If there is one thing the city of Adelanto knows how to do, it is put on a great motorcycle race. The Adelanto Grand Prix was a great in every way. There was great food. There was great music. There was great shopping. There was great weather.
The pulled pork sandwiches and potato salad were delicious. The fired-grilled pizza looked even better than aroma from the wafting smoke. The tacos, hamburgers, and hot dogs would make any mouth water. Of course there were also midway-type favorites such as candy cotton, funnel cakes, and deep-fried everything.
While eating, spectators could enjoy the sounds of Rocfusion, Southern Spirit, or any of the other great bands that played during the three-day event. And there was RC Car Races for those who enjoy mini-excitement.
Or one could sit back and enjoy the beautiful outdoors. Even Mother Nature got into the “great” act with perfect weather.
One could buy an RV, a car, a trailer, a helmet, or just about anything else an off-roader could want. Jewelry and dried fruit and nuts were among the non-racing offerings.
Oh yes, lest we not forget, there was also some motorcycle racing. It was not just motorcycle racing, but great motorcycle racing.
The event, held at the New Adelanto Stadium, featured a seven-mile track that looped its way behind and to the sides of the stadium with miles of desert racing but then gave fans what they really wanted—exciting stadium EnduroCross action. Fans cheered as the racers entered the stadium and made it through obstacles and over jumps.
One particular nasty obstacle that took out most of the racers at least once was a pit filled with split logs. It proved to be a challenge for even the most experienced riders. Try as they might, racers had a heck of a time making it through the pit without stalling or going down.
One of the interesting aspects of the races was that various classes of racers were on the track at the same time. It made for some heart-pounding moments such as when an experienced racer was about to take a jump by air not being able to see the less experienced racer on the other side who chose to ride over the jump. But mostly, the racers were respectful to one another, putting safety first.
Among the races most fun to watch was the 50cc event. These little guys put their hearts into their racing. Some were more timid while others were daredevils who one could tell were serious about winning. Andrew Schulz took first place in 7-8 while Ashton Wells finished highest for 4-6.
For the big boys and girls, on Saturday it was Destry Abbot who took the win in the Pro Veteran Class. In the afternoon Blayne Thompson who took the overall win in the West Coast Grand Prix.
Some of the class winners were Tatum Silk who won the Women’s Expert. Steve Williams won Magnum (50+) while Cordis Brooks took the win in Masters (60+) and Ron Dugan won Legends (70+). If you would like to view the race results for the entire weekend, click here.
The Adelanto Grand Prix was put on by the So.Cal. Motorcycle Club. It was the first race of the season in the District 37 Big 6 Grand Prix series.