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Another successful Anaheim 1's in the books for DIRT WURX USA ... next up: Phoenix SX

DIRT WURX USA designs and constructs a gem of a track the A1 opener, leading to one of the better opening round main events that anyone can remember

imgMONROE, N.Y. (Jan. 9, 2013) – “We’re rollin’ in high gear here,” says DIRT WURX USA’s Rich Winkler, overseeing the first loads of dirt unloaded on the Phoenix Chase Field for this Saturday’s round two of Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship.

Winkler and his crew of the world’s premier supercross track builders are coming off one heck of a weekend at Anaheim’s (Calif.) Angels Stadium for the opener of the 2013 Monster Energy SX season. According to Winkler, as well as most others in attendance, this year’s Anaheim opener was, hands down, one of the more highly anticipated and flat out thrilling main events in recent years. So much so that the sold out crowd at Angels Stadium witnessed a night of supercross racing action that set the stage for what will be an incredible year of stadium dirt bike racing here in North America – on tracks designed and constructed by DIRT WURX USA.

img“You could feel the excitement all day …from  the new opening ceremonies that Feld put together, right down to the checkers on the 450 class main event, I can’t remember being as pumped to be part of an Anaheim opener,” said Winkler. “The combination of some new guys (Justin Barcia) moving up, Trey Canard and James Stewart’s comeback – coupled with Bobby Childers’ fun and raceable track design - made Anaheim 1 this past weekend one of the best opening nights of the series that we’ve had in 20 years.”

DIRT WURX USA was able to overcome a rain delay earlier in the weekend and get back on schedule so that the full Anaheim supercross track was ready for Thursday’s press day. Some rain late on Saturday also slowed the load-out down a bit, but the DIRT WURX USA crew again rallied and had everything handled in plenty of time for things to be staged for this weekend’s Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam at Angels Stadium.

And as for the racing at Anaheim 1, Winkler was impressed with a number of riders’ efforts on the DIRT WURX USA Bob Childers-designed track. “For Trey Canard to come back from the injury he suffered last year and ride like he did at Anaheim 1 just gave you a lump in your throat,” said Winkler. “And you’ve got to give it up for Davi (Millsaps). He hung in there and passed Trey back, so I’ve got to hand it to him.”

Beyond the top two placers, Winkler was also impressed with Justin Barcia, who he said was “a couple mistakes away from the podium,” and James Stewart, who Winkler said “turned laps and got points despite getting hurt.”

And on the 250s Winkler was especially impressed with the effort from Zach Osborne, who went from dead last off the start to 8th place in the main.

As for the track at Anaheim, it wasn’t over-engineered, with two rhythm sections filled with three-to-four-foot jumps being the key area where riders made up time and/or set up passes. “There was nothing really innovative about the section, but we did put some Nationals-style bumps leading into the section – and changed those around over the course of the weekend,” explained Winkler. “We played with it all the way from the press conference to the main events. The bumps determined how you entered the sections and therefore the cadence of how your rhythm section would go. If you changed things up at the beginning, it would affect how you entered the bowl at the end of the section.

“Overall everyone seemed to like the design, even the riders that have been critical in the past.”

Phoenix

Looking at the Chase Field track this weekend, Winkler points out that the home to the Arizona Diamondbacks MLB team is one of the larger stadium footprints they’ll work with all season. This, coupled with the sandy nature of the Arizona desert soil, makes for an interesting paradigm for the DIRT WURX USA crew.

“Chase Field’s always a big challenge for us,” he said. “The floor area is huge and the dirt is very sandy. So it makes it tough to build a super-busy track. We tend to build more of a National-style MX hybrid track, bigger, wider, faster and flowier. So the interesting aspect about racing supercross at Chase Field is that it makes for a track with the uniqueness of a National. It’s not a track where you can junk up all the straightaways with a bunch of jumps.”
DIRT WURX USA’s 2013 crew!

Joining DIRT WURX USA founder Rich Winkler on the world’s premier SX/MX design and construction team for 2013 are returning stars Norm Bickley, Dave Hellyer, Chris Blankenship, Kory Christensen, Bob Childers, Corey Arnold, Scott Reger, Randy Mennenga, Rick Larry, Kelly Johnson and Hubert Rowland. Three new guys also joined the DIRT WURX USA team this year include: Local New York moto fast guy Alex Gillespie, productions expert and operator Ross Blankenship and Mennenga Tracks operator Dylan Dixon.

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Dirt Wurx USA - the premier SX/MX track design and construction company in the world – is the exclusive supercross race track design and construction firm for Feld Motor Sports and the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series. With more than 19 years of global experience in the field, Dirt Wurx USA’s highly talented crew of designers and heavy equipment specialists not only build the world’s most visible tracks, but are also accessible for affordable track design and construction at the local level. For more information, please visit www.dirtwurx.com


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