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.