Extreme motorcyle event will benefit rider's medical bills

Dan Nelson describes endurocross as a race event in which motor-sport competitors duke it out over rough terrain — boulders, rock piles, logs and truck tires — as opposed to the usual dirt track with jumps seen at typical motocross events.

"They navigate the course at race speed. It's very exciting to watch, spectator-wise," says Nelson, of Oregon Motorcycle Adventures KTM. "Lots of action going on."

If you go

What: Oregon Motorcycle Adventures presents Indoor X-Treme Enduro

Where: Jackson County Fairgrounds Compton Arena

When: Today; gates open at 6:30 p.m., races start at 7 p.m.

Cost: $15 per person; children 6 and younger get in free

Endurocross comes to the Rogue Valley today at the Jackson County Fairgrounds' Compton Arena. Races start at 7 p.m. and doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Proceeds from the Indoor X-Treme Enduro races, an all-ages event, will go to benefit local rider Matt Jensen, who was born with a facial condition called a facial angiofibroma that will require multiple surgeries to correct, says Nelson, an event official.

"We wanted to do this to raise money to help defray costs for his surgeries (and) to help his family," Nelson said.

Nelson added that he expects 3,500 to 4,000 spectators to show up for the event.

"At race speed. It's very exciting," Nelson says.

Practice and qualifying rounds for local riders start at 9 a.m. at the fairgrounds. Each race pits 10 to 12 riders against each other, divided by class, age and skill level. The cutoff for competitors caps at 120, Nelson says.

A raffle and $5,000 prize for the top professional rider are also included.

Nelson, who grew up in Grants Pass and now lives in Sacramento, has been riding since he was 8 years old. He says endurocross is unlike any other competition he's seen.

"It's very exciting. We really pulled out all the stops," Nelson says. "It'll blow your mind."

Reach reporter Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or by email at rpfeil@mailtribune.com

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