New York natives bring fans to Built Ford Tough Unadilla National

By Kelly McCarthy

August 8, 2013 Updated Aug 8, 2013 at 6:20 PM EDT

New Berlin, NY (WBNG Binghamton) More than a hundred motocross professionals will race across dirt terrain in New Berlin in front of thousands of fans this weekend. Riders are getting in gear for the Built Ford Tough Unadilla National on Saturday.

The event features professional riders from 36 states and 11 countries. A few of the pros grew up right in Central New York.

They're back in New Berlin to ride in front of friends and family and on their home turf. Which to them, means one of the most enjoyable races of the year.

"Grew up watching these guys," said Sunny Drake of Fulton, "And wishing I could be out there with those guys and its awesome to be here and be one of those guys and be a part of it."

Drake will battle it out alongside some of the top riders in the country. The Unadilla Valley track has built up quite the reputation among pros.

"One of my favorite reasons I like coming up here," said Justin Barcia, "Is just for the big jumps and the fans are definitely one of a kind, they get pretty wild in New York."

The course will hold some changes this year including an 80 foot jump that ends before a sharp turn. Coordinators said changes were made to better include fans.

"They can be on the fence," said Greg Robinson, President of the Unadilla Valley Sports Center, "And be you know 10 feet away from the riders they can see their eyes they can hear them yelling, they can hear them grunt, just things you can't do in other sports."

Races start around 1 p.m. on Saturday. A full day pass is $40 and can be purchased at the gates. The track is located at 5986 on State Highway 8 in New Berlin.