By David Wade

BOSTON (CBS) — Dirt. Decibels. Danger. If you want to market Supercross, those are really the only three words you need. The dirt, however, is it’s own story.

Typically, you’d have the New England Patriots playing, but this weekend you’ll have 22 of the fastest dirt bike rides competing in the Monster Energy Supercross at Gillette Stadium.

A Supercross racer tries out the track at Gillette Stadium. (WBZ-TV)

A Supercross racer tries out the track at Gillette Stadium. (WBZ-TV)

Dave Prater’s job is to give Gillette a makeover of sorts.

“I guess you could call me the ‘Dirt Dude,'” he said.

To make the track, Prater had to have 500 truck fulls of dirt hauled to the stadium.


500 truck fulls of dirt were brought to Gillette Stadium in Foxborough to transform it into a Supercross track. (WBZ-TV)

“My wife makes fun of me because I go dirt shopping,” he said with a laugh.

His preference? A nice clay with not too many rocks.

Chad Reed, a 34-year-old married father of three, is a Supercross superstar, racing kids 10-to-15 years younger than him.

“I am (the old guy), but I like to (race) just like the kids,” he told WBZ.

Reed is considered the most accomplished international racer of all-time.

“It’s a great title to have,” he says.

You get the sense the farm-raised Australian could hit 60 miles per hour, fly 70 feet in the air and yawn.

He says he started racing young and it didn’t hurt to have a brave mother either.

“My parents got me a motorcycle when I was 3 1/2 (years old), and I was racing at 4,” he said.

The veteran racer remembers his first jump.

“It was a double jump and I was sizing it up,” he said, “And my mom gives me a good yell, (saying) ‘Just do it!'”

Doors open and practice and qualifying gets underway at 9 a.m., followed by opening ceremonies at 3:30 p.m. and the race at 4 p.m., according to the Monster Energy Supercross website.

David Wade


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