Motocross begins next week

About 3,000 expected in annual event

The vroom-vroom set bombs into Mammoth next week for the annual Mammoth Motocross, but this year the 10-day spectacle brings some added street cred.

“This is the first year with the AMA (American Motorcycle Association) sanctioning the event, which means bigger, more legit talent,” said Mike Colbert, the race director.

Registrations will close as of June 18, he said. As of Wednesday, June 12, the races have 2,500 entries. He said about 3,000 riders will participate, beginning on Friday, June 21.

The event goes from June 21 to June 30 and is the oldest continuous running motocross in the U.S. It began in 1968.

Every summer racers have come to Mammoth to test their skills on a world-class track situated at 8,000 feet.

Many of the top racers in the world have honed their skills at the event, Colbert said in a news release.

“There have been some epic battles over the years and many racers have made a name for themselves on this track,” he said. “These include riders such as Ricky Carmichael, Jeremy McGrath, Rick Johnson, Johnny O’Mara, Broc Glover, Donny Schmitt, Steve Lamson, Gary Jones, Kevin Windham, David Bailey, Jeff Ward, Ron Lechien, Bob Hannah, James Stewart, Mike Bell, and Donny Hansen.”

Since 1968 the event has grown into one of the top five major events in amateur motocross, Colbert said.

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