Wipe Out

Dirt biking returns to Maricopa County

Back in the day, any skilled dirt-bike rider could take his or her Yamaha or Husqvarna out into the acres of pristine desert of Maricopa County and peel out, catch air, or tear through the arid wilderness all day long.

Now look at this place, with its cookie-cutter homes flanked by paved streets to keep desert dust out of the dirt-colored palaces.

Though it’s pretty lame that dirt bikers basically need to ditch the county just to ride, it will be nice to see unabated racing return to the Valley when the Monster Energy AMA Supercross – which features some of the globe’s top riders – posts up at Chase Field.

The gates open at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, January 16, for practice and qualifying; the main event starts at 7.

Sat., Jan. 16, 7 p.m., 2010
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