Showtime Returns to Central California
The CMA/Clawson Motorsports California Supercross is set to take place November 5-7 in Fresno, CA and the entry list reads like a who’s who in motocross. The event will be held in downtown Fresno’s Grizzlies Stadium—one of the newest AAA baseball stadiums in the country—and is shaping up to be a must-see on any motorsports fan’s agenda.
Headlining the list of riders is the King of Supercross himself, Jeremy McGrath. The 8-time national champion will compete aboard a Factory Honda. Other national caliber riders scheduled to compete include Eric Sorby, Fresno’s own Rusty Holland, Justin Buckelew, Billy Laninovich and KTM’s newest factory rider, Mike Alessi. Several others are expected to confirm in the near future.
McGrath is in a state of semi-retirement. He left full-time racing behind two years ago, but continues to race select events, such as the California Supercross. The all-time Supercross win leader makes his second appearance at the race this year. In 2004, he won the first night and finished second to Tyler Evans the next. Having decided to make a limited return to AMA Supercross in January, McGrath will be using the California Supercross as a chance to test his fitness, speed and equipment in a race environment. Word from southern California is that he’s been training very hard for his comeback and is taking this race very seriously.
Pros will run heat races in 125 and 250cc classes before their respective main events. The grand finale will be a “Bounty Hunter main event where the top qualifiers from both classes compete for the lion’s share of the $20,000.00 purse. The Bounty Hunter races will feature single file, inverted starts where the fastest riders begin at the back of the pack.
The race program will be complimented by a mini race featuring celebrities from other sports and the entertainment world. They will compete on the same track the pros are riding, but on 50cc mini bikes. The entertainment level of this event is expected to be very high. There will also be amateur exhibition races during the evening programs.
Friday and Saturday will both feature the full race schedule including main events. Pro practice starts at 5 PM both days and will be followed by autograph sessions. Evening racing will begin at 7:00 PM. Sportsmen will have the opportunity to race earlier Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Gates open at 6:30 AM Friday and Saturday and at 7:00AM Sunday. Practice will begin at 8:00 AM and be immediately followed by racing. Sportsman entries are limited, so pre-entry is strongly encouraged. All details and information are available at www.cmaracing.com. Tickets are available for purchase at Clawson Motorsports, the Fresno Grizzlies box office and www.tickets.com.