The green flag has waived and motocross racing will resume Saturday December 3 at the Lake Elsinore Motocross Park.
Racing fans began pulling in Friday evening with their RVs and bikes in tow anxious to be among the first on the track when it opens.
“We have been pulling 24 hour shifts all week to get the tracks ready,” said General Manager Chad Azevedo.
Azevedo said they are prepared to have 1,000 to 5,000 people in attendance Saturday.
Lake Elsinore and surrounding cities have been a mecca for motocross racing since the 1970s. According to the American Motorcyclist Association, Riverside County is a hotbed of off-road activity and has been home to practice grounds for racing heroes like Jeremy McGrath, Mike Metzger and Ricky Johnson.
When the track closed in mid-2010, many motocross riders had to travel out of town after city officials determined park operator Randy Hiner was out of compliance with permit conditions.
Building and Safety Manager for the City of Lake Elsinore Robin Chipman said the new owners have the same conditional use permits as the former owner.
“The only difference is the new owners are complying with the permits,” Chipman said.
Park operators Gio, Joe and Tom Nanci of Vision Quest Enterprises want to turn the motocross park into a first class facility.
“They have been good to work with. We sat down and showed them what needed to be done and our requests have been followed,” Lake Elsinore City Manager Bob Brady said.
One of the features the city required be installed was fencing to create a safety barrier between the spectators and the racers. City officials said the track passed inspections from the fire department and the track is safer today.
“Lake Elsinore’s motto is Dream Extreme. With the lake, skydiving, off road activities -- this track fits well with our community,” Brady said.
The grand opening is Saturday Dec 3 at 31919 Cereal Street Lake Elsinore. Gates open at 8 a.m. with the track opening at 9 a.m.
There will be a skydiving exhibition from , a freestyle show, and professional racers, like Carey Hart and John Huntington, will show off their skills along with companies like Monster Energy, Spy and Scorpion.
Sunday Dec 4 guests can ride all day.
Cost for admission is $25 for riders and $10 for non-riders.