The Thirteenth annual A Day In The Dirt grand prix went off this year with great racing, perfect weather (clouds watered the track overnight), and a new location. The Troy Lee Designs/Elrod Racing event had made LACR its home until that track closed earlier this year, so the promoters moved the grand prix to Pala Raceway and things seemed to continue smoothly at the family-friendly “fastest party in town.”The event had several grand prix for all speeds and ages, as well as vintage GPs, a So Cal reunion race (Indian Dunes vs. Saddleback), a stuntman’s GP (the event is half motorcycle industry and half film stunt industry, so stuntmen are out in force at the event every year), a Moto-A-Go Go team GP, and the Coup de Grace, a race with no specified end, just an assurance it will require at least one fuel stop.
Troy Lee brings out some big names, and just looking down the finishing position of the So Cal Pro race showed Erik Kehoe, Jeff Emig, Ron Lechien, Jeff Matesivech, Jeff Ward, and Tommy Clowers in the top six positions.But the big race of the 3-day event is the finale, the Coup, and this year Andrew Short took the win in the hour and thirty minute race. Josh Strang grabbed second, and rounding out the top five were Mark Samuels, Blake Savage, and Davis Gassin. Short looked and rode great all day on his new orange ride for 2011 his factory KTM.The Coup is a chance for local riders of all skill levels to line up and race the track alongside (well, not alongside for long!) moto-heroes. It’s never fun to get lapped, but it’s easier to stomach when the rider flying past is Jeremy McGrath.For more info and photos on the event, and full race results coming soon, check out www.adayinthedirt.com. And then start planning where you’ll be, and who you’ll be alongside, next Thanksgiving weekend.