The U.S. Bureau of Land Management announced Friday that it has approved an off-road vehicle race this weekend in the Mojave Desert, where eight people were killed Aug. 14 during a similar race when a truck lost control and rolled into a crowd of spectators.
The agency approved this weekend's race, presented by the American Motorcycle Assn., after a "very detailed" review and a "thorough assessment of public safety and crowd-control requirements," BLM Director Bob Abbey said in a statement.
The agency will increase the number of BLM agents at the Johnson Valley race and other such events it permits in the future, he said.
In addition to the deaths, 10 people were injured in the Aug. 14 race organized by Mojave Desert Racing Productions, based in South El Monte. Video of the race showed the vehicles speeding along bumpy roads only feet from spectators.