The 2016 TWMX Trans-Am, presented by MTA Distributing, went off this weekend and Glen Helen Raceway played host to the three day event. Fun and great racing were had by all in attendance, but especially for racers that competed with the three-moto race format that gave them plenty of opportunities on the track to better their overall results. The weather couldn’t have turned out any better, either, as the San Bernardino County facility was protected from heat by cloud-cover for the majority of the weekend, which in turn made for some great track conditions. When it was all said and done, the 2016 TWMX Trans-Am was a huge success for everyone involved, and it wouldn’t have been complete without the amazing sponsors who put forth a tremendous effort to bring riders a great racing experience with some cool, one of a kind prizes and trophies.
Friday the 13th marked day one of the Trans-Am, as practice got underway for racers to learn some of the recent changes of the infamously rough racetrack. Likely the highlight of everyone’s day, though, came at 11 o’clock when open practice was reduced to a “pros only” practice in order to give the big dogs the opportunity to learn the new pair of massive jumps along the backside of the track. It was impressive to see them flying through the sky over a 150+ foot step-up followed by a 100+ foot step-down into the infield.
As for day two, that’s when the racers finally got down to business for titles. Don’t let the word “mini” fool you if you’re not familiar with amateur motocross racing. Though they are considered “minis”, there’s nothing small about the Supermini class, as the kids have the speed and ability to get around the racetrack just as fast, if not faster, than most of us on big bore four-stroke machines. Jo Shimoda – a Japanese import – proved just that by putting in incredibly fast lap times throughout the entire weekend to go home with titles in both Supermini and Supermini 2. Shimoda has recently made the move to big bikes and pilots a 125 two-stroke that he competed with in Schoolboy (Thru 17) where, he shuffled back to third by second place finisher Richard Taylor and Ciaran Naran, who swept all three motos for the title.
Naran’s accomplishments in Schoolboy (Thru 17) were already impressive, but he backed it up with another three-moto sweep in 125 Two-Stroke Open for yet another title. After another second overall in 450 Intermediate, Richard Taylor was able to put in three consistent motos for the 250 Intermediate title and a custom Bell Vintage 500 helmet. 450 Intermediate saw multiple moto winners, as Taylor and Trevor Hooten each took the checkered flag. Hooten’s scores gave him the overall win and his second title of the weekend, as he also claimed College Boy(18+) championship.
When the pros to lined up, everyone hit the fence line to watch the two thirty-minute motos. 250 Pro class winner Harrison had to fend off Jackson Richardson and Josh Moisten for the overall, while Ryan Surratt and Bradley Taft each won one moto in the 450 Pro division. While Ryan Surratt took the first moto victory, Taft’s 2-1 finish was enough for the championship.
In just two years, the TWMX Trans-Am has grown incredibly and we’re already planning for the excitement that next year’s event will bring to racers. Until then, we’ve already set our sights on getting back to the TWMX Race Series West Coast Open, as the fourth and final round is set to be hosted at Comp Edge MX on June 5th. See you there!
***Podium photos on page 20***