Event Update: CANCELLED
Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials 2015
AMA Land Speed Grand Championship
Presented by N-Grained Inc.
Over the past year, we have all been working towards the goal of racing motorcycles at the Bonneville Salt Flats. As the event management, it is always our intent to run the premier motorcycle land speed racing event, the AMA Land Speed Grand Championship, at Bonneville. However, we are always beholden to mother nature to provide us with good conditions in the environment that we all dedicate our time and resources to.
Last year we were able to hold an event when conditions were stacked against us. This year, the conditions have been improving but not at the pace needed. We have assessed the conditions and we are unable to sustain the minimum standards for a premier event. Due to this, we are cancelling the 2015 Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials, AMA Land Speed Grand Championship, Presented by N-Grained inc.
It’s been an extremely difficult decision to make, and one we have not taken lightly. Our dedicated team has put in countless hours to evaluate the options for course layouts, the quality of the course, pit locations, salt flats on/off accessibility, course volume sustainability, and the impact on salt flats resources. Although we are cancelling, other events are still scheduled for this season. Our decision does not affect the ability for other events to proceed.
Current Course Conditions: What Changed?
Leading into this weekend, all systems were go…
- Water from earlier rainstorms in most affected areas was being absorbed/evaporated at the normal rate.
- Weather was warming and we had a good forecast.
- Course prep was starting on the International “Long Course.”
Then things changed…
- 1/2 inch or more of water currently sits over the “Mountain Course” and Pit area.
- We evaluated moving the course, such as last year, and could not find better conditions to support two courses or a viable alternate pit location.
- Due to the volume of water that continues to persist, the normal rates of absorption/evaporation are questionable.
- The International course is not ideal over the entire length and overall course quality is a concern.
- The current course would deteriorate rapidly for use by 300 bikes over the 5 days of racing.
- Damage to the salt from last season has not healed, including the access routes to the pit area.
What happens next?
We appreciate your patience while we sort through the details of the cancellation. We will be in touch with participants in the coming weeks with further information to answer any question that you have, and to provide further details on our cancellation procedure.
Can we Save the Salt?
There has been a lot of discussions and comments recently about the deterioration of the Bonneville Salt Flats due to human interaction, mining and the stewardship of the public land. Like many public areas, it is beloved by people for recreation, livelihood, and intrinsic beauty. As racers, we are carrying on a tradition of pushing the boundaries of human ingenuity that goes back over 100 years.
There are many factors that contribute to the conditions that we are facing this year. Regardless of the causes, we are seeing that the salt this year is not the same as years past. The traditional race courses for all of the organizations are becoming increasingly difficult to develop. In the coming weeks we will be sharing further information of how we plan to contribute to a positive future for all who use this wonderful resource, and what you can do to help.
We appreciate, and understand, all of the hours that you have dedicated to preparing your motorcycles. The sacrifices you will have made to reach for your goals throughout this year, and for our international participants, the additional logistics that you encounter to reach us.
We are working along side you as we extend ourselves to help you achieve those goals.
We thank the volunteers for their contributions, the AMA and FIM organizations and support staff. We also wish to thank our sponsors for their support of our sport.
Deliciate Promotions LLC
Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials presented by N-GRAINED Inc.
Special Thanks to our Sponsors:
N-GRAINED Inc. XS Energy, Bikernet.com, Sodium Distortion. S&S Cycle, Hunter Sills Racing, Buell Bros Racing Team, NRHS V-Twin Performance, Big Bad Nitro Daddy, KillerFish Engineering. Brought to you by Deliciate Promotions LLC, Officiated by American Motorcyclist Assoc. & The FIM.
Special Thanks to: Montego bay Casino and Resort, ERC Racing Fuels.
This year was the first year of the Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials and what a great year it was. Persevering through the onslaught of monsoon rains we were able to find a place to race and have nearly a thousand successful runs. These runs include records from small vintage bikes on up to the top time of the meet of over 241 MPH set by an electric streamliner KillaJoule with rider Eva Hakansson and her team. This was a year of adaptation and of overcoming long odds to make a successful week of racing. This wouldn’t have happened without the riders, the sponsors, and the collaboration of all of the salt flats race organizations. As we close out our 1st meet, we are looking forward to exciting racing from the USFRA World of Speed next week and towards another Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials in August 2015.
A special movie screening event will be happening Tomorrow Night (Saturday, Aug 23) at the boat ramp to the Bonneville International Speedway. This movie event will be a benefit for the Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials and features two teams and many of the people who are racing here this week. This is movie that captures the spirit of Bonneville and the drive and passion that brings us out every year to race on this amazing salt flats.
Members of the cast and crew will be onsite and posters will be available for purchase ($5) to benefit the Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials and support our sport!
When: TOMORROW! Saturday, Aug 23 2014 at Dusk (shortly after 8PM/20:00)
About the Film
“From the Pacific Northwest to Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats, this is the inspiring true story of four tenacious men who risk everything to conquer the records of motorcycle land speed racing.
Brothers Mark & Carl Bjorklund team up with friends Jason Omer and Bill Woods to overcome nearly impossible odds. They must work together as they battle mounting obstacles such as financial hardship, family issues, anxiety disorder, in-team conflict, severe weather, and hundreds of other racers… all while attempting to set records at breakneck speeds on homemade machines.
With each of the four men entering their own bike into the competition, they quickly discover that leaning on each other for help and resources just may be the most powerful tool of all. Showcasing valuable messages that apply to anyone who’s ever had a dream, their extraordinary journey will remind you how perseverance against all odds can send the most unlikely men roaring into glory.”
We will be racing. The engineers were out and we have TWO courses to run on this year. Details about the course locations and updated maps will be provided as the course is built and additional dry locations are evaluated. Look to this site and sign up for our Facebook page to get the latest information straight to you.
Everyone participating has probably read the rules governing their class dozens of times. This is a reminder that new rules for bike identification are in effect. Basically it boils down to making sure the volunteers and the tower crew can actually read your bike number as you head down course to break a record. Please take a look at the rules and make sure that you have numbers and bike class posted accordingly. We’re all hoping this will help make the whole event run better and we can get more bikes down the course and spend less time comparing notes on who might be on course!
2. K. NUMBER/CLASS IDENTIFICATION*
Motorcycle number and class identification on both sides of the
motorcycle are required for each participant. Numbers shall be
reserved with organizer. The number class shall be displayed
within a reasonably flat, smooth, vertical surface with a minimum dimension
of 7.5 in high and 10.5 in wide, with a maximum of 8.5in by 11in.
Motorcycle numbers must be a minimum of 3 in high and 1 in
wide. Class designation shall be a min of 1in high. Numbers/letters
shall not be shaded or outlined. The surface may be on the
motorcycle, or number plates may be used. Where used, number
plates shall have 1in radius corners, be securely mounted, meet the
dimensions and shall not extend beyond the rear edge of the rear tire.
Numbers shall be in full view and not blocked by the rider
when in the riding position. A change in rider/class requires a
change of numbers/class identification on the motorcycle.