2017 TWMX Trans Am, presented by MTA Distributing
The Annual TWMX Trans Am, presented by MTA Distributing is returning for a third consecutive year, and this time we’re heading back to the hills of Glen Helen Raceway. Glen Helen played host to last year’s three day event, as well and it was a success for everyone involved including the many incredible sponsors along with the several hundred Trans Am racers, so we’re looking forward to doing it all again this weekend. Day one is slated to kickoff this Friday at the San Bernardino, CA facility for open practice that will be split up to separate the minis from the big bikes and racing to follow on Saturday and Sunday.
For the first time ever on Friday night, the Glen Helen Raceway Museum will host a live forum; a first for us here at TWMX. We’ve pulled together several notable personalities from within the industry to discuss several topics including helmet safety, suspension setup, proper fitness and nutrition and we’ll close the night with a pro panel including Supercross Champion Ryan Villopoto and Geico Honda’s Christian Craig. Food will be provided and in case you don’t make it to the live forum, head over to facebook.com/TransWorldMoto for the live feed.
We’ve had countless noteworthy riders attend the TWMX Trans Am in the past, but no one has had more experience on a racetrack than Mike Sleeter. The KTM research and developer is a two-time TWMX Trans Am Vet Pro champion and he’s been chosen to design this year’s Glen Helen racetrack. Sleeter and his 111 machine have lined up for MXGPs, Pro Motocross Nationals and Two-Stroke World Championships at the Southern California facility, and he’s looking to bring a little bit of everything to this weekend’s track layout, but don’t worry because it’ll be suitable for every skill level.
For the 2017 Trans Am, we here at Transworld have changed up a few things to help make the racer’s experience safer and more enjoyable. One of which being the newly implemented sight lap that will take place after every six motos. For example: racers from motos 1-6 are invited to take the sight lap before the beginning of the first moto. Once motos 1-6 have concluded, another sight lap will ensue before the seventh moto that contains racers from motos 7-12. This is a way for us to add a little bit of safety to the program so that racers aren’t lining up completely blind on a racetrack that’s changed drastically since their last moto.
Vendor Row will be open for business on Saturday and will include displays, demos and deeply discounted products courtesy of MTA Distributing, 6D Helmets, 100%, Spectro Oils, SPY, BTO Sports, Alpinestars, Walter’s Mercedes Benz, ASV, Temecula Motorsports, MX Pro Parts, Fasthouse and Mad Moose event photography.
This year, we’ve also changed the racing from the usual MXoN style three-moto format to the standard two-moto format. To make up for the lost time on the racetrack though, racers will enjoy extended laps throughout their two motos. As for the pros, each moto will be 30 minutes +2 laps and both motos will be held on Saturday.
Event coverage from the third annual TWMX Trans Am will be found online and in print, as a full race report with action photos will be found the following Monday at twmx.com along with 6-10 pages of editorial coverage in Transworld Motocross Magazine.