DAY IN THE DIRT:
Photos by Kyoshi Becker
What started as a one-day event 18 years ago to honor
the movie industry and mimic races like the Catalina
Grand Prix and Hopetown has turned into the Woodstock
of motocross. From the very first event in 1998, the
attendance, rider turnout, star power and number of days
has grown exponentially. No need to look in the record
books to see who has won the Day in the Dirt, because
it is more of a happening than a championship. People
do win, often famous people, but with three days of
continuous racing in a myriad of different classes, it is all
about the fun. There are team races, vintage races, two-stroke races, a stuntman class and a night TT race.
The big stars of 2015 were Zach Osborne, Josh Grant
and Taylor Robert, but you didn’t have to look far to see
World Champion Sebastien Tortelli, National Champion
Ron Lechien, Baja winner Colton Udall, Freestyler Jarryd
McNeil, artist Troy Lee, snowboarder Shaun Palmer, JGR’s
Weston Peick, EnduroCrosser Colton Haaker, Olympic
skier Daron Rahlves, dirt tracker John Hateley, road racer
Chris Fillmore, desert racer J.N. Roberts, seven-time AMA
Champion Ricky Johnson and offroad racer Ivan Ramirez.
For every rider who sees vision of fame through his
goggle lens, there are hundreds more who come to the
Day in the Dirt to spend quality time with family and
friends. It’s not about who won—because no one actually
remembers a Day in the Dirt winner; it’s good times.
Pick a lane. The dual
tunnels allowed faster
riders to get by slower
riders—if the slower riders
picked the left tube.