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Motocross fans headed back to Washougal for annual event

A crowd of 20,000 expected for Saturday’s Washougal National

WASHOUGAL — Washougal, are you ready?

The best motocross riders in the world will be in Washougal for Saturday’s Motosport.com Washougal National. This is the 38th Washougal National. Photo by Paul Valencia
The best motocross riders in the world will be in Washougal for Saturday’s Motosport.com Washougal National. This is the 38th Washougal National. Photo by Paul Valencia

That’s the shout-out heard ‘round Washougal MX Park prior to Saturday’s big event which will attract roughly 20,000 race fans.

But it also might be a call out to any east Clark County residents. You ready for this?

The Motosport.com Washougal National, the ninth round in the 2018 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, has arrived.

Race fans, residents, and even those who just love going to the Washougal River should be patient Saturday. All those fans have to get there, most using the two-lane highway from Washougal. Then all those fans go home after the motos.

A handful of spectators, die-hards, always show up early for the Washougal National to watch amateurs ride and pros get in some practice time. On race day, thousands will be at Washougal MX Park. Photos by Paul Valencia
A handful of spectators, die-hards, always show up early for the Washougal National to watch amateurs ride and pros get in some practice time. On race day, thousands will be at Washougal MX Park. Photos by Paul Valencia


38th Motosport.com Washougal MX National

Saturday at Washougal MX Park, 40205 NE Borin Road, Washougal

8 a.m.: Practice and qualifying

12:30 p.m.: Opening ceremony

1 p.m.: First motos (250 class, then 450)

3 p.m.: Second motos

Tickets: General admission, $50. Ages 6 and under are free

Pit passes can be purchased online only. Tickets for Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championships are available at www.ProMotocross.com

Note: Fans are reminded to get there early and have patience when leaving. Also, temperatures are expected to reach the 90s. Drink plenty of water.


The park, with security, vendors, and volunteers, is ready for the biggest single-day spectator sporting event in Clark County.

Tommy Weeck is a professional rider and also is an ambassador of sorts for Washougal MX Park. He lives across the street from the track, which hosts the 38th Motosport.com Washougal National on Saturday. Photo by Paul Valencia
Tommy Weeck is a professional rider and also is an ambassador of sorts for Washougal MX Park. He lives across the street from the track, which hosts the 38th Motosport.com Washougal National on Saturday. Photo by Paul Valencia

“Everybody comes together to help put this event on,” said Tommy Weeck, who teaches motocross at Rise MX training and literally lives across the street from the Washougal MX Park. “To see our four-man staff go to hundreds of people in a week is incredible. Everything is spectacular. It’s a sight to see.”

Weeck is an ambassador of sorts for Washougal MX Park. He also races with all the big names who will be in town for the series. For this weekend, he is kind of like a part-time tour guide, too, showing off the facility.

“We take a lot of pride. This isn’t just motocross. It’s our park,” Weeck said. “We manicure everything here. To have everyone come here to this event is really cool for me.”

Weeck grew up in Bellevue, then moved to California to train year round in motocross before returning to the Northwest. He now lives walking distance from his home track.

He loves getting feedback from fans and fellow riders.

“It’s just all smiles,” he said. “Most people don’t see the work we put into it. Days. Weeks. Months. Just to get this ready for one day when we have 20,000 people.”

Of course, those fans should also try to arrive early and be patient on the way home. That goes for anyone else out on Washougal River Road come Saturday evening into night. Traffic can get a bit hectic.

Weeck has heard the stories, but he has no experience.

“I wouldn’t know. I just go across the street,” he said.

Just like that, he’s home, right next to the park that hosts a national sporting event every summer.


Villopoto returns

The best rider from the Northwest in Lucas Oil Pro Motocross history is ready to ride again in Washougal on Saturday. Only this time just to have a good time.

Five-time series champion Ryan Villopoto, from Poulsbo, Wash., will ride in an all-star race sometime during Saturday’s performances.

“It’s always nice to race in front of hometown people who watched me grow up,” Villopoto said. “It’s a little bit different, though. It’s an exhibition, which makes it better. It’s low-stress, low-key, mellow.

“Before it was stressful, with lots of things on the line. Money was on the line. Championships on the line. Now, it’s having fun, drinking beer with the fans, and hanging out.”

A series of injuries made for a bit of an early retirement for Villopoto. But he did win his last appearance at Washougal, in 2013.

“Washougal was always the one that got away from me, for whatever reason,” Villopoto said. “Finally able to get a win here felt good.”


2018 season

Heading into the ninth of 12 rounds in the series, Eli Tomac of Colorado has a small lead over Marvin Musquin of France in the 450 class points race. Aaron Plessinger of Ohio is in control of the 250 class and has won the past two events.

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Paul Valencia joins ClarkCountyToday.com after more than two decades of newspaper experience. He became the face of high school sports coverage in Clark County during his 17 years at The Columbian. Before moving to Vancouver, Paul worked at Oregon daily newspapers in Pendleton, Roseburg, and Salem. A graduate of David Douglas High School in Portland, Paul enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving three years as a soldier/journalist. He and his wife Jenny recently celebrated their 20th anniversary. They have a son who has a passion for karate and Minecraft. Paul’s hobbies include: Watching the Raiders play football, reading about the Raiders playing football, and waiting to watch and read about the Raiders playing football.

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