“The equipment and the riders are
progressing at such a fast rate, they
have a tendency to get ahead of the
sport,” says Jerry Masterpool,
designer of the track for the
inaugural Lucas Oil JuniorMotoX
event inside the Lazy E Arena in
Guthrie, Okla. “With the bikes being
so powerful and the kids being so
much faster, we have to change the
track accordingly, so it’s their ability
that brings them up to speed, rather
than simply twisting the throttle.”
That covers one aspect of
motocross track design, making it
challenging. With the challenge
usually comes fun. But the real trick
is to combine those two elements
with safety, he notes.
Masterpool lost his oldest son,
Jesse, to a motocross accident.
Naturally, that’s a driving force in his
desire to design and build tracks
where riders have to find the fast,
rather than suppress it.
“When they’re challenged, they’re
hungry for speed and hunting for
speed, rather than trying to control
speed,” he says. “At many tracks,
we’re hearing from the pros all the
way to the amateurs, ‘That’s sketchy!’
and we’re seeing far too many big,
“I think we can all live with a broken
bone here and there, but there have
been far too many big accidents and
far too many catastrophic accidents,
and that can be covered by the
design of the track.”
THE CRITERIA FOR THE
LUCAS OIL JUNIORMOTOX
INDOOR TRACK? FUN,
CHALLENGING AND SAFE.
Jarvis earned wins in
Girls SR 12-16 years
and Women 14-18
years. (LEFT) Jett
Reynolds talks with his
crew. The Kawasaki
rider took victories in
85 9-12 years and
85 Limited 9-11 years.
Jett Reynolds is another rider who
came from one end of the country, only
this time from the West – Bakersfield, Calif.
Another of the top riders in the country,
Reynolds won a pair of 85cc races at the
inaugural event, his first indoors.
“We just wanted to try something new,
and Kawasaki really wanted us to go,”
Reynolds explains of his and his family’s
decision to make the trip. “I’m glad we
came. It looks really cool, and I wanted to
ride it as soon as I saw it. Outdoor is more
wide open and rougher; this is a lot of
tight riding, a lot smoother. I like it – I’m
probably better at this than motocross.”
Jordan Jarvis, who won both of the
girls’ races and came in fifth in the open
125 2-stroke, has been competing in
Arenacross for three seasons, so she’s no
stranger to racing indoors. But the size of
Jerry Masterpool’s track inside Guthrie’s
Lazy E Arena ticked all the right boxes
for being fun, challenging and safe, too.
the track was a new experience.
“The layout is a lot of fun,” the Yamaha
rider from Clayton, N.C., says.“ It’s also
extremely safe, and those are the two
biggest factors for any track.”
Jarvis was one of the many factory-
supported riders who saw an opportunity
in the first Lucas Oil JuniorMotoX.
With an outstanding field of the
country’s best young riders, a safe and
exciting show broadcast live on
lucasoilracing.tv (and later on MAVTV)
and a second event already planned for
next year, it would be hard to declare the
inaugural running anything but a success.
While Peronnard says he has a vision
for what the event might become, he says
getting the debut event done was the first
steps, and he’s not yet ready to talk about
what might happen when JuniorMotoX is
at a full run. But he’s pleased with what
he’s seen so far.
“It’s bringing a new type of event to
the youth – a good mood race, where all
the best young U.S. riders want to be a
part of it,” the Frenchman says. “And the
vibe is really good, too. Now, it’s just a
matter of keeping it going.”
Masterpool’s take on the event itself.
“Our boy Jesse went to Bercy, France,
for Eric Peronnard’s Supercross,” he
recounts. “Everything that Eric has done
here, you can feel his passion and constant
drive to do what’s best for the riders – to
give them the best facility, the best arena,
the best track with safety, with passion and
challenge. We have confidence in what
they do and we want to support anything.”
“The track is a lot of fun.
It’s also extremely safe, and
those are the two biggest
factors for any track”