SAN BERNARDINO, CA (4/19/04) ¿Southern California motocross fans were aghast when they heard the recent rumor that Glen Helen Raceway might be losing the coveted round of the AMA Outdoor Motocross series. A Mother¿s day tradition for some eight (8) years, Glen Helen has hosted the opening round of each year¿s professional series for the AMA and a legion of nearly 20 thousand fans annually.
In the end the rumor proved to be only half true and the season opener will now take place at Hangtown, May 16 . Glen Helen¿s round of the 125/250 series has been relocated to the end of the schedule, making it the 12th and final round of the ¿04 schedule, on September 12.
Over the years Glen Helen Raceway has developed a solid reputation of blending fresh thinking with hard work to meet the rapidly changing conditions of the racing world. The World Cup of Motocross in 2002 was organized and executed in one short week after the demise of the U.S. Motocross des Nations and by all accounts was a world class success.
With the unexpected opening in the 2004 schedule, the staff at of Glen Helen once again recognized the opportunity at hand and set about developing an event to capitalize on it.
That event is The Prequel. What is a Prequel you ask? Webster¿s defines it as ¿a dramatic work that precedes a story¿.
In terms of the ¿04 motocross season The Prequel spells a huge advantage for any teams or riders to do last minute testing prior to the series opener. This will also be an opportunity for the rider and teams to get acclimated to the newly redesigned Glen Helen circuit. The lay out for the The Prequel will be exactly the same for the AMA National in September. Familiarity with a track often results in confidence and confidence most certainly results in quicker lap times.
Every factory does extensive testing prior to the outdoor season but this will be the first time in recent history for anyone to test and fine-tune their programs in a real racing environment. With every team and rider looking for even the slightest advantage, The Prequel could the just the edge they need.
The Prequel will also mark the first opportunity for many riders to evaluate themselves and their machines, if they have been away from the racing scene due to injury. Who might that be? Ricky Carmichael, Tim Ferry, Sean Hamblin, Ernesto Fonseca and Sebastian Tortelli are but a few of the top names that would benefit greatly from the opportunity that The Prequel represents.
Some of the best names in the business have joined forces to insure that The Prequel is a great success. The title sponsorship position has been taken by The Primm MX Collection with presenting honors being co-hosted by Yamaha Motor Corp. and Parts Unlimited. These headliners will share the stage with over twenty industry associate sponsors to create a hefty $20,000.00 purse.
All top AMA Pros have already received their written invitations and are in the process of confirming. The professional portion of The Prequel weekend will take place on Saturday May 8th, with a similar format to the AMA 125/250 MX Nationals. The day will consist of 2, 30 minute motos plus two laps for each of the professional classes. First race will start at 11:00am with 125cc AMA Pro event followed by the 250cc AMA Pro race. The Women¿s Motocross League will also be featured as they start their 2004 season.
There will be amateur and pro practice on Thursday May 6th and a Chaparral private party on May 7th. A full amateur program will be held Sunday May 9 and camping is available during the entire period.
Mark your calendars now for The Prequel May 6-9th. It is guaranteed to be a dramatic beginning to the 22004 outdoor motocross story!
For more information go on line www.glenhelen.com and call our 24 hour information line at 909-880-3090.