iMOTO Cancels Remaining 2014 Races

Kurt Sofka Jr., the driving force behind iMOTOmx, has announced the cancellation of the remaining three iMOTO races for 2014. “I want to thank the iMOTO riders for supporting our races this year. I also want to send a special thanks to Lori and the Glen Helen staff for their support and assistance, and to Dr. Feldkamp for his support. At this time, it is not feasible to continue the iMOTO series. We will take stock and determine what will come for 2015!”

In the meanwhile, we will continue to keep the iMOTOmx.com website active. We will blog on various events including Glen Helen events, REM, SRA, and the occasional SoCal OTMX events. We have had a very busy last three weeks with OctoberCross (REM), the Dubya World Vet Championships, Tom White’s AMA Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies, and back to REM last Saturday. Over that time, we have had over 4,000 photos taken of all these events. The OctoberCross, REM (November 8th), and the Dubya World Vet images have been processed and posted at motophotollc.com.

Speaking of MotoPhotollc.com, we have reorganized the categories. REM now has a separate category; the iMOTO galleries have been moved into a revised SoCal/iMOTO archived events category. Glen Helen’s category continues (with all Glen Helen events except REM), and SoCal has a 2014 category for those events covered this year. Mark Chilson’s SoCal International images are located in this category.

The 40 Pro podium at Saturday’s Dubya World Vet Championships!

Dr. D (Doug Dubach) again won the 40 Pro Championship!

Sunday’s 30 Pro race podium! Tom White is on the far left!

Travis Preston won the 30 Pro class for the second straight year. Mike Sleeter gave him a pretty good run moto 2 before Travis pulled away for the win.

We will post up a report on the next REM race early next week. Check back then!

iMOTO at REM September 6th!

A small but very enthusiastic group of riders met early in the morning at a beautifully clear day at Glen Helen Raceway to test their mettle against the always challenging and always rough REM track. The track was waiting for some knobby action; all that was needed to get exhaust pipes singing was some last-minute watering in a few dry spots. Once that was done, the track was primo, and remained so until the last 20 minute + one lap moto was complete!

Led by 50 Expert Craig Christian, #53, the pack enters the first turn in moto 1.

Vernon Herring ran his Kawi 125–the only small bore bike on hand!

Steve Johnston brought his style to the show. He finished second in the 55 Novice class!

Alan Kent was one of two 60+ riders on the track! He took the 60 expert class

Glen Helen’s own Mark Moore came out to play. He won the 50 Intermediate class!

Michael Sorensen was the most stylish of all the riders, with huge jumps and great body position! He won the 250 Novice class.

Marty Highland brought out his totally trick Beta to ride iMOTO. He took the 40 Novice class!

Craig Christian took the 50 Expert class over iMOTO’s Kurt Sofka, Jr., in two inspired rides!

Kurt Sofka Jr. had a great time, even showing some ‘goon’ moves on a few laps!

Kenny Sorensen demonstrated fine style over the straight tabletop on his way to the 50 Novice win.

Alfonso Ruiz won the 30 Novice class ; he was on the gas both motos!

Michael Mosca won the 55 Novice class with two inspired rides. . . he rode as great as he looked in his Alias gear and 6D helmet!

The next iMOTO race will held on the Glen Helen National Track on November 9th, the week after the Dubya World Vet Nationals! It will be round two of the iMOTO at “The Glen” 4-Race Mini-Series. Speaking of the Dubya World Vet Nationals (presented by MTA), we will have comments and information about  that event in upcoming blogs. Limited space is available in the World Vet program, and this year there will be a formal, expanded Vendor’s Row as well as evening activities on Friday and Saturday night for riders and spectators! Check back for more detailed information!

 

 

 

 

 

iMOTOmx at the Glen Sunday!

iMOTO will be on the REM track this Sunday! It will be a busy day at The Glen, with CalVMX holding events on the National track, including the 40th anniversary of WMX in the Southland, and Lucas Oil Truck events in the Lucas Oil Stadium. iMOTO signups will commence around 7:30, with practice around 8 followed by some fun racing. $10 Glen Helen gate fee, and $35 entry. No membership required for iMOTO events! There are many choices for racing this weekend; we hope you choose the relaxed atmosphere of iMOTOmx!

REM will hold its last event of the Summer Series Saturday, which will also be a very busy day at Glen Helen. CalVMX will be on the National track (their event is a two-day affair!), and Lucas Oil will begin setups for afternoon/night racing at the stadium.

Hope to see everyone Sunday at the REM track for some iMOTOmx action!

 

iMOTO Glen Helen 4-Race Mini Series Begins September 7th!

iMOTO Mini Series

Kurt Sofka Jr.’s iMOTOmx.com is back with a four race mini series at Glen Helen Raceway! This series will be run on both the REM track as well as the Glen Helen National track. Individual awards will be presented for each event, as well as series championship awards (riders must ride three of four events to qualify for series championship awards). No membership is required to race iMOTOmx events. Entry is $35; riders may ride a second class for $20. Signups begin at 7:30am, with practice around 8:15. Racing starts right after the riders’ meeting. This will be a fun, low-key series with lots of seat time and great series awards! We hope to see you at all four rounds!

August 15th Update

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It has been a while since we have posted an update blog here at iMOTOmx. Our website was down for a couple of days (normal maintenance), but all is well and we are back up and running. We are still waiting for information on the Glen Helen National Track 4-Race iMOTO series, and will be passing that information along as soon as it is received. In the meantime, the iMOTOmx crew has been busy with mountain bike training! Randy, Owin, Dan and Kurt have been hitting the Fullerton Loop on a regular basis, and are pedaling their way into shape! It seems Sofka, Jr. took a big header a few weeks ago and broke a couple of ribs. Kurt is a tough cookie, though, and did not miss a day of work. He was back at his training a couple of weeks later, getting ready for the Vegas to Reno Best in the Desert race which is this weekend.

REM has continued to run their weekly events, with Frank doing his usual stellar job. iMOTOmx encourages all you motocrossers to get to Glen Helen on any given Saturday to check out this, the longest running MX series in the nation! 

SRA continues to offer its monthly Grand Prix event.  The next scheduled SRA GP will be Sunday, August 24th. Check out the SRA website for classes and times! The GP tracks at Glen Helen are always a lot of fun, and often you can ride two classes, making it like two 45 minute motos!

Initial preparations are beginning for the 30th Annual World Vet Championships, which will be run at Glen Helen (of course!). This year the event’s title sponsor is DubyaUSA (All Things Wheel!) MTA continues their involvement as the presenting sponsor. Kristin and John, over at Dubya, are really excited about this new partnership with Glen Helen, and are already active in promoting this event. The high level of competetion will continue for the riders, and a new, expanded emphasis on the spectator experience will be evident in this year’s event. Tom White and Bud Feldkamp will continue to present the annual Edison Dye Lifetime Motocross Achievement Award. This year’s recipient is none other than Chuck “Feets” Minert, the BSA legend. Both Doug Dubach in the 40 Pro class (although he is now in his 50’s), and Travis Preston in the 30 Pro class will be returning to defend their titles. This all goes down the weekend of November 1st (with special practice sessions for entered riders on October 31st). Entries are open and may be completed online at glenhelen.com.

Doug Dubach: 2013 40 Pro Champ

Travis Preston: 2013 30 Pro Champ!

Check back soon. . . hopefully we will have information up on the iMOTO Glen Helen National Track Series. In the meantime, get your bike out and get your moto on!

 

 

 

 

 

July 18th Update!

It has been a while since iMOTOmx.com has posted updates. As everyone knows, iMOTOmx has been on hiatus for a time due to the conversion of the Glen Helen StadiumX Track to the new Glen Helen BMX Track. As soon as we receive information on the new BMX programs we will post it up! BMX will be a great addition to the Glen Helen off-road menu, and will also be a fantastic source for future motocrossers as well!

The iMOTO staff is currently working on a possible 4-race outdoor series on the Glen Helen National Track. As soon as details are finalized, announcements will be made as well as a new iMOTO flyer reflecting the series. Tentative dates, if this series comes to fruition, will be September 7th, November 9th, November 16th and December 21st. Check back for an update on this series!

This coming weekend has a number of great events to choose from, including REM on Saturday, SRA GPs on Sunday (with the OTHG having a separate GP as part of the show), and OTMX running Sunday as well at CompEdge on the Hillside Track. Our CompEdge expert, Greg Preston, reports that the Hillside Track has been updated with some changes to make the track longer, and the start has also been lengthened. It should make for some fun laps. SRA grand prixs are always a hoot, and this Sunday’s event should be more of the same. Of course everyone knows how fantastic REM is–the longest continuous race series in motocross history always is fun to ride, not to mention the competition is the best around. If you have not raced with REM, you owe it to yourself to give it a try! Frank also changes up the track every few weeks to keep the racing fresh!

Milestone has also revamped their main and vet tracks during this past week. We will try to get out there on Tuesday to check out the changes. OTMX still has three night series races, of which two will be on the Milestone Vet Track (the third being at Perris). For more info on the OTMX Night Series, you can visit socalotmx.org.

That’s about it for now. . . check back as we will have more info on the tentative iMOTOmx Glen Helen Series soon! No doubt it will shape up to be one of the best 4-race series of the year! Have a super weekend, and keep the rubber side down (except when executing those awesome whips!).

 

iMOTOmx Schedule Changes; Night Series Cancelled!

iMOTOmx is announcing the cancellation of the Friday night Stadiumcross Series. The stadium cross track is in the process of being converted to a brand new BMX facility–a very welcome and natural expansion for Glen Helen Raceway Park. iMOTOmx has four National Track races scheduled during the months of September through December; more information will be posted up with the details of those upcoming special events! Stay tuned and check back!

Images from iMOTOmx on the National Track earlier this year!

Glen Helen to close ArenaCross Track; Open BMX Facility!

Big news from Glen Helen. . . USA BMX (the American Bicycle Association) has teamed up with Glen Helen Raceway and will be building  a full-scale BMX track for both competition and BMX practice days. The new track, being built as we type this, is replacing the Glen Helen StadiumX track. Lori Bryant, Glen Helen Track Manager, will be working with Mike Redmen from the Lake Perris BMX organization; Mike will be the BMX track manager for Glen Helen. The new BMX facility will use the stadiums lighting, providing for night events as well.

This collaboration is a natural. BMX has always been a springboard to motocross. Having a BMX track at the world-famous Glen Helen Raceway Park adds an addition dimension to the facility, as it now will host BMX as well as rc controlled vehicles, motocross (on both the National and REM tracks), trucks, cars, buggies and quads (the Lucas Oil Off Road track), hill climbs, enduros and grand prix events. BMX rounds out the full complement of off-road activities available at Glen Helen Raceway Park!

The track is expected to be completed within the next six weeks. We will post up information about hours of operation and events as they are finalized! It is projected that practice days will be Fridays and Saturday evenings. To get a great feel for USA BMX, we encourage you to visit usabmx.com on the Internet!

Check back with iMOTOmx.com or view the Glen Helen Facebook page for upcoming information on the Glen Helen/BMX USA project!

Glen Helen Aftermath: May 28th!

Last week was a hectic, but fun, series of events, all related to the Lucas Oil/Red Bull AMA National at Glen Helen. We were at the track Wednesday through Sunday monitoring the progress of both the facility and the riders as the pros worked their way to the big event on Saturday, the National,  and the amateurs working their way to the Sunday event, the opening round of the Yamaha Spring Series (and AMA amateur day). Thursday, May 15th was the first test of the Jody Weisel-designed layout. The regular Thursday Glen Helen practice day had a modified National Track open for practice for all riders. It was very well attended! From 1pm to 2:30 pm, the full National Track was opened for the benefit of AMA pro licensed riders. It was amazing to watch these talented riders strut their stuff. A few relatively minor changes were outlined, and the track was shut down for modifications. The following day was the Racer X Pro Ride Day, and it would provide full sessions of track time on the finalized National Track. We were there to photograph this track day.

Davey Coombs was all smiles when talking about the partnership with Bud Feldkamp and Glen Helen, and the awesome Weisel-designed track!

Ryan Dungey getting prepared for track time at the Racer X Pro Ride Day

Troy Lee’s Cole Seely was one of the first on the track

Just about all the heavy hitters took part in the Pro Ride Day. The factory and major-team semis were on hand, and many of the vendors had already started their preparations and setups for the 24th.

Marvin Musquin was prepping for his return to pro-level racing after recovering from injuries

James Stewart and the Yosh Team was out testing bike settings.

Darryn Durham looked good, but later had a practice crash that would prevent him from racing the first few rounds of the Nationals

Thursday, May 22nd brought the event press day. Once again, the Pro riders would have two practice sessions as well as a press conference for selected riders.  Ryan Dungey, James Stewart,  Chad Reed, Justin Barcia, Ken Roczen, Josh Grant, and Brett Mecalfe all participated in a question/answer session in the Media Tent.

Josh Grant of the JGR Yamaha Team looked great all week!

Stewie, Dungey and Reed at the press conference

Kenny Roczen is always a great interview as well as a threat to win races

After the press conference the riders took to the track once again. They would have two sessions to finalize their settings are be ready for Saturday’s event. It was a pleasure walking the pits to check out the machines in a relaxed environment!

Chad and company just before the first practice session

Saturday’s National was a huge success, with an estimated 29,000 specters in attendance. The racing was fantastic. . . we refer you to the MXA website for race coverage. Two full galleries of photos from the event are posted up on the motophotollc.com website. . . one outstanding gallery by Chilzone, and one by the MotoPhoto staff. We hope you have time to check them out!

The start of moto 1 of the 450 National, with Josh Grant pulling the holeshot!

The Glen Helen facility never looked better! The Glen’s staff and MXA Sports did an outstanding job prepping for the National.

Trey Canard on one of the Mt. St. Helen’s step up jumps!

Ryan Dungey took the overall, with teammate Kenny Roczen second, and Trey Canard filling out the podium. What a great day!

Jeremy Martin came to race. He dominated both motos of the 250 class with speed and style!

Sunday brought the opening round of the Yamaha Spring Series. The National Track was slightly modified (the double step up jumps and the back canyon section were eliminated, making for a slightly safer track with lower lap times for the amateur racers). Lori Bryant was rewarded with a very large turnout! A smooth, efficient day of racing was provided by the great Glen Helen staff. A full gallery of rider photos from the opening day of the Yamaha Spring Series is posted up at motophotollc.com; below are a few samples:

Frank Thomason’s REM events will resume this Saturday. The REM Track will be under restoration, so this week’s REM event will be on the modified National Track. It should be a hoot! The iMOTO crew will be there to take photos as well as line up on the gate(s)! Sunday the Yamaha Spring Series will bring Round Two, also on the modified National Track. We will be at that event as well (hopefully racing as well as taking more rider images). Check out motophotollc.com around Tuesday for galleries of those two events, and check back right here at iMOTOmx.com for weekend summary! See you then!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Racer X Pro Practice Day 5-16-14

The opening round of the Red Bull/Lucas Oil AMA Pro outdoor nationals is fast approaching! Next Saturday, to be exact! Glen Helen’s (and MX Sports’s) crews have been working hard to prepare the facility for this epic event! The MotoPhoto LLC crew is in the process of obtaining photo credentials, so we will be on hand to procure images of the event! We attended the RacerX Pro Practice Day on Friday, and want to post up a few shots for your perusal.

Marvin Musquin will be making his comeback after his injury recovery!

Many of the top AMA pros were in attendance, spinning laps on the awesome Glen Helen National Track. Just about all the contenders were there (except James Stewart, who, word has it, was testing at Zaca Station).

Ivan Tedesco was sporting his new RCH ride and looking very comfy!

Dean Wilson will be on his ProCircuit 250. He looked very strong, turning some of the fastest laps of the day. Others who looked very quick were Josh Grant (who rode early and then left early), Ryan Dungey, Kenny Roczen, as well as the Troy Lee team. Weston Peick was also turning laps on his new outdoor ride (also from RCH).

Jason Anderson was also one of the fastest riders on this day. It looks like a possible great battle between Dean Wilson and Jason may be looming. Pourcel may possibly joint that duo as well!

Christophe Pourcel looked good, but he was practicing various sections and did not put in complete hot laps. He will be a contender!

Team Honda was in attendance, with both Trey and Justin turning fast laps. Both looked aggressive and focused!

The Red Bull KTM team brought Ryan Dungey, Marvin, and Kenny. All three looked very comfortable and very fast! This national is shaping up to be a must-see event! The best way will be to get some tickets and enjoy the live ambiance, and then get a repeat at home with your DVR!

One of the Honda boys from a unique angle!

Marvin Musquin on one of the downhills (photo has oil paint filter applied)

Mike Alessi looked pretty good on his Suzuki.

This Chilzone shot of Barcia shows the amazing height the riders are attaining on the back step up! Having 40 AMA Pros hit this jump together in the early laps will be an unbelievable sight!

Ed Fodish is attempting to qualify for the main show! Not bad for a 50+ rider who runs Old Timer events! Good luck, Ed! We hope everyone supports this event. Special thanks to Bud Feldkamp, Davey Coombs, and Tom White for making it all happen. Also special props to Lori Bryant and the Glen Helen Crew and the MX Sports staff! See you there!