The 2016 Terra Firma Race Series presented by SPY has officially concluded, as we wrapped up the final race of the five round series at the infamous Glen Helen Raceway. It was another hot one this weekend in San Bernardino County, but that’s what makes dirt bikes so much fun – the challenge. It should go without saying that the racetracks at Glen Helen got pretty rough, but thanks to the track crew and lots of water both racetracks held up surprisingly well throughout the day in spite of the dry conditions for another successful Sunday of racing at the TWMXRS.
It was another full house this weekend, as some of Southern California’s fastest racers headed for Glen Helen to do battle for championship points. Nearly 500 racers flooded the site of the 2017 Motocross of Nations, and amongst them were many new faces to the circuit, but one rider that’s no stranger to the TWMXRS that did exceptionally well was Tyler Nicholson. Tyler had an unfortunate crash at last year’s TWMX Trans Am presented by MTA at Glen Helen that left him with a broken arm, but he made his return to racing this weekend in 85cc 12-13yrs and Supermini to emerge on top of both classes with a total of three moto wins. The fact that Nicholson returned to Glen Helen after the injury for his first race back combined with his come from behind performances to win two overalls earned him the “SPY Breakaway Rider” award. Congrats and welcome back, Tyler!
This weekend’s races were filled with excitement from both on and off the track. 250 Intermediate saw two different moto winners in Yamaha riders Austin Burke and Carson Carr. Austin Burke scored a 1-3, but it wasn’t enough to surpass Cody Benacka’s 2-2 score for the overall. It was a different story in 450 Intermediate though, as Renton Minuto put on a clinic by taking both moto victories for the overall.
Schoolboy is another one of the more exciting classes thanks to its young entrants who aren’t scared to let it hang out on the racetrack. After also seeing two different moto winners, it was Kai Aiello (a recent newcomer to big bikes) who emerged the victor after some great racing with several past winners. Minuto wasn’t quite finished after 450 Intermediate though because when it was all said and done in Open (Non-Pro) the Yamaha ripper went 1-1 again for his second overall of the day.
The pro classes kept the crowd entertained this weekend as well, as Dominic Desimone and Sean Lipanovich went at it in 450 Pro. Lipanovich won the first moto, but was unable to do the same in moto two, which allowed Desimone to take the moto win and the overall with a 2-1 score. Pro-Open was another exciting class, as everyone was thrown into the mix again with the addition of TWMX test pilot Ryan Surratt. After two long motos under the hot So.Cal sun, it was the 51 of Surratt that came out on top with both moto wins for the overall.
Thanks to everyone that came out to Glen Helen and braved the heat with us again. It was another successful weekend of racing, and we look forward to seeing you all again at the opening round of the TWMX Fall Classic, which is set to take place at Milestone MX on September 25th. See ya there!