The riders got to ride the track today because ESPN knew many of them would be racing in Detroit this Saturday night and wouldn't be available for practice on Friday or Saturday (or even very early Sunday). Ryan Clark snapped the photo for us and reported that the track was "like Excitebike," and he meant it as a compliment. Clark himself will be flying in from Detroit early on Sunday and his flight is scheduled to land at 10 a.m., while practice starts at 11.
Today is the press conference at Qualcomm with the GOAT Ricky Carmichael and many others taking part. We'll have more from that in Racerhead tomorrow.