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TWMXRS Terra Firma Series | Round Four | Glen Helen Raceway
Another exciting weekend of racing is in the books, as the TransWorld Race Series invaded the confines of Glen Helen Raceway for round four of the 2017 Terra Firma Series. The San Bernardino County racetrack is world renowned, and considered by most to be one of the toughest places to ride – especially on race day – so a win in any class is well earned.
Nearly 600 riders flooded Glen Helen’s parking lot, prepped and ready for battle at the penultimate round, and soon after the action on the track was at an all time high, as the Terra Firma Series championship nears its final round. One rider, though, that experienced a bit of adversity during the early morning practice sessions was Thomas Dunn, as the 16 year old experienced possibly one of the scariest things that could happen to a dirt bike rider. Dunn and another rider approached Glen Helen’s sand section when their lines met over the face of the entrance jump resulting in a scary crash where Dunn had ultimately been landed on. The Highland, CA resident quickly jumped to his feet in disbelief after the incident, and surprisingly enough sustained no injuries, save for a sore arm and wrist. Following the crash, the #72 Yamaha rider was able to go about his race day as if the accident never occurred, and went on to rack up multiple top five finishes throughout the day. Dunn was even chosen for the “SPY Breakaway Rider” after overcoming the scary moment and logging consistent results. Congrats, Thomas!
One of the largest and most competitive classes in the lineup was Open 85-150F/Supermini, as it held a total of 24 riders on the starting gate. Amsoil/Factory Connection/Honda young gun Carson Mumford was the top dog amongst the stacked group of racers, and he proved it by taking both moto wins for the overall, as well as a second overall in 125cc Open.
Tyson Johnson is one of those riders that you have to see for yourself in action because nobody should be able to go that fast on a 125 two-stroke. The #13 has been a staple at the front of the pack since the Terra Firma Series kicked off, and he lived up to that reputation again with another overall victory in 125cc Open. Johnson even threw his hat into the 250F Intermediate ring and came out with a third place podium finish.
Just last week, Team Green’s Dilan Schwartz made the transition from Superminis to big bikes, and after only a few days in the saddle the #74 decided to line up for his first race as an Intermediate. Schwartz’s freshman race was a success in that he wrapped up a two moto sweep for the overall in 250F Intermediate, and he even went on to repeat those results in Schoolboy for another first place trophy.
TransWorld Motocross test pilot Tallon LaFountaine was in attendance at round four, and logged some of the most impressive results of the day ultimately going undefeated. LaFountaine accumulated four moto wins for overalls in Pro 450F and Pro-Open, but it didn’t come easy, as TWMXRS regular Sean Lipanovich gave the #149 of LaFountaine everything he could handle before the checkered flag flew.
We would like to thank everyone that made it out to Glen Helen Raceway for the fourth round of the TWMXRS Terra Firma Series, presented by SPY, and we look forward to seeing you all again at the series finale, which is set to be held at Milestone MX on September 10th. See ya there!
Races 5 and 12 on the Amateur track were missed due to an equipment malfunction. Our apologies!
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