IDAHO FALLS — Motocross riders haven’t had a place to race in eastern Idaho for several years now, but that’s about to change.
The Idaho Falls Motocross Association recently signed a 5-year lease with the City of Idaho Falls to use the Noise Park track inside Idaho Falls Raceway.
“The plan is to bring motocross back to eastern Idaho,” association president Dakota Roberson told EastIdahoNews.com. “COVID prompted the track to close and then it never really got going again and so our club is working hard to get it off the ground.”
The track has been closed since 2019. Roberson and his team have been working over the past few months to improve and rebuild it.
The first race on the new track will take place this weekend, July 8-10.
Roberson also wants the track to be a place where people can practice and learn the basics of motorcycle riding and safety. Practices, open to the public, take place at the hippodrome every Wednesday at 5 p.m.
“I moved here years ago hoping to have a track like this to ride because historically eastern Idaho is a place that produces some really good drivers,” Roberson says.
The motocross track dates back to the 1970s, according to Roberson, and has a long history of private and public operation.
Roberson doesn’t know the details, but he says the IFMA isn’t the first organization to pick up the slack.
“It’s been done this way many times (a long time ago),” says Roberson. “It’s changed hands several times…over the last 40, 50 years.”
Roberson formed the IFMA in January to revive the sport locally. But motocross is only a small part of what happens on the circuit. Stock racing, go-karts and a variety of other events are held at the site throughout the year.
The non-profit organization plans to hold training soon for new riders to teach the basics of motorcycle setup, basic track etiquette, safety, and riding techniques and skills. base for newcomers to the sport. A date has not been set.
Roberson is excited for this weekend’s race and hopes for a good turnout. He is grateful to all the local sponsors who have given “a lot of money, time and equipment” to help them in their efforts to get the track back in working order.
“It’s a volunteer-run, non-profit organization and we really appreciate the support from our sponsors and local businesses who have really stepped up to help us,” says Roberson.
Those wishing to participate in the races this weekend can pre-register online or on the day of the event in person. Friday will be a training day from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Races take place on Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.