2017 TWMX Trans Am, Presented By MTA Distributing
The TWMX Trans Am, presented by MTA Distributing, invaded the confines of Glen Helen Raceway this weekend for a national-caliber amateur motocross race. The annual three-day event was held at the infamous San Bernardino County facility for a second consecutive year, but this weekend’s weather was in stark contrast to last year’s event. Rain clouds hit several times throughout the week leading up to the race and even a little bit the morning of day two, which obviously made for some muddy track conditions. Lucky for us though, the rain concluded before the first gate drop.
For 2017, the Trans Am underwent some changes and a few things were implemented to make the racers’ experience safer and more enjoyable, one of which being the updated racing format. This year, we decided to go back to the two-moto format instead of the three-moto, MXoN style that racers experienced at the two previous Trans Am events. To make up for lost seat-time though, racers enjoyed extended laps for each moto, while the pros did battle for 30 minutes +2 laps.
Following Friday’s practice schedule, the first ever TWMX Trans Am Forum was held at the Glen Helen Raceway Museum that featured notable figures within the industry including Mike Sleeter, Kyle Kilmartin, Kyle Macias and multi-time Supercross champion Ryan Villopoto. Everything from helmet safety to physical fitness to proper suspension setup were discussed amongst everyone in attendance including Trans Am racers. It was a night filled with some much needed information.
After some much needed track prep due to the Saturday morning rain, racers finally lined up to do battle amongst each other in the mud, and by the end of the day we had a few first-time Trans Am champions. Taiki Koga and Takumu Yokosawa both lined up for the Trans Am for their first time this weekend after coming all the way from Japan and each rider managed to obtain a championship in their respected classes (Koga-250 Pro, Yokosawa-450Pro). One rider that’s no stranger to the Trans Am podium is Factory Connection/Amsoil/Honda’s Jo Shimoda, who won several championships at last year’s event aboard his 85cc machine. Shimoda made a strong return this year aboard his Amsoil Honda CRF250R and went home with the overall in Schoolboy Thru 17.
Jonah Brittons – a local TWMXRS regular – threw his hat into the ring at Glen Helen this weekend and it paid off, as he went home with overalls in 250 Intermediate and Open (Non-Pro) along with a second overall in Schoolboy. Brittons finished with a total of four out of six moto wins and his worst finish of the weekend was a third. Not a bad weekend for the 223 considering the track and weather conditions.
One of the more dominant performances of the weekend at Glen Helen came from the mini class, as Orange Brigade KTM’s Hunter Yoder put on an absolute clinic aboard his KTM 85SX. “Master Yoder” looked incredibly comfortable in the sloppy conditions and he went on to go undefeated with a total of four wins. The number 508 was awarded with overalls in 85/150F Mini Sr (12-14 yrs) and 85/150F Open (9-15 yrs).
When it was all said and done, the TWMX Trans Am, presented by MTA Distributing was a huge success for everyone involved, and we would like to send out a huge thank you to MTA Distributing, 6D Helmets, 100% and everyone else involved in the fruition of the 2017 Trans Am. Until then, we’re jumping right back into the TWMXRS El Dorado Series, so join us at Milestone MX on February 26th for the third round. We’ll see ya there!