Revved up to race at fair motocross event

A group of motocross racers navigate one of the hills in the course at last year’s Mason Cordell Memorial Motocross Race.

(Posted July 10, 2023)

With more than 70 classes offered, the Mason Cordell Memorial Motocross Race promises a whole lot of race action.

The event is set for July 13 at 7 p.m. in the infield. FastTraxx, the Athens, Ohio, outfit that puts on the race, will design and construct the track that day, starting in the morning.

“There will be a lot of different jumps and tabletops. We make sure the track is rider friendly for both the little guys and the older riders. It’s wide open, so it’s good for quads and bikes both,” said Shawna Bickley who co-owns FastTraxx with her husband, Norm. “We want everybody to be able to ride safely and enjoy their time on the track.”

Registration runs from 4 to 6 p.m., followed by practice at 6, and the races sometime around 7. The cost to enter is $25 per class for youth and amateurs and $30 per class for professionals. Bickley said the Madison County race attracts primarily youth riders.

“We’ve had riders as young as 3 years old. We’ve also had people 65 and older for the adult classes,” Bickley said. “We have a lot of guys who run in multiple classes, and we have a large group of youth riders who follow our fair race series.”

FastTraxx is hosting races at 18 fairs this summer. All are part of the Kenda Tire Southeastern Ohio Super Series which also includes nine races at FastTraxx’s home track in Nelsonville, Ohio. Those involved in the series earn points toward final placements at the end of the series.

Anyone is welcome to enter the Madison County race, whether they are involved in the series or not. All entrants are required to wear a helmet, goggles, long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and boots that come up over their ankles. Visit for a full list of rules and classes. The top three finishers in each class win plaques. Professional riders earn cash.

The fair’s motocross event is named in memory of Mason Cordell.

FastTraxx also offers a true beginner learning class. This non-competitive class gives newbies to the sport a chance to give it a try in a no-pressure situation. Each participant receives a plaque.

The Madison County race is named after Mason Cordell, the son of Matt and Amanda Cordell. Mason was a Madison-Plains High School student who loved motocross, football, hunting, snowmobiling, 4-H, FFA, and more. He passed away in 2019 as the result of a fall from his motocross bike. All of the plaques given at the race bear his image.

The 2023 Madison County Fair runs through July 15. For a schedule of events, visit Madison County Fair.

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