Stolen motorcycles tarnish motocross event

- An important Houston-area motocross event is ruined after several motorcycles were stolen before the race. Almost 200 competitors took part in the Houston Holeshot Championship at Rio Bravo Motocross Park.  Several of the competitors who had camped out on Friday night woke up to find their motorcycles were stolen.

"The kids were almost dumbfounded," said Rio Bravo Motocross Park owner Danny Erdeljac. "They didn't understand why someone would take their bikes -- they came here to have a good weekend riding."

Nine motorcycles were stolen from several different competitors. Erdeljac said they have never had a situation like this before, but he was surprised at how the competitors came together to help one another out. Some of the racers lent their motorcycles to those who were victims of theft.

Erdeljac said that everyone who wanted to compete was given a chance even if they didn't have their own motorcycle to race with. He also said some of the motorcycles cost as much as $11,000, making it not only tough on the young riders, but also on their parents who have spent a lot of money in the motocross sports world.

As of Sunday, police have filed a report and Erdeljac said the community is coming together to try to find the thieves who ruined this year's race.

If you have any information about the thefts, you are encouraged to contact Danny Erdeljac by e-mail at info@riobravomx.com.

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