Gear up for the 2024 Season

Rev your engines and brace yourselves, folks! The 2024 season is gearing up to be the ultimate showdown of top talent! Here is a breakdown of what has unfolded in the off-season.

Red Bull KTM: Chase Sexton, the Defender


The reigning 450SX Champion, Chase Sexton, is making a move that’s sending shockwaves through the motocross motoverse. Sexton, now donning the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing colors, is set to defend his 2023 AMA Supercross Championship.

Sexton, with a bold career move, is eager to work with the KTM powerhouse. “I think we have a bright future together,” he declared. The union of Sexton’s talent and KTM’s legacy is a concoction destined for glory.


Team Honda HRC: Hunter Lawrence’s Grand Ascent to 450 Premier Class

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Hunter Lawrence, the Australian prodigy who conquered the 250 scene last season, is moving up to the big leagues for 2024. The 24-year-old speed demon is saddling up on the CRF450RWE, ready to battle it out in the AMA Supercross, Pro Motocross, and SuperMotocross series.

Lawrence, after clinching 250 titles last season, expressed his excitement about the promotion. “I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished in my 250 career, but it’s exciting to move up to the premier class for 2024,” he shared. With off-season testing promising, and the Lawrence brothers reunited on the big bikes, Team Honda HRC is revving up for a show-stopping season.


Honda’s Rising Sun: Jo Shimoda’s Journey Continues

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Jo Shimoda, the Japanese sensation, is set to ride the CRF250R for Honda’s factory squad in 2024 and ’25. The 22-year-old, with a history of breaking barriers, aims to add another chapter to his impressive career. Shimoda’s return to Honda is a reunion worth celebrating, and with teammates like Jett and Hunter Lawrence, this squad is a force to be reckoned with.

Shimoda, beaming with enthusiasm, said, “I’m super-stoked to join Honda’s factory team.” His eyes are set on an AMA championship, and the chemistry with his teammates could turn this season into a Japanese motocross revolution.


Rockstar Energy Husqvarna: Farres Joins the 250 Class

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Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing is turning up the heat with the addition of Guillem Farres to their 250 Class program. The 20-year-old Spaniard is ready to make waves in 250SX.

Farres, after showcasing his potential in the latter part of the 2022 season, is thrilled to be part of the Husqvarna family. Nathan Ramsey, Team Manager, sees Farres as a rising star, and with the Baker’s Factory program in the mix, the Spaniard is geared up for a spectacular debut in 2024.


Rockstar Energy Husqvarna: Casey Cochran’s Pro Debut

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Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing is also adding 17-year-old Casey Cochran in the 2024 season. After a stellar amateur career, Cochran is ready to step into the spotlight, making his mark in the SuperMotocross World Championship on the FC 250.

Nathan Ramsey, Team Manager, expressed his excitement, saying, “He’s a very hard worker and is full of potential for a great future.” The anticipation for Cochran’s pro debut is palpable, and the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna squad is ready to nurture this budding talent.


Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/GASGAS: Ryder DiFrancesco’s Rookie Quest

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Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/GASGAS Factory Racing has a new prodigy in town, and his name is Ryder DiFrancesco. The 18-year-old is set to embark on his rookie 250SX campaign, bringing his explosive talent to the tracks.

Max Lee, Team Manager, is thrilled about DiFrancesco joining the team, stating, “He has a lot of talent and a good work ethic.” With DiFrancesco transitioning from a decorated amateur career to the professional ranks, the 2024 season promises to be a captivating chapter in his motocross journey.


Get ready, the 2024 Supercross season is on the horizon, and with these riders and teams, we’re in for a wild ride. Stay tuned for the twists, turns, and high-flying action that will define this thrilling season. The countdown to Anaheim 1 has never felt this electrifying! Secure your A1 tickets now.

2023 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

The roar of engines, the smell of burning rubber, and the thrill of two-wheeled feats of daring courage—these are the hallmarks of the motorcycle racing world. And on a crisp September evening in Pickerington, Ohio, the epicenter of motorcycling, the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame welcomed its 2023 Class with all the pomp and fervor that this distinguished group of legends deserved.

The 2023 inductees, comprising Rita Coombs, Ryan Dungey, Barry Hawk, Grant Langston, and Travis Pastrana, took center stage under the spotlight to receive their well-deserved accolades, Hall of Fame Rings, and iconic gold jackets. In the heart of Pickerington, a town known not only for housing the AMA headquarters but also for its storied AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, these motorcycling titans found themselves on hallowed ground, forever etching their names in history.

AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman set the tone for the evening when he addressed the assembled crowd. “We’re truly delighted to gather here in Pickerington, Ohio,” Dingman began, his voice carrying the weight of the occasion. “This year’s inductees have the privilege of personally experiencing the hallowed grounds where they will be forever immortalized and celebrated as honored members of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame. But this event is far more than a banquet and ceremony; it also serves as a unique opportunity for us to unite in our shared mission of safeguarding motorcycle history for generations yet to come.”

Emcees Perry King, the renowned actor and director, and Laurette Nicoll, a motocross rider, sidecar enthusiast, and sideline reporter, led the audience on a journey through the remarkable lives and achievements of the Hall of Fame inductees.

The evening wasn’t just about celebrating the present, though; it was also a time to honor the memories of Hall of Famers who had passed away during the last year: Earl Bowlby, Fred Fox, Ronnie Rall, and Peter Starr.

Supporters and partners played a pivotal role in making the 2023 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony a roaring success., National Powersports Dealer Association, Dealernews, MX Sports, Feld Entertainment, Bromley Powersports, KTM, Yamaha, and Broc Glover all lent their support, highlighting the deep industry connections and partnerships that fuel the world of motorcycle racing.

The Class of 2023 was officially inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame on this unforgettable evening. Each inductee, after receiving their rings and jackets, addressed the audience through heartfelt speeches and engaging Q&A sessions with the emcees. Here’s a closer look at the 2023 inductees:

Rita Coombs: Born in 1941, Rita Coombs’ journey into motorcycle racing began unexpectedly. While her initial career path led her toward teaching, a viewing of “On Any Sunday” in 1972, alongside her husband Dave, sparked a newfound passion. The Coombs then ventured into motorcycle race promoting, creating the AMA Grand National Cross Country series and the renowned AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch. Rita’s dedication to the sport continued even after her husband’s passing in 1998, as she steered the family business alongside her children.

Ryan Dungey: Possessing an unparalleled 10-year run in motocross/Supercross history, Ryan Dungey earned his place in the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame. With four AMA Supercross 450SX titles, three motocross championships in the 450 class, and leadership of Team USA to three consecutive Motocross of Nations titles, Dungey’s career was one of dominance. Beyond his racing achievements, he founded the Ryan Dungey Foundation, dedicated to helping children lead healthy lives and supporting cancer fighters.

Barry Hawk: Over his 20-year racing career, Barry Hawk displayed unmatched versatility. As an eight-time AMA Grand National Cross Country Champion, Hawk was a force in both ATV and bike championships, being the only racer to win GNCC championships on both. Today, he serves as the team manager for the Coastal Gas Gas Factory Racing Team, nurturing future GNCC champions.

Grant Langston: Grant Langston’s incredible career spans continents and disciplines. From winning a World MX title to an AMA MX Championship and both AMA Supercross Regional Championships in the 125/250cc divisions, Langston’s prowess is legendary. His career was marked by numerous championships, including the 450cc Pro Motocross Championship in 2007. A tumor in his eye in 2008 curtailed his racing career, but Langston has since embarked on ventures like owning a multi-brand motorcycle dealership and working as a race commentator.

Travis Pastrana: Travis Pastrana, a name synonymous with adrenaline-fueled stunts and motocross victories, is a captivating figure in the motorcycle world. From becoming the youngest racer to claim an AMA Pro MX title at 16 to amassing 17 X Games medals, including 11 golds, Pastrana’s journey was nothing short of extraordinary. As the founder of the Nitro Circus brand, he revolutionized entertainment in motorsports and left an indelible mark.

The Class of 2023 exhibit, featuring bikes and memorabilia from these legendary inductees, will be open to the public starting Friday, September 15. It’s an opportunity for fans and enthusiasts to connect with the history and greatness that defines the world of motorcycle racing.

In the end, the 2023 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony was more than just an event; it was a tribute to the passion, dedication, and indomitable spirit that drives motorcycle racing forward. As these legends took their place among the immortals of the sport, they reminded us all that in the world of motorcycles, greatness knows no bounds.

The Holy Grail of Amateur Motocross Racing

The Monster Energy AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship, formerly known as Loretta Lynn’s Amateur Championship, holds a special place in the world of motocross racing. Held annually at Loretta Lynn’s family ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee, this prestigious event is renowned as the world’s largest amateur motocross race. Not only does it offer riders a chance to showcase their skills, but it also serves as the final stepping stone before they embark on their professional careers.

The roots of Loretta Lynn’s Amateur Championship trace back to the early 1980s when race promoter Dave Coombs proposed the idea of a national amateur race held away from the participants’ home grounds. Loretta and her husband, Mooney, immediately embraced the concept and in 1982, the first race was held on their 6,000-acre horse ranch. Today, it has evolved into the premier event of the amateur motocross world, attracting participants from all corners of the country.

To secure a spot in the championship, contestants must qualify through a series of events organized specifically for each of the 37 racing classes. Only the top 42 riders in each class receive an invitation to compete at Loretta Lynn’s. The intense competition and unique format, consisting of three 20-minute motos (plus two laps), create an atmosphere akin to a Nationals Outdoor event rather than an amateur race.

Over the years, Loretta Lynn’s has produced a remarkable roster of champions, many of whom went on to become household names in American motocross. Riders like Ricky Carmichael, James Stewart Jr., Mike Alessi, Ryan Villopoto, Ryan Dungey, Eli Tomac, Jason Anderson, Cooper Webb, and Adam Cianciarulo are just a few examples of past winners who achieved great success in their professional careers.

For young motocross riders, Loretta Lynn’s represents the pinnacle of their amateur journey. It is a challenging and fair playing field, where riders must earn their spot through hard work and dedication. Unlike year-round tracks or motocross schools, Loretta Lynn’s is a temporary and exclusive venue that adds to its allure and sense of accomplishment.

Loretta Lynn’s continues to be a beloved event for motocross enthusiasts and families alike. The race is held every year during the first week of August, followed by the remaining rounds of the AMA Outdoor Motocross season. It is not only a thrilling motocross competition but also a gathering of the motocross community, where industry insiders and fans come together to witness the next generation of motocross talent.

Loretta Lynn’s Amateur Championship stands as a hallowed ground for amateur motocross riders, offering a fair and challenging platform to showcase their skills before making the leap to the professional ranks. The event’s rich history, iconic winners, and unique atmosphere make it a truly unforgettable experience for all who participate. As the motocross community gathers each year at Loretta Lynn’s family ranch, the legacy of this remarkable championship continues to inspire the next generation of motocross superstars.

Eat: Lugo’s Restaurant, Log Cabin Restaurant, Las Plazas Mexican Restaurant, Samuel’s on the Square, Rusty Rooster, Lances Pizza & Subs, The Chef and I
Stay: Virgin Hotels Nashville


July 31, 2023 – August 5, 2023

Monster Energy AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship Race Schedule


Tuesday | August 1st

1 Vet (30+) 7:30 am
2 450 B 8:00 am
3 125 C 8:30 am
4 85cc (10-12) 9:00 am
5 65cc (7-9) Limited 9:30 am
6 Senior (40+) 10:00 am
7 Mini Sr. 2 (13-15) 10:30 am
8 450 C 11:00 am
* Open Pro Sport 11:30 am
9 250 B Limited 12:00 pm
10 65cc (10-11) Limited 12:30 pm
Intermission 1:00 pm
11 Mini Sr. 1 (12-14) 1:30 pm
12 Masters (50+) 2:00 pm
13 125 Jr. (12-17) B/C 2:30 pm
* 250 B 3:00 pm
14 Junior (25+) 3:30 pm
15 250 C 4:00 pm
16 WMX 4:30 pm
17 College (18-24) 5:00 pm
A Micro 1 (4-6) Shaft Drive Ltd 5:30 pm
B Micro-E (4-7) Limited
C Micro 2 (4-6) Limited
D Micro 3 (7-8) Limited


Wednesday | August 2nd

18 Supermini 1 (12-15) 7:30 am
19 65cc (7-9) 8:00 am
20 250 C Jr. (12-17) Limited 8:30 am
21 450 B Limited 9:00 am
22 85cc (10-12) Limited 9:30 am
23 Schoolboy 1 (12-17) B/C 10:00 am
24 Senior (45+) 10:30 am
25 250 C Limited 11:00 am
* 250 Pro Sport 11:30 am
26 Schoolboy 2 (12-17) B/C 12:00 pm
27 Girls (11-16) 12:30 pm
28 65cc (10-11) 1:00 pm
Intermission 1:30 pm
29 Supermini 2 (13-16) 2:00 pm
1 Vet (30+) 2:30 pm
2 450 B 3:00 pm
3 125 C 3:30 pm
4 85cc (10-12) 4:00 pm
5 65cc (7-9) Limited 4:30 pm
6 Senior (40+) 5:00 pm
* Open Pro Sport 5:30 pm
7 Mini Sr. 2 (13-15) 6:00 pm
8 450 C 6:30 pm


Thursday | August 3rd 

9 250 B Limited 7:30 am
10 65cc (10-11) Limited 8:00 am
11 Mini Sr. 1 (12-14) 8:30 am
12 Masters (50+) 9:00 am
13 125 Jr. (12-17) B/C 9:30 am
* 250 B 10:00 am
14 Junior (25+) 10:30 am
15 250 C 11:00 am
16 WMX 11:30 am
17 College (18-24) 12:00 pm
18 Supermini 1 (12-15) 12:30 pm
19 65cc (7-9) 1:00 pm
Intermission 1:30 pm
20 250 C Jr. (12-17) Limited 2:00 pm
21 450 B Limited 2:30 pm
22 85cc (10-12) Limited 3:00 pm
* 250 Pro Sport 3:30 pm
23 Schoolboy 1 (12-17) B/C 4:00 pm
24 Senior (45+) 4:30 pm
25 250 C Limited 5:00 pm
D Micro 3 (7-8) Limited 5:30 pm
A Micro 1 (4-6) Shaft Drive Ltd
B Micro-E (4-7) Limited
C Micro 2 (4-6) Limited


Friday | August 4th

26 Schoolboy 2 (12-17) B/C 7:30 am
27 Girls (11-16) 8:00 am
28 65cc (10-11) 8:30 am
29 Supermini 2 (13-16) 9:00 am
1 Vet (30+) 9:30 am
2 450 B 10:00 am
3 125 C 10:30 am
4 85cc (10-12) 11:00 am
5 65cc (7-9) Limited 11:30 am
6 Senior (40+) 12:00 pm
7 Mini Sr. 2 (13-15) 12:30 pm
Intermission 1:00 pm
8 450 C 1:30 pm
9 250 B Limited 2:00 pm
10 65cc (10-11) Limited 2:30 pm
* 250 Pro Sport 3:00 pm
11 Mini Sr. 1 (12-14) 3:30 pm
12 Masters (50+) 4:00 pm
* 250 B 4:30 pm
13 125 Jr. (12-17) B/C 5:00 pm
C Micro 2 (4-6) Limited 5:30 pm
D Micro 3 (7-8) Limited
A Micro 1 (4-6) Shaft Drive Ltd
B Micro-E (4-7) Limited


Saturday | August 5th

14 Junior (25+) 7:30 am
15 250 C 8:00 am
16 WMX 8:30 am
17 College (18-24) 9:00 am
18 Supermini 1 (12-15) 9:30 am
19 65cc (7-9) 10:00 am
20 250 C Jr. (12-17) Limited 10:30 am
21 450 B Limited 11:00 am
22 85cc (10-12) Limited 11:30 am
23 Schoolboy 1 (12-17) B/C 12:00 pm
* Open Pro Sport 12:30 pm
Intermission 1:00 pm
24 Senior (45+) 1:30 pm
25 250 C Limited 2:00 pm
26 Schoolboy 2 (12-17) B/C 2:30 pm
27 Girls (11-16) 3:00 pm
28 65cc (10-11) 3:30 pm
29 Supermini 2 (13-16) 4:00 pm

Another 1-1 at Washougal Extends Jett Lawrence’s Perfect Season Through Eight Rounds in 2023 Pro Motocross Championship

Rookie Haiden Deegan Captures First Career Moto Sweep in 250 Class to Tighten Championship Battle

The 2023 Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, made its final appearance on the West Coast on Saturday with its annual visit to the Pacific Northwest and the scenic landscape of Washougal MX Park. Abundant sunshine and temperatures in the mid-80’s provided ideal conditions for the Washougal National, presented by Peterson CAT, as the perfect season by Team Honda HRC’s Jett Lawrence in his first 450 Class campaign continued with another assertive performance from the young Australian for his eighth straight overall win and 15th and 16th moto victories. In the 250 Class, rookie Haiden Deegan enjoyed the best outing of his young career with an impressive effort that saw the Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing rider go 1-1 for the first time to tighten up the championship battle with his second win of the season.

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Moto 1

The opening moto of the premier class began with the Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing machine of Dylan Ferrandis out front just ahead of Lawrence while his Team Honda HRC teammate Chase Sexton battled his way into third. Ferrandis kept Lawrence at bay to lead the opening lap, which made him just the third different rider to do so this season and ended a 105 laps-led streak by Lawrence.

The Frenchman maintained his hold of the lead for another lap but Lawrence was able to make the pass and grab control of the moto. Ferrandis gave pursuit from second as Sexton looked to close in from third. As the moto continued the lead trio settled into their respective positions on the track while Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Jason Anderson kept them honest in fourth.

At the 15-minute mark Sexton mounted his attack on Ferrandis and seized the moment to grab second. At that point, Sexton sat 6.5 seconds behind his teammate and looked to log his fastest laps of the moto to try and close the gap. However, Lawrence didn’t let up and extended the lead to 7.5 seconds.

Lawrence maintained his lead the rest of the way and extended his undefeated streak to 15 motos, crossing the finish line 7.9 seconds ahead of Sexton, who was never challenged in second. Ferrandis fended off a pair of challenges by Anderson to secure third, while Anderson settled for fourth and his Monster Energy Kawasaki teammate Adam Cianciarulo in fifth.

Jett Lawrence - Washougal National

Jett Lawrence captured moto wins 15 and 16 to continue his perfect
season with his eight straight overall victory.
Photo: Align Media

Moto 2

The second and final moto of the afternoon got underway with a gate malfunction, which necessitated a red flag and restart for the 40-rider field. On the restart it was Plesssinger out front for the Holeshot as Lawrence and Sexton duked it out for second, from which Lawrence grabbed control of the position. Anderson slotted into fourth with Ferrandis in fifth.

The clear track paid dividends for Plessinger as he was able to maintain his hold of the lead through the opening five minutes as Lawrence appeared to settle in and bide his time, maintaining his advantage over Sexton in third. With about 10 minutes down in the moto Lawrence closed in, looked for a way by and made a quick and decisive pass on Plessinger to take control of the moto. Plessinger then waged battle with Sexton for second, with the Honda rider able to make a quick pass to try and keep his teammate within reach.

About 2.5 seconds separated the Honda riders as the moto approached the halfway point, with both riders trading momentum. Sexton appeared to be the slightly faster rider and was able to cut the gap to under two seconds. The distance between the duo continued to tighten as the moto surpassed the 15-minute mark.

The lead stabilized between 1.3 to 1.5 seconds through the heart of the moto as both riders continued to play the on-track chess match. As they approached lapped riders the battle shifted into Lawrence’s favor as the lead grew to two seconds. With three minutes to go the teammates were closer than they’d been all moto, separated by just over a second. Both riders waited for the moment to pick up the pace for one final push, but the potential battle ended when Sexton briefly tipped over.

The lead grew to nearly 10 seconds by the time Sexton resumed, which allowed Lawrence to keep the unbeaten streak intact. Lawrence wrapped up moto win 16 by three seconds over Sexton, while Plessinger parlayed his holeshot into a third-place effort, just ahead of Anderson.

Chase Sexton - Washougal National

Chase Sexton settled for his fourth straight runner-up finish (2-2).
Photo: Align Media


Lawrence’s latest 1-1 performance signified his first ever moto wins at Washougal as his quest for a perfect season has surpassed eight rounds, with three remaining. His eighth career win breaks the Aussie into the top 20 on the all-time wins list. Sexton settled for his fourth straight runner-up effort (2-2), while Anderson became the newest rider this season to finish on the overall podium in third (4-4).

Lawrence’s massive lead in the 450 Class standings has grown to 95 points over Ferrandis, who finished fourth overall (3-5), while Plessinger’s fifth-place finish (7-3) allowed him to maintain his hold of third, 120 points behind Lawrence.

Jason Anderson - Washougal National

Jason Anderson earned his first podium finish of the season (4-4)
in his fourth start since returning from injury.

Photo: Align Media

Jett Lawrence, Team Honda HRC
“There’s a first time for everything [winning at Washougal]. I was pumped to make my way around Chase [Sexton] on the start. I was a little down on myself [in the final moto] and I was hoping [Sexton] was feeling as [tired] as I was. Then he went down, so that’s a bummer. This has been a surreal season so far.”

Chase Sexton, Team Honda HRC
“I was starting to get closer [to Lawrence] in the later stages of that [last] race. I came into a corner and stalled it. I felt like I had good speed and could put in a charge to catch him, but I didn’t know where I’d pass him. Another solid weekend, not what I wanted, but we’ll keep trying to get better.”

Jason Anderson, Monster Energy Kawasaki
“It’s been a long year, getting hurt and coming back. These outdoors don’t get any easier as I get older, but I’m enjoying it. I want to be battling those guys up front, but I’m so happy to be up here.”

450 Podium - Washougal National

450 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish // Points)

  1. Jett Lawrence, Landsborough, Qld., Australia, Honda (1-1 // 50)
  2. Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda (2-2, 44)
  3. Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Kawasaki (4-4 // 36)
  4. Dylan Ferrandis, Avignon, France, Yamaha (3-5 // 36)
  5. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, KTM (7-3 // 34)
  6. Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki (5-7 // 30)
  7. Garrett Marchbanks, Coalville, Utah, Yamaha (8-6 // 28)
  8. Ty Masterpool, Fallon, Nev., Kawasaki (6-8 // 28)
  9. Phil Nicoletti, Cochecton, N.Y., Yamaha (11-9 // 22)
  10. Colt Nichols, Muskogee, Okla., Kawasaki (10-10 // 22)

450 Class Championship Standings (Round 8 of 11)

  1. Jett Lawrence, Landsborough, Qld., Australia, Honda – 400
  2. Dylan Ferrandis, Avignon, France, Yamaha – 305
  3. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, KTM – 280
  4. Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki – 236
  5. Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda – 218
  6. Ty Masterpool, Fallon, Nev., Kawasaki – 190
  7. Garrett Marchbanks, Coalville, Utah, Yamaha – 174
  8. Fredrik Noren, Lidköping, Sweden, Suzuki – 169
  9. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., KTM – 147
  10. Jose Butron, Cadiz, Spain, GASGAS – 132

450 Class Highlights – Washougal National

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Moto 1

The first 250 Class moto began with Deegan leading the field through the first turns and to the Holeshot aboard his Yamaha, followed closely by Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing teammate Justin Cooper and Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Max Vohland. Further back, championship leader and Team Honda HRC rider Hunter Lawrence looked to move forward from a start deep inside the top 10.

A clear track serves as a major advantage at Washougal, and it allowed Deegan to quickly establish a multi-second lead over Cooper, who soon settled into second. As the moto surpassed its first 10 minutes Deegan extended his lead even further, to more than five seconds on the field. Cooper continued to maintain control of second, while Vohland gave chase from third. Not far behind Lawrence was on a march to the front, picking off riders to break into the top five.

Just past the halfway point of the moto Lawrence made the pass on Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Seth Hammaker for fourth and quickly closed in on Vohland to apply pressure on third. Lawrence was patient and made the pass to take control of third and then looked to close in on Cooper. As they entered the final five minutes of the moto Lawrence’s pursuit of Cooper allowed both riders to erase some of the deficit to Deegan.

A determined Lawrence made a savvy pass on Cooper to move into second and had just over two minutes and two laps to try and catch Deegan as the leaders started to navigate heavy lapped traffic. Deegan’s lead stabilized at around four seconds during the final two laps, and he carried on to capture his second career moto win. He crossed the finish line 2.7 seconds ahead of Lawrence, with Cooper in third. Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s RJ Hampshire followed in fourth, while Vohland held on for fifth.

Haiden Deegan - Washougal National

Haiden Deegan enjoyed the best outing of his young career,
going 1-1 to capture the second victory of his rookie season.
Photo: Align Media

Moto 2

The second and deciding moto kicked off with a trio of Monster Energy Yamahas at the head of the pack as Cooper secured the Holeshot just ahead of Washougal native Levi Kitchen and Deegan, who gave up third to Hammaker. Lawrence started just outside the top five in sixth behind Hampshire.

After Deegan made the pass on Hammaker for third the field settled in through the opening five minutes of the moto until Hampshire tucked his front end and tipped over, which allowed Lawrence to assume fifth. The battle back up front intensified as Kitchen looked to put pressure on Cooper, which allowed Deegan to close in from third. Behind the leaders Lawrence made the pass on Hammaker for fourth and quickly closed in on Deegan’s rear fender to establish a four-rider battle out front, separated by less than four seconds.

In his pursuit of Deegan as miscue by Deegan put Lawrence on the ground. He remounted quickly but dropped to fifth as Hammaker re-assumed fourth. Back up front, Deegan refocused his attention on his teammates and looked to mount an attack on Kitchen for second. The rookie showed patience and took advantage of an alternate line to cut under Kitchen and take over the runner-up spot for a pass that was significant in the overall classification.

Just past the halfway point of the moto 4.9 seconds separated Cooper and Deegan. A few positions behind Lawrence was able to track down Hammaker and reclaim fourth. As Kitchen and Lawrence engaged in a battle for third, Deegan started to chip away at his deficit to Cooper.

As the moto clock entered its final three minutes Deegan had closed in to within just over two seconds of Cooper. He continued to inch closer as his late charge got the rookie within a second of Cooper. Once there Deegan posted the single-fastest lap of the entire event to storm past Cooper and seize the lead with less than a minute remaining.

Deegan closed out the moto emphatically, with lap times multiple seconds faster than anyone else on the track. His lead surged to nearly double digits as he took the white flag. Deegan cruised home to wrap up his first career moto sweep, taking the checkered flag 7.9 seconds ahead of Cooper, while Kitchen completed the Yamaha sweep of the moto podium in third, just ahead of Lawrence.

Justin Cooper - Washougal National

Justin Cooper captured his fourth straight runner-up finish (3-2).
Photo: Align Media


The first ever 1-1 effort by Deegan was also the first in the division for the 2023 season. The rookie’s second career victory came on a day in which Yamaha kicked off the global 50th anniversary celebration of its YZ motocross model, Deegan’s YZ250F adorned in white, purple, and pink plastics that harkened back to the vibrant aesthetic of the 90’s era of the sport. Cooper earned his fifth runner-up finish of the season (3-2), while Lawrence held on for third (2-4).

Deegan’s dominant afternoon allowed him to gain 10 points on Lawrence in the 250 Class standings, as now just three points sit between the two most successful riders in the division this summer with three rounds and six motos remaining. Cooper’s second-place finish vaulted him up to third, 19 points out of the lead.

Hunter Lawrence - Washougal National

Hunter Lawrence settled for third overall (2-4) to retain the points lead.
Photo: Align Media

Haiden Deegan, Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing
“Those last few laps I put my heart into this thing. It’s nerve wracking [for me] and I’m sure it is for Hunter [Lawrence] as well [as we battle for the championship]. I’m glad to put America back on top of the podium.”

Justin Cooper, Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing
“I felt good all day during the motos. All the way up until 25 minutes in the second moto. I was pushing and trying to pull a gap, but I could tell I was fading to Haiden [Deegan]. I did all I could, but he was flying, so I just settled in from there.”

Hunter Lawrence, Team Honda HRC
“Tough day at the office. I’ve just got to be better. This is a very tough track. I didn’t get a great start, so we got to go back, get back to 100-percent health, and come out swinging for the final three rounds.”

250 Podium - Washougal National

250 Class Overall Results (Moto Finishes // Points)

  1. Haiden Deegan, Temecula, Calif., Yamaha (1-1 // 50)
  2. Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha (3-2 // 42)
  3. Hunter Lawrence, Landsborough, Qld., Australia, Honda (2-4 // 40)
  4. RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Husqvarna (4-5 // 34)
  5. Levi Kitchen, Washougal, Wash., Yamaha (8-3 // 33)
  6. Seth Hammaker, Bainbridge, Pa., Kawasaki (7-6 // 29)
  7. Jo Shimoda, Suzuka, Japan, Kawasaki (6-7 // 29)
  8. Max Vohland, Sacramento, Calif., KTM (5-8 // 29)
  9. Carson Mumford, Simi Valley, Calif., Kawasaki (9-9 // 24)
  10. Pierce Brown, Sandy, Utah, GASGAS (12-11 // 19)

250 Class Championship Standings (Round 8 of 11)

  1. Hunter Lawrence, Landsborough, Qld., Australia, Honda – 300
  2. Haiden Deegan, Temecula, Calif., Yamaha – 297
  3. Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha – 281
  4. RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Husqvarna – 274
  5. Jo Shimoda, Suzuka, Japan, Kawasaki – 269
  6. Levi Kitchen, Washougal, Wash., Yamaha – 247
  7. Max Vohland, Sacramento, Calif., KTM – 219
  8. Tom Vialle, Avignon, France, KTM – 210
  9. Ryder DiFrancesco, Bakersfield, Calif., Kawasaki – 146
  10. Jalek Swoll, Belleview, Fla., Husqvarna – 144

250 Class Highlights – Washougal National

The Pro Motocross Championship will observe its final break in action for the 2023 season before returning for its three-round stretch run, which will begin on Saturday, August 12, from one of American motocross’ most storied venues. The iconic rolling plains of Central New York’s Unadilla MX, in New Berlin, will welcome the world’s fastest racers at the Honda Unadilla National for Round 9 of the summer campaign, which will stream live in its entirety, with uninterrupted motos on Peacock, kicking off with Race Day Live, presented by, at 7 a.m. PT / 10 a.m. ET, followed by race coverage beginning at 10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET. A live network showcase of the final 250 Class and 450 Class motos will air on NBC, beginning at 12 p.m. PT / 3 p.m. ET.

The Rise of Electric-Only Motocross Parks

As the popularity of electric motocross continues to surge, we are on the verge of witnessing the emergence of dedicated electric motocross parks in neighborhoods closer to cities and towns. These specialized facilities aim to provide convenient access to the sport, enabling more riders to experience the exhilaration of off-road riding. With their quieter operation and zero emissions, electric dirt bikes are well-suited for urban environments, making it feasible to establish these parks in more accessible locations. Additionally, the fusion of freestyle motocross and electric bikes is creating exciting opportunities for riders to showcase their skills in unique settings, including skateboard parks. This cross-pollination between motocross, BMX, and skateboarding cultures will help expand the appeal and accessibility of the sport.

Environmental Regulations and Electric Motocross
The transition to electric bikes in motocross is not only driven by innovation and performance but also influenced by environmental factors. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) regulations have played a significant role in shaping the motocross landscape. As one of the world’s largest markets for motocross, California’s stringent emissions standards have prompted manufacturers to invest in electric technology and develop electric motocross models that comply with these regulations.

The introduction of electric bikes aligns with CARB’s goals to reduce air pollution and mitigate the environmental impact of off-road vehicles. These bikes produce zero emissions, eliminating the release of harmful pollutants into the atmosphere and contributing to cleaner air quality. As a result, electric bikes offer a sustainable and eco-conscious option for motocross enthusiasts, while also complying with CARB’s regulations.

A New Era of Motocross Riders
With the push from innovation and environmental factors, the motocross landscape is evolving, and a new generation of riders is emerging. Electric bikes like the KTM SX-E 5, Husqvarna EE-5, and Greenger Powersports x Honda CRF-E2 have been increasing in popularity and providing young riders with the exhilaration of motocross in a new and eco-friendly way. Notably, the inclusion of the Mini-E (4-6 year-old) Jr. class in prestigious events such as the Monster Energy AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch showcases the rising demand for electric mini bikes within AMA Districts, igniting young riders’ passion for the sport at an early age. Additionally, the KTM SX-E 5 takes center stage in the KTM Jr. SX Challenge, exposing aspiring riders to the world of professional Supercross racing and inspiring their dreams and ambitions within the sport.

The Fusion of Freestyle Motocross and Electric Bikes
The introduction of electric dirt bikes has not only revolutionized motocross but has also sparked a fascinating cross-pollination between motocross, BMX, and skateboarding cultures. We first witnessed this phenomenon during the 1999 X Games with the advent of the Moto X Freestyle event. As freestyle motocross continues to gain traction with electric bikes, we can expect to see more riders pushing the boundaries of creativity and showcasing their skills in unconventional settings. Skateboard parks, renowned for their ramps and obstacles, are increasingly becoming venues for electric dirt bikes. This further collaboration between the three disciplines broadens the appeal of the sport and introduces unique opportunities for riders to demonstrate their abilities in exhilarating, non-traditional environments.

Urban Environments and Electric Motocross
One of the defining advantages of electric dirt bikes is their compatibility with urban environments which can aide in urban development by taking over old shopping centers, warehouses or vacant lots within city limits. With zero emissions and quieter operation, these bikes can coexist harmoniously in urban settings without causing significant disruptions. This characteristic allows electric motocross parks to be established in areas where traditional motocross tracks would be impractical due to noise and environmental concerns. By bringing motocross closer to cities and towns, riders can enjoy the sport conveniently, fostering a new generation of motocross enthusiasts who may have otherwise been deterred by the logistical challenges of accessing traditional tracks.

Electric Motocross Parks
The rise of electric motocross parks offers numerous advantages for riders and enthusiasts alike. These dedicated facilities provide a centralized location where riders can indulge in their passion for motocross without having to travel long distances to remote tracks. By situating these parks in neighborhoods closer to cities and towns, they become more accessible to a wider range of riders, including beginners and those living in urban areas where space is limited. Electric dirt bikes, with their reduced noise levels, eliminate the noise concerns often associated with traditional motocross tracks, making it easier to gain support and approval from local communities and authorities. This development not only expands the reach of the sport but also encourages more people to explore motocross.

With the increasing popularity of electric motocross and the establishment of dedicated parks, the future of the sport looks promising. As technology continues to advance, we can anticipate further enhancements in electric bike performance, range, and charging infrastructure. This progress will encourage more riders to embrace electric motocross and contribute to the expansion of electric-only parks worldwide. The cross-pollination between motocross, BMX, and skateboarding cultures will continue to inspire innovation and open doors to exciting possibilities in terms of competition formats, event venues, and spectator experiences. As the world of motocross continues to evolve, we eagerly anticipate the thrilling experiences and groundbreaking advancements that lie ahead in the realm of electric motocross.

Essential Track Safety Guidelines for Motocross Track Owners

Motocross is an exhilarating sport that captivates riders and spectators alike. However, amidst the excitement, safety should always be the top priority. For track owners, creating a safe environment is crucial in ensuring the well-being of riders. Equally important is the riders’ adherence to safety rules and regulations. In this blog post, we will explore the essential safety precautions track owners must take and emphasize the significance of riders following the established safety guidelines.

In conclusion, promoting safety on the motocross track requires a joint effort from track owners and riders. By prioritizing proper track design, regular maintenance, protective measures, safety signage, accessible medical facilities, and adhering to the AMA Motocross Rules, track owners demonstrate their commitment to rider safety. Simultaneously, riders must embrace the importance of following safety rules and regulations to ensure their well-being and that of others. By collectively prioritizing safety, we can create an environment that maximizes the enjoyment of motocross while minimizing risks. Let us unite in making safety an integral part of our motocross journey for a secure and exhilarating experience. Safe riding!

The Benefits of Financing and Refinancing Your Dream Ride Through Ironhorse Funding

Full Throttle, the premier Motocross platform, has joined forces with Ironhorse Funding to provide its members access to financing and refinancing opportunities for powersports. Whether you’re looking to finance a new purchase or refinance an existing loan, this partnership opens the door to a world of possibilities. In this blog post, we’ll explore the advantages of financing and refinancing your motorcycle or powersports vehicle through Ironhorse Funding, accessible via, and empowering you to ride with confidence and financial flexibility. Three benefits to financing or refinancing your powersports vehicle:

  1. Refinancing: Lower Your Monthly Payments

    Are you currently burdened by high monthly loan payments on your dream ride? Refinancing could save you money each month. If you qualify to refinance your existing loan, you can secure a new loan with more favorable terms, including lower interest rates, extended repayment periods, or a combination of both. This means more cash in your pocket to fuel your adventures and enjoy the thrill of the open road.

  2. Access Competitive Rates and Flexible Terms

    Ironhorse Funding provides you access to competitive rates and flexible terms to suit your financing needs. No more wasting hours at the dealership worrying about financing options. Click to apply for financing through Ironhorse Funding and work directly with an Ironhorse Funding loan specialist who will help you secure the best loan terms possible. If you’re approved, take your approval to the dealership of your choice and enjoy a seamless purchasing experience. Ironhorse Funding is committed to making your financing journey as smooth as possible and Full Throttle is proud to support them.

  3. Wide Range of Vehicles and Financial Incentives

    Full Throttle understands that riders have diverse preferences when it comes to motorcycles and powersports vehicles. Through Ironhorse Funding, you can finance a wide range of vehicles, including motorcycles, ATVs, side by sides, and personal watercraft, among others. 

At Full Throttle, we’re excited to offer our valued members the opportunity to finance and refinance their dream rides through our partnership with Ironhorse Funding. With access to competitive rates, flexible terms, and exceptional service, Ironhorse Funding is dedicated to providing you with a seamless financing experience. Refinancing your existing loan can lower your monthly payments, while financing through Ironhorse Funding saves you time and streamlines the purchasing process. Visit to learn more about how to access the financing options available to you and take the first step towards making your dream ride a reality.

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How to Find the Perfect Motocross Track for Your Riding Ability

When it comes to the thrilling world of motocross, finding the right track is essential. Whether you’re a experienced rider or a beginner, the right motocross track can make all the difference in your riding experience. But with so many options available, how do you choose the one that suits your needs and preferences? Full Throttle features the best motocross tracks in the country and provides a few different ways to narrow down your search. In this blog post, we’ll explore the key factors to consider when searching for a motocross track, ensuring you have an unforgettable riding adventure.

  1. Location and Accessibility: The first aspect to consider is the track’s location and accessibility. Look for tracks that are conveniently located and easily accessible from your area. Consider the distance you’re willing to travel, transportation options, and any associated costs. Finding a track that is easily reachable will save you time and effort, allowing you to focus on the riding experience.
  2. Track Layout and Terrain: Each motocross track has its own unique layout, dirt and terrain, which significantly impacts the type of riding experience it offers. Some tracks may feature challenging jumps and technical sections, while others may have smoother tracks suitable for beginners. Research and understand the track’s layout, including the jumps, corners, and obstacles, to ensure it aligns with your skill level and riding style.
  3. Track Conditions and Maintenance: The condition of the track plays a crucial role in your safety and enjoyment. Look for tracks that prioritize regular maintenance and upkeep. Smooth and well-groomed tracks not only enhance your riding experience but also minimize the risk of accidents and injuries. Additionally, consider weather conditions and track conditions after rainfall, as some tracks may become excessively muddy or unsafe during certain seasons.
  4. Facilities and Amenities: A well-equipped motocross track provides essential amenities that enhance your overall experience. Check for facilities such as clean restrooms, bike wash stations, ample parking space, and well-marked spectator areas. Having access to these amenities ensures comfort and convenience during your visit.
  5. Safety Measures: Safety should be a top priority when choosing a motocross track. Look for tracks that enforce strict safety guidelines. These include helmet requirements, protective gear recommendations, and track marshals to oversee riding sessions. Adequate safety measures, such as barriers and track signage, contribute to a secure and controlled riding environment.
  6. Track Rules and Regulations: Before visiting a motocross track, familiarize yourself with its rules and regulations. Some tracks may have specific age restrictions, noise regulations, and membership requirements. Ensure you understand and comply with these rules to avoid any disappointments or conflicts during your visit.
  7. Community and Atmosphere: Motocross is not just about the track; it’s also about the community and atmosphere surrounding it. Seek tracks that foster a positive and supportive environment, where riders of all skill levels can feel welcomed. Connecting with like-minded riders and sharing experiences can enhance your passion for motocross and create lasting memories.

Choosing the right motocross track is crucial for an enjoyable and fulfilling riding experience. By considering factors such as location, track layout, maintenance, safety measures, rules, and community, you can find a track that aligns with your preferences and offers the thrills you seek. Whether you’re a professional racer or a casual rider, a well-chosen motocross track will elevate your riding. So gear up, do your research at Full Throttle, and embark on an unforgettable motocross journey!

The Elite Motocross Racetracks in the United States

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As avid fans of the sport, we are thrilled to highlight some of the top tracks in United States that have become iconic racetracks for the Pro Motocross Championship. These racetracks have witnessed fierce battles, incredible athleticism, and unforgettable moments that have shaped the history of Motocross racing. Join us as we take a closer look at these legendary tracks and the excitement they bring to the world of Motocross.

Fox Raceway

Fox RacewayFormerly known as Pala Raceway, is a renowned motocross racetrack located in Pala, California. Originally opened in the 1980s, the racetrack underwent significant improvements when the Pala Band of Mission Indians purchased it in 2009. The renovations included upgraded tracks, enhanced amenities, and improved spectator areas, solidifying its reputation as a premier racing destination. In 2011, Fox Raceway hosted its first professional motocross event, the Pro Motocross Championship, which showcased the revamped facility and challenging track layout. Since then, the track has continued to host prestigious motocross competitions, attracting both amateur and professional riders. Supported by a partnership with Fox Racing, the facility offers a range of tracks and top-notch amenities, making it a popular destination for motocross enthusiasts of all skill levels in Southern California.

Eat: Eggplant Thai Cuisine, Rainbow Oaks Restaurant, Cork | Fire Kitchen, The Ribshack, Nessy Burgers
Stay: Pala Casino Spa Resort, Rancho Valencia-Getaway Retreat


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Hangtown Motocross

Hangtown MXFounded in March 1968, the Dirt Diggers North Motorcycle Club (DDNMC)had a vision to host a motocross competition that would attract top riders to Northern California, leading to the creation of the Hangtown Motocross Classic. The inaugural race took place in 1969 at Murray’s Ranch near Placerville, paying homage to the region’s Gold Rush history. With approximately 150 sportsman riders and 30 pros participating and a $600 pro purse, the event laid the foundation for Hangtown’s future success. As the race outgrew its original location, the DDNMC partnered with the Sacramento County Department of Parks and Recreation to establish a permanent facility. The facility was moved to Prairie City OHV Park in Rancho Cordova in 1979. Over the years, the State OHV Department collaborated with the DDNMC to enhance the park. Essential amenities such as sprinklers, fencing, restrooms, gazebos, and a state-of-the-art announcing tower were added. Despite pre-dating the Pro Motocross Championship, the Hangtown Motocross Classic remains the oldest continuously running national motocross event. The Hangtown Motocross Classic is proudly organized by a motorcycle club.

Eat: Sutter Street Steakhouse, Sienna Modern American, Land Ocean New American Grill, Milestone Restaurant Cocktail & Bar, Visconti’s Ristorante, Folsom Thai Cuisine
Stay: Larkspur Landing Folsom, Luxury new house


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Thunder Valley

Thunder Valley MXA motocross track located near Bandimere Speedway in Colorado, holds a name that has proven to be remarkably fitting. Initially named to complement the nearby drag strip, the track’s moniker gained further significance as four-stroke motorcycles took over the sport. Today, when the gate drops at Thunder Valley, the powerful roar of these machines echoes through the mountainside like thunder. Promoter David Clabaugh, a lifelong racing enthusiast, has poured his heart and soul into transforming Thunder Valley into a globally recognized venue. Nestled on the edge of the picturesque Rocky Mountains, this track has become an emblem of world-class motocross events. It has witnessed significant milestones, including the first night motocross race in 2008 and the return of the FIM Motocross of Nations on U.S. soil in 2010. Since joining the Pro Motocross Championship in 2005, Thunder Valley has firmly placed Colorado on the motocross map. It serves as a celebrated venue for local talents like Andrew Short and a home track for four-time 450 Class Champion Eli Tomac. Situated just a few miles above Denver, Thunder Valley poses a unique challenge to competitors as the highest professional motocross event in the world, situated at an elevation exceeding 6,000 feet.

Eat: 240 Union, The 49th, 5281 Steak Salad and Seafood, Abrusci’s Fire & Vine, Tequila’s Golden, Cafe Jordano
Stay: Origin Hotel Red Rocks


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High Point

High PointA distinguished motocross racing facility on the national circuit. High Point takes pride in hosting rounds of the prestigious Pro Motocross Championship, AMA Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Racing, ATV Motocross National Championship, and an AMA Loretta Lynn Qualifier. Since its establishment in 1977, High Point Raceway, located near Mt. Morris in southwestern Pennsylvania’s scenic mountains, has been a battleground for the world’s fastest motocross athletes. Across generations, fans have savored the exclusive thrill that only pro motocross can deliver. With its unique amphitheater setting, the raceway offers unparalleled views of the course, making it a beloved destination for passionate fans and dedicated racers alike. From spring to fall, High Point hosts a packed schedule of Amateur Motocross racing. Come join us for an exhilarating day of racing in the great outdoors!

Eat: Stefano’s, Tropics, Smokin’ J’s Rib & Brewhouse, Los Mariachis Mexican Restaurant, The Lakehouse Restaurant, The Ice Plant Restaurant
Stay: Morgantown Marriott at Waterfront Place, Twin Oaks School House


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RedBudLocated in Buchanan, Michigan, is a highly acclaimed motocross racetrack and a centerpiece of the Pro Motocross Championship. Located near the Michigan-Indiana state line, RedBud hosts one of the region’s biggest events every Fourth of July weekend. RedBud has a picturesque setting in the rolling hills of southwestern Michigan. With its local fan base, RedBud boasts the highest attendance of any U.S. motocross race. The track’s perfect soil composition, ample passing opportunities, and iconic LaRocco’s Leap jump, named after local legend Mike LaRocco, make it a favorite destination for motocross enthusiasts. Since its establishment in 1973 by Gene and Nancy Ritchie, RedBud has nurtured talent. Riders such as Mark Barnett, Lisa Wagner, Jeff Stanton, and Mike LaRocco are among many. RedBud has cemented its status as a breeding ground for motocross stars.

Eat: T. Allen’s King Gyros, Nikki’s Cafe, Pizza Tran​s​it, Bob’s 19th Hole, Taqueria Don Chepe, Prime Table Restaurant, Union Coffee House & Cafe
Stay: The Morris Estate, Deer Path River Retreat


Round 5

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The Wick 338

The Wick 338Founded nearly five decades ago, when a group of dedicated MX dads from Legion Post 338 transformed the woods behind the post into what is now the world-famous Wick 338 race facility. Led by Bernie Yelin and comprising individuals like Ray Peebles, Pat Smith, Dante Molta, and Clovis Goyette, this passionate crew wielded chainsaws and bulldozers for countless hours to construct the track. Today, Wick 338 is undergoing a restoration to its original layout, with iconic jumps and turns being rebuilt to recreate the beloved course that has thrilled racers over the past 50 years. Conveniently located within a few hours’ drive from Boston, Worcester, Hartford, and New York, Wick 338 continues to draw a substantial crowd to its events. Presently, the Johnson family, including Rick Johnson, Jeanine O’Brien, Keith Johnson, Vic O’Brien, and John Dowd, oversees the operations of Wick 338. With the support of a dedicated team of MX enthusiasts, they strive to uphold the exceptional standards set by Bernie Yelin and the passionate individuals from American Legion Post 338.

Eat: Dunwellz, Mrs. Murphy Donuts, Acapulcos, Memo’s Restaurant, Lattitude, Two Rivers Burrito, Little George’s Restaurant, Shortstop Bar and Grill, The Summer House, Village Pizzeria
Stay: Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Springfield Holyoke, Linny’s Lakeview Cottage


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Spring Creek

Spring CreekLocated in the scenic and beautiful Mississippi River Valley, on the edge of its namesake stream, Spring Creek MX Park has some of the richest soil on the circuit. The earth here is actually great for farming, so it should come as no surprise that at one time this track served as a working farm. Unfortunately, the annual early-spring floods from the snow melt in the valleys made this parcel of land particularly difficult to cultivate. As a result, a man named Grant Marquardt pursued his interest in motorcycles by founding a hillclimb event here in 1967. As they say, the rest is history.

Eat: Papa Tronnio’s Lake City, Taco Jed, Victoria’s Ristorante & Wine Bar, Terza, Grandma’s Kitchen, Newt’s
Stay: AmericInn by Wyndham Wabasha, Pepin-cozy Cabin


Round 7

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Washougal Motocross Park

Washougal Motocross ParkFounded in 1970 amid the picturesque landscapes of Southwest Washington, Washougal MX Park is renowned as America’s Most Scenic Raceway. Distinguished as one of only three natural terrain raceways in the country, Washougal MX Park has served as a captivating backdrop for National races. The races include the esteemed Pro Motocross Championship Series, as well as television commercials and brochures. With its breathtaking beauty and meticulously designed track, the park provides a slice of heaven that they proudly share with the global motocross community. Since the early 1990s, the Huffman Family has been dedicated owner/operators of this remarkable facility.

Eat: Top Burger Drive In, Camas Feast 316, Burgerville, Ye Olde Pub, Sugarpine Drive-In, Ristorante Di Pompello, K&M Drive-In, Los Dos Compadres II, The Puffin Cafe
Stay: 4 Bedroom Home Near Downtown Camas, Washougal Riverfront Cabin in the Woods


Round 8

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With its illustrious 54-year history, Unadilla has established itself as one of the finest tracks in the world. It holds the distinction of being the first American track to host the MX des Nations. It has also hosted prestigious events such as the 250 USGP, the fall Trans-AMA, and Trans-USA series. Presently, Unadilla continues to shine as it serves as the venue for rounds of the highly acclaimed US Motocross Nationals, the thrilling JDay Off-Road Series, the nostalgic MX Rewind vintage racing weekend, and an array of exhilarating amateur events. Its enduring legacy and commitment to top-tier racing make Unadilla a true gem in the world of motocross.

Eat: Park Place, Star mix Oneonta, Nina’s, Magro’s, Rusch’s Bar & Grill, Wild Owl Bistro, Gilligan’s Restaurant, The Horned Dorset Inn, New York Pizzeria, T’s Diner, Deer Path Restaurant
Stay: Hotel One75, Grand View Cottage


Round 9

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Budds Creek

Budds CreekSituated in a serene setting just outside the bustling Washington, D.C., it offers a unique blend of relaxation and fierce competition. With the inviting Chesapeake Bay nearby and idyllic summer weather, the National event becomes an opportune time to explore the surrounding area. However, don’t be deceived by the track’s fun appearance. It transforms into a battleground for the elite riders of the Pro Motocross Championship. Budds Creek embodies the essence of American motocross, featuring a thrilling combination of hills, jumps, off-camber corners, and rich, tacky soil. The racing is intense, with riders pushing the limits in braking, cornering, and jumping techniques. From the vantage points atop the hills, spectators are treated to a panoramic view of this all-encompassing motocross marvel. Plan a weekend getaway to experience the best of both worlds. Explore Washington, D.C., and the picturesque Maryland countryside. After that, immerse yourself in the exhilarating motocross action. Budds Creek is the epitome of American spirit, blending business, fun, and pure passion.

Eat: Pizza Hotline, Smokehouse BBQ Shack, Old Line Restaurant & Pub, Seabreeze Restaurant & Tiki Bar, Tequila Grill & Cantina, Fiesta Cafe, The Foxy Fish
Stay: Holiday Inn Express & Suites King George – Dahlgren, an IHG Hotel, Pet-Friendly Mechanicsville Retreat


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IronmanOne of the premiere motocross racing facilities on the national circuit! Ironman is proud to hosts the Ironman event which pays tribute to the late GNCC ATV Champion Bob “Ironman” Sloan. Bob Sloan had longed to witness a GNCC event in his home state of Indiana. Established in 1995, the Ironman GNCC has become a highly popular race. It’s hosted by Tom’s Marine Sales and held on their expansive farm. The local community’s support is outstanding, evident from the downtown banners and impressive spectator count. The event has grown to the extent that it has evolved into an industry trade show, showcasing the latest models from numerous companies. The Ironman Pro MX National, established in 2014, takes place near Indianapolis and provides breathtaking views of small-town America. Despite the seemingly flat surroundings, the Ironman Raceway track always surprises visitors. It has dramatic drops, hills, and gigantic jumps, such as the renowned Godzilla. The Ironman ATVMX National was established in 2015. Since then, it has secured a significant position within the Amsoil Grand National Cross Country Series. Over two decades of battles have been fought on the challenging Ironman Raceway track located west of Indianapolis.

Eat: Stookey’s Family Dining, The Breakfast Co., Brothers Pizza Company, Francis and Mount, The Forum, Arni’s, Little Mexico, El Charro Mexican Restaurant
Stay: Hampton Inn & Suites Crawfordsville, Home away from home


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The Pro Motocross Championship has brought us countless moments of adrenaline-pumping action on these remarkable outdoor tracks. From iconic hills to treacherous corners, each track brings unique challenges, demanding utmost skill from riders. Join us to witness the excitement, experience outdoor Motocross racing firsthand. Feel the roar of engines, cheers of the crowd, and heart-pounding thrill. These tracks continue to shape the sport’s future.


A Step-by-Step Guide to Prepping a Motocross Track for a Race

Preparing a motocross track for a race is not an easy task. It involves meticulous planning, thorough inspections, and the use of specialized tools and heavy machinery.

In this article, we’ll take a look at the steps involved in prepping a motocross track for a race, the equipment needed, as well as important safety precautions, regulations, and rules that must be followed.

Start by thoroughly inspecting the track to identify any hazards or obstacles that could endanger riders. Check from all angles using tools like a walk-behind mower, weed trimmer, leaf blower, and rake.

Next, review the track layout. Use a surveying tool like a laser level or GPS unit to accurately measure and determine the placement of jumps, turns, and other features. Make sure the layout is challenging yet safe, testing riders’ skills without putting them at unnecessary risk.

Clear the track of debris and obstructions like rocks and fallen branches before any construction can begin. Use equipment like a skid steer loader or excavator to accomplish this task.

Now it’s time to start building the jumps and other obstacles. Using heavy machinery like a bulldozer, excavator, or motor grader to shape the terrain and build jumps. Well-constructed and safe motocross jumps should challenge riders while ensuring their safety. Build jumps to a minimum height of 6 feet and a maximum height of 10 feet. The landings should be as long as the jumps themselves.

Install safety features such as safety fencing (snow fencing), hay bales (tough blocks), and other barriers to protect riders in case of a crash. Use a post hole digger, auger, and fence materials to complete this task.

Water and groom the track to create a smooth and consistent riding surface. Use a water truck to wet down the track and a grooming machine to create a consistent surface. The surface should be compacted but not too hard, with a consistent texture throughout the course.

Perform a final inspection before the race begins, checking for any hazards or obstacles missed during the initial inspection, and ensuring all safety features are in place and functioning properly. Adhere to AMA regulations and rules for motocross racing, including guidelines for racing classes, bike requirements, safety gear, and more.

In conclusion, prepping a motocross track for a race is a complex process that requires careful planning, attention to detail, and a commitment to safety. Utilize specialized tools and heavy machinery while adhering to AMA guidelines and rules to create a challenging and exciting course that riders of all skill levels will enjoy while ensuring their safety and the safety of others.