Organizers cite current economic downturn
Citing the current economic downturn, Rock Maple Racing has decided to suspend operations of its Quad-X ATV series for 2009.
“This was a difficult decision to make,” says Rock Maple Racing president Tara Saxton. “But with the economic situation right now, we felt it would be tough going in 2009. A lot of folks simply won’t have the funds required to travel and race this year, and we understand.
“When we first tested the waters in ATV racing back in the fall of 2006, response was positive. We had two great seasons of competition in 2007 and 2008, but late last summer we could see participation starting to fall off. As much as we enjoyed ATV racing, the time has come to step back and allow our struggling economy to recover.”
From late 2006 until the 2008 season was completed, Rock Maple Racing’s Quad-X series competed at a variety of motocross tracks across the northeast, including Hemond’s MX Park in Minot, Maine; Twister Valley in Fort Plain, NY; Thornwood MX in Williamstown, NY; River’s Edge ATV Park in Canaan, NH; Thunder Ridge in South Edmeston, NY; and Crow Hill Motor Sports Park in Templeton, Mass. The New England Dragway in Epping, NH hosted the Quad-X series in 2008. Riders from across the northeast participated in the Quad-X series during its three-year existence. Class champions from 2007 (first full season with points awarded) include James Handy (Pro Unlimited); Freddy Kiefer (Pro Am Unlimited); Brian Daigle (A Unlimited); Steffan Dager (B Unlimited); and Brad Burbine (C Unlimited).
In 2008, RMR spilt the Quad-X series into two divisions (East and West) to reduce travel expenses for teams chasing points. Some class champions from the 2008 season include Luke Marois (Pro Unlimited East); Andrew Ruel (C Unlimited East & West); Justin Chamberland (Open Amateur East); Dale Robinson (Open Amateur West); David Livingston (16-24 Unlimited East); and Bruce Gaspardi (16-24 Unlimited West).