The FIM World Motocross Championship returns to Southern California’s Glen Helen Raceway this weekend for Round 3 of MX1 and MX2 Action. Of Course, a crew from MotoUSA will be on the scene bringing you race results and behind the scenes details. Last year’s USGP was a hit with fans and racers alike and this year the action should be even better. The track builders have constructed a new layout for 2011 adding some new sections to the iconic features of the Talladega Turn, Mt. St. Helen and Yamaha Hill.
The USGP is unique in that it is smack-dab in the middle of the epicenter of professional motocross and held in between the last AMA Supercross and first Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross. That makes it a temping warm up for privateers and even some factory racers. If the temptation wasn’t enough already, the South Pointe Hotel Casino has ponied up $100,000 to any American that takes the MX1 overall on Sunday. With the deadline for entries closing just minutes ago, we will have to see tomorrow morning if any wild cards took the bait.
In the MX1 class Antonio Cairoli is fiercely defending his 2010 Championship, but as it sits Yamaha’s Steve Frossard is holding down the point lead while the Italian champ sits in fourth. However, don’t count the KTM rider out as he won the USGP last year, and loves to race in the states. But so does the MX Panda aka Clement Desalle, who put a whipping on almost the whole American 450 class at Unadilla last year. Then throw Max Nagl in the mix and you’ve got one heck of a race.
KTM’s Ken Roczen comes into the USGP with the red number plate in the MX2 class. Will Marvin Musquin be able to hang with the ultra-fast German?
In the MX2 class, teen-phenom Ken Roczen is coming in to Glen Helen leading the series after two rounds and still fresh off the last round of the AMA Supercross. Making his return to completion after recuperating from a blown-out knee is Roczen’s longtime rival, Marvin Musquin. Musquin is the reigning MX2 champ and the defending USGP MX2 overall winner, so it should be interesting to see these two get together on the track once again.
Check in tomorrow as we will be posting right from the track with practice and qualifying updates as well as gossip and action from the pits. It’s time to clean the cameras and break out the sunscreen, motocross in back in session in the US of A!