Travis Pastrana [IMAGE]Travis Pastrana hit the professional motocross scene like a tidal wave only two seasons ago, sweeping everyone up with his enthusiasm and hard-charging riding style. Pastrana promptly took his Suzuki RM125 to several wins in the AMA 125cc Eastern Region Supercross Series, and followed that up by claiming the prestigious AMA 125cc Outdoor National Championship. He became the youngest rider ever to win a National title, and was named AMA Rookie of the Year for his efforts. But even that wasn't enough. Pastrana had already reached legendary status in the world of freestyle motocross -- a daring discipline focusing on radical jumping tricks popular with fans of "extreme" sports -- when he launched his motorcycle into the San Francisco Bay at the 1999 Summer X Games.
Flying through the air, spinning and flipping in any possible direction, knowing that at any moment, one false move could cause serious damage or death to the rider, these few reasons show why our culture has grown to love Bicycle Motocross or (BMX) and the thrill it brings to rider and spectator alike. The sport of BMX has always interested me because when I was younger I remember being so amazed by the sport when I would watch it on television. The tricks and flips the riders were doing shocked me. Once I got to junior high though stopped watching it until I saw the ESPN film “The Birth of Big Air” which showed the rise and peak of BMX riding and told the story of Mat Hoffmann, who is regarded for revolutionizing the sport and is known as the greatest rider of all time. BMX is split into two distinct categories, racing and freestyle.
Not only only did this open up eyes see what is possible in the dirt bike world but It also show Travis’s innovation and love to the sport. This is a major time in Pastrana's life as it changes view on what his future might hold. (Travis Pastrana | 1999-X-Games) Travis had to work hard to make new friends in his new career of freestyle and Motocross. Travis got all his friends to gather and the were called the Nitro Circus. The Nitro crew which consists of Travis Pastrana’s family/friends.
The introduction of a new, better-handling chassis in 1972 brought a change in character for the V-twin. The first sporty 750s were followed in 1976 by a long line of Le Mans models. (Wilson 103) Though some of these companies suffered many hardships on their road to success, they are all still making motorcycles, and some still winning world championships. Ducati has grown to be in most motorcycle enthusiast eyes as the greatest motorcycles ever built. They are still known for sleek design, superb handling, and extreme speed.
Millions of people tune in each year to watch the races on TV. These cars are extremely high performance seeing speeds of 200 mph; these cars include some of the most technologically advanced motors. As technology with cars increase Americans felt the need to compete to see who has the fastest most durable race car as well as bragging rights (“Top 10 Sporting Events”). Millions also tune in to watch Nascar every year which is placed on U.S. race tracks in the shape of an oval. As people raced others felt the need to break records to represent the ego of the big bad U.S.
It was capable of holding about 270,000 spectators to watch the races ("Circus Maximus princeton.edu") In 81 AD, Emperor Domitian connected his new palace on the Palatine to the Circus Maximus so he could have an easier view of the races. This happened to be a large action because they had to change around the whole racing course to fit in his window where he could watch. In 64 BC, they had a fire started from ... ... middle of paper ... ...o execute or even hang them. The Circus Maximus didn’t have any religious meaning, although so many people went to see all of the thrill, danger, entertainment and competition it almost was like a religious part of Rome. The races ended in 549 BC.
The drivers are often called kings of speed and they show their ability to drive fast every second week of the season. People wondered about this racing many years ago. The cars were very different from today’s formula ones. The question of safety and also the atmosphere of racing was different. It was a risk to drive so fast and a lot of tragic accidents happened.
The new engine, called a V-Twin, could propel a motorcycle at a lightning speed of 60 mph. thanks to the success of the V-twin, the company quickly developed a reputation for building reliable, fast motorcycles and by 1910, annual production rose to 3,200 machines. Although Pershing never caught Villa, the motorcycle proved its worth in combat, and when America entered World War I, Harley-Davidson was drafted. In 1917, Harley was supplying about half of its motorcycles to the military. But by the end of the war, all of Harley-Davidson 's production was going to the military¬-more than 20,000 motorcycles in all.
Lance Armstrong was born September 18th 1971 in Plano, Texas as a kid lance was a very talented athlete. Armstrong became involved and participating in sports when he was ten years old. Armstrong did a lot of practicing and took up competitive cycling at the age thirteen. Lance also started competing in triathlons when he was thirteen years old. Armstrong was very good at triathlons and became a professional triathlete when he was sixteen years old.
From the time that I could walk I had sports on my mind, walking around with a little baseball and bat or even a football. But as I grew up I found out there are even better sports than just your basic everyday high school events. The first one I seen was snocross, racing snowmobiles at high speeds with only one thing on your mind and that is to win. Soon after though came the introduction to the X-Games and it became my childhood dream to perform there with everyone screaming my name. What I know: The X-Games are a winter and summer time sporting event that happens each and every year.