Brit Justin Barclay came up with an
exciting design. Yes, the track was
narrow in places. Yes, the dirt wasn’t
always good. No, it wasn’t a natural
track. However, it was very good for
what it was.
Now that the MXGP of the
Americas has come and gone, what
really happened at Charlotte Motor
Speedway at the first-ever USGP in
North Carolina, and will Youthstream
return to NASCAR-land?
WAS THE TRACK ANY GOOD?
It was better than Lake Elsinore and
Miller Motorsports Park, and probably better than Qatar and Thailand
too. The soil, which was a clay base,
would probably have been as hard as
“IF YOU THINK A TRADITIONAL MOTOCROSS
TRACK IS SUPPOSED TO BE ETCHED OUT OF A
HILLSIDE OR VALLEY, WITH NATURAL TERRAIN
FORMED FROM SHIFTING TECTONIC PLATES,
THEN THE CHARLOTTE TRACK WAS ANYTHING
of Hurricane Hermine the day before
the main events. A good soaking was
what the dense clay needed. Had it
not been for all the moisture, it would
have been very difficult for Justin
Barclay and his track crew to keep
the circuit watered without turning it
into an ice-skating rink. Credit to the
track crew for walking the course at
least four times to pick up as many
rocks as possible—that’s commitment
to a cause.
As for the layout, it was too narrow
in some spots. Many riders complained that it was difficult to pass.
You needn’t look any further than
the second 450 moto where a freight
train of riders played follow-the-leader.
No one could make a move without
getting off the main line and tempting fate on the marbly outer edges;
however, that didn’t matter much to
the fans. And speaking of motocross
fans and their opinions, I had to laugh
when I heard that people were complaining that the track wasn’t rough
enough. Any track looks smooth when
you’re not standing on the course.
Trust me when I say that the track
was anything but smooth.
DID THE CHARLOTTE USGP
TRACK RUIN THE IDEA OF
What the MXGP of the Americas lacked
in elevation and natural terrain, it made
up for with creature comforts and a
course with unique man-made features.
The downhill start was one such feature.