2017 Glen Helen MX | Monday Kickstart

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What a weekend. The 2017 Glen Helen MX, the second round of the 2017 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, will go down as one of the most interesting and unpredictable races of the year as many riders in both classes failed to log consistent finishes over the course of their motos. We hit the pits in full force for this week’s Kickstart, so get to reading…

– Who could have expected the number of issues riders and teams experienced in the second round? From crashes to mechanical failures, there was no easy way to get through the day at Glen Helen. Will this continue through the summer or was this a one-time thing?

– Mitch Payton told the television crew that a recent part change might be to blame for the rash of DNFs for the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team, and the mood under the awning at the end of the day was just like one would expect.

– Want to know how close the pace of the RCH teammates was in moto two? Broc Tickle’s best lap was a 2:26.620 while Justin Bogle put in a 2:26.610.

– Aaron Plessinger had a hard spill in the second moto and we were surprised to see the Yamalube/Star Racing/Yamaha rider pop back up and finish the race. We know that his shoulders have taken a beating over the last two months and this hit certainly didn’t help.

– Christain Craig will undergo surgery today (Monday) to plate and repair the boxer fracture he suffered in a second moto crash, which will sideline him for at least a few weeks.

– Entry to the 250 class was light again at Glen Helen, with only forty-two riders signing up. This number should pick up when the series heads East, but if it doesn’t, well there will be some cause for concern.

– It was strange to see Eli Tomac’s front wheel lock up again and the issue was very, very similar to what happened a few months ago in Arlington. Don’t be surprised to see something change on his Monster Energy Kawasaki sometime soon.

– You know what’s more surprising about Heath Harrison’s 21-13 finishes on the day? They came after he mistimed the big finish line triple and crashed very hard in the morning practice session.

– Rundown of manufacturers by class

250 Class

Yamaha - 19
Kawasaki - 7
Honda - 7
KTM - 4
Husqvarna - 2
Suzuki - 1

450 Class

Honda - 9
Suzuki - 7
Kawasaki - 7
Yamaha - 7
KTM - 5
Husqvarna - 5

– Seven bikes for Suzuki in the 450 class, four of which were in the top-twenty. Not bad for an “outdated” bike. Now, as for the lone yellow machine in the 250 class…