AMA/FIM Land Speed Event At Bonneville Cancelled Due To Flooding

AMA/FIM Land Speed Event At Bonneville Cancelled Due To Flooding

© 2022, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc. From a press release issued By FIM:

Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials 2022 cancelled

The FIM, the American Motorcyclist Association and the local organiser regret to announce that the Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials 2022, FIM Land Speed World Records and AMA Land Speed Grand Championship is Cancelled.

The assessment team has reviewed current Bonneville Salt Flat conditions by air and on the ground. Unfortunately, all BMST track locations and alternatives are still flooded from the initial storm and multiple subsequent storm systems. There is no possibility that the water will recede, and salt will dry out sufficiently in the week remaining to support track preparations and operations.

“We are all disappointed that we are forced to cancel,” said Event Director/Owner Delvene Reber, “Like you we have spent a year plus preparing for this event and investing in improvements. This year we were implementing racer driven improvements that include new flagging, course line improvements, and other racer driven updates.”

“As a racer,” said Sodium Distortion Racing’s Bill Woods, “it’s hard to accept that mother nature called our event but at the end of the day all that hard work will just make next year that much better. I’m especially looking forward to a 2023 with all of the racer-driven improvements”

“Firstly, on behalf of the FIM I would like to thank everyone involved for their huge efforts to make this edition of this important event happen, especially after all the work that has been done to recognise and deliver the improvements to the course”, concluded Franck Vayssié, FIM Circuit Racing Commission Director, “Collectively we share in the disappointment of having to cancel the event, but fully understand and support the decision. The FIM is already looking forward to returning to the salt next year and pledge our absolute assistance to help make this happen.”




More, from a press release issued by American Motorcyclist Association:

Bonneville Salt Flats flooding also results in cancellation of FIM Land Speed World Records

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — Due to flooding from a significant storm and multiple subsequent storm systems in Northern Utah, the 2022 AMA Land Speed Grand Championship on the Bonneville Salt Flats near Wendover, Utah, has been canceled, along with the FIM Land Speed World Records.

The event’s assessment team, led by Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials (BMST) promoter Delvene Reber, reviewed current conditions of the Bonneville Salt Flats both by air and on the ground on August 12 and 13, and determined that all track locations and alternatives are still flooded.

With between 4 and 10 inches of water in many places, the team determined there’s no possibility the water will recede and the salt will dry sufficiently in time for track preparations and operations to begin.

“We are all disappointed that we are forced to cancel,” said Reber. “We have spent a year plus preparing for this event and investing in improvements.”

Reber added that BMST will be in touch directly with participants soon with further information. Additional updates will be provided on the event website at

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