The conditions at the Bonneville Salt Flats are worrying, to say the very least. Each year the conditions of the salt flats are worse and worse, and 2015 marks the second year in a row that Speed Week has been cancelled by the Southern California Timing Association (SCTA) because of the conditions.
Last month, when Speed Week was cancelled, there was a lot of doubt cast on the rest of the land-speed record season, but the AMA says that its Speed Trials event has found a suitable course its motorcycle-only land-speed racers.
Set to run August 29th thru September 3rd, as of right now the “AMA Land Speed Grand Championship” that is the Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials is a tentative “go” for racing.
From the AMA’s statement on the matter, the organization is “cautiously optimistic” – saying that the event planners have identified potential course locations that will support breaking records.
The key to this statement is the realization that the salt has shifted in its lake bed at Bonneville, similar to how a sandbar can move after a storm or change in current.
As such, the Speed Trials will be held in the western sector of the salt flats, rather than in the more traditional eastern sector.
Of course, any rain prior to now and the Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials could change things for the AMA.
Fans and racers are encouraged to keep in touch the Speed Trials organizers through bonnevillespeedtrials.com and social media.