Did you put any sand down?
Just mulch. It doesn’t hurt the environment, and it’s all green waste. We’re going green! [laughs]
Is the track going to be completely brand new, or will it incorporate sections of any existing track?
This is a brand new track. It kind of started off not being a new track, but I got the track map and we started talking about it, and we decided to flip it around. So we’re going backward on the existing track, but we’re going forward on some of the stuff. It’s pretty cool, and it’s been exciting seeing every stage of it. It looks amazing right now, and the dirt is choice.
Mike Alessi at press day riding the new layout.
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So it’ll be different enough that the guys who ride there on a regular basis won’t have any type of advantage?
They won’t have any advantage. It’s Elsinore dirt, but like I said we brought in all that mulch, which has a lot of fiber in it and it’s going to hold moisture really well. We’re running it in the Lucas Oil track, and there’s a lot of elevation. If you add up all the elevation, you’re probably going to be looking at 200-300 feet of elevation change. It goes up and down, there’s some off-cambers, there’s some big, hip double jumps, turning rhythm lanes, fast sweepers and big horsepower straightaways. I think it’s going to work out good for all the bikes.
How about the viewing areas?
It’s going to be cool. There are so many cool features on this racetrack, I think people are going to be wanting to move around the whole time. With the new RV parking, I think it’s great. There’s already people parking their motorhomes here. It’s like NASCAR, they’re right up against the racetrack.
If you could name the single most unique aspect of this track, what would it be?
Ken Roczen was also out at Elsinore putting down some laps.
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I hope everybody comes out and enjoys the track. I think the pro guys will be pretty excited. Everyone at Elsinore, MX Sports, myself, Chad Rozanek and Jeff Russell, we all worked pretty hard on this track to make it come alive. We’re all excited, and everyone is running around like kids. Without a good team it’s hard to pull stuff like this off.