocross Track. It is located just past Bozeman on highway191 in what appears to be the middle of a hay field. The snow-capped mountains in the background make a beautiful setting.
As the bike engines start, the noise is loud and the ground feels like it is vibrating. Bikers tense up and let go, dirt flies and the excitement begins. Racing bikes is for men, women, boys, girls and ranges in age from 80 to 5. Families gather to watch their husbands, wives, children, grandparents and grandchildren race. Dogs of all sizes and shapes attend as well.
The crowd moves with the bikers, going from side to side of the inside and outside track area. Each spectator is following their special rider, watching and anticipating as they race around the track. The track weaves around long and short corners, over large and small hills, bumps and riders go round the track. Crashes occur and a trained staff take over and assist. The white flag comes out when there is one lap remaining. Riders jokey for first place with the end in site and the crowd watching and cheering. The smell of burgers and other food takes over for a short time over the smell of motorcycle exhaust and dirt.