Monday Kickstart – April 9, 2012

The Supercross tour took its lone break from the 17 rounds of action this weekend, but the racing world was still very active as many have begun testing for the coming Nationals while the Bryce Vallee Benefit Day took place to aid the fallen racer. 

Glen Helen April 5th

With the outdoors kicking off in just a few short weeks, the Southern California tracks have been packed with racers preparing for the longer, rougher motos. There is an unwritten schedule of what tracks to go to when, such as Comp Edge Tuesday, Milestone Wednesday, and Glen Helen on Thursday. We made our way to San Bernardino to shoot photos and video of the racers of all disciplines, including WMA, WORCS, and the amateur scene, shaking down their settings.

Rock River Yamaha's Amanda Maihu was one of the first riders to take to the track on Thursday morning.
Marvin Musquin's time aboard the KTM 350 has come to an end, but the Frenchman has begun to prepare for the outdoors. Musquin says he feels much more comfortable and prepared for this summer when compared to last year.
After this Supercross season, Blake Baggett is ready for the Nationals. The Pro Circuit rider said that while his finishes have improved, he feels they should have been stronger from the start.
Darryn Durham, Blake Baggett, and Broc Tickle were on hand to test their outdoor settings.
Josh Grant pounded out lap after lap on Thursday aboard his DNA/Jeff Ward Racing Kawasaki. His father, Mike, was on hand to watch his son's progress.
Fresh off his first win of 2012, Ken Roczen looks ready for the summer and his first time racing the Nationals.
Jake Canada looked comfortable aboard his MCR 250. He and teammate Jeff Alessi hit the track around 11AM, when the long circuit was its busiest.
Jessica Patterson looked comfortable aboard her new Rockstar Energy Suzuki. Patterson will pit beside Blake Wharton, Jason Anderson, Hunter Hewitt, and Martin Davalos during the summer.