Official. 2015 Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials Cancelled.

bonnevilleThe AMA Land Speed Grand Championship is officially cancelled. The email from Delvene Manning, Event Manager/Owner (photos @ H. Roesler)

“Over the past year, we have all been working towards the goal of racing motorcycles at the Bonneville Salt Flats. As the event management, it is always our intent to run the premier motorcycle land speed racing event, the AMA Land Speed Grand Championship, at Bonneville. However, we are always beholden to mother nature to provide us with good conditions in the environment that we all dedicate our time and resources to. Last year we were able to hold an event when conditions were stacked against us. This year, the conditions have been improving but not at the pace needed. We have assessed the conditions and we are unable to sustain the minimum standards for a premier event. Due to this, we are cancelling the 2015 Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials, AMA Land Speed Grand Championship.

bonnevillebisIt’s been an extremely difficult decision to make, and one we have not taken lightly. Our dedicated team has put in countless hours to evaluate the options for course layouts, the quality of the course, pit locations, salt flats on/off accessibility, course volume sustainability, and the impact on salt flats resources.  Although we are cancelling, other events are still scheduled for this season. Our decision does not affect the ability for other events to proceed.

Current Course Conditions: What Changed?

Leading into this weekend, all systems were go…
• Water from earlier rainstorms in most affected areas was being absorbed/evaporated at the normal rate.
• Weather was warming and we had a good forecast.
• Course prep was starting on the International “Long Course.”

Then things changed…
• 1/2 inch or more of water currently sits over the “Mountain Course” and Pit area.
◦ We evaluated moving the course, such as last year, and could not find better conditions to support two courses or a viable alternate pit location.
◦ Due to the volume of water that continues to persist, the normal rates of absorption/evaporation are questionable.
• The International course is not ideal over the entire length and overall course quality is a concern.
◦ The current course would deteriorate rapidly for use by 300 bikes over the 5 days of racing.
• Damage to the salt from last season has not healed, including the access routes to the pit area.

What happens next?

We appreciate your patience while we sort through the details of the cancellation. We will be in touch with participants in the coming weeks with further information to answer any question that you have, and to provide further details on our cancellation procedure.

Can we Save the Salt?

There has been a lot of discussions and comments recently about the deterioration of the Bonneville Salt Flats due to human interaction, mining and the stewardship of the public land. Like many public areas, it is beloved by people for recreation, livelihood, and intrinsic beauty. As racers, we are carrying on a tradition of pushing the boundaries of human ingenuity that goes back over 100 years.

There are many factors that contribute to the conditions that we are facing this year. Regardless of the causes, we are seeing that the salt this year is not the same as years past. The traditional race courses for all of the organizations are becoming increasingly difficult to develop. In the coming weeks we will be sharing further information of how we plan to contribute to a positive future for all who use this wonderful resource, and what you can do to help.

We appreciate, and understand, all of the hours that you have dedicated to preparing your motorcycles. The sacrifices you will have made to reach for your goals throughout this year, and for our international participants, the additional logistics that you encounter to reach us.

We are working along side you as we extend ourselves to help you achieve those goals.
We thank the volunteers for their contributions, the AMA and FIM organizations and support staff. We also wish to thank our sponsors for their support of our sport” Sincerely, Delvene Manning, Event Manager/Owner Deliciate Promotions LLC

8 Responses to “Official. 2015 Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials Cancelled.”


  1. 1 TJ Martin Aug 18th, 2015 at 8:26 am

    Please allow me to express my overwhelming shock and surprise . ………

    ………………………………………

    ……………. errr … sorry … there isn’t any … but ….. ahhh …

    Told you so !

    Care to comment UThinkUKnowMe ? Which errr … by the way … I do !

  2. 2 john reed Aug 18th, 2015 at 9:28 am

    You may not be a prick Martin but you are doing a good job acting as one.

  3. 3 Woody's Aug 18th, 2015 at 9:49 am

    But, but, but, someone had maps and stuff showing a great drought in places where peoples’ feet were getting wet while standing…

  4. 4 Boomer Aug 18th, 2015 at 10:52 am

    TJ M: Dude; you have serious mental issues. Please get help ASAP or just get back on your meds – whichever may apply.

    Seems like every forum just has to have at least one Captain Negative who also steals candy away from kids. I can’t begin to understand how it must feel to be so miserable all the time like that. I think I’d rather be dead if I could find no joy in life at all.

  5. 5 BadMonkeyMW Aug 18th, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    John Reed wins quote of the day. TJ, sadly, still a loser.

  6. 6 U think U know me Aug 18th, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    TJ, looks like I’m not the only one…..4/5 people commenting are tired of your negative comments. Every time you post, people make comments about your negativity. Have you read their comments?

  7. 7 Aug 19th, 2015 at 8:56 am

    One of the largest downfalls the world wide web provides is the chance for all too many people to have a negative voice on all to many subjects they are not in the least closely involved with. These types of personalities also thrive on the notoriety they receive while hiding in anonymity. But……
    PLEASE NOTE: There are presently hundreds of motorcycle landspeed competitors from around the world who are Very disappointed with Mother Nature at this point. The BMST is the only all motorcycle landspeed event in the world, and though vitally important for setting AMA national records and F.I.M. world records the comradery that accompanies the week of racing is looked at as being of equal importance. We are a small niche in the motorcycle racing world, and a very close family. I have seen numerous times over the years a rider offer parts from his/her bike to a fellow racer in the same class then return the parts so they could back and make a run to try and break the other’s record. That is landspeed racing, and we love it!

    We will all survive this year’s sad situation and be ready to set records and enjoy each other’s friendship in 2016.

    “RIDE FAST – STOP SAFE” 🙂

  8. 8 Jay Horton's Private Shop Aug 19th, 2015 at 9:04 am

    It is odd how all those weather reports we see on the evening talking heads are so in question.

    I feel for the racers, crews and fabricators that dedicated so much time but, you can’t beat the elements.

    X2 John Reed!

    Best,

    Later Jay

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