CenturyLink Field transforms into dirt track for Supercross

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by CHRISTIE JOHNSON / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on April 19, 2012 at 1:18 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 5 at 10:46 AM

The field at CenturyLink has been transformed from grass into a dirt track for the sport of Supercross. Riders drive into town this weekend, including Ryan Villopoto who is currently the number one Supercross rider in the world.
 
"It's always really awesome to come home and race in front of the people that watched me grow up and ride," said Villopoto, Supercross champion.
 
The rain this week has hindered the track crew that is tasked with constructing the course.
 
"The dirt came in this week extremely wet and we started building on Tuesday like normal, but the rain came again and we had to cover what we had built. Yesterday it was still raining when we came to work and we had a window in the afternoon where we could start building again. We're only eighty percent built at this time," said Tim Phend, Supercross event manager.
 
Riders said that despite the wet conditions, fans can expect a good race on Saturday.
 
"It's a lot of fun from kids all the way up to grandmas and grandpas. You can come and walk through the pits and check out all the bikes, see the semis and really get up close with all of us riders," said Villopoto.
 
The race goes Saturday, April 21st at Century Link Field. Gates open at 12:30pm to watch practice and qualifying rounds and to tour the pits and the race gets underway at 7pm. For more information go to www.supercrossonline.com

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