Racing ATVs at any LevelRacing ATVs at anyLevelMitch JohnsonThose of you who enjoy riding all terrain vehicles asa sport know the widespread competition among ATV racers. Some ATVers race their quadsrecreationally amongst their friends and others are much more seriousracers. The serious ATV riders compete in races around the UnitedStates,some even around the world. These racers are most likely amateur orprofessional grade, meaning ATV racing is their life.Along with dirt bikes, ATV quads are a type of motocross racing in mostcases. Other ATV riders race in cross country competitions, such as thetournament in Las Vegas where riders race miles across the MojaveDesert.In the ATVing and off road racing world, there are many already wellestablished annual competitions in places such as Arizona andCalifornia,just to name a few.Each race, whether it is a traditional tournament or a newly establishedcompetition, will include a different ranking of racers. Somecompetitionsare designated as professional races, where ATV riders are awarded thelargest prizes of any competition for winning. Professional and highrankedcompetitions are, of course, the most popular, have the largest audienceandcontain the most rigorous racing trails.From professional ATV racing, other types of tournaments taper down toamateur and recreational riders. All types of ATV racing competitionsdrawa large and diverse crowd of supporters and spectators. Racing ATVs is avery competitive sport among the participants, and even down to thesmallestlocal races, riders are serious about their sport.No matter how diverse the varying types of ATV races may be, thediversitywithin any given ATV competition is greater. Within each ATV tournamentmany different types of riders are involved. Whether it is a single raceora series of races, riders are classified into racing groups, which aretheriders they will be competing against essentially.The racing classifications are determined by different standards,dependingon the rank of competition you are involved in. The type of ATV youdrive,its capabilities and motor classification are the main determiningfactorsin grouping ATV racers. In 2004 the standards and rules changed forwhichclass you and your ATV fall in, and they will continue to change asadministrators figure out what rules run the best races.As a result of the multiple classifications of ATV riders, there may beseveral first place winners in a single race if several classificationsareracing the same track at the same time. The classes of riders are onlythebeginning of diversity within a race. The multiple types, styles anddesigns of ATVs are reason for the different classes, which creates evenmore variety in the sport.While the competition level among ATV racers is high, there are stillthosewho are learning or they just enjoy racing recreationally. For thesetypesof ATVers, you can find local trails or racing tracks. They will oftencoordinate ATV races with whatever riders are available and some trackswillplan a weekend tournament for all local riders.Mitch Johnson is a successful freelance author that writes regularly forhttp://www.atv-parts-n-accessories.com, a site that focuses exclusively onatv reviews, as well as tips on choosing parts and accessories. Hisarticles have also been featured on recreational automotive sites.If you liked what Steel Horse News has to say pass it on Clickhere to email this to a friend.Amazon.com WidgetsCopyrightÂ© Steel Horse MotorcycleNews.Â May 15, 2012.