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It's almost here! The 2016 TWMX Trans-Am presented by MTA Distributing will commence this Friday at 9AM, and we couldn't be more excited, as this weekend's racing is shaping up to be nothing short of exciting. Glen Helen Raceway is the site for the three-day event, and with the rough conditions that the San Bernardino County facility is famous for, this weekend's racing action should be something that won't be soon forgotten. And did we mention the expected weather conditions? Nothing but sunshine and warm weather awaits this time around, as the original date was postponed due to an entire weekend of heavy rains.

Photo: Emery

Photo: Emery

For the first time in 2015, the inaugural TWMX Trans-Am was kicked off at Milestone MX Ranch and the event was a tremendous success for everyone involved. It was especially exciting for the racers, though, because the Milestone MX main track saw some changes in the week leading up to the event, and you better believe that this year's Trans-Am racetrack will see the same exciting changes for this weekend. The Glen Helen track crew has been hard at work over the past few weeks to give racers a new track experience like no other thanks to an added sand section, a split-lane rally towel section just before the finish line and a recent reversal in the direction to go along with a few more minor changes, so we can expect to see Glen Helen like we've never seen it before.

Yamalube/Star Racing/Yamaha's Mitchell Harrison is set to contend the pro classes this weekend.

Yamalube/Star Racing/Yamaha’s Mitchell Harrison is set to contend the pro classes this weekend.

One of the more exciting aspects of this weekend is the expected talent. Last year’s race saw a massive turnout of riders, and we're expecting even more this weekend along with a wider range of class favorites. Just to name a few, Yamalube/Star Racing/Yamaha young gun Mitchell Harrison is set to contest the pro classes after wrapping up his rookie Supercross season last weekend, as well as Braden O'Neal, Tyler Rosa and a host of other So-Cal racers will go to battle in the intense intermediate classes. As for the ever-exciting Supermini class, you can expect to see KTM ripper Jo Shimoda towards the front of the pack, as the young Japanese racer rounds out his final year aboard minis.

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2015 TWMX Trans AM Vet Pro winner Mike Sleeter is ready to defend his title at Glen Helen Raceway.

This weekend will be filled with tons of giveaways for the overall class winners thanks to the TWMX Trans Am sponsors. Here's a breakdown of the giveaways:

  • Nihilo Concepts: Custom clutch covers to the 85cc overall class winners.
  • Shot Race Gear: A complete set of gear (pants, jersey and gloves) to the top finishers in the following classes: 25+ Novice, 30+ Novice, 40+ Novice, 50+ Novice, 65cc Novice/Beg, 85/150F Novice/Beg, 125-450 Sportsman Novice, 250F Novice and 450F Novice.
  • Bell Helmets: Custom 500 Vintage Light helmets will be given to the overall winners of 65cc 6-8yrs, 65cc 9-11yrs, 85/150F 9-11yrs, 85/150F 12-13yrs, 85/150F 14-16yrs, Supermini, 250F Novice, 450F Novice, 250F Intermediate, 450F Intermediate, 250F Pro, 450F Pro, 30+ Pro, Schoolboy (Thru 17) and Pee Wee Open. Pee Wee Open winner will receive a Beam Designs Replica Moto-9 Flex helmet (size small).
  • Specialized Bikes: Winners of Pee Wee 4-6yrs and Pee Wee 7-8yrs will receive a Specialized 20" Rip Rock MTB, and the winner of 65cc 6-8yrs and 65cc 9-11yrs will receive a 24" Rip Rock MTB. Specialized will also have bike demos and a pump-track built for anyone looking to keep the fun rolling in between motos.

ATTENTION YAMAHA RIDERS: As an added feature to the TWMX Trans Am presented by MTA Distributing, Thousand Oaks Yamaha will be in attendance with their full support rig, professional mechanics and parts to keep YZ riders at the front of the pack! OEM parts will be available for purchase at deep discounts, as well as new bikes at discounted prices.

We hope you'll join us this weekend at Glen Helen Raceway for another fun-filled weekend of racing, and for you pros looking to get in some extra seat-time for the upcoming national, CLICK HERE to register for the TWMX Trans-Am presented by MTA Distributing. See you Friday!

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Let the good times roll!