With its three tracks, hilltop and trackside viewing areas, concessions and covered viewing/dining facilities all completed, the new 33MotoSports Park in Mio, Mich., is ready for riders and fans. Nestled in the rolling hills of Huron National Forest, this unique 80-acre park has been developed as a family-friendly racing complex for motorcycles, ATVs, UTVs and snowmobiles.
33MotoSports Park is kicking things off with a free practice day on Saturday and will be open every weekend to October. Fifteen race events are scheduled for 2012, starting with the Grand Opening celebration May 19-20. In addition to the race lineup, 56 practice days are scheduled, including all Tuesdays and Thursdays during July and August.
The park will have something for everyone, said owner John Gusler.
"It's for experienced and novice riders wanting more track time, as well as die-hard fans and families looking for affordable entertainment," he said. "People are really going to be blown away by what we've created here."
Gusler relied heavily on the Park's general manager, Dave Hassell, to develop a facility that riders will love.
"I've been racing most of my life, at parks all over the country," said Hassell, who also owns a motocross distribution company. "I can honestly say we've put together something here that rivals the best of them."
As a native son who returned to the area from California, Hassell earned a reputation from years in motocross racing, motocross equipment repair and facilities management that has attracted seasoned riders from far and wide to check out 33MotoSports Park.
Cale Kuchnicki of Alanson is an example of an experienced rider who plans to travel regularly to northern Michigan to take advantage of the new park, located just down the road from Northern Power Sports of Mio.
"It's definitely national caliber," said an excited Kuchnicki after some recent pre-opening day spins around the track. "I love a wide-open track, and it just pinned everywhere and the jumps are nice, big and smooth, so it's safe. It's a great overall track. The facility is amazing!"
Beyond the three rolling-terrain tracks with varying degrees of obstacles and jumps to accommodate all machine sizes and skill levels, there is weekend overnight parking onsite for racers, as well as nearby campgrounds and motels. The park also features ample parking, restrooms, hilltop covered viewing and dining areas, a cafe and concessions.