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Located in the small high-desert town of Adelanto, the annual District 37 Adelanto Grand Prix draws some of the biggest crowds and entries of the year, turning the normally sleepy town into a city full of racers, families, and fans looking for a good time. The race has some of the most diverse conditions around with everything from wide-open desert to motocross to Endurocross to the infamous Adelanto mud jump. This year was no different, and thanks to the torrential rainstorms that have been hammering Southern California recently, the conditions were perfect for dirt bike racing—nothing can beat freshly watered desert. And for the second year in a row, the Fasthouse crew made the trek up to the desert to race, spectate, and spread some good times.
The big pro race of the weekend was set to be held on Saturday afternoon, and it got off to a good start with Blayne Thompson opening up a sizeable lead in the Pro Class, while Willy Simons Jr. did the same in the Pro 2 Class. At the halfway mark, though, the race was red flagged due to an injured rider. And with the sun rapidly going down, the officials made the decision to restart the race on Sunday morning, giving the leaders a head start. Ultimately, both Blayne and Will were able to take the win in their respective classes, and with it the lion's share of the huge pro purse.
If you haven't been to the Adelanto GP, you're missing out. The event has more of a carnival feel to it than a standard GP. The pits were absolutely packed all day; vendors were out in force, selling just about anything you could imagine; and 805 Beer was flowing freely next door to the Fasthouse rig.