It will be the sounds of motors and bikes at the Battlefords Exhibition Grounds this weekend instead of the usual noises of horses and chuckwagons.
Flat track racing is making its return to the Battlefords on Saturday, Sept. 10 for motorcycle racing around the half mile track. The racing event is a joint effort from the Battlefords Agricultural Society and the Canadian Legion of Riders.
Organizer Mel Lamb said the races are coming back this year because of how well the event back in 2015 went.
“It was a resounding success. We had a good turnout of riders, but more importantly, a good spectator base. We’re hoping with the success of last year that the stands this year are absolutely full,” he said.
Lamb said 35 racers have already entered the event this year but he expects approximately 50 bikes in different classes to race around the track over the course of the afternoon.
“It’ll be fast, very fast. The Battlefords track is an excellent pea gravel cushion, which means the bikes in the corners will be sliding completely sideways. Under full power down the straightaways some of the bikes will be reaching 90 miles per hour which is 140 kilometres an hour,” Lamb said.
Lamb added Saturday is a great day to go down to the track and see some races, especially for those who have never seen it before.
“If you’ve never seen motorcycle racing, this is the time to do it right in North Battleford. It’s a once a year event. We’re hoping to make it an annual event for years to come and these bikes will be loud and they’ll be fast,” he said.
The gates open at the Exhibition Grounds at 11 a.m. with the races set to begin at 1 p.m.
Matt Kelly is battlefordsNOW's town municipal affairs and community reporter. He can be reached at [email protected] or tweet him @mattjkelly2.
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