Get ready to gear up for some off-road motorcycle racing when the Buzzards Motorcycle Club hosts this year’s Buzzards Grand Prix on Jan. 30.
Jeff Lundgreen, race chair, said they’re expecting around 200-250 riders for their seventh annual desert race. The race is open to anyone and all are welcome and encouraged to join; there will be race classifications for all ages and skill levels. There are no cash prizes awarded for this race, only trophies and bragging rights, of course.
The event is open for everyone to enjoy and promises to be a family friendly day for all. Spectators can enjoy the races free of charge but bring your own chairs and refreshments; there are no provisions available. There will be portable toilets. This is an open desert race that will take place approximately 3 miles off exit 112 toward Bunkerville.
If you want to participate in the race, you’ll have the opportunity to sign up at the Virgin River meeting rooms on Friday, Jan. 29, from 7:30-9:30 p.m. or in the pits on race day.
It’s going to be a full day of racing beginning with a brief rider’s meeting for the ATV and UTV category Jn. 30, at 9:15 a.m. with races beginning at approximately 9:30 a.m. There are several classifications and races throughout the day ending with the Pee Wee’s beginning about 4:30 p.m.
All riders must have proper equipment to race including USFS Spark Arrestor, Gas Mat, Fire Extinguisher, correct color combination and numbers, a current USRA Member Card (USRA membership available at the race, a full year for $30 or a day pass for $10. For questions regarding USRA please call Lila Lundgreen @ 801-916-3613.
The Buzzards have been a club since the early 1970’s and compete in several races each year. They began in California and eventually moved the club to Utah. They currently have members who live everywhere from the Idaho border to St. George, Utah.
Lundgreen said there are seven racing clubs in the USRA division for this area and they take turns hosting each race. The club who hosts doesn’t actually ride in the race; they officiate and man the stations plus any other tasks necessary to ensure the riders have optimal racing conditions. The clubs are 100 percent non-profit and each member volunteers his/her time to the association for each of the races they host.
For more information on USRA racing and the Buzzard Grand Prix you can visit www.usaracing.org.