SMX racing or Supermoto Racing originated in the 1970′s when ABC Wide World of Sports put on a yearly televised “Superbikers” show that involved riders driving through different styles of courses all in one course. Flat track, motocross and road racing. This series ran every year until 1985. Some of riders who had participated in the series took it back overseas with them, where it became popular, and then re-introduced in the United States in the 2000′s.
The bikes were originally just a 2-Cycle off road bike that was modified to work on all the different environments. But as the popularity grew, as did the market for the bikes. Now more manufacturers (Ex: Suzuki) have started to invest in making specially bikes for the Supermoto series. These are bikes that can be worked on regular guys in their own home garages. Now you’ve got guys who outfit their garages with cabinets that are full of tools and parts for their bikes competing.
When riding in the Supermoto races, riders will wear a bit of a few different series. It closely resembles the off-road gear, but with motocross helmets and boots. With Supermoto being at a lower average speed then other series, the gear does not need to be as extreme.