In this issue of Racer X you’ll find a feature called “Blue Expressway” about an ambitious new strategy being deployed by the Monster Energy/Star Yamaha Racing team, bringing top amateurs together with top pros in hopes of helping the kids learn the ropes of motocross and supercross quicker. It’s something that combines the two major tracks that amateur motocross in America runs on right now—major amateur motocross races and long residences at year-round riding facilities—and adds a third track, which is the rare chance to test, train, and practice alongside top professionals. And that third rail will definitely be a huge advantage when the younger riders graduate to Monster Energy AMA Supercross, which has an outsized value for race teams here in America. The game has simply changed here in the four-stroke era, as the focus on supercross has trickled down to the amateur ranks. And that in turn has seen the focus of young riders and their parents in this country shift.
The game has simply changed here in the four-stroke era, as the focus on supercross has trickled down to the amateur ranks.
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