Oct 30, 2012
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Motoyard Presents Exciting New Racing Series In California!
Early in 2012, the sad news came down through the motorcycle racing community that the long-standing WSMC racing organization would close its doors, effectively displacing hundreds of budding young racers and veterans alike. For most, this represented the death knoll to their enjoyment of racing but not for Motoyard track-day owner Greg Nulman. Almost immediately, the Motoyard team started to craft a plan to present a new series at the historic Willow Springs International Raceway and beginning in March of 2013, that plan becomes reality with Moto West Grand Prix racing or MWGP for short!
"We had this plan for quite some time but although we are all avid fans of racing, the circumstances had to be right and the series had to be viable," said Nulman. "It's one thing to be a road racing fan but completely another to be a road racing fan AND a good businessman. With the economy the way it is these days, we had to know for sure that the series could support itself and I believe we have a good deal of support in place now to make it a success."
In August of 2012, Motoyard gave the series a dry run by hosting the "Wild West Shootout" on the big track at Willow Springs. The races saw some serious professional and amateur talent show up to go for some significant purse money. Yes, you heard that right there was purse money and a LOT of contingency in place as well. By all accounts it was a huge success and paved the way to make the MWGP series a reality.
Motoyard Track days has always been an organization known for thinking outside the box. The company has routinely tried things that other track day orgs were not willing to try like racing under the lights as an example. MWGP is yet another way that Motoyard proves its willingness to give back to the riding and racing community putting together a series that promises to showcase the best talent that California has to offer but also expects to attract racers from all over the USA.
A schedule has now been formed consisting of 8 rounds of racing throughout the 2013 season:
March 9-10th, 2.5 Mile Road Course (Big Track)
April 13-14th, Streets of Willow Springs (Clockwise)
May 18-19th, 2.5 Mile Road Course (Big Track)
June 15-16th, Streets of Willow Springs (Counter Clockwise)
July 13-14th, 2.5 Mile Road Course (Big Track)
August 10-11th, Streets of Willow Springs (Clockwise)
September 14-15th, 2.5 Mile Road Course (Big Track)
October 12-13th, Streets of Willow Springs (Counter Clockwise)
All interested racers should contact MWGP as soon as possible for race number assignment as numbers will be given on a first-come-first-served basis. Contact motowestGP@motoyard.com to reserve your race number today!
Nulman adds, "While there are still details to be finalized such as specific race classes, rulebook design and implementation, make no mistake that there will be plenty of racing excitement for everyone who wants to be involved. We have a rare opportunity here to create a racing series for the 21st century and we truly believe we have the right focus and spirit to accomplish it."
Do you have a company that would like to become involved in the newly formed MWGP Series? There are sponsorship opportunities available for both the series itself and/or specific classes. The time to act is now while these opportunities are still available. Contact MWGP at motowestGP@motoyard.com to get involved and help to reinvigorate the motorcycle racing industry in California once more!