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P rairie City OHV park is located just outside Cali- fornia’s Left Coast capitol of Sacramento, and is formally known as “Hangtown”. The Hangtown event is the season opener for what many race en- thusiasts consider the purest and most realistic form of mo- tocross there is - the outdoor motocross circuits. Though, these days, the last thing the promoters want you to do is refer to the “outdoor” Nationals as the “outdoor” Na- tionals. We’re not sure why re- ally, as they are run “outdoors” and have traditionally been referred to that for years? Marketing we guess, and who is to say that, professional marketers, running the show, is a bad thing? There are now a lot more outside sponsors kick- ing in dough to help support race teams. Just look at all the money the energy drink com- panies, all vying for riders and James Stewart showed at Hangtown and Freestone that he is more in tune with his new Suzuki Z450 than he was with his old Yamaha YZ450. He smoked everyone in California and Texas and proved the doubters wrong, His outdoor moto skills were not dimished. Everything was good for James right up until the Thunder Valley National rolled into town at Lakewood, Colorado… www.dirtillustrated.com