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!
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.
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!
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 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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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).
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!
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!
MXA announced the full Red Bull/Lucas Oil AMA National Track would be available for AMA licensed pros from 1 to 2pm on the Thursday practice day. Naturally, the iMOTO crew had to be there to shoot some photos, and we brought along Chilzone! Chilzone shoots amazing photos, so it is always a pleasure to work with him at any photo shoot! Between the two of us, we put together a full gallery that is available at motophotollc.com in the Glen Helen events section.
We will post up quite a few samples here for your viewing. Suffice to say the track was fantastic. . . totally suited to pro-level riders. The National is shaping up to be quite the event, so be sure to go to glenhelen.com and get your tickets. Tickets are also available at selected Yamaha dealers throughout Southern California (get the dealer names at glenhelen.com).
We expect quite a few pros will be at the REM race tomorrow to take advantage of Frank’s 30 minute Pro motos. It will be a great opportunity to see fast AMA pros in action!
Chilzone will be making an appearance tomorrow at REM, and will have his trusty Nikon with him. No doubt a new Chilson/MotoPhoto LLC gallery will be going up on the website by Tuesday.
Thanks for checking our our images, and check back for the REM gallery early next week!
We will start this update out with a newsflash! Eventually all riders bail. It is a fact of life. However, some riders seem NEVER to fall. . . maybe it is karma, maybe talent, but whatever the reason, when one of those riders goes down, it is a huge surprise. Take Kevin Barda as an example. I have known and watched (and photographed) Bardaman (aka TrainerMan) for quite a few years. He does not lack in the area of confidence or talent, so the below photo was quite a suprise!
As unusual as it was to see Barda on the ground, the ensuing scenario turned into a “Laugh-in” (for those who were around in the 60′s) moment, as when Kev jumped up to remount his steed, the mighty Suzy pitched him over the opposite side and he was on the ground again!
I should have taken more sequential photos of this event, but I was both shocked and laughing (only because I knew Kev did not go down hard enough to be injured) so much my shutter finger became frozen!
Eventually Kev finally pulled the uncoopeative Suzy upright and continued on his way to another great moto. It is always a pleasure to watch the BardaMan ride, and his attitude and enthusiasm for our sport is always over the top! Nice ride, Kev!
REM is always a blast. Be sure to check out the REM Report posted up on the MXA website every week REM has an event. The MXA Crew and photographers always has a great writeup summarizing the highlights of REM. Good stuff! You can find it at motocrossactionmag.com.
RacerRay has been attending REM as of late, along with a couple of other SoCal OTMX riders Phil Cruz and Chucky Cook. Ray and Chucky have this ongoing personal battle each week they are both at REM. It seems they have this ugly trophy that changes back and forth between them, with whomever finishes the highest overall for the day has to take the trophy home. It seems the wives don’t like (or want) to see this trophy, so it is pretty funny to see and hear these guys talk smack about this “prize.” We will try to get a shot of this trophy for a future update!
Phil Cruz, the esteemed owner/operator of the renown ProRide.com website, also frequents the REM races as often as possible. Phil is a super nice person, and it is a little known fact that Phil was one of the major influences that motovated me to take up motocross photography. It is a lot of fun to shoot images of Phil, as he somehow never expects to find himself in the limelight!
This coming weekend is Mother’s Day. . . thought a reminder is in order for anyone who has not been paying attention to the little woman in their lives! Flowers and chocolates are always good, but don’t forget the Mother’s Day card while you are prepping for the weekend. REM is back at it on Saturday, and Frank has promised a longer course, but without the tight switchback corners. It will be interesting to see how he manages that! On the 11th (Mother’s Day), SRA is running a GP. Most of their classes run early, so riders should be home in plenty of time to take care of Mom!
Thursday we will be going out to “The Glen” to check out the preliminary progress on getting the track/facility ready for the upcoming Red Bull AMA National (Saturday, May 24th). We will do another update with some photos to give everyone a preview. Also coming is the Yamaha Spring Series (opening round is Sunday May 12th–the day after the AMA National. This will be the only race that will use the full Red Bull National Track, so if you want to ride the same track as your pro heroes, the Yamaha Spring Series round 1 will be your only chance!
That’s it for now. . . have a great Mother’s Day weekend!
The iMOTO crew has been away from the race promotion arena for a few weeks, but not away from the tracks! This Sunday found both Kurt Sofka, Jr. and Owin Wright at the SRA race, with Sofka riding the MotoPhotoLLC KTM 250Sx. . . the same bike Gary Jones rode to victory at the recent MTA 2-Stroke National Championships!
The track was a very nicely laid-out GP course, using both MX tracks, the Lucas Oil Off-Road Track, some single-track as well as the entire Yamaha Hill downhill. Much of the course utilized what will be part of the AMA National track (coming May 24th). The iMOTO crew attended the first two races before heading home to clean and prep their bikes.
Sofka, Jr. finished 4th overall in the Super Senior 50 class. . . a great ride! Mike Baker took the win, with other notables George Andrews (10th), Tom Ernsdorf (24th), Chuck Ramsey (44th), Mark Moore (45th) and Owin (47th). This class was two riders short of 50 participants!
Photos of races one and two have been uploaded to MotoPhotoLLC.com for viewing. SRA GPs are great events to ride. They are both competitive and fun, and the Glen Helen track crew does a great job of providing a fun yet very challenging GP course.
June 1st will mark the return of iMOTO racing at Glen Helen. iMOTO will be on the REM Track, with classes for all racers of all ages. In the meanwhile, REM will be hosting events each Saturday in May (except the AMA National weekend), and TWMX will be at The Glen on May 4th. The Sunday after the AMA Pro National will host the Yamaha Spring Series opener on the National Track. iMOTO will be at many of those events, and will bring info and photos in future iMOTOmx.com updates! See you at The Glen!