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State motocross draws almost 200 competitors

Posted: Sunday, June 15, 2003

Saturday was a long day, but a worthwhile one, for those associated with the area motocross scene.

The Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions-Motocross Division brought the State #3 Motocross to Twin Cities Raceway Saturday.

Racing got under way at 10:30 a.m., and as of 4:30 p.m., the 23 different classes had just finished their first races of the day. With each of the 23 different classes scheduled for another race Saturday, racing was not expected to wrap up until after 9 p.m.

The State #4 Motocross will be held at Twin Cities Raceway today, with racing starting at 10 a.m.

"It's kind of rewarding," said Katie Crane, the treasurer of the Motocross Division, as the racing Saturday reached its midpoint. "Now's not the best time to ask me, but when it's all over and you look back, it's rewarding.

 

A group of 250 pro bikers race around the track at the Twin Cities Raceway on Saturday afternoon.

Photo by McNair Rivers

"We're giving the kids something to do when there's always not a lot to do around here. Plus, we're getting the community behind the kids."

The state motocross series includes 10 days of racing. Saturday, there were almost 200 racers competing at Twin Cities Raceway. Crane said that number is an increase of about 25 percent over last year.

"We've been out there seeking more exposure," Crane said. "We've been out getting more sponsors and getting more people interested."

Along with the increased number of riders has come an increased number of volunteers. Crane said at least 100 volunteers worked at pulling off the weekend's events.

An example of the strong volunteer support comes from the booth at the track where scoring and announcing takes place. Crane said in the week before the state races, the booth was improved with things like windows and a new paint job.

"The great thing is that we still have room to grow," Crane said.

Crane said there were several reasons racing ran so long Saturday. There were so many people to sign up that racing got started late.

Plus, there were a few injuries that required the ambulance to go out onto the track. Each time that happened, racing was held up for 20-25 minutes.

Because of the lateness of racing Saturday, results will not be available in today's Clarion.



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