It’s everyones favorite time of year again! Pro Motocross is starting this weekend and the 2015 High Point National located in Mt. Morris, PA is just around the corner. The weekend starts Friday, June 12th will a full day of amateur racing followed up Saturday with the 5th round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. The weekend caps off with the PAMX Spring Series on Sunday. This is your chance to watch the pros tear up the track and then take your own turn the next day! High Point is the premier motocross facility in the North East and has been hosting a pro national for 39 years running. There are rumors all around that this could be the last national at the track so be sure you make it out! Below is more information on the weekend, and you can always check out the MX Sports website HERE for up to date info. See you all there!
- Free Motorcycle Parking and Gear/Helmet Check
- On-site ATM presented by United Bank (Announcer Tower)
- Grandstand seating
- Open Air Festival seating
- Nearly 100% Track Viewing from a variety of vantage points
- Infield Track Viewing via Three Track Tunnels
- Covered Super Ticket VIP Viewing Areas with live timing and scoring, private restrooms, and catering
- Handicap Viewing Area
- Large interactive Sponsor Village
- State-of-the-art sound system
- Event Simulcast on FM Radio
- Food and Soft Drink Concessions
- Onsite Free & VIP paid Parking
- Handicap Parking
- Easy Entry/Exit
- On-site Camping
- Potable water for Camper filling
- No pets national weekend
- Gates closed Midnight to 6 am daily – please plan accordingly
- Convenient offsite paid parking across from front gate ($10)
- Keep your radio tuned to WWMX 88.1 FM for up-to-date announcements, racing news, interviews and information throughout the weekend. Although we have a public address system, the best way to stay tuned is to tune in.
- Be Social with High Point Raceway, like the official Facebook Page!
- Morgantown Honda, Morgantown
- Cernic’s Suzuki, Johnstown/Somerset
- Cleveland Brothers CAT
- Plum Construction
- Park & Madison Boutique, Morgantown
In the early 1970’s, enterprising motocross race promoter Dave Coombs Sr. went on the search for the perfect motocross track. He had tried a couple of tracks in West Virginia that weren’t big enough, and then one in Keyser’s Ridge, Maryland, but that track’s rocky soil didn’t find favor with the riders. In the fall of 1976, he movied his races to Mount Morris, Pennsylvania, just across the state line above Morgantown, West Virginia, using the rich soil of a farm owned by the Jack and Carol Holbert families, who were racers themselves.
High Point Raceway opened in September ’76, but the originial layout would soon change. Shortly after opening, the Maico factory team stopped by looking for a place to practice while following the Trans-AMA Series, and they decided to revamp the track layout to make it more European, incorporating more hills and off-camber turns. Sylvain Beboers, Adolf Weil, and Hans Maisch laid down fallen tree branches and built small rock piles to ouline where they should go. In doing so, they created the basic design that High Point uses to this day.
The High Point circuit uses the land’s natural elevation to create uphill double and triple jumps and long sweeping corners in a natural ampitheater setting. To go fast on this highly regarded track today, riders have to dial in skills that were perfected three decades ago. But High Point, like the sport itself, has gone through changes over the years – most of them aimed at making a more fan-friendly track that also challenges the ever-evolving equipment modern race teams bring to Lucas Oil Pro Motocross. Trees were cleared from around the facility so fans can view nearly 100 percent of the track from a variety of vantage points, and the bigger jumps were put right in view of the largest spectator areas. In 2008, the track received a makeover courtesy of star track builder, Mark Peters, resulting in more hang-time for the riders. With a mix of the old school and the new, High Point is a true challenge for the racers and remains one of the most popular tracks in the entire sport.
The motocross world lost Dave Coombs Sr. on August 3, 1998, after a long battle with leukemia, but his family and the Holberts continue to produce the High Point National in his honor. The family bisiness, MX Sports, is also the driving force behind the AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch, the Grand National Cross Country Series, the AMA Pro ATV Series, and now the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. And in a move that would make “Big Dave” proud, the first live network television broadcast of an AMA Pro Motocross race took place on June 13, 2009, with the High Point National being featured live on NBC a first for professional motocross in America.