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Lime added to San Diego soil destroys race bikes | News

Factory supercross bikes have aged 20 years in one race and riders have been left with serious burns to their skin and eyes due to promoters adding too much lime to the soil at San Diego Supercross.

Lime, not to be confused with the lime found in your Friday arvo Corona, is added to dirt as a drying agent but has the adverse effect of corroding metals and burning skin and eyes after prolonged contact. Track builders add lime to the soil if rain is forecast but it seems they overdid it in San Diego.

Many riders took to social media to vent their frustration. The lime not only caused potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage and injured many riders, it did nothing to improve the condition of the track as rain poured down throughout the entire event.

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Just finally able to come inside and get into bed after a long day handling this mess. Thanks to a great group of friends that had my back when I was in need today! @gday795 @bp412 @ahmfactoryservices @laird151 My body is hurting pretty bad, some nasty burns in the creases of my elbows, chest, stomach, glutes, itchiness almost all over, scabbing on my nipples, and a random cough at times. This was a good one guys thanks for the lasting damage to my body and ruining my bike!

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Yesterday was a crazy day! I won my heat race and pulled a massive holeshot in the Main only to throw it away in the second turn 😡 i guess i was in second the whole time and then i got passed on the last straight away to go back to 3rd 🥴 Podium finish in these condition is fine by me and also sitting solid In points leaving the west coast. 🤙🏽 thank you peeps. 🙃@honda_powersports_us @redbull @foxracing @goartofsport @canyon_na @stancesocks @breitling Ps. Me and other riders had problems with getting burns and rashes from the lime. It’s so bad that i can Barely sit today for real! Nipples are pretty much gone too lol. This sucks

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Thanks for putting lime in the dirt boys, as if it’s not hard enough to keep a bike going as a privateer. $9,000 bike looks like it’s been sitting outside for 10 years. #supercross #bummed #roached #privateer

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More pics from #limegate at @monster_energy_supercross1 from @carlen_805 and the @bwrengines machine. What a mess!!! #motocross #motocrossfail #dirtrider #dirtbike #supercross #clr

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Before/after/after. I’m all about trying to dry these tracks out but maybe a bit excessive on the Lime this weekend Feld? When the riders skin is burned after the race and every bike is looking like this I say we went a lil far egh? Feeling for all the privateers who don’t have the funds and resources to get all this crap cleaned up 😤 #nomorefingerprints

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