We all had something to be thankful for this year. The 47th Thor Mini Olympics went down at the legendary Gatorback Cycle Park in northern Florida this past week, despite a financial disagreement between the promoters and track owner earlier this year that threatened an end to the long-running motocross championship. But thankfully that got resolved.
The Mini O’s always runs over Thanksgiving week with the first half of the week dedicated to a supercross-style track and the second half to outdoor motocross. Tuesday evening a torrential downpour lasting only an hour but bringing a few inches of rain flooded motorhomes and created lakes in the pits. This did not stop any racing. However constant precipitation on Thursday did force the first day of motocross to shut down completely and families were forced indoors for Thanksgiving. Friday morning the track was surprisingly rideable and racing began early. So many bikes and the conditions created a very rough MX course Friday and Saturday that was a bit one-lined. It seemed that passing was the issue, and how most racers started was close to where they finished.