Michigan motocross riders gear up for summer events


Fenton, Michigan — July 31, 2022

Just east of Fenton there is a property of over 40 acres which is set back from the road. You must take a gravel path and go through a security barrier to access the land. It’s both beautiful and rugged, a two-lane track wraps around the outer boundary of the plot, and an interesting feature of the location is its massive underground sprinkler system that keeps the heart of the property beating.

Hunting ground, daycare, isolated vacation spot? No. When the gravel road widens, you can park and get out of your vehicle. You might hear the distant vibrato of a dirt bike. As the sound increases, a rider in full motorcycle gear aboard a Kawasaki dirt bike springs from the foliage, climbs a slope, flies over a table jump and lands on the slope before disappearing into the brush.

Looking closer, you realize it is a motocross course. Not just any trail cut through the woods. But, one that is specifically designed, serviced, and treated (along with the sprinkler system and earth-moving equipment assembled) to mimic a professional motocross setup. Where those who intend to pursue the highest level of sport can prepare for the riggers of competition in motorsport’s most physical form.

Welcome to Maxx Speed ​​Acres.

Preparing for success

Since the snow melted this spring, some of Michigan’s most intense motocross riders have been training at Maxx Speed ​​Acres for national competitions this summer. Practice techniques and build stamina to excel in local events as well as regional qualifiers. These riders call themselves the Michigan Mafia and they couldn’t be more serious about elevating their position in the world of motocross. Both amateur and professional.

Joey Vicar

Joseph Vicari and his family are in Hurricane Mills, TN for this week’s Monster Energy AMA National Amateur Motocross Championship at Loretta Lynn Ranch. The competition is the ultimate national stage for amateur motocross athletes to show off their skills. This will be the second year in a row that Joey (now 10) has competed in the 7-9 age bracket on 65cc bikes.

Joey Vicari (27) and his family / Photo courtesy of Jaclyn Vicari

Joey will race in two classes for the 65cc bikes. The Limited and Unlimited splits will put him on the track six times during the week. Last year’s event was a whole new experience for the youngster in the family who own and operate the iconic Andamo Restaurants in the Detroit metro area. Mechanical issues resulted in a lower-than-expected placing as results from three bikes are combined to determine the class standings.

Joey’s sponsors include Andiamo Racing, MCR Suspension and Performance, Magic Racing, ClubMx and Lasco Ford.

Joey’s father says his son is better prepared to compete this year after the rookie experience last year was somewhat overwhelming. Joey is delighted: “I’m super proud to have qualified for the Loretta Lynn Nationals and I’m ready to have fun on the track with my friends. I ride my best when I’m having fun, so I’m ready to have fun in the biggest race of my life.

Parker Beckington

Saline’s 8-year-old Mi boy Parker Beckington is also making his second trip to Loretta Lynns. Last year he finished sixth in the 51cc class (4-6) Shaft Dr LTD. Earlier this year he earned his qualification, racing in the Micro-E (4-7) Limited division, to earn his repeat visit to national competitions.

Parker Beckington/Photo courtesy of Susan Beckington

Training in the sport of motocross does not only involve riding techniques. Parker is also working on his interview skills. “It’s great to be back in the AMA National Amateur Motocross Championship. It’s exciting to be here and I can’t wait to ride Loretta Lynns again.

“I would like to thank ProTaper, O’Neal, OG’s Optics, Arma Sport, 6D Helmets, EVS Sports, Nihilo Concepts, OGIO, Slick Products, Matrix Concepts, AVS Inventions, Dunlop Tires, Go Pro, Skullcandy, ODI, Flo Motorsports, No Toil, Thrill Seekers and BikeGraphix for all their help and support Also Lasco Ford, CrossFit Fenton, Express Tire Sales and Galaxy Barbershop.

All this from an 8 year old, sign this kid to a pro contract now.

Michael Mercier

It’s not just the youngsters training to compete in the National Amateur Championships at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch. Michael Mercer has a list of appearances at Hurricane Mills, including a 9th in the Senior (40+) class in 2021. Competitive shooting knows no age limit.

Michael Mercer at Maxx Speed ​​Acres/Lasco Press Photo

Professionals

Cole Harkins heads to the National Ironman event on the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Series to be held in Crawfordsville, IN on August 27th. Harkins turned pro in 2021 and has recorded finishes in five domestic events, including a 23rd last month at Southwick.

Cole Harkins at Maxx Speed ​​Acres/Lasco Press Photo

Grant Smith has been riding motorcycles since he was young and he’s not afraid of hard work. He is the son of Vaughn Smith, owner of Mid Michigan Crushing & Recycling and Grant works for his father. Summer is the perfect season for riding motorcycles in Michigan, it’s also a prime time for crushing and recycling activities.

Grant Smith hits his table jump landing at Maxx Speed ​​​​Acres / Lasco Press Photo

Grant got his pro card and is focused on the next Ironman National event with Cole.

We’ll be watching the results from Loretta Lynns and The Lasco Press will be heading to Ironman in late August to report on the local pros and see how they stack up against the full-time pros of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Series. Follow!