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Pacific Northwest Racetrack Makes It To The Big Leagues

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This aerial view of Ridge Motorsports Park is just a glimpse of the natural beauty of the surrounding area and how the 40-foot-wide perfectly paved track surface was designed to take advantage of the natural terrain.
This aerial view of Ridge Motorsports Park is just a glimpse of the natural beauty of the surrounding area and how the 40-foot-wide perfectly paved track surface was designed to take advantage of the natural terrain. (Photo Courtesy of Ridge Motorsports Park/)

MotoAmerica just announced that Ridge Motorsports Park will host a weekend of Superbike racing beginning in June of the 2020 season. The news is huge for motorcycle racing fans in the Pacific Northwest and western Canada because the facility is located in Shelton, Washington, which is 60 miles from Tacoma, Washington, 90 miles from Seattle, 140 miles from Portland, Oregon, and it is a relatively easy four-hour drive down Interstate 5 from Vancouver, British Columbia.

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“We’re excited to be taking the MotoAmerica Series to the Pacific Northwest next year,” MotoAmerica President Wayne Rainey said. “We know we have a lot of fans up there, who haven’t had the chance to see Superbike racing up close in a long, long time. This is going to be a great event and Tracie Schmitt and the staff at the Ridge Motorsports Park have welcomed us with open arms and are as excited as we are that we are going to be racing at their track. We know our riders, teams, and fans will enjoy the circuit and the surrounding area. Riders always like the challenge of a new circuit and the layout looks to have very fast and technical sections that will be exciting for them to race on. It’s a beautiful place and it promises to have great racing. We can’t wait to get there in June.”

The centralized location has helped Ridge to become a popular destination for trackday enthusiasts of both the two- and four-wheeled variety from those major cities and beyond. The northwest has been without a proper road course until the 2.47-mile-long, 16-turn Ridge Motorsports Park opened in 2012. Until that time, racers and trackday junkies were forced to deal with treacherous track layouts or the flat and relatively mundane configuration of a place like Portland International Raceway, but that has all changed for the better. Part of the allure of riding at Ridge is the park-like setting as it is situated on a rolling hill in the middle of the forest with views of both Mount St. Helens and Mount Rainier on the horizon.

The Ridge Motorsports Park road circuit features high-speed straights, long sweepers, and blind, weightless hill crests that lead into its challenging esses, a long double-apex carousel, and some hard braking zones that are sure to be popular passing spots for the pros.  Of course there’s the challenging sequence of technically difficult turns tossed in for good measure and a descent down the ridge before heading back out for another lap.
The Ridge Motorsports Park road circuit features high-speed straights, long sweepers, and blind, weightless hill crests that lead into its challenging esses, a long double-apex carousel, and some hard braking zones that are sure to be popular passing spots for the pros. Of course there’s the challen
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