In two days, Las Vegas is going to explode. Not literally, of course, but the city may very well detonate when the 2008 Maxxis/ AMA Endurocross championship kicks off on Saturday night. As the last of six rounds on the 2008 EX circuit, the Vegas round culminates an astounding season packed with challenging tracks, huge crowds and some of the best racing on two wheels. Since Dirt Rider will be on hand all weekend racing, shooting and causing trouble in and around the race, I though it prudent to give you a sneak peak of the massive course that’s currently being constructed inside the illustrious Orleans Arena.
Possibly the coolest venue of the entire series, the Orleans offers plenty of floor space in which to construct the rocky torture chamber. A gigantic rock garden, several huge tires, big, big logs and a slew of other nasty obstacles have already littered the track, as well as the signature water section. With several days of construction already thrown into the track, the finishing touches are just now being added and the final layout is more than apparent.
With a full program of support classes to accompany the premier expert position, the race lineup for Vegas currently consists of nearly 200 racers. The support divisions—Vet, Four-Stroke, Trials and Two-Stroke—will take to the track early Saturday morning, along with the non-qualified experts. Once qualifying has been completed, the pre-qualified pros and Endurocross Grand Championship racers (those who have qualified for the support class mains through previous rounds) will take to the track for the evening program. One twist thrown at the racers is that the evening races will be run over the course in the opposite direction! This is to not only throw some more difficulty into the mix, but to negate any advantage that the morning racers would gain from having already ridden the course.
In the expert class, Ricky Dietrich holds a slim ten-point lead over Kawasaki teammate Damon Huffman. Third place points rider Colton Haaker will not be riding due to a broken collarbone suffered in Spain last weekend, which leaves the door wide open for fourth place points racer Taddy Blazusiak, who is hungrier than ever to take home the big trophy on Saturday.
If you’re in the Vegas area or can get there by Saturday, I highly recommend that you do whatever you can to get to the Orleans in time for the race. The action is going to be insane, and judging by the way the track is shaping up, it looks like fans are definitely going to get their money’s worth.
Stay tuned throughout the weekend for more from the Sin City Endurocross….it’s going to be epic!