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Aug 29, 2009

Powder Mountain Motocross Results, Aug 29, McGrath Takes Win

The brand new track designed by Jeremy McGrath at Powder Mountain Ski Resort proved to be all it was hoped for. This was a great event at a great location high in the mountains of Ogden Utah. For a first time event of this kind, at this location, it seemed to be very well planned with adequate shuttle service and on site facilities. We arrived before the bleachers had filled up, but opted to pick a spot closer to the track by negotiating one of the steep slopes surrounding the track. The track was set up so that two large jumps were in view, one being the finish line. The trees within the course made it hard to see some portions of the track, but that's motocross! We really enjoyed the event and hope that it's here to stay!




We arrived in the early afternoon as some of the final heats were getting under way. It's too bad the step up jump was not more visible. You can see one rider above floating up the track amidst the trees. The pro riders got some serious elevation gain on this one! McGrath ran through the first heats with ease taking the win in each of the 2 qualifying heats.







It was a riot watching the 85cc class. These kids were flying! There was a pretty good wreck right in front of us when one of the riders over jumped this jump, landing too far back on his bike. He looked to be ok when the took him off on the stretcher.






The final heat of the 450 Pro Riders was a great race. McGrath got out first as can be seen by this photo of the riders off the first jump of the first lap, but only by a bit. By the time these two rounded a few more corners McGrath had been passed! The battle for the lead continued for about half the race until McGrath made the pass and began to pull away. Every lap after that he added to his lead and crossed the finish line first living up to his name "showtime" as he crossed the finish line. Our spot down next to the track gave us a great vantage point as he rolled by after the win. He stopped momentarily to give the crowd some love pointing and giving a thumbs up. Pretty cool stuff, even for an old guy. Our kids really had a great time too, watching one of the heroes of the sport as well as the many other great and talented riders.





See some Video Footage of the event!

9 comments:

  1. Great pics! Glad you had fun watching a fun race. I couldn't hear the event from Snowbasin though but it looks like a wild race! I had fun swimming in your swimming pool lastnight.

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  2. So, Tony, I have often wondered if you get that radical on your dirtbike? CRAZY!

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  3. I wish man! These guys are pros for a reason..it's harder than it looks :) They were saying that 1 in 40 get carried out on a stretcher in these races, I don't like those odds! We saw at least a half dozen get carried out while we were there. My insurace aint that good! Haha!:) My broken arm was 5 thousand,.. but the hospital they took me to was out of network:( These guys that race have to have a major commitment!..especially if they want to be good. I wouldn't want to just race for the fun, I'm too competitive.

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  4. ...My limit now, what I feel relatively comfortable at is 30 feet through the air..my boys are starting to push me harder, which is a good thing. Sometimes all you really need is someone pushing you to do it and someone you trust to pick up the pieces if you screw up!:D

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  6. bigger than i can jump, i skateboard now anyways though.

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  7. where should i buy an external hard drive?

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  8. Those are some awesome pics, and clearly a great day was had by all. I like the fact that your youngsters are pushing you, isn't it amazing how fearless and skillful they get, and in double quick time too. It must be really cool watching them grow up. Keep on rocking and riding guys!

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