450 motocross riders to rev it up in Davis County this weekend

Jan 13 2012 - 2:39pm

FARMINGTON -- It is a motocross event so big, one dirt-track arena couldn't hold it.

More than 450 riders, ranging in age from 2 to 60 years old are expected to ride in what is being billed as the state's first motocross competition involving an indoor/outdoor arena track, said Chad R. Bangerter, event promoter.

Throttle 215 MX Park will be held at the Legacy Events Center on Saturday and Sunday. The event, at 151 S. 1100 West, Farmington, is sponsored by Throttle 215 of Centerville.

Racing begins at 10 a.m. both days, with practice runs beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday's event is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., while Sunday's event is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The competition is a ticketed event. The cost is $5 per person.

"It's the first of its kind in the state," Bangerter said of the course that straddles the center's indoor and outdoor arenas.

If not for the full cooperation of Mother Nature, in providing the unusually dry January weather, Bangerter said, the event would not be possible.

Expanding the course outdoors, Bangerter said, also gives competitors a breath of fresh air during their ride.

The course winds its way through the indoor arena, before taking riders outside to the outdoor arena, by having them exit through the south roll-up door, said Dave Hansen, Legacy Events Center director.

Hansen said riders then re-enter the indoor arena by way of the roll-up door entrance on the east side of the building.

Because of the unique track configuration, Hansen said, for the first time promoters have had to bring in some of their own dirt to provide the necessary soil to bridge the indoor entry ways with the outdoor course.

Hansen said this is the third time Throttle 215 has held a motocross event at the Legacy Events Center, but the first time it has expanded the contest by expanding the track outdoors.

Motocross riders were allowed to begin doing practice runs on the course late Friday afternoon.

Davis County has a seasonal contract with Throttle 215, which pays it $20,400 for the use of the Legacy Events Center during a period of four different weekends, Davis County Clerk/Auditor Steve Rawlings said.

For this weekend, the Centerville group is paying $5,300 to lease the two arenas, Rawlings said.

"I think it is good for everybody," Rawlings said. "It is an event that should bring in a large crowd.

"We're looking at every way possible of how to utilize those facilities to the best advantage of the county tourism fund," Rawlings said.

The Legacy Events Center and its grounds are funded through county tourism tax revenues generated from a hotel room, car rental and a restaurant tax. The taxes combine to generate about $4.4 million a year in tourism revenues for Davis County.

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