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Dirtbike Riders Helping the Economy - Bring Millions to Mammoth

posted Nov 30, 2010, 9:19 AM by Smokey Bear   [ updated Nov 30, 2010, 9:33 AM ]
Original Article, "More use of Mammoth Motocross Track," was written by Written by Benett Kessler on
Monday, 22 November 2010 17:42.  It and can be found on http://news.sierrawave.net.



While Town of Mammoth officials talk about how to manage tax money for recreation facilities in town, Joe Parrino of Mammoth Lakes continues to raise the Motocross track as a recreation possibility for nearly half of the year.

Parrino said that as a boy, he used to enjoy the motocross track after school in the 70s. He said back then it was open seven days a week, and it was free. Parrino said the Forest Service would consider this with the right financial backing, security and maintenance.

Parrino thinks Mammoth Mountain could get behind this idea which he feels would generate millions for the community. In a letter to the editor, Parrino says, "Here we have a world famous amenity used by guests and locals for over 40 years, bringing in millions of dollars every time there is a race event;" Parrino estimates that the motocross race vent brings over $3 million into the town. He suggests the track could be marketed for high altitude training, research and testing.

Parrino asks that those interested should attend the December 7 meeting of the Mammoth Recreation Commission.


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written by o2lvnmmth , November 23, 2010
absolutely. Open the motocross track BUT that should be the ONLY place they can ride. They aren't user friendly for other users, ie. they really can't share trails..ie. give them their own place to ride, but no place else....next year, I'd like to see it, Motocross track open, no dirt bikers wrecking other trails. win win deal
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written by Rob , November 23, 2010
o2lvnmmth - The motocross track might open again, but thank goodness you'll never get the rest of what you want. I can ride my dirtbike anywhere a jeep can go, and many places they can't all legally. 

Opening the motocross track will never have anything to do with closing other trails. I'm pleasantly comfortable in knowing you'll never get what you want. 

Have a nice day
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written by Smokey Bear , November 23, 2010
I know you heard this before, but I’ll go ahead and tell you again… Categorizing all motorized users into one “anti-access basket” seems rather naive. Wouldn’t you say o2lvnmmth? And the spreading of ignorant comments on Sierra Wave does nothing to help the relationship between the user groups you speak of. Does it? 
FYI: In case you didn’t know, Dirtbike riders in the Mammoth lakes area have recently decided to step up to the plate and start getting involved with local agencies on all matters of OHV access. We (OHV users) will no longer sit idly by while anti access groups get their hands on our trails and our track! 
Thanks for the article Sierra Wave! What Parrino is doing with the track is admirable! 
Thanks Joe! 
Visit our website: mammothmc.com to learn more about the Mammoth Motorcycle Club… and get involved! 

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written by Steve Surber , November 23, 2010
Specializing in providing Insurance for both race and practice tracks nationwide. In the event the concern is raised regarding proper insurance. We have several programs and have helped with Pam Rake in the past for the Mammoth races. 
Steve Surber 
Area Vice President 
Arthur J Gallagher 
Motorsports division.
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written by bltnmammoth , November 23, 2010
All of the MX riders I have met on trails and out at Shady Rest this year have been very polite. I always make my dogs sit at the side of the road when they approach - all of the bikes slow down, ride single file and wave as they pass. Not a bad experience so far.....
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written by I for an eye , November 23, 2010
Obviously o2lvnmmth doesnt ride a dirt bike. Not all riders enjoy a motocross track. There are many trails in our area that should be enjoyed by all people. There are also several trails in our area that are not accessible to dirt bikes, therefore allowing folks like o2lvnmmth to walk peacefully on " un-wrecked" trails. And if o2lvnmmth could further explain to me just how dirt bikes wreck a dirt trail,that would be greatly appreciated. And since the issue of "bikers" came up maybe we can make another track in another location for road biking, seeing as how they are always crowding the road and have no regard for motor vehicles. Ever heard of single file? Mammoth mountain is a ski resort for skiing. Should we mandate that cross country skiers have to stay on the mountain only, because they litter trails constantly? Or we can go back to agreeing to disagree like we have been for years. 
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written by Greg Meade , November 29, 2010
I moved my family and I to Mammoth to ride the course everyday for exercise more than a decade ago, and , then, "they" closed it for no good reason except of a worry about the lawyers in California, and some dumb client wanting to sue the Inyo National forest service. How about all of us having a bit of common sense to be careful when we ride, and the Judges in California start saying, you are the dummy who got hurt, try to be careful next time, and get out of my court house. While on this subject, how about Inyo Nat. Forest start providing more trails, instead of less, for the people who pay their salary, us tax paying motorized dirt bike riders. :) Greg
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