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5/23/2020 9:15 PM
Edited Date/Time: 5/23/2020 9:20 PM

But not in Casey, Illinois! Round 2 of the Fly Racing Showdown series is taking place here at Lincoln Trail tomorrow morning. As of 6pm tonight, there were already more than 1,000 entries for the race tomorrow. As a matter of fact, they have so many riders, they warned us that to expect the racing to continue into Monday to accommodate everyone and avoid cutting laps. Time to get to bed...

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5/23/2020 9:41 PM

EXCELLENT!!!!!!!
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5/23/2020 9:47 PM

Our tracks are packed here in NorCal. You can’t even go buy a motocross bike because they are sold out. This is the best I have seen our sport in atleast 10 years

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5/23/2020 9:48 PM

Silver dollar in Georgia had 976 entries last week

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5/24/2020 12:40 AM

Tracks in so cal have been packed.

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"Life is Too Short To Last Long"

5/24/2020 1:05 AM

Its been dying unfortunately. Buuuuuuuuut, by the looks of it dealerships are selling out of bikes from big bikes to pit bikes. This virus may start a come back of young riders see dad on the pitbike and want to give it a go.

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5/24/2020 1:05 AM

Imagine that, everyone in unemployment and the tracks are packed wink

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5/24/2020 5:11 AM

300+ at a local D29 race last weekend. My buddy said dreamville is packed for their race this weekend.

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5/24/2020 5:18 AM

Raced at Casey a ton in the 70's and a vintage race in the 90's.

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5/24/2020 6:28 AM

quadzrulebro wrote:

But not in Casey, Illinois! Round 2 of the Fly Racing Showdown series is taking place here at Lincoln Trail tomorrow morning. As of 6pm tonight, there were already more than 1,000 entries for the race tomorrow. As a matter of fact, they have so many riders, they warned us that to expect the racing to continue into Monday to accommodate everyone and avoid cutting laps. Time to get to bed...

Well played! You sucked me into this one to read a good post

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5/24/2020 6:34 AM

This is really weird but good.

Got a couple new practice tracks in my area dug fresh out of the dirt this winter/spring. It actually got me looking at what's around for used MX bikes. Just wish it happened when I was 30 years younger, not sure a bike buy is in my cards again.

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HAF

5/24/2020 6:39 AM

And with all the hospitals being empty...if you get hurt you’ll get immediate attention...

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5/24/2020 6:44 AM

ns503 wrote:

This is really weird but good.

Got a couple new practice tracks in my area dug fresh out of the dirt this winter/spring. It actually got me looking at what's around for used MX bikes. Just wish it happened when I was 30 years younger, not sure a bike buy is in my cards again.

Go get one. If its not in the cards then, then sell it.

Go out and hit some turns my man, smell the fuel, the loamy dirt, the atmosphere of people living, the ache and pains laughing

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5/24/2020 7:35 AM

A lot of shops in upstate NY are sold out right now. I don’t think it’s dieing up here.

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WFO #229

5/24/2020 7:48 AM

interesting!!

i was always harping on about how no one can afford it anymore....but maybe its really just a case of having a 9 to 5 and no free time for anything else thats been putting a pinch on the sport

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5/24/2020 7:53 AM

People have a LOT of excess cash right now

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5/24/2020 7:53 AM

The tracks in the south on a practice day are pre recession numbers. Multiple tracks open on the same weekend have big numbers. The motocross scene is really strong!

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5/24/2020 8:50 AM

Norcal is busy, and people seem to have rediscovered moto. I see a bunch of essential dirt bikes in the back of trucks. This is a good thing.

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Livin' the dream, two wheels at a time!

5/24/2020 10:00 AM

navalseabee wrote:

300+ at a local D29 race last weekend. My buddy said dreamville is packed for their race this weekend.

I just had a friend message me from Dreamville today - 350 entries and more than 20 in the A class!

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5/24/2020 10:37 AM
Edited Date/Time: 5/24/2020 10:38 AM

I was at at the silver dollar race in Georgia on 5-17 and the turn out was huge. I looked at the results on the victory sports site and noticed that 2/3 of the entries were out of state riders. I love these large races but wondered if it will continue when more local tracks open up across the country and the entries are divided between all the local tracks? If it had been only Georgia racers entered the turn out would
still have been impressive compared to last years races.

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5/24/2020 10:42 AM

I have noted several times that moto has seen growth during economic down turns in the past.

Examples would be during the late 70's, especially the last 2 years of the carter administration when interest rates and unemployment were both in double digits.

Late 80's, saw a downturn and mx growth.

9/11 I was promoting races and other than the week after, numbers picked up.

The '07 recession was completely different, starting in mid '07, numbers absolutely nosedive and remained low into '09, and hadn't really shown any recovery until a year or two ago.

Even then the numbers were tricky because a lot of tracks had closed several years ago, so saying wow, 600 entries, didn't mean as much when 10 years ago several places within an hours drive might have been pulling those numbers.

I believe the big difference in the great recession was so many were racing funded by second mortgages and the transition to 4 strokes.

It is awesome to see strong numbers and certainly hope they stay that way.

Unfortunately after being an economic casualty of the great recession, I do have doubts that they will stay high when the long term economic reality of the covid 19 crisis really hits.

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5/24/2020 11:18 AM

Glen Helen is packed right now!

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5/24/2020 1:16 PM

quadzrulebro wrote:

But not in Casey, Illinois! Round 2 of the Fly Racing Showdown series is taking place here at Lincoln Trail tomorrow morning. As of 6pm tonight, there were already more than 1,000 entries for the race tomorrow. As a matter of fact, they have so many riders, they warned us that to expect the racing to continue into Monday to accommodate everyone and avoid cutting laps. Time to get to bed...

Just checked with the promoter. 1198 entries 😳We’ll be racing our second motos tomorrow.

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5/24/2020 2:40 PM

Nice lead incool , expected a trip to dumgeon, but got a tongue

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5/24/2020 2:45 PM

quadzrulebro wrote:

But not in Casey, Illinois! Round 2 of the Fly Racing Showdown series is taking place here at Lincoln Trail tomorrow morning. As of 6pm tonight, there were already more than 1,000 entries for the race tomorrow. As a matter of fact, they have so many riders, they warned us that to expect the racing to continue into Monday to accommodate everyone and avoid cutting laps. Time to get to bed...

Right on, but then again what else ya gonna do? Watch hockey, da bears or the cubs... maybe the bulls? Sad choice of pastimes to enjoy.

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5/24/2020 3:40 PM

JustMX wrote:

I have noted several times that moto has seen growth during economic down turns in the past.

Examples would be during the late 70's, especially the last 2 years of the carter administration when interest rates and unemployment were both in double digits.

Late 80's, saw a downturn and mx growth.

9/11 I was promoting races and other than the week after, numbers picked up.

The '07 recession was completely different, starting in mid '07, numbers absolutely nosedive and remained low into '09, and hadn't really shown any recovery until a year or two ago.

Even then the numbers were tricky because a lot of tracks had closed several years ago, so saying wow, 600 entries, didn't mean as much when 10 years ago several places within an hours drive might have been pulling those numbers.

I believe the big difference in the great recession was so many were racing funded by second mortgages and the transition to 4 strokes.

It is awesome to see strong numbers and certainly hope they stay that way.

Unfortunately after being an economic casualty of the great recession, I do have doubts that they will stay high when the long term economic reality of the covid 19 crisis really hits.

the amount of middle class jobs related to the housing market went away after the 08 recession and thats why the sport declined. lots of working class people were permanently side lined from the labor market or if they re-entered..it was in low paying jobs.

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5/24/2020 3:47 PM

ns503 wrote:

This is really weird but good.

Got a couple new practice tracks in my area dug fresh out of the dirt this winter/spring. It actually got me looking at what's around for used MX bikes. Just wish it happened when I was 30 years younger, not sure a bike buy is in my cards again.

Markee wrote:

Go get one. If its not in the cards then, then sell it.

Go out and hit some turns my man, smell the fuel, the loamy dirt, the atmosphere of people living, the ache and pains laughing

Yer gonna get me in trouble here. whistling

Aches and pains get a lot worse when you're knocking on the door to 60. Definitely have the urge, the body be another thing. w00t

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HAF

5/24/2020 5:00 PM

I have several friends whos kids played year round sports that are now looking for something to do since their seasons are shot. They have bought all the kids MX bikes and they're loving it! A lot of local shops are selling out of items faster than they can replenish them. It has been a pretty good boom, at least in my area.

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5/24/2020 5:08 PM
Edited Date/Time: 5/24/2020 5:09 PM

Tracks were packed this weekend in our area, although the track went up from $30 to $40 per person without any changes to the track, facility etc. Is $40 bucks the going rate for practice days elsewhere?

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5/24/2020 5:35 PM

Parts line was an hour long at my local dealer yesterday and local track was pretty packed today. Local racing is definitely suffering a bit out here in SoCal but the sport isn’t dead just yet.

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