The second annual Red Bull Day In The Dirt Down South was held at Dade City Motocross at the Pasco County Fairground in Dade City, Florida, March 12-14.
Story and photos by Rob Koy
Last year, the race was shut down Friday night due to Covid-19. Red Bull was so impressed with the facility, however, they vowed to come back in 2021 to finish what was started in 2020. Unfortunately, this year’s race was limited to 30% capacity, but that’s better than nothing.
The three-day event started with practice Friday morning and led up to the first race of the weekend later that afternoon. The Reunion Race was for riders who spent time at Cocoa Beach, Chicken Farm, Sunshine Motocross, Dade City Motocross or Gatorback in days past. Michael Picone got the start and held on to win the 30-minute Reunion race.
The just-for-fun Pink Flamingo Dash for Glory Pit Bike race ended the day.
Saturday started with the Vintage Grand Prix won by Randy Richardson who topped both the Vintage GP Expert/Pro and 50+.
Next was the Blendzall 2-Stroke Still Smoking race, which Ryan Sipes won aboard his Troy Lee Designs GasGas 250.
The Nitro Grand Prix Team Race AKA “The Old Switcheroo,” where a team of two riders exchange a wristband every lap, was won by Team Dum & Dummer’s Trevor Stewart and Deegan Vonlossberg.
The Bossa Nova Grand Prix consists of three-man teams with all three riders on the track at the same time, scored together. The team with the lowest combined score wins. Individually, Trevor Stewart won the 40-minute race. Josh Grant came in second and RJ Wageman third.
Team Ride Florida won the Bossa Nova Moto Industry class.
The last race Saturday was the Pro/Am Grand Prix. Wageman won the Expert/Pro 450 division, and Andrew Boccarossa won the Expert/Pro 250 class.
On Sunday, racing got underway with the Mini Grand Prix for 65cc, 85cc, 150R, and odd classes. The Women’s GP 29 and Under, and 30+ race was up next, and Hannah Hodges captured the GP 29 win, while Tina Carter won the 30+ Intermediate class.
The Intermediate/Expert/Pro Grand Prix, Luke Renzland won over Grant.
The Moto A GoGo Team Race saw Team Never Give Up racers Wageman and Sipes take the Pro-class victory.
The Coupe De Grace Survival Race was the final race of the weekend. The Survival race is over when the checkered flag flies, which is whenever track promoter Randy Yoho feels like waving it. Sipes took the lead after a couple laps and outlasted the field in what was a 1.5-hour race.