Thanks to a donation of 7,500 cubic yards of dirt from Alaska Roadbuilders Inc., Twin City Raceway's motocross track is better -- and safer -- than ever.
"The dirt has been a big plus," said Barney Phillips, president of the Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions - Motocross Division. "It filled in a lot of jumps."
Phillips, along with riders from Anchorage to Homer, raced for the first time on the improved track Saturday afternoon.
"I like it a lot. I like it a whole lot," Phillips said. "It's safer without being boring."
Anchorage rider Eric Ernest agreed.
"Last year I took an ambulance ride," he said. "It's definitely safer."
"It's easier to overcome some mistakes," Ernest added.
Much of the dirt was used to fill in holes and rebuild jumps, said Mike Edwards, who assisted with the modifications. Crews worked for five days on the improvements, he said.
"We changed a lot of the jumps and improved them," Phillips said.
"The track is nice," Edwards said.
The new soil has a different consistency than the dirt that's endured several races over the years, Edwards said. He said mixing the new dirt with the old makes for a more durable, water-absorbent track surface.
"They are putting Anchorage to shame," Ernest said.
Ernest said he was impressed with the maintenance of the track. Being able to supply water to almost anywhere on the track was another great feature, he said.
"This track is just in awesome shape," Ernest said. "These guys did a great job."
The dirt came from a project Alaska Roadbuilders worked on at the Soldotna Municipal Airport, Phillips said. Twin City Raceway was in need of dirt and, by donating it, Alaska Roadbuilders didn't have to pay to dispose of the excess, he said.
"Financially, it worked out for both parties," Phillips said.
Minor modifications will continue to be made to the track prior to the state race. Rounds three and four and seven and eight of the 10-round state race will be held in Kenai. Fairbanks and Anchorage play host to the other rounds. Round three will be held on June 19 and round four on June 20.
Children to professionals from all over the state participate in the event, Phillips said.
"That's what's cool about the sport. There's a class for every level, whether you're a beginner or a pro," he said.
For schedules of events and results, go to http://kprl.net.
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