One Night in Perris
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Looking for a fun, safe and challenging motocross track to ride? If you live in Southern California, check out Perris Raceway.
It’s summer and everyone in their right mind is heading towards the beach to cool off especially during the recent heat wave that’s inundated Southern California. But with folks migrating to the coast in droves, this can mean only one thing for a fanatical dirt bike rider: vacant motocross tracks. And one of my favorite MX tracks to hit especially during this extended period of daylight is Perris Raceway
in Perris, California.
Owned by motocross racing greats Rick Johnson and Sebastien Tortelli, Perris Raceway is one of the oldest and most entertaining motocross tracks to ride in Southern California. And it doesn’t matter what type of bike you ride: 2-Stroke, 250F, 450F or mini-bike, all are welcome (but its the most fun on our Rocket CRF250R
). Not only does Perris feature some of the best dirt around, but its layout is challenging yet safe.
This is due to in part to the track building expertise of Jeff Nordstrom and his team of guys and gals. These folks know a thing or two about providing riders with a smooth, fun track that’s never too dry or too wet. The jumps and other obstacles are manicured to perfection which takes considerable danger from the equation when you’re flying through the sky. Another plus is that its layout is constantly evolving so even if you ride there frequently you never have to worry about getting bored.
Weekdays the track is open Tuesday through Friday from 4 to 9 pm. Additionally they’re open Tuesday mornings from 10 am to 2 pm. Thursday evening is reserved for old guys (over 30-years-old), amateurs and mini-bike pilots. On most Saturday’s, from now until late September, Perris is running its Hot Summer Nights motocross racing series. Otherwise their normally open from 10 am to 2 pm. Other racing series might occupy the track on Sunday so make sure to check out Perris’ schedule at their website for more details.
To ride at Perris you need an off-road or motocross bike, motocross gear—consisting at the minimum of helmet/goggles, pants, boots and gloves and the $25 gate fee. Yep, no silly membership fee—just the gate fee and you’re in. If you’re under 18-years-old then make sure you bring your parental type or an adult who can sign the waiver for you. See you there!
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