The new Diamondback Motocross track in East Durham NY hosted an open practice and race day weekend on July 14th and 15th and the racing action was certainly fast and furious. This Xtreme Motocross Series Pro/Am Super MX event at Diamondback, the newest AMA sanctioned track in New York, welcomed riders from all over the tri-state region with both amateur and pro riders attending and competing for the purse of over $5000.
Saturday saw great weather for open practice, and a chance for riders of all skill sets and ages to check out the track and prepare for the event the next day. Many came to familiarize themselves with the track layout as they had not ridden there previously.
“We encourage all riders to come and ride the track just to see what it’s all about. This is a fun, safe track for all involved, we encourage families to ride here and feel we offer a chance for the whole family to ride and race together.” said James Slaughter, Diamondback promoter and motocross rider. “We built this track with both the weekend warrior and serious racer in mind, and the riders keep telling us this track is the best of both worlds. We’ll continue to make improvements based on the riders input to make it the best track in the tri-state area.”
Sunday rolled in with a threat of rain in the afternoon but the racing went ahead as planned with a huge turnout of racers, families and friends streaming through the gates. The pit area filled up quickly and the sounds and smells of high performance racing motorcycles filled the air.
Racing action kicked off early with TJ Albright taking the Schoolboy and Senior Mini classes, Justin Jackson looked fast winning both the 50cc classes on his KTM and Ellie Shuart taking the win(s) on 4 wheels in both the Quad Jr. Mini and Quad Peewee classes.
The big guns took the track next with Aaron Lampi and Matt Hammer battling in both the 250 A and Open A classes and Lampi taking the win after epic battles in both. Vet 30A saw Corey McDarby take the win over local pro Carlo Coen whose brother John is one of the driving forces behind the new Diamondback facility.
As the afternoon rolled on, the storm rolled in but the racing continued until the organizers saw lightning. With 6 motos left, lightening and rain, the race day was forced to end. Prizes were issued out and we said goodbye to all the racers and support crews who had spent the weekend at the facility.
All in all a great weekend of racing action and a great time for everyone involved from the racers to the families and friends as well as all the spectators who attended.
The next big event at the Diamondback Motocross facility is the “Double Points Weekend” scheduled for September 22nd and 23rd and a big turnout is expected.