The second annual Chupacabra Motocross and Desert Race was held in Gallup, NM on July 21 and 22, 2012.
Dirt bike riders from all over converged on the small city of Gallup to compete in the race or to simply watch.
Most people arrived early, either Friday or Saturday, so they could get a good camping spot and attend the Saturday morning parade.
Saturday Morning – Parade Time
Everybody lined up behind two Sheriff vehicles at the park gate, bikes, quads and even a few trucks. The local Gallup Sheriff’s Dept. escorted the pack on a two hour trek beginning at the park gate, through the city streets of Gallup and back to the park.
Then came the Desert Pre-Ride, Mini Races and a Motocross race. All were really fun to watch, especially the obstacle course.
For the quads it was a piece of cake. Four wheels just fly right over those tires like they weren’t even there, but for the two-wheelers, well for some it was a different story…..
There was a Good Samaritan in the bunch, number 805, he was nice enough to stop and help several bikers out. What a sweetie! Then he hopped back on to finish the race.
OK, now it is Sunday morning and the starting line-up is packed. All classes were in this race together, that meant quads were mixed with bikes and amatures were racing along side the experts. Each grouping was given a head start, before the second class took off.
Vroooomm! Vroooom! and they were off. When the experts hit the big hill the jumping was impressive.
Number 45 was literally flying!
Then came the quads, those guys can really move too! What a race and wow, what a dust bowl!
The race started at the Motocross track then it was off to some deep ditches to maneuver through, hills to climb and tons of curvy paths.
Number 1 was the leader of the pack, he came barreling out of the big ditch way ahead of the rest.
Girls in the race? Yep, here’s Skye Allen passing guys left and right!
There were a few times when racers got a bit too close for comfort, and I heard that there was a pile-up in the back area, but overall I don’t think anybody was seriously hurt.
This father and son duo take a break from the hot desert sun to pose for a few pics. Thanks guys!
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