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USGP Motocross at Glen Helen Notes

Thursday, June 3, 2010
Tony Cairoli put all doubts to rest in the Europe vs. America  350 vs. 450 debates. The Italian was phenomenal as he stretched his points lead in the MX1 championship standings.
Clement Desalle: I had a bad start and must improve on that tomorrow. I was in 11th and came back to fifth which was a good job  but then I lost the front wheel on the last lap going up the mountain. It was unbelievable; a stupid mistake. The track is very fast and very physical  so I hope it might be a bit more technical tomorrow.
Marvin Musquin of France took the win easily during the qualifier at Glen Helen  taking first by almost 8 seconds over Kawasakis Jeremy van Horebeek.
I just wanted to drop a note about how awesome this weekend’s USGP was at Glen Helen Raceway. Read the results in the 2010 FIM Motocross USGP MX1 Results and 2010 FIM Motocross USGP MX2 Results. Everything from the track, to the pits, and even the schedule of the day’s events, it was all first-class and at level unlike any other off-road race I’ve ever attended.
 
In all of my years of riding and attending races at Glen Helen I had never seen the track in better condition than it was this past weekend. It was unreal how perfect the dirt was which is even more impressive considering how hot and dry the weather was. Equally as awesome was the long layout which offered a bit of everything. From massive jumps, fifth gear pinned downhills, technical rhythm sections, and banked, off-camber turns the track had to be a rider’s dream come true. I only wish I had the chance to spin some laps on it before it gets bulldozed back to normal.

I was also impressed with how everything was organized inside the track. From the pits to the vendor row it was also easy to navigate. I also really appreciated the network of tunnels and access walkways that allowed you to watch racing action up close at angles that would be impossible to capture on camera. Parking wasn’t at all an issue and entering and exiting the track was simple as well. Obviously, the lack luster attendance made it easier to move around but nonetheless it was still excellent.

It was also really cool to be able to see how some of the European’s ride as compared to their American counterparts. I remember Mike Alessi telling me how smooth Tony Cairoli rode in an interview I did with him in April. And within seconds of spotting No. 222 on track it became immediately apparent. It really does seem like he rode in a higher gear many of the other riders—especially the Americans thereby allowing him to carry a bit more momentum which reduces the need for herky-jerky throttle and brake application that can unsettle the bike’s chassis. Sure it didn’t look quite as exciting as some of the other riders who tend to manhandle their machines more yet it was still interesting to watch.

It was also surprisingly how much quieter the euro-spec bikes run as compared to the American bikes. I always get annoyed by the relatively lax sound decibel limits in the AMA Motocross scene so it was nice to enjoy a race outside without having to worry about going deaf.

Overall it was an outstanding event and it was a shame more people didn’t show up to witness what a real dirt bike race looks like.

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Larry -Media Guy June 4, 2010 01:43 PM
Well hopefully the next USGP will be after the US Nationals so the Americans can come out to play (and according to the FIM, that's the plan). It's not the USGP's fault the Americans (other than Alessi) wouldn't ride. The factories were "afraid" of their riders getting hurt and then wouldn't be able to content in the US Nationals. Great first event, next one should be much better racing wise. In a way, this was a good way for Bud and the crews to get the experience of a USGP without being overwhelmed.
Jay -wtf June 4, 2010 09:42 AM
So the Euros ride a perfectly groomed track and there bikes sound like 50's. Really nice bash on the U.S. Just move over seas and you won't have to listen to our loud bikes and see our rough tracks no more you will also have better hot dog stands. I always thought motocross was a mans sport guess some have other ideas.
Robby -what americans are you comparing besides allessi June 3, 2010 04:16 PM
glen helen always had the tunnels ,the track was too smooth except for the massive jump the down hills were smaller ,no whoop to say and for parking a regional race had more fans only a few thousand people showed up . About comparing them to americans we only alessi there not :grant, steward,canard,short,villopoto,tedesco,barcia,milsaps,ferry,windham,wharton,metcalfe ,stope,hill,iz. so i don't know whom your comparing to whom ,I will say marvin maquin was fast, but without any top american to race ? is how fast