Family fun and tradition at 2019 motocross championship

Motocross fans of all ages are enjoying the sport this weekend in Crawfordsville at the 2019 Lucas Oil Pro-Motocross Championship.

Posted: Aug 23, 2019 5:28 PM
Updated: Aug 24, 2019 12:24 AM

CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. (WLFI) - Motocross fans of all ages are enjoying the sport this weekend in Crawfordsville at the 2019 Lucas Oil Pro-Motocross Championship. The event started Friday morning and is going through Sunday morning. There is a similar story running through the Ironman Raceway this weekend.

"I've been racing dirt bikes since I was four years old and I'm 22 now," said professional motocross athlete Adam Cianciarulo.

"She's saying dirt bike and she's only a year old," said spectator Suzanna Brown of her daughter.

"I mean since I was three years old, that's when I first learned how to ride a bike," said professional motocross athlete Dean Wilson.

Saturday is the final race of the 2019 professional motocross season. The gates opened at the race track on Thursday.
Hundreds of fans are already camped out for the weekend's events. On Friday, youth and amateur riders got their chance to take on the course.

The Ironman Raceway offers up elevation change and some of the biggest, steepest combinations of jumps and hills in the entire series. Including Godzilla, a massive uphill jump.

Brown and her kids are cheering on her boyfriend as he competes.

"She loves getting on her dad's bike and her face lights up the whole time," she said. "It's always a family atmosphere, always good people."

This is a big race for Florida-native Adam Cianciarulo.

"For me, I'm in a position to win my first professional championship," he said. "That would be a big deal for me so I'm hoping to have a good performance."

Motocross is an international sport. Wilson hails from Glasgow Scotland. There are also athletes competing from France, Germany, Colorado and New York.

"We have lots of talent from all over the world, every country," he said. "We all meet up and race against each other and it's a very exciting sport."

For the pro's its all about setting an example for the next generation.

"I was once that kid coming to get autographs, walking around the pits and that's one of the things I love about motocross," said Cianciarulo. "It's a family-oriented sport and everyone can do it together."

CLICK HERE for the full schedule of events.

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