CAROGA LAKE - After a muddy start to its motocross season on Memorial Day weekend, Royal Mountain Ski Center is ready to open its supercross season Wednesday night.
"The rain on Memorial Day weekend hurt," Royal Mountain owner Jim Blaise said. "We drew about one-quarter of what we normally have. As far as the track conditions, even now, Joe [Mulyca] has put the track back together and it is hard. So even if we get a lot of rain before Wednesday it will be fine."
Monster Energy Drink and Bartyzel Distributors of Amsterdam return as the major sponsors for the Wednesday night supercross events as well as the weekend Central New York Motocross Riders Association motocross events.
Riders power through the first turn during Monster Energy supercross action last June at Royal Mountain Ski Area in Caroga Lake. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)
The supercross season opens under the lights at 7 p.m. Wednesday and features 18 divisions of racing: 50cc (4-6 years); 50cc (7-8 years); Mini 65cc; Junior Mini (9-11 years, 65cc or 85cc bikes allowed); 85cc (12-15 years); Big-Wheel 80-plus (10-15 years); Plus-30 Expert; Plus-30 Amateur; 250 Novice (122-250, 2 or 4 stroke); 250 Amateur (122-250, 2 or 4 stroke); 250 Expert (122-250, 2 or 4 stroke); Open Novice (122-250, 2 or 4 stroke); Open Amateur (122-250, 2 or 4 stroke); Open Expert (122-250, 2 or 4 stroke); Quad Novice; Quad Amateur; Quad Expert and Mini Quads.
"Some of the parents are contributing funds, so we trophy that class back farther than we do with a normal class, so we can try to build the numbers in that class," Blaise said.
The supercross track featured upgraded lighting last season to provide an enjoyable atmosphere for racing and watching the premiere riders in the district battle head-to-head over the twisting half-mile course.
This year, the track has undergone changes.
Instead of heading into the horseshoe after climbing the hill out of the starting gate, the riders will now go straight across the top of the hill.
"The tabletop along the top coming out of the first turn is going to be challenging," Blaise said. "That is the major change. We are going to do some things behind the starting gate, where we had to take it out on Memorial Day weekend because it was under water. The rest of the track is pretty much the same except for some subtle changes in the whoops."
The supercross season is scheduled to conclude Aug. 28. Free wi-fi also will be available at Royal Mountain this season. In case of a rainout on Wednesday nights during the season, racing will be moved to Thursday night.
"We are excited about getting going and back on track after a wet Memorial Day weekend," Blaise said. "We averaged about 125 riders each night last year and are hoping the numbers go up a bit this season."
The seven-time Central New York Motocross Riders Association track of the year will host four more daytime races - June 23 (double points), July 6 and 7 and Aug. 18, as well as the annual hillclimb July 21.
2012 Monster Energy Supercross Champions
50cc Junior Stock (4-6): Gavin Betts (Clifton Park)
50cc Senior Stock (7-8): Tyrick Wheeler (Edmeston)
Junior Mini (9-11): Brandon Handy (Johnstown)
Open Mini (10-16): Jeremiah Kutey (Duanesburg)
Plus-30 Expert: Matt Dwyer (Esperance)
Plus-30 Amateur: Jason Viger (Gansevoort)
122-Open Novice: Jacob Church (Greenville)
122-Open Amateur: Adryan Pelosi (Johnstown)
122-Open Expert: Mitch Daugherty (Whitesboro)
Quad Expert: Preston Young (Westmoreland)
Quad Amateur: Michael Gambacorta (Albany)
Quad Novice: Eric Junquera (Scotia)
Mini Quad (51-90cc production): Mason St. John-Lemery (Queensbury)
Mini 80 (9-11): Tyler Blowers (Fonda)
Mini 80 (12-15): Zachary Hume (Burlington Flats)
65cc (7-11): Brandon Handy (Johnstown)
Quad Schoolboy (12-15 modified): Katharine Hoyt (Amsterdam)
Mini Quad (50cc production): Jordan Miller (Mayfield)
122-250cc Expert: Mitch Daugherty (Whitesboro)
122-250cc Amateur: Garrett Bloomer (Ballston Lake)
122-250cc Novice: Jacob Church (Greenville)