QUOTE (thebondtrader55 @ Jul 15 2012, 10:59 AM)
J, you're right. The numbers, if they can be verified, are all important.
I agree with you that they will not paint a pretty picture where the local tracks are concerned.
There simply aren't enough participants locally to "run the machine", if you will. Even the best TO, and there are many, can't manufacture riders from thin air to fill gates 5,6,7 and 8.
I hope at some point in the future we can all have non emotional discussions about what I see as one of the few problems, but a potentially fatal one, left to be addressed in BMX racing.
I initially wrote this post to see if the idea of creating additional value to local racing would increase rider/moto counts. I tried to draw on my 34 years of racing experience as well as the unique opportunity I have had to visit multiple tracks on a monthly basis. And although I knew that everyone would not exactly agree with my observations and may have a different or perhaps even a better solution, I was very surprised at those who deny a problem exists.
I traveled to Southern California this week and my experience was typical to what I have been seeing at most tracks I visit.
Monday, July 16th
Bellflower - only 9 motos, raced with a 19 and 30 year old in cruiser (I am 47). Monday's are cruiser night with a reduce race fee. Great TO, great vibe, nice track, local pros practicing, track used for testing bikes/products (check the latest issue of BMXPlus, YESS prototype frame) but still weak rider/moto count.
Tuesday, July 17th
Apple Valley - only 6 motos. Cruiser night with a reduced race fee of only $5! No one to race, not a single cruiser, other than myself signed up. Nice downhill track in a very beautiful park in the desert. Scary fast downhill first straight, cool TO, home of Supercross BMX, but in the middle of nowhere. Sister track, Crossroads BMX (about 10 miles away in Lucerne Valley) very infrequently runs races due to low rider counts. Two tracks within 20 minutes apart and no riders! I drive an hour and a half for my local racing at PTCBMX. If I would have known that I would not have anyone to race, I might not have made the 1.5 hour drive from Orange County. On the positive note, I did visit Bill Ryan and check out the Supercross HQ and their track. Supercross is a supporter of our Team.
Wednesday, July 18th
"World Famous Orange Y" - 14 motos. Nice mixed age cruiser classes. Great track with great announcing. Good location and easy to get to.
Does a problem exist, or am I visiting the wrong tracks?