Motocross mecca

first_img Most of AVMotoplex’s riders come from the Antelope Valley, but some come from the San Fernando Valley, Bakersfield or farther. Some are competitive riders, who practice several days a week, including a number of youngsters whose parents drive them to national races as far away as Florida. While Antelope Valley riders would seem to have nearly limitless – if not always legal – places to ride for free, the track has a steady clientele at $25 a rider ($15 for the peewee track). The desert doesn’t have groomed jumps, flagmen to stop other riders when there’s a spill and paramedics minutes away, Lundin said. The track doesn’t have unexpected mine shafts and dune buggies, or 4-wheel-drive trucks whose drivers aren’t looking out for motorcyclists. “If you own a Ferrari and you want to learn to drive it to its potential, you can’t do that on the street,” Lundin said of the difference between desert and track riding. Brett Sauve of Simi Valley drove one hour and 10 minutes to get to the track with his 18-year-old son, Trevor, and a friend. They’ve been riding at the Lancaster track since it opened and also travel to motocross courses in Adelanto, at the L.A. County Raceway in Palmdale and near Gorman. “This track is challenging. It’s got good jumps,” said Sauve, 44, who’s been riding since he was a teenager and competes in the age 40 pro bracket. “They maintain it real well. It’s become of the nicer tracks in the area.” AVMotoplex’s phone number is (661) 723-0773. Its Web site is www.avmotoplex.com. Charles F. Bostwick, (661) 267-5742 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – On any Sunday – or any Wednesday, Friday or Saturday – motocross enthusiasts roar around the dirt track and obstacles at AVMotoplex. Helmeted, safety-suited 5-year-olds on 50 cc miniature motorcycles scoot around the peewee track while men on 450 cc motocross racers zoom over jumps on the main track. “They both started when they were 3. They had training wheels on their bikes,” Jaren Garrett of Mojave said as he watched sons Seth, 6, and Kade, 5, ride around the minitrack. “They love it. It’s all they ever talk about.” Opened in May, expanded in October with 25,000 tons of sand and dirt trucked in for jumps and berms, and due to host a southern round of the 30th annual Golden State MX National series Feb. 5, the complex is on leased land at the rear of the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds. AVMotoplex owner Robert Lundin, 28, started riding himself when he was about 6. Growing up in the San Fernando Valley, he rode motorcycles on family property some 15 miles west of Lancaster. He and a partner organized motorcycle races out at the old Antelope Valley Fairgrounds in central Lancaster, and after the fairgrounds moved, the fair board gave him permission to open a permanent track on fair property adjoining the Antelope Valley Freeway. Lundin’s making plans to operate a much bigger motocross complex in the Castaic area, proposed in a canyon between the north- and southbound lanes of Interstate 5. But on Saturday, Lundin – who has degrees in business law and management and an MBA from California State University, Northridge – was washing mud off a tractor in preparation for the arrival of a mechanic as dozens of riders circled the Lancaster tracks. “I knew I wanted to go into business for myself and knew either I was going to own a bike shop or try to build a track,” Lundin said. last_img read more

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