CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. – official release — The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing enters uncharted territory with the inaugural Thor Indiana National this Saturday.
Teams and riders were on hand Thursday afternoon for press day and shared their thoughts on the brand new Ironman Raceway facility in Crawfordsville, Ind.
Jeremy Martin – Yamalube/Star Racing/Yamaha: “The track was pretty good. They made a few changes after press day and I think it’s going to be completely different track come Saturday. After all the bikes get on it, I think the track will get pretty rough.”
Cooper Webb – Yamalube/Star Racing/Yamaha: “Initially driving in, I thought this place was really cool. I was pumped on the rolling hills; it’s definitely one of the natural or not man-made tracks. I don’t think they had to do too much as far as the natural terrain goes.”
Shane McElrath – TLD/MAVTV/Honda: “It’s definitely not a California track, that’s for sure. It’s going to be a lot different than the other races earlier on the schedule because of how the dirt is and how they mixed in other stuff. It’s not just going to be all ruts all the time, it’s going to make for a really fun day of racing on Saturday.”
Jimmy Albertson – MotoSport.com/KTM Racing: “This is such a cool facility, it’s pretty awesome to look at. You can tell the dirt here is pretty hard packed originally but you can tell they did a really good job of bringing the sand and foreign dirt in to make the soil really nice. I think once we get more bikes on the track it’s going to rut up and get some lines in it. It’s pretty high speed but once it gets rough I think it’s going to come around to be a really good track.”
Cole Seely – TLD/Lucas Oil/Honda: “We had a track called Southwick on the circuit and that’s off now. I think this is the replacement kind of and I think it’s a really good replacement. It has all the unique features of a high caliber outdoor track they did a good job with the layout – it has a lot of good elevation change and there’s really good flow to it.”
Jessy Nelson – TLD/Lucas Oil/Honda: “The start here is a little different from the other starts we’ve seen. It has a right hand turn that makes it a little more difficult coming out of the start. But just looking at this place, you’re in awe. It’s really cool and I can’t wait to get started on Saturday.”
Weston Peick – RCH Racing: “The track layout is great. It’s more of a natural terrain track like back in the old days. As soon as all the sand and new dirt breaks in I think it’ll be a great track. The naturally rolling hills and terrain is a great feature instead of having a thousand jumps on a motocross track. I’m super stoked to be out here for our first national and looking forward to racing on Saturday.”