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Racing ATVs at any Level
Mitch Johnson

Those of you who enjoy riding all terrain vehicles as a sport know the wide
spread competition among ATV racers. Some ATVers race their quads
recreationally amongst their friends and others are much more serious
racers. The serious ATV riders compete in races around the United States,
some even around the world. These racers are most likely amateur or
professional grade, meaning ATV racing is their life.

Along with dirt bikes, ATV quads are a type of motocross racing in most
cases. Other ATV riders race in cross country competitions, such as the
tournament in Las Vegas where riders race miles across the Mojave Desert.
In the ATVing and off road racing world, there are many already well
established annual competitions in places such as Arizona and California,
just to name a few.

Each race, whether it is a traditional tournament or a newly established
competition, will include a different ranking of racers. Some competitions
are designated as professional races, where ATV riders are awarded the
largest prizes of any competition for winning. Professional and high ranked
competitions are, of course, the most popular, have the largest audience and
contain the most rigorous racing trails.

From professional ATV racing, other types of tournaments taper down to
amateur and recreational riders. All types of ATV racing competitions draw
a large and diverse crowd of supporters and spectators. Racing ATVs is a
very competitive sport among the participants, and even down to the smallest
local races, riders are serious about their sport.

No matter how diverse the varying types of ATV races may be, the diversity
within any given ATV competition is greater. Within each ATV tournament
many different types of riders are involved. Whether it is a single race or
a series of races, riders are classified into racing groups, which are the
riders they will be competing against essentially.

The racing classifications are determined by different standards, depending
on the rank of competition you are involved in. The type of ATV you drive,
its capabilities and motor classification are the main determining factors
in grouping ATV racers. In 2004 the standards and rules changed for which
class you and your ATV fall in, and they will continue to change as
administrators figure out what rules run the best races.

As a result of the multiple classifications of ATV riders, there may be
several first place winners in a single race if several classifications are
racing the same track at the same time. The classes of riders are only the
beginning of diversity within a race. The multiple types, styles and
designs of ATVs are reason for the different classes, which creates even
more variety in the sport.

While the competition level among ATV racers is high, there are still those
who are learning or they just enjoy racing recreationally. For these types
of ATVers, you can find local trails or racing tracks. They will often
coordinate ATV races with whatever riders are available and some tracks will
plan a weekend tournament for all local riders.

Mitch Johnson is a successful freelance author that writes regularly for  , a site that focuses exclusively on
atv reviews, as well as tips on choosing parts and accessories. His
articles have also been featured on recreational automotive sites.

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