Just about everyone was out at Glen Helen Thursday. Okay, so maybe that’s an over statement. But you know when you go to a MLB game and you first walk into the stadium and think to yourself, “Wow, that’s a lot of people!”? Well, it was like that, but way better because it’s moto and not some lame stick and ball sport.
With only a handful of days to test between the last Supercross and the first Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross National, teams are working overtime getting ready for the grueling outdoor series. Everything from suspension to motors are swapped and tweaked to get everything just right for their riders.
“But why Glen Helen?”, you ask? Even though there will no longer be a National held at the famous (or infamous, depending who you talk to) facility, it is still one of the most gnarly tracks in the country, great for testing, and in case you still haven’t received or paid attention to the memo, will be hosting the first USGP there in over 10 years. Not only that but it will also take place on the same weekend the National was supposed to take place, so keep it on your calendar. If you want to see that Antonio Cairoli guy you keep hearing about, or those two 15 year-olds that are absolutely flying at the moment (Ken Roczen and Jeffrey Herlings) then be sure to pay a visit to GH the last weekend of May.
Few of the World Motocross Grand Prix participants were on hand yesterday, though, because they still have a round to do this weekend in Spain before making the trek across the pond. The few that were on hand you are likely familiar with anyways…the DNA Shred Stix/Star Racing/Yamaha crew. That’s right, it sounds like there is a very good chance you will see Max Anstie, Martin Davalos, and Broc Tickle line up for the GP, along with some other strong possibilities.
But Thursday was all about the Nationals. Riders such as SX Champ Ryan Dungey, Davi Millsaps, most of the Pro Circuit team, Ben Evans, Jimmy Decotis, all of Geico Powersports/Honda, and many more were laying down lap after lap, getting back up to speed on the outdoor circuit.