KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – While the organizers with MotoSurf Games confirmed they plan to return to Lake Geneva next year for three days of racing, the Lake Region won’t be seeing the high-flying Nitro …
KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – While the organizers with MotoSurf Games confirmed they plan to return to Lake Geneva next year for three days of racing, the Lake Region won’t be seeing the high-flying Nitro RallyCross Series won’t be coming back to the Florida International Rally and Motosports Park at the Keystone Heights Airport.
Airstream Ventures’ Alan Verlander told the Clay County commissioners MotoSurf and MotoSkate was such a success, Pro Watercross Tour are scheduled to inspect Lake Geneva this week to consider adding jet ski racing to its national tour.
Four-time World MotoSurf Champion Lukas Zoharsky races around Lake Geneva with speeds approaching 40 mph. He praised the layout, facility and said MotoSurfing soon will be a popular sport in the United States.
“I’ve done lots of races since I started racing when I was 10 years old in Czech Republic,” said Zahorsky, who has won in such exotic places as Abu Dhabi, Mexico, Russia, Singapore and Czech Republic. “There is not a lot of surfing in Czech Republic, but we have lakes.”
Verlander said he hopes to bring another major events to Keystone Heights.
“(MotoSurf) is coming back and they're extremely happy with everything that was here,” Verlander said. “So, we're just finalizing the dates. We moved from a MotoSkate and MotoSurf to the big daddy, jet skis. What happened in Keystone Heights with the great facility at Lake Geneva, we can now bring the bigger vehicles in there.
“I know what will work there. We just have to get (the group) to see it.”
Airstream already has a working relationship with Pro Watercross. The marketing company has helped promote several other jet skis races around the country.
MotoSurf races on Lake Geneva were televised nationally last April. The group has five racing categories – Open, Stock, Challenger, Women and Juniors – and last year’s races attracted more than 100 competitors.
Riders use motorized surfboards and compete on a course around the lake.
According to MotoSurf Games, it combines both gasoline-fueled and electric surfboards.
While the popularity of Lake Geneva continues to impress visitors, the Nitro RallyCross Series decided to accept a bigger payday by racing at Saudi Arabia.
Series founder Travis Pastrana said the rallycross course at the airport was one of his favorite circuits on the tour last year. Also, Sunday’s finals were sold out by Saturday morning.
The next race is planned for Saudi Arabia on Dec. 10 and 11.