What is Sidecarcross?

Sidecarcross is a sport where teams of two men race motorcycles outfitted with sidecars on an earthen track. The driver and passenger work together in order to maneuver the motorcycle around the track's curves and jumps.
It doesn’t matter if the sidecar is attached on the right or on the left side of the actual motorcycle. In general sidecarcrews from countries where the drive at the right-side of the road also riding a right-hander and crews from England for example, where they drive on the left-side of the road, are riding a left-hander. 

The Englishman Brown (111) with a left-hander fighting with the 
Russian Rodionov brothers driving a right-hander



Sidecarcross is very similar to regular motocross but with a different type of motorcycle chassis, and with a team of two people riding together instead of one. Sidecarcross is carried out in the same way as regular motocross on  the same tracks. Handling offcourse is different due to the sidecar. 
The driver handles the bike
a bit similar to the way he does in regular motocross races but the bike doesn’t lean on turns. And that’s where the passenger comes into play and  has to deliver on the crucial task of moving his weight around in the sidecar  to ensure that the bike goes faster and does not flip over  on turns and jumps. In fact it’s the passenger who ends up doing more physical activity in this sport than the driver. Hence it’s important that the passenger is in the best physical condition possible before he gets into the sidecar.
One of the most important aspects of sidecar racing is teamwork; the best sidecar teams in the world developed a high  level of teamwork needed to be successful in the sport.

The passenger has to lean out of the sidecar in some turns 
to make sure the sidecar doesn't flip over


The official FIM World championship is held over several GP rounds at top motocross venues throughout Europe. A sidecarcross GP takes two days. On Saturday the qualifying and on suday the actual GP-races for the championship points. At some of the GP’s the qualifying is actually a ‘real one’ 
because only thirthy sidecarcrews can enter the GP on Sunday and most of the GP’s more then thirty teams are signed in. 
In that case the split all the sidecarcrews in two groups
the ‘A’ and the ‘B’ group according to the actual world championship standings.
The leader goes to A-group, second team goes to the B-group, third team to A etc.) Both goups have to race one heat to be sure that they belong to the best thirty teams who can enter on sunday. If a team doesn’t make this, the GP weekend ends on Saturday.
On Sunday there are two GP-heats, duration 30 minutes + two rounds, where sidecarcrews can earn points for the FIM World Championship
Other races, like national championships, are held on one day instead of two.
The sport is very popular in Eastern and North-Western Europe. There is a much smaller scene in North America and Australia. The most successful sidecar-motocrosser in history is the Dutchman Daniël Willemsen, who has become World Champion nine times so far as a driver. Other very succesfull crews from the past where Sergis/Rasmanis from Latvia (6 times World Champion) and two crews from Switserland
both becoming World Champion 4 times; Bächthold/Füss and Fuhrer/Kaiser.

Dutchman Daniël Willemsen (nr.1) overtakes the Latvian team Sergis/Rasmanis
in front of the eyes of thousands of spectators during a GP