Outdoor Motocross Racing is Back
Monday, May 25, 2009
Glen Helen Raceway was jam packed for Round 1 of the 2009 Lucas Oils AMA Pro Motocross Championship.
Professional outdoor motocross racing is back in a big way. This weekend marked the start of the 2009 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship which took place at Glen Helen Raceway in Southern California.
One of the coolest features of this year’s series is that a race weekend has been cut down from two days to just one with practice and the races being condensed into just one day. Although the new format is sure to run a bit behind sometimes, for the most part everyone really dug the new format and enjoyed being able to see everything in a single day.
Even better is the stacked rider field in both the 250 and 450 classes. Although the competition is more fierce in 250s, the big bike scene proved to be pretty darn good. Who expected JGR’s Yamaha’s Josh Grant to do so good in both races? Rockstar Suzuki’s Chad Reed also impressed. Although he didn’t get the best start in either moto he charged through the field in customary Chad Reed style. How good would he have done if he could only launch his bike like holeshot wizard Mike Alessi?
I was also surprised by how many people showed up to the race. And despite the heavy turnout getting around Glen Helen was easy (as long as you don’t mind a little hiking) and the track workers didn’t even harass when you hopped over fences and ran up and down the racetrack between motos to get to those secret viewing spots.
If you’ve never been to an outdoor motocross race, without a doubt this will be the year as the racing is for sure to be gnarly plus the more fan friendly format will keep antsy spectators like me on their toes.
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