Local professional motocross riders set for summer season start at Pala’s Fox Raceway

The 2023 Pro Motocross Championship kicked off over Memorial Day weekend from San Diego County’s Fox Raceway at Pala. Valley News/File photo

SAN DIEGO – The prestigious Pro Motocross Championship, now just one year removed from celebrating a half-century of racing, will usher in a new era for the 2023 season. The new season will function as the centerpiece of the newly formed SuperMotocross World Championship.

Beginning with the highly anticipated season opener in the heart of the motocross industry of Southern California, riders representing the area geared up for their start this past weekend as the 11-round summer Pro Motocross campaign kicked off just down the 15 freeway at San Diego County’s Fox Raceway at Pala. The KTM Fox Raceway National kicked off the summer over the Memorial Day holiday weekend, on Saturday, May 27. The series will visit 10 different states over the course of the season as a pair of AMA National Champions will be crowned with the sport’s most distinguished title.

The SuperMotocross World Championship is a comprehensive 31-race season that combines the winter AMA Supercross Championship, which takes place on man-made racetracks in major stadiums across the country from January to mid-May, and the summer Pro Motocross Championship, the original action sport that visits the most iconic, rural venues in off-road motorcycle racing from late-May through August.

At the end of each respective championship waits the inaugural SuperMotocross World Championship Playoffs and Final this September, which will crown the ultimate champions across a full calendar year of this grueling and captivating motorsport. The event at Fox Raceway marks the second of two SuperMotocross World Championship races in San Diego County, following the San Diego Supercross at Snapdragon Stadium this past January.

Pala’s Fox Raceway is the official home of American motocross in Southern California. Valley News/Racer X photo

Since it first joined the circuit in 2011, Fox Raceway has served to enrich San Diego’s legacy in the sport of motocross with a sprawling, physically demanding circuit that puts riders to the test. Thanks to an unwavering commitment from the Pala Band of Mission Indians, Fox Raceway continues to enhance its infrastructure for both racers and fans alike and is now the official home of American motocross in Southern California and fittingly opens each season with one of the sport’s marquee events.

On the track, a decorated contingent of the world’s most uniquely skilled athletes from across the globe will comprise the competitive field set to wage battle during the Pro Motocross Championship. American-born champions like Adam Cianciarulo, Chase Sexton and Cooper Webb will go bar-to-bar against fellow champions from different continents, like France’s Dylan Ferrandis and Australia’s Jett Lawrence, all of whom have ties to training in Southwest Riverside County.

For information about the Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, visit ProMotocross.com and be sure to follow all of the Pro Motocross social media channels for exclusive content and additional information on the latest news: Facebook.com/americanmotocross, Instagram: @promotocross, Twitter: @ProMotocross, YouTube: AmericanMotocross\. Fans can also visit www.mxsportsproracing.com and SuperMotocross.com for more information.

JP Raineri can be reached by email at sports@reedermedia.com. Article contributions made by Brandon Short of Next Level Sports.