The Supercross series took a well-deserved weekend off, but there was still plenty happening at the track, including the Spy Ride Day and the Ian Trettel Benefit Day, both at Pala Raceway. Check out some of the action from the two events…
Spy Optic held a cool ride day at Pala Raceway on April 20th to formally unveil their new permanent trackside structure. Riders can escape the sun under this giant roof coined the Spy Shady Spot. With Wahoo's serving tacos under the structure, some product giveaways, and riding, Spy had all the fixings for a good time.
The April issue of TransWorld Motocross was on display under the Spy Shady Spot. The cover, however, wasn't the only sign of Jeremy McGrath at Pala. The King, himself, came out to ride, eat tacos, and kick it with the rest of the moto crew.
A Holeshot Challenge and pit bike race were just a few of the extra-curricular activities during the day, but they were the only ones that offered a Bobblehead trophy to the winners.
MC put in a ton of laps during the day, making us all wish he would be lining up at a Supercross or a National in 2011.
Nick Wey was on hand at the Pala ride day as well. He met up with the TWMX crew to spin some laps on our two-stroke YZ250. After having a lot of fun on the track, he decided to load it up and take it home. We hope he stills answers our calls.
Grant Langston wasn't about to let Nick Wey have all the fun. In between NYK's motos, Cool G spun some laps on the two-stroke as well.
Spy Shady Spot is pretty big, so not only can a handful of riders take refuge underneath it, we are pretty sure you can see the Spy logo from space.
After the Holeshot Challenge, in which Mike Sleeter took top honors, the guys gathered around the mini track for some pit bike relay races. Guys from DC Shoes, One Ind., Deft Family, and Spy all got down on the action.
Deft Family's Logan Darien put on a pit bike clinic during his motos aboard a Kawasaki KLX110. Kawasaki was kind enough to provide bikes for the day. Thanks Green!
Christophe Pourcel was in the headlines last week, starting with spy photos of his test day at Pala aboard a Geico Honda. He then showed up to Perris Raceway the following day to spin laps aboard a Valli Yamaha. He is clearly shopping around, and we are hopeful he finds a ride soon.
9:30 AM and the line to get into the track was backed up to the street. While there was a race going on at Pala, 90% of the people that showed up were there for the ride day.
Packed. That's the only word to describe the parking lot at Pala for the IT77 ride day. It was definitely cool to see the huge turnout.
Unable to ride, Jared Browne still made it out despite his injuries from Dallas Supercross. Things went bad for Browne when he seated bounced a triple in Dallas and it sent him into a full endo. Unable to save it, he hit the ground hard, and he broke his left kneecap into 10 pieces, broke his left collarbone, and dislocated and broke his right wrist.
When the Supercross season made its way back to the West Coast in Seattle, Jimmy Decotis dislocated his elbow when he cased a triple in practice. When we saw him on Saturday he said that he had surgery on his elbow to repair some tendons, and also to remove a bone chip. He said he's going to miss the first couple of outdoor races, but he should be all healed up soon.
Baked goods were everywhere, and we could hardly resist the temptation. From cupcakes, to cake, to chocolate dipped Oreos, we're definitely going to be hitting the gym hard this week.
The best part about "Cupcakes 4 Ian" was that you got a free cup a milk with the purchase of a cupcake. Brilliant!
There were some overcast skies at the beginning of the day, but it turned out to be an awesome day for everyone there.
T-shirts, Number Plate Bingo, and a Dash For The Cash race was all set up in the vendor row area to help raise some money for the Trettel family.
The Thor Trackside Product Support booth was set up with some photos of Ian's last year in the amateur class.
Skullcandy had a Plinko game set up where people could win some Skullcandy goods…
…and Pant Saggin had some merchandise for sale, as well as a spot to take some funny pictures.
Underneath the Spy shade spot, vendors and riders set out many products for people to bid on in the silent auction.
From gear, to autographed jerseys and number plates, to gift certificates, there was way too much good stuff to pass up on. In the end, it helped raise a lot of money, and it was a huge success.
After his 2,400+ mile bike ride from San Diego, California, to Daytona, Florida, Jimmy Button made his way back out to California for the IT77 ride day.
Dean, his dad, and his mechanic spun some laps on Saturday. We definitely know where Dean got his speed from when we saw his dad putting the hammer down on the track. He rips!
In between motos, Dean was busy signing poster for his fans.
You were also able to enter a raffle to win this Ian Trettle Suzuki replica.
Among many of the top pros that were in attendance on Saturday, Monster Energy Kawasaki's Jake Weimer made his way out to Pala Raceway to show his support for Ian. Weimer has been out since the beginning of the season with a broken arm, but word is that he's going to be racing in Salt Lake. Photo by: Casey Davis
Marvin Musquin was also on the injured list for Supercross this year, but you'll definitely be seeing him racing the Nationals for 2011. Photo by: Casey Davis
It was just a little over a week ago when Hanny hurt his hand in practice, but that didn't stop him from throwing down some laps on Saturday. Tedesco, on the other hand, wasn't able to ride because of a torn ACL.
Ian Trettel's teammate Jason Anderson was on hand, along with the rest of his teammates, on Saturday. Photo by: Casey Davis
Dean Wilson. Photo by: Casey Davis
Jeff Emig in action. Photo by: Casey Davis
Deft Family's Logan Darien. Photo by: Casey Davis
The whole Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team made it out to show their support, even new West Coast Lites points leader, Broc Tickle. Photo by: Casey Davis
Deft Family's Nate Adams. Photo by: Casey Davis
DNA Shred Stix/Star Racing/Yamaha's Ryan Sipes. Photo by: Casey Davis
Kyle Partridge. Photo by: Casey Davis
Guess NYK didn't have enough of the two-smoke. He had the YZ250 wide open all day long. Photo by: Casey Davis
Josh Hansen. Photo by: Casey Davis
Troy Lee Design/Lucas Oil/Honda's Travis Baker. Photo by: Casey Davis
One Industries had a huge banner set out in front of there rig, and within the first half hour the banner started to fill up with "get well soon" messages.