very young racer wants his or her
shot at the big time. The lights, the
cameras, the glory, your name etched in
history. Whether the vehicle is a kart or
a 51cc dirt bike, the desire is the same –
take the next step and eventually,
someday, maybe, make it to the big show.
Sometimes, though, the big show
comes right to them.
Promoters are coming around to the idea
that professional-grade events shouldn’t
just be limited to the pros, and that up and
coming racers are deserving of the same
standards. One example is the inaugural
AMA Lucas Oil JuniorMotoX Presented by
Monster Energy, an indoor motocross
event that attracted the best under- 18
motocrossers from all across the country
to the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, Okla.
“We’re trying to bring a different
The inaugural Lucas Oil JuniorMotoX
was created to bring a premium, indoor
event to young and upcoming riders.
51cc 2-stroke classes
give riders between
the ages of 4 and 8 a
bike they can handle,
but still with enough
performance to learn.
(RIGHT) 51cc racer
Karsen Garner gets
ready to go racing,
treatment to the kids,” says Eric
Peronnard, whose EPCN, Inc., produced
the event. “We’re trying to do something
a little more premium, which is not very
easy, but it seems to be working out to
some extent. People are appreciating the
fact that they are on a concrete parking
lot, a small distance from the race.
“Motocross is ingrate at times.
Sometimes you’re in a cornfield, with a
lot of mud. Bringing that premium feel to
the amateur level was my crazy idea. It’s
happening already with Arenacross, but it’s
very small. You can put two Arenacrosses
in our venue. When you can have a 400ft
lane, suddenly things are changing.”
Peronnard is the mastermind behind
Endurocross and a consultant on many
other extreme motocross sports, such as
Red Bull Straight Rhythm and the ESPN
X Games, so he knows how to put on an
event that’s going to attract quality riders.
“We have some of the best Mini riders
in America. Another thing that was done
purposely was to have nobody over 18,
so it’s really a race for the kids. It’s not a
race for the kids and 500 of the adults
that happen to come along,” he says.
That included kids as young as four
WORDS & IMAGES Richard S. James