49th ANNUAL HANGTOWN MOTOCROSS CLASSIC promoted by the Dirt Diggers North Motorcycle Club
It‘s not just any motocross race, but the oldest and one of the most prestigious in the United States. Hangtown is the opening round of the 12-race Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship sanctioned by the AMA.
Past Hangtown races have been legendary, with unbelievable battles between Bob Hannah and Marty Smith, Jeremy McGrath and Jeff Emig, and Ricky Carmichael and James Stewart. Other legendary battles were against the track, when in 1991, it rained so hard the first turn was under 4 feet of water with hay bales floating down the track. That race made history, as privateers won both races: Doug Henry in the 125 class and John "Junkyard" Dowd in the 250 class. Privateers have not won both races before, or since that fateful Hangtown race in 1991.
The late Danny "Magoo" Chandler kept Hangtown fans at the edge of their seats for years, with a riding style that has not ever been duplicated. Bob "Hurricane" Hannah graced the crowd with his feet-off-the-pegs style and was a Hangtown favorite. Doug Henry amazed the Hangtown faithful with a convincing win in 1997 aboard the world-changing Yamaha YZ 400 four-stroke. Ricky Carmichael and James Stewart scorched the Hangtown track in 2006 when they battled for 30 minutes straight, and never were more than a few bike-lengths apart.
Every year, there is a new battle to witness, and a new legend to be re-told. Perhaps it is the Hangtown mystique that makes Hangtown racing legendary. Many people say that attending Hangtown is a way to be a part of motorcycling history.
In 2014, the Dirt Diggers North Motorcycle Club, which promotes Hangtown, decided to take Hangtown to a new level of professionalism, updating its logo and restructuring how it does business. The Club began this new era by introducing a new standard for the pro awards. The Club constructed a framed shadow box of Civil-War era revolvers. These awards were designed to be the best of the best, and Racer X Magazine awarded DDNMC its Best Pro Trophy award, given to the race with the best pro awards. DDNMC strives to create the best experience for the racers and fans alike, and 2017 will be no different.
Racing gets underway on Thursday, May 18 at 9am, with some of the best amateurs in the country doing battle. In the afternoon, the top pros will be riding on the track for their series media day. Later on Thursday night, join us at the Palladio Mall in Folsom from 5-8 pm for a Hangtown pre-party. Amateur racing continues into Friday, May 19 at 9am, when the top experts and Pro Am's compete for pro points, which leads to a professional license in the premier professional series.
On Saturday, May 20, the top pros in the world hit the track for timed practice and qualifying around 8:30am. Opening ceremonies start at 12:25pm and racing gets underway at 1pm. A full action-packed day from sunup to sundown!
To get tickets and full race information about the Hangtown Motocross Classic, go to www.hangtownmx.com and click on "tickets." In addition to General Admission tickets, the Hangtown Motocross Classic has some of the finest high-end hospitality areas in the entire series. New for 2017 is the FLY 150 hospitality area that will be fully covered with professional tenting, bleachers, live feed TV, full bar, and fully catered snacks and lunch. This area also features front row seating to the most spectacular jump in the entire series.
Prepare to be pampered in the Superticket area with food and drinks, start-line seating, all-day pit passes, and great swag. The Superticket area, along with other hospitality areas, are limited in number, and sell out every year so don't wait! Many of the hospitality areas include an all-day pit pass, which makes these hospitality areas an experience like no other. With many different ticket choices to choose from, and some with limited seating, make your selection online and beat the rush.
Come out and be a part of history. The history of Hangtown.
Adults $45, Kids (Age 6 -11) $20, Under 6 FREE
ALL SALES ARE FINAL, NO REFUNDS