We recently heard rumors of a new track out in Anza, CA, that was garnering rave reviews for its layout, and were intrigued. Riders were describing it as similar to Mammoth, but without the long drive. Cool elevation changes, plenty of rough natural terrain, and very few jumps were among the items most often mentioned. Then when we heard that it was on Indian land, and we admit we were a little spooked. (Memories of the Motocross des Nations disaster at Comp Park are still fresh in everyone’s minds).
The good news is that the Cahuilla Indians are apparently genuinely excited about the track, which is just down the highway from their restaurant and casino. As for the track’s layout, the rumors proved correct. It was a lot of fun, with a surface that looked like a mix of sand, dirt, and decomposed granite. We’d guess that before the Southwick national, it’ll be a favorite of factory guys looking for a place to test.
Just before our visit, the track had received a couple days worth of rain, so conditions were awesome. The corners developed some deep rutted berms, and the few small tabletops built into the track had fairly deep ruts on their faces. But traction was prime, and the track was rough, fun, and filled with natural terrain. It was a real workout both for body and suspension…all without the benefit of tons of jumps. As-is, it’s perfect for anyone who digs real motocross. It’s not the quasi-supercross found at a lot of tracks we’ve seen lately.
The track is in a fairly remote location, and it’s also at something over 3,000 feet in elevation, so our bikes were running just a tad on the rich side, but not bad.
At the moment, expect minimal amenities. There’s no snack bar, but plans call for one soon. Be sure to bring whatever water and food you’ll need with you.
Hours: Saturday 9:00AM—4:00PM, Sunday 9:00AM—2:00PMCost: $16.00 per bike.
The track is currently available for open practice on Saturdays. This Sunday (11/17/02) it’s hosting an SVRG race. Starting in December 2002, Sundays will be Club days. The track has a limited number of memberships open. For more information, call them Dan or Bob at (909) 926-4646. The track is also available for rental on weekdays, and KTM and Kawasaki have both done test days there.
Directions: From Temecula (I-15), take Highway 79 toward Indio. (Winchester Blvd. is also marked as 79…the one you want is two exits south of Winchester Blvd.) Go east to Hwy. 371 (again toward Indio). The track is about 15 miles up 371, just past Lake Riverside Estates. Look for orange snow fence on the right (it’s pretty easy to blow past it). If you get to the casino, turn around. You went too far.
Address: 50100 Highway 371, Anza, CA
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