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“People in Wyoming like the outdoors, and racing is just another activity to experience in the high plains.” curves along with hills for big motorcycle jumps and smaller jumps. Two regional motocross competitions are scheduled each year at Powder Basin, with one staged in early May and the other in late August. “We are affiliated with the High Plains Motocross Association, which features riders from Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana and Nebraska who earn points each weekend during a season that runs from April through August,” says Randy Stahla, president of Powder Basin Motocross Track. “At our two races in Gillette, we schedule several competitive divisions, with riders starting out as young as 4 years old and going all the way up to the expert class.” Stahla says 250-400 bikers compete in Gillette at each of the two annual races, with 10-40 motorcycles registered in each division. He adds that motocross racing often seems to be a family sport, with generation after generation getting involved. One example is Stahla himself, who has been in motocross for 30 years and now watches his 16-year-old and 6-year-old sons compete. “Motocross is a big deal in Gillette – in fact, all racing is a big deal here, whether it’s cars or motorcycles,” he says. “People in Wyoming like the outdoors, and racing is just another activity to experience in the high plains.”.

From left: Riders round an S-curve at the Powder Basin Motocross Track; a race at Gillette Thunder Speedway

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Images Gillette-Campbell County, WY: 2010  

Founded in 1911, Campbell County is rich in minerals and in community commitment. Considered the energy capital of the west, coal and gas in...

Images Gillette-Campbell County, WY: 2010  

Founded in 1911, Campbell County is rich in minerals and in community commitment. Considered the energy capital of the west, coal and gas in...