A History of AMA Supercross

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In 1947, the Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) created the Motocross des Nations, an annual event to determine the World Team Motocross Champions. In 1957, the FIM fully embraced motocross by creating an individual World Motocross Championship Series.

In 1972 motocross was brought to high-profile stadiums across North America major urban sports stadiums, beginning with the Los Angeles Coliseum. The term “Supercross,” a combination of Super Bowl and Motocross, was coined.

In the 1980s and 1990s, teams, motorcycle manufacturers, broadcast partners, race facilities and sponsors worked together to bring the sport to new audiences. Top Supercross riders became household names, and off-road motorcycle sales soared. Today, AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, is undisputedly the top Supercross series in the world and draws elite rider talent from every corner of the globe.

The AMA Supercross Championship is presented in the 450 SX class, which primarily features four-stroke 450cc technology. The 250 SX class, which showcases riders on four-stroke 250cc motorcycles, is split into U.S. eastern and western regional divisions, each awarding its own title. AMA Supercross is featured in high-profile stadiums across North America.