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Motorcycle racing Fairgrounds-bound

KC Ultracross to debut June 6

Eager to rev up their venue's summer offerings, Kane County Fairgrounds officials approached groundskeeper Tyler Kramer about ideas last fall.

Kramer consulted David Thomas of Elburn, a longtime friend and motorcycle racer, and those are the nuts and bolts of how Kane County Ultracross was born.

On June 6 and 7, the first-year endeavor will unveil its brand on a dirt, clay and sand track in front of the fairgrounds grandstands. Gates open at noon both days, with racing to start at 6 p.m. Admission is $10.

"It's good, small, quick, fast-paced racing," said Thomas, who co-owns the company with Kramer. "More in your face than a big outdoor track."

KC Ultracross held its first practices last week, attracting about 35 riders from all skill levels. The course will be open for practices from 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays through the July 16 to 20 Kane County Fair, then reopen after the fair's conclusion.

A June 28 show also is booked, with other dates in the works for later in the summer.

Thomas, 56, grew up racing around the Midwest, recalling travels to southern Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan, among other locales. Surveying last week's practice participants, the Batavia native found a good mix of up-and-coming regional motocross talent, as well as more recreational athletes attracted to the course's proximity to home.

All participants must be members of the American Motorcyclist Association.

Racing involving 250cc and 450cc motorcyles will be purse-based at the Class-A, expert level. All other classes will compete for trophies.

"First one, so we're going to learn a lot, I'm sure," Thomas said. "But we're going to be here for years if they let us."

Fox River Harley-Davidson, less than a mile north off the fairgrounds on Randall Road, serves as the track's title sponsor. Other partners include Illinois Powersports and VOID Clothing.

For information, call 630-333-2427 or email kcultracross185@gmail.com. Kane County Ultracross is online at kcultracross.com and facebook.com/kcultracross.

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