California’s oldest motocross track, Perris Raceway, was host to the opening round of the Muscle Milk TWMX Race Series Winter Cup. Much like 2012, this year will take us through four different championships – the Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall Cups.The series will take racers on a journey to Southern California’s best MX tracks and their varied layouts, which will make every weekend’s racing exciting

With talk of a mud-race the night before round one, everybody was preparing for the worst. But upon arrival at the track, it was clear there would be no such incident. The day started a little cloudy in the morning, but by mid-afternoon the sun had come out, making it for another perfect day for racing. Vendor’s row was once again the hot spot in the parking area, as the companies on hand supplied racers and family members with everything necessary for a day at the races. The etnies booth was busy passing out stickers and Bell Helmets was right next door, keeping racers protected with a free test run of their very popular Moto-9 helmets. Rich Taylor and the EKS Brand Goggle family were in the middle of vendor row keeping things and ODI was making sure racers had fresh grips or a pair of their new Controlled Flex Technology bars. Yamaha made their way out as wel,l putting out on display of their new bikes with trick parts on them.

ODI made the trip out to round one of the Winter Cup supplying racers with grips and handlebars.

Rich Taylor from EKS Brand Goggles was hooking up racers with goggles, lens’ and tear-offs for the opening round of the Winter Cup.

Many riders got new bikes and new sets of gear over the holidays, which further enticed staying out in front. That was definitely the case for this weekend’s racing. A new year and a new race series had everybody on the gate ready to get out and bring home hardware to add to the trophy rack. Jake Baumert was flying all day in his classes, as well as Daniel Vanderziel. The two pulled huge leads over the rest of the pack, but still kept it exciting with their great riding styles. Away from the pro classes, Max Sisco, Wesley Parker and Justin Hoeft (Troy Lee Designs/ Honda’s newest amateur recruit) worked in the Open (non-pro), Intermediate and Schoolboy motos.

Jake Baumert was on fire this weekend leading the way in his respected A class motos.

Justin Hoeft set the pace for every class he entered this weekend.

We hope to see you all at round two of the Winter Cup, which will be held at Cahuilla Creek MX Park in Anza, Ca on January 20th. For more action from the weekend’s racing, check out the photos below.