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A motocross rider readies to land at the Florence motocross track at last spring's High Country Motocross Association event. The track, off 8 mile Creek Road in Florence, is set to hold this season's race on Sunday starting at 9 a.m.

Florence's Sunday morning wakeup call may come in a bunch of boisterous Braaps as dozens of two-stroke dirt bikes rev up for the High Country Motocross Association dirt bike races starting at 9 a.m.

But the spectacle will be worth getting up for.

Race official and course operator Christann Schmid says she expects over 300 signups between the 31 events in the all-day event at the Bitterroot Valley Motocross course in Florence, just off Eight Might Creek Road in the east valley. 

Riders, both amateur and professional, from Canada, Washington and all over Montana are set to take part in the races.

"It's filling up quick," Schmid said, as riders poured into the area to set up camp for the races on Sunday. "We draw a lot of people because we offer so much in the pro payback purse. They come (from all over)."

The purse in the 250 and 450 pro events offers 100-percent payback plus an additional $500 for the champion, according to the Bitterroot Valley Motocross Facebook page. That makes it well worth the riders' time.

For spectators, it's high-speed and high-altitude jumps with a Bitterroot Mountain backdrop. Cost of admission is $12.

The course, which was named the 2018 HCMA track of the year in the 11-track circuit in each corner of Montana, was built by Schmid and her family and has been in operation for about four years. Schmid said the course and event has been amped up the last two years, though, with T-shirt sales, concessions and announcers.

Schmid added that racers of all ages will compete on Sunday.

"It's a family sport. It's the only sport that a 4-year-old can race with his grandpa and all the generations (can get together) and everybody in between can compete on the same day," Schmid said.

For more information on the race or Bitterroot Valley Motocross visit: http://www.bitterrootvalleymx.com. Race results will be posted online at http://www.hcmamt.org.

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