Gatorback Cycle Park Becomes Moto Epicenter
IRVINE, CA – November 28, 2015 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Gatorback Cycle Park becomes the epicenter of the dirtbike world every year at Thanksgiving! For the past 44 years, the Mini Olympiad — now just known as the Mini O’s — has been the MAJOR amateur race, drawing competitors from all over the world. Virtually every pro racer on the circuit earned their stripes at this historic event. ProTaper is proud to be supporting the Mini O’s and helping the next generation of legends earn their place in the moto pantheon!
“This has always been a premier event and is one of the highest attended amateur nationals throughout the year,” says ProTaper brand manager Paul Perebijnos. “It’s extra special as it provides the industry an opportunity to see upcoming amateurs race in a supercross environment. When you combine that with the MX format, you really get a sense of who ‘the best’ is.”
The unique format has always differentiated the Mini O’s. Riders compete for class championships in both the motocross and supercross segments of the event. Then they combine the SX and MX results in order to determine which Olympiad Champions are crowned (top 3 overall of SX and MX combined). Supercross runs Monday-Wednesday and Motocross happens Wednesday-Saturday of the Thanksgiving holiday week.
To say this race has a special place in Paul’s heart is an understatement. “I first raced this event in 1989 at 6 years old. And I raced it every single year until I turned professional in 2002, so it is quite an honor to be part of helping the next generation of riders reach their goals!” With that in mind, ProTaper will be awarding their new Micro Handlebar kits to all of the 50cc class champs in SX and MX. (3 in SX, 3 in MX, 6 total). ProTaper also has a feature obstacle on the SX and the MX tracks.
“I will be there to watch riders, speak to parents and promote the brand,” he adds. “I have a couple of interviews scheduled with the announcer to talk about the brand and we will also have our entire product line available at the track. We are offering some really deep discounts for Mini O’s racers at the PHXtreme booth. The local dealer will be selling ProTaper products and providing tech support for us.”
Founded in 1991, ProTaper revolutionized the motorcycle industry with the introduction of the 1 1/8” taper wall handlebar and is constantly evolving and pushing the innovation to the next level. Now offering a full line of quality product that includes everything from handlebars, grips, chains and sprockets to brake pads, brake discs, clutch perches and footpegs. Year after year ProTaper continues to dominate the off-road motorcycle industry. The confidence instilled by Factory race teams, including Geico Honda, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna, Star Yamaha, RPM KTM and Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Off-Road Team, extends all the way down to weekend warriors looking for the highest performing and longest lasting products on the market. ProTaper stands for unsurpassed quality and a perpetual commitment to excellence. For more information about ProTaper visit www.protaper.com