If we shortened the motos at Budds Creek last year when rain caused infield ponds to overflow - an extreme condition that threatened the safety of riders and fans alike - why wouldn’t we shorten the motos last weekend at Freestone for heat that poses a similar threat?
At the end of the second 250-class moto, the area after the finish line looked like a triage encampment. It’s not a matter of being tough at that point. Trey Canard is tough. Dean Wilson is tough. Eli Tomac must be tough. Everyone at that level is tough. But tough guys can die of heat stroke too. Those extra five minutes or two laps could make a difference if it ever gets that hot again - and it will.
The area after the finish line looked like battlefield triage.
Photo: Steve Cox