USGP Motocross at Glen Helen Notes
Thursday, June 3, 2010
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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