The Southern Nevada Jackrabbits hosted the Motocross Grand Prix Series round 3 of 4 on Sept. 23. With a total of seven events throughout the day starting at 8 a.m, the dirt was flying at the Iron Mine Race Park.
Iron Mine Race Park is different from other race tracks because it has three different racing sections in it. There is an off road section, a motocross section and a desert section.
With events for every age, children as young as four to competitors as old as 55 were in attendance. The events included big bike unclassified (one lap), mini bike unclassified (No 65cc or 50cc’s), vets all classes, 65cc novice and all 50cc, 2-Stk/ 4-Stk/women, 85cc/65cc experienced and AM/jr. women and AA/Open.
The highlight of the day was the AA/Open. AA is a term for professional riders. The people that enter into this race are professionals or close to being professionals. The AA/Open was the last event of the day and lasted 60 minutes. It included eight professionals, and racers with any size bike.
Clay Cutler, a 28 year old from Colorado has been racing since he was five and came down to Cedar City just to race in this event. “I love racing for the adrenaline. It makes me feel at home. I’m older and it’s just fun. I don’t get to do it enough,” Cutler said.
Cutler won first in his class and third overall against the professionals. “I wasn’t nervous to compete. I led the race from start to finish in my class and I worked my way up through the pro’s one by one,” Cutler said.
Jay Livingston, President of Southern Nevada Motorcycle Club, has been involved with motocross since 1979 and started the Motocross Grand Prix Series in 2011. “We had around 120-130 contestants today, which is a great turnout for us. There are a lot of other races going on so it’s nice to see so many contestants come to our race,” Livingston said.
The Motocross Grand Prix Series is an annual event. For more information about future races hosted by the Southern Nevada Jackrabbits MC of Las Vegas, visit their page on Facebook.