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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

AMA National Practice Day at Glen Helen 5/8/14

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!

May 7th Update and Coming Events!

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!

Lucas Oil MX 2014

That’s it for now. . . have a great Mother’s Day weekend!

April 29th Update!

iMOTO guru Kurt Sofka, Jr. ran the SRA GP on Sunday!

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!

A very large turnout was evident at the SRA GP; here is the start of row 2 of 5 in race one (all the rows were packed with riders!)

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.

Owin Wright at speed on his Honda

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!

Mark Moore came out to play; he retired early after a crash (he was unhurt!)

Race action at the SRA GP

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.

Sofka, Jr. in action at the SRA race!

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!

 

 

April 11 Update

Pete Vetrano, the original MotoMan, at the 2-Stroke Nationals!

Last weekend was spent at REM on Saturday and the MTA 2-Stroke Nationals on Sunday. Both events were a hoot, for sure. First, the REM track was the roughest track this humble, old, fat and slow guy has ever ridden. I was totally stoked just to ride to the flag in both motos. I was lapped by Gary Jones at least twice in 20 minutes!

4-Time National Champ Gary Jones with everybody’s favorite moto/artist Jon Ortner at REM. They did not mind the rough track!

Frank Thomason wanted a long track with extended lap times, and he achieved that goal! I am hoping the layout tomorrow will have a few less tight turns and flow a little faster. . . hopefully! Speaking of Gary Jones (who now works with Hinson in a major way), he handily won the 60 Expert class at the MTA 2-Stroke Championships on Sunday. Gary did the double with ease, winning REM and MTA.

Gary with the holeshot moto 1 on the MotoPhoto LLC KTM 250 Sx

iMOTO/MotoPhoto had a little stake in the MTA race, as we sponsored Gary Jones with a ride (the KTM 250 Sx). After adjusting the bike to his tastes, Gary smoked everyone with two fine rides. Two hole shots, wire to wire wins, and looking quite fresh after the second moto win, Gary is simply a great rider and a super nice person as well. It was a pleasure working with him on Sunday (and we would do it again anytime!).

Gary Jones and the author with the KTM that Jones rode to victory

Owin Wright appeared at the MTA race to spectate, and was drafted into the pit crew to help out with Gary’s day. Gary then had Owin do some maintenance/cleaning chores between practice and motos on Justin’s KTM (Justin being the very fast Pro son of Gary). Justin won the first moto in the Pro Class, but heartbreak set in when his black box malfunctioned with only a couple of laps to go in moto 2 (Justin had a huge lead at that time). Like his pops, Justin is a super nice guy on top of being a blazing fast rider.

Justin Jones inherited all his dad’s speed (and maybe more!)

Mark Chilzone also came out to both REM and the MTA race. Mark is a fine photographer, with many of his shots featured on the MXA website in the weekly REM report. Mark also has contributed many photos and numerous galleries to the motophotollc.com website.

A Chilzone shot of Sean Collier, who inherited the Pro win when Justin had ignition problems moto 2.

When Justin had his problem in moto 2, the door was opened for Sean Collier to repeat as pro champ for the second straight year. Colton Udall was in a position to win it all at that point, but had a bail and had to recover to take second on the podium. Dr. D, Doug Dubach, rode consistently (as he always does) to take third overall!

A Chilzone shot of Colton Udall, who recovered from a crash to finish second overall for the day.

Doug Dubach is timeless. . . of that I am convinced! He always is around the top five in the 30 and 40 pro classes that he competes in, and he dominates the 50 class. Originally, the Doc was going to run the 50 expert class, but rumor has it a few friends talked him into running the open Pro class. So of course he does and winds up on the podium!

A Mark Chilzone photo of Doctor D doin’ his thing!

The van is all loaded up for REM. We will be back at iMOTOmx.com for an update soon. . . hope to see you all at the track!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Update: March 30th: Ramblings!

April 6th will bring the MTA 2-Stroke Championship day to Glen Helen. Competing on the Glen Helen National Track, the two-stroke riders will be shooting for the prestegious two-stroke titles in all offered classes (go to GlenHelen.com for the information and online entries). We will be there to ride and produce images, which will be posted at motophotollc.com.MTA 2-Stroke April 6On April 5th, REM will return after a week off to accommodate the MudFactor Mud Run at The Glen.  REM is in the midst of its annual Spring Series, but for the month of April introduces a new twist. All Pro races will be 30 minutes plus two laps, so there should be an even larger number of pros on hand to tune up for the fast-approaching AMA Outdoor Nationals. Speaking of the Nationals, you can get your tickets for the AMA opener at Glen Helen by visiting glenhelen.com.  There is also information at that website regarding volunteer opportunities to help out at the National.Lucas Oil MX 2014We had the opportunity to both ride and shoot photos at the REM event on March 22nd. As always, Frank and Myra and the REM crew put on an outstanding event. REM is, as everyone knows, the longest-running weekly motocross in the nation! It is truly the heart of  weekly motocross in Southern California. Pairing REM with Glen Helen was a natural; when Saturday Saddleback, and later Saturday Carlsbad events ended due to track closures, Glen Helen was the natural choice to continue the weekly events.

It is always great fun to visit REM and shoot photos. There are always some outstanding folks there with cameras, including Debbie, Dan, and Mark. Their photos grace the pages of MXA’s weekly REM report (found on the MXA website (motocrossactionmag.com).

iMOTO’s next event will not be until June 1st. The iMOTO crew will be taking a haitus for April and May! We will be at most, if not all, REM events, running some GPs, and perhaps a desert race or two. We will report back with updates on these and other events! In the meantime, we hope to see you at REM as well as other Southland motocross events!