Engines were blasting through the Smithers Motocross Track this past weekend the SMXA hosted their grand opening and the first ride of the 2012 season.
There were bikes and riders of all ages ripping across the track, showing off their skills and brushing off the dust for what is one of the largest growing sports in the province.
“This year we’re going to build onto the track,” said SMXA president Aaron Miles. “We’re going to extend some areas and make a few things bigger and make it more exciting. Last year we started with flat ground and it took a lot but from here on out is just going to get bigger and bigger.”
With 109 members last year Miles wants to exceed those numbers this year and see a lot more riders, for more kids to get involved in this physically, mentally challenging sport.
With last years first ever BC sanctioned race Miles and the SMXA have big plans for their second season and are hopeful about hosting multiple races this year.
“We’re hoping to hold at least one or two fun races which usually includes Terrace to Prince George, they come here and it’s just a fun day for people that wanna get into it or people who just want to practice,” Miles said.
Riders of all ages from 5-65 have entered into races and Miles wants to continue that inclusiveness by selling memberships and helping riders to hone and build their skills.
Two riders who recently retuned from Terraces motocross track said Smithers has the advantage of having a well exposed track near to the highway that allows for easy access for new and veteran riders.
“We’re hoping to hold at least one or two fun races which usually includes Terrace to Prince George,” explained Miles. “They come here and it’s just a fun day for people that wanna get into it or people who just want to practice.”
Smithers first sanctioned race of the season will be held July 28-29. For more information go to www.smxa.com or pick up a memberships at Nor-dan Equipment the Suzuki dealer in Telkwa or go to rays board shop in Smithers or Eye Custom Candy for $80 and $20 each addition family member.