ATV RACING AT ADELANTO GRAND PRIX

— Big crowd of quad riders have big fun in SoCal —

By the staff of Dirt Wheels, photos by Mark Kariya

Riders of all calibers lined up on Sunday on the streets of Adelanto for the start of the race.

Originally, the AMA District 37 Big 6 series was a regional GP series limited to District 37’s boundaries. However, the series has become a runaway off-road success story that name-brand professional series are struggling to keep up with as it has spread out and grown. The first round of the 2018 Big 6 Grand Prix racing series kicked off with a fun event for the whole family to enjoy! The crowds were large, the vendor area was packed and the racing was intense. Riders from all over the West Coast showed up to test their skills against each other on multiple types of terrain. This first round of the 2018 series was held at Maverick Stadium in the High Desert, specifically in the Southern California city of Adelanto.

Beau Baron nailed the holeshot and led every lap to an impressive first-place finish on his Honda TRX450R.

FUN EVENTS

Every January the So Cal Motorcycle Club puts on the first round of Big 6 with a three-day weekend of events planned during and after the races. Vendor row was filled with companies like CST Tires, Fast House, LBZ and Coors Light, along with tons of food vendors and much more. There were two different stages from which over 20 bands and DJs entertained the crowds with music through the weekend. There is an impressive R/C racecourse with big jumps that displayed impressive remote-controlled trucks and buggies in heated battles. Everywhere you turned, there was something fun to do. Or, you could head back into the stadium to watch racers take on the EnduroCross-style section of the course or walk out to the motocross section and watch the riders flying high over jumps.

Southern California isn’t known for getting much hydration into the dirt, but the So Cal Motorcycle Club made sure there was mud to race through.

RADICAL RACING

The Adelanto GP course is designed to test your skills in different types of terrain, but it mostly consists of high-speed desert sections. Once you battle through the miles of whoops, turns and asphalt straightaways, you dive down into the Maverick Stadium’s baseball diamond to the EnduroCross course. The EnduroCross course has spines, wood pits, tractor tires and telephone poles to ride over. Once you passed through scoring, it was on to a fun motocross section with multiple jumps, including a water jump that had a 2-foot-deep pool of muddy water to ride through if you couldn’t make the leap!

There was a section of the Adelanto GP course that led racers like Travis Work and Tyler Weslowski into a water-drainage channel that changed water levels through the race.

Entering the race is easy. If you only planned to try it out for the weekend, you didn’t need any special requirements, except for what the rule book states on the website. If you want to join the whole series that travels through the western states of California, Arizona and Nevada, it would be smart to get yourself an AMA membership at www.americanmotorcyclist.com and a District 37 Grand Prix membership at www.big637ama.org.

The RC competition course looked like it would have been a lot of fun to ride through on a quad.

FINAL THOUGHTS

A weekend race trip involves camping, and, fortunately, there are camping spots provided at the Big 6 Adelanto GP that will fit RVs. Camping is first come, first served, though, so if you have a group, make sure you all show up at the same time to get a spot. There is day parking for the event near the stadium as well.

The Maverick Stadium’s baseball diamond held the EnduroCross section of the racecourse, which included riding over big tractor tires. There are longer alternate lines if you don’t feel up to traveling over the technical terrain.
Vendor row was filled with families checking out the great aftermarket products, food and events.

The Adelanto GP is a blast to compete in. The quad classes range from novice to expert level, with 30 years of age and older vet versions of each class. We hope that a lot more of us four-wheel-racing lovers can flood into the Big 6 Series and open up youth, beginner and pro classes in the future. The courses they lay out are a ton of fun, and the race runs for an hour.

Ray Aldama was on the gas through the motocross sections of the course.
We thought there was a three-wheeler class for a second before we realized that this racer’s rear axle snapped.
The terrain of the course changed from asphalt to hardpack, mud and sandy dirt.

To get more info on the Big 6 Grand Prix series, go to www.big6racing.com. You can find the full 2018 schedule of events, race results and much more on their website!

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