This past weekend, the world motocross racing series returned to the United States for the first-time in four years. Southern California’s Glen Helen Raceway was the chosen venue for the season finale, putting the wraps on a arduous 18-round series that begin seven months ago in Qatar. Here are some of our favorite photos from the event. For the results check out the MXGP website.
SoCal’s own Josh Grant put in a solid pair of motos at Glen Helen recoding a 3-1 finish. His Moto 2 win was even more impressive considering he hurt his ankle in the first race. Grant rode for the U.S. factory Kawasaki team after Chad Reed’s TwoTwo Motorsports team announced it was closing earlier this summer.
The Troy Lee Designs KTM team of Jesse Nelson and Shane McElrath blitzed the MX2 field at Glen Helen with Nelson recording two wins and and McElrath finishing 2-3. Though to be fair, the European contingent of 250-class riders was smaller than normal due to travel and it being the final race of the season.
Monster Girls. Everybody loves ‘em. The MXGP season finale at Glen Helen was sponsored by the energy drink company.
Despite having never turned a wheel on American soil, early 2015 MXGP title winner, Romain Febvre won Moto 1 over Cooper Webb and Josh Grant.
Many of the European riders in the MX2 class had a difficult time acclimating to the extreme late summer SoCal heat with the thermometer hovering past 100-degrees on both Saturday and Sunday.
“It’s been a crazy year with all the ups and downs, rides and no rides, happy to end on this feeling,” Grant posted on his Instagram. The 29-year-old racer is still looking for a full-time ride for 2016.
After getting hurt early in the MXGP season, four-time Supercross champ Ryan Villopoto said goodbye to the MXGP paddock at Glen Helen over the weekend.
MX2 World Champ and former AMA Supercross / Motocross racer Tyla Rattray called it a career at Glen Helen. The 29-year-old from South Africa announced his intended retirement earlier this summer.
A second place finish in Moto 2 gave 2015 MXGP Champ Romain Febvre credit for the overall in his first race in America.
The U.S. factory Kawasaki racing team pulled out all the stops at Glen Helen supporting its European counterparts for the MXGP season finale.