June 17 & 18, 2017 Postponed Stay Tuned for Updated
You MUST be an AMA and District member to participate in Norsemen events. For more information on requirements click here.
Gates open at 8:00 a.m.
Practice at 10:30 a.m.
Race at 12:00 p.m.
9 miles west of Cambridge on Highway 95. Turn right on Minnesota Highway 47 1 mile to the track entrance. Follow arrows.
A long time ago and on a chunk of dirt not so far away the oldest form of motorcycle racing was born. Flat track racing. Some things have changed since then; some things have stayed the same.
Equipment has changed from predominantly Harley Davidson VS Indian to Harley Davidson VS Brit bikes to Harley VS Kawasaki vs .........Indian again. Twin cylinder bikes and 1 crazy four cylinder 2 stroke machine gave way to twins and singles. And while the support/amateur classes still feature singles the American Flat Track series is back to twin cylinder machines only.
While the sport in general suffered a bit of a decline in the 90's, it is back in a big way. Don't believe me? Head on down to Mall of America (yes, the Mall of America) on July 13 for the X Games opening night featuring flat track motorcycle racing. The guys and gals of Grand National American Flat Track series will be showing us, and the world, why they are the gladiators of 2 wheeled motor sports.
One thing that hasn't changed is how you win races. Hold it open till you see god, count 3 Mississippi's and toss it into turn 1. Slide sideways for longer than most mortals care to, get your left foot back on the peg as soon as you can and drive it out of turn 2. Rail down the back straight away and repeat for turns 3 and 4. Yes that is right, flat track ovals have 4 turns, not 2. Do this faster than anybody on the track for the entire race while other racers are lined up ahead of you, behind you, inside and outside of you and often only inches away.......you win.
Easy, right? Give it a try before making that assumption.
AMA District 23 Flat Track series is definitely a fantastic place to do just that. Give it a try. Come on out and discover the true joy of running around in circles. Well, OK not really circles but ovals. Well, in this case a TT (more on that later). District 23 features 17 motorcycle classes and 11 quad classes. Everything from 4-6 year olds on 50cc bikes and quads up to adults on machines capable of hitting upwards of 115 mph. Most bikes and quads qualify for more than 1 class and sometimes up to multiple classes. All out horsepower is usually negated by the fact that you're not racing on a nice sticky chunk of asphalt that doesn't change a lick all day long. Nope, your racing on a chunk of dirt that changes constantly every hour and every lap. Suspension set up and exacting tire pressure will net faster lap times way before sacrificing your first born at the horsepower alter.
Speaking of tires, listen up road racers. A set of tires will last you 1, possibly 2 ENTIRE SEASONS. Not weekends. Between fantastic tire life and the price of flat track tires vs super sticky gumbo ultra-fast don't last for spit road race tires you could save not only enough money to race the whole season for free but even buy a few beers for your competitors.
Don't want to pop for new tires? No worries. Most racers have a few used but not used up tires they would gladly donate to your getting started racing campaign. Don't want to change tires? Again, no worries. We have classes for knobbies only and dual sport tires make surprisingly good flat track tires.
If the last time you checked out a flat track race everybody was on a purpose built flat track frame with a specialty motor you are in for a pleasant surprise. While those amazingly sparse and sexy machines still tear up our local ovals and TT courses they are no longer the only way to take home some hardware. Lowered mx bikes are currently the weapon of choice for most of our racers. However any motorcycle with 2 or less cylinders can find a class to race in at our events. 2 stroke or 4 stroke, twin shock or single shock, new or really, really, really old does not matter. Machines over 40 years old have won state championship titles from brand new fuel injected machines on more than a few occasions.
Ladies of all ages. Tired of competing in made up women's classes that pretend girls cant whip it up as good as boys? Yeah, we never believed in that BS either. No girls only classes here. Show up, pay up, line up and let the laps times fall where they may. District 23 Flat Track casts a blind eye to gender.
Are you bored to tears of watching junior tear up your grass and jump the driveway weekend after weekend but not sure if racing is for him? Bring him on out. Kids on 50cc motorcycles and quads race for free at most of our events.
So there ya go folks. Flat track motorcycle and quad racing has it all. Competitive, accessible, affordable, entertaining, welcoming but most of all FUN!
Hope to see you at the track.
Written by Rick Waschek
The original 40 acres where the 3/8 mile TT track is located was purchased in about 1971. It was founded by Milt and Evie Larson who loaned the club the money to purchase it. The basic layout of the track was done by Milt Larson and John Slater. The actual construction and maintenance was done by Don Boehlke. There were not a lot of amenities in the early years. The sign-up shack was truly a shack, and the club sold pop from an ice-filled horse trough.
" In these early years it wasn't uncommon to ride ones bike to the event, unbolt the lights and muffler, race, bolt stuff back on, and ride the bike home (hopefully with a trophy bungeed to the handlebars). The more elite riders like Dale Greenwald and Barney Larson would show up in Chevy El Caminos or Ford Rancheros, and pros like Al Mathwig would visit on occasion and show us amateurs what fast meant." Dick Bielke