Last Updated on August 11, 2022

Desert motorcycle racing is a form of high-speed dirt bike racing that takes place in the desert. It is also known as desert motocross for it is a variant of off-road desert racing on 2-wheel vehicles such as dirt bikes.

The first official desert motorcycle race was held in the early 20th century in Mexico, from Ensenada to La Paz. The sport then quickly became popular across America, Africa and the Middle East.

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Desert Motorcycle Riding
Desert Motocross Racing

Desert Bikes

The best types of dirt bike for desert racing have a 2-stroke engine and are optimized for high performance on sandy trails and dunes. Enduro racing wheels and tyres are also used to race in the desert.

Here are some gear modifications which you can do to your bike for increasing its performance on sand:

Best Dirt Bike Tires for Sand Dunes

Maxxis Maxxcross Desert IT

KENDA Parker DT K772

Pirelli Scorpion MX Soft 410

Best Chains for Sand Dunes

Best Dirt Bike Chain for Sand Dunes - Regina Gold-X
Regina Gold-X
Best Dirt Bike Chain for Sand Dunes - Regina Gold-Z
Regina Gold-Z
Best Dirt Bike Chain for Sand Dunes - EK MVXZ X-Ring

Motocross Races

Some of the most popular desert races in America are branded Best In The Desert, which is also the longest off-road race event organizer in the US. Every year they organize around five dirt bike racing events in the Nevada desert.

The Dakar Rally, tradionally held in the Sahara Desert (in some years moved to South America or the Middle East), is one of the most recognized desert races in the world, and open to both 4-wheeled vehicles and motorbikes.

Red Bull Knock Out is an off-road dirt bike race held in the Netherlands on the beach of The Hague. While technically not a desert race, it is one of the toughest endurance motocross race in Europe.

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