The ADAC MX Masters offers ambitious motocross riders a professional arena and was introduced by Europe's largest automobile club. Its declared aim is to boost this top-class sport at a national level and promote young motocross riders. And success has proved the organisers right, since the series has become an integral part of the motocross scene and enjoys an extremely high profile. This has been achieved through professional organisation, solid planning, a good working relationship with the motorcycle industry and the dedication of race meeting organisers. The motorcycle industry is represented by manufacturers such as KTM, Suzuki, Kawasaki, Honda, Yamaha and Husqvarna.
The ADAC MX Junior Cup and ADAC MX Youngster Cup series for young riders are now considered to be talent factories and enjoy an excellent reputation. The Belgian Harry Everts, a four-time motocross world champion and father of ten-time Motocross World Champion Stefan Everts, is full of praise for the ADAC MX Masters. "This series is the best thing that can happen to an ambitious motocross rider," he said. As regards its professional structure and organisation, the ADAC MX Masters gives the best preparation possible for the world championship and is the best series in Europe. "Here, young riders quickly learn what's what," commented Everts. He continually hears on his courses how much the young trainees think of the series: "The youngsters are really keen to line up in the junior classes of the ADAC MX Masters."
The ADAC MX Masters consists of four classes, the premier class ? the ADAC MX Masters ? and the junior classes ? the ADAC MX Youngster Cup, ADAC MX Junior Cup 125 and ADAC MX Junior Cup 85. The three lower classes give juniors the chance to go up against stiff, foreign competition and prove themselves at an early age.
After just a few races, every entrant knows exactly where he stands internationally. Riders in the ADAC MX Junior Cup 85 (Class 4) aged ten to fifteen and the 13-to-18-year-olds in the ADAC MX Junior Cup 125 (Class 3) will contest six meetings this year. The 14-21-year-olds in the ADAC MX Youngster Cup (Class 2) and ADAC MX Masters (Class 1) will go head-to-head at seven meetings in Germany and Austria.
Two points-scoring races, lasting 30 minutes plus two laps, are staged at each race weekend in the Masters class. The ADAC MX Youngster Cup riders must also contest two points-scoring races, each lasting 25 minutes plus two laps, while the rounds in the ADAC MX Junior Cup 125 last 20 minutes plus two laps as do those in the ADAC MX Junior Cup 85. There is also a last-chance race in the premier and Youngster classes for riders who have not qualified directly for the final round.
In addition, a manufacturers' championship, in which privateers who do not enjoy manufacturer support can also participate, is contested annually in the Masters class. Privateers have their own standings. Prize money amounting to around a quarter million is up for grabs.
An ADAC MX Masters meeting takes place over two days. Saturday is devoted mainly to practice and qualifying, and the opening round of the ADAC MX Junior Cup 85 takes place in the afternoon. Sunday is the main race day. After an initial warm-up lap, the ADAC MX Junior Cup 85 riders are normally the first to rock up to the starting gate to begin Race Sunday with their second fixture. The ADAC MX Junior Cup 125 riders compete next, followed by those in the ADAC MX Youngster Cup and the ADAC MX Masters. The second races in each class are held in the same sequence. The second championship race constitutes the grand finale for the ADAC MX Masters riders every race Sunday.
Points are awarded per race for positions one to twenty (25, 22, 20, 18, 16, 15, 14, 13, 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1). More detailed information is set out in the regulations.
Comprehensive statistics regarding the history of the series can be found on the website. Data on participants in all three classes has been kept since the beginning of the series. Some of the top riders from the MX1 World Championship have already competed several times in the ADAC MX Masters. Ken de Dycker earned his spurs in the ADAC MX Junior Cup back in 1998, and 2008 MX1 World Champion David Philippaerts took part in the 2006 ADAC MX Masters, just like former multiple world champions, Joel Smets and Mickael Pichon. Former MX1 World and World Championship runner-up Steve Ramon lined up several times in the ADAC MX Masters in 2008 and 2009 and was a regular at the track in 2010. But that's by no means all of the famous participants! Freestyle champ Matt Rebeaud also lined up in the ADAC MX Junior Cup in 1997, while Belgian MX pro Kevin Strijbos took part the following year. Regular guest riders moreover have included Russian Evgeny Bobryshev, New Zealander Ben Townley, the South African Tyla Rattray, the Spaniard Jonathan Barragan and the 2008 ADAC MX Junior Cup winner and 2012 MX2 World Champion Jeffrey Herlings from the Netherlands. Motorcycle racers like Michael Ranseder - he lined up for four years on the trot in the ADAC MX Junior Cup - and Dario Giuseppetti, who was a competitor in that class from 1997-1999, also laid the foundations for their successful careers in the ADAC MX Masters.