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Motocross opening in August at Pacific Raceways

The long-awaited return of motocross to the Puget Sound region will happen in early August as Pacific Raceways reopens its track.

The Kent facility will offer open practice sessions beginning Friday, Aug. 10.

"We are excited to get the new track under way," said Lance Smail, motocross manager and veteran racer. "This will be a great practice track for riders in the region. As we continue to make improvements throughout the year, we are looking at putting together a solid race schedule for 2013."

Practice dates in August include:

• Friday, Aug. 10, noon to dusk

• Sunday, Aug. 12, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

• Wednesday, Aug. 15, noon-dusk

• Friday, Aug. 17, noon-dusk

• Wednesday, Aug. 22, noon-dusk

• Sunday, Aug. 26, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

• Wednesday, Aug. 29, noon-dusk

The track is expected to operate a regular schedule through October, Smail said. Dates for the rest of the year will be weather dependent.

Riders will be grouped into five classes: pros and intermediates; juniors; beginners; veteran riders and women; and 65cc/85cc.

In addition to the motocross track, Smail said there will be a kids track for 50cc, 65cc and 80cc beginners.

There will be a $30 fee for racers, and spectators or crew will be charged $5. Call Pacific Raceways at 253-639-5927 for additional information.

Smail said he will also be offering a riding school at the track. Dates are Aug. 11 and Aug. 25. Additional information on the riding school can be obtained at marie_smail@msn.com.

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