One of the games that the MXA wrecking plays on Thursdays at Glen Helen Helen Motocross Park is guessing how many factory riders will show up. Now, you might think that we are hoping that tons of National riders will be there, but the opposite is true. We want the track to be a “Factory-Free Zone” so that we can test a plethora of bikes, shootout test bike photos and maybe get in a bike test video or two. It’s not that we don’t like to see the stars, it’s just that they are so fast that they blow every other rider off the track.
This week was the first week of a 21-day break in the AMA Nationals, and as MXA gathered in the upper pits, we guessed that no stars would show up on this Thursday. We thought they would take advantage of the time off to get some R&R. Plus, it was 103-degrees. We were wrong. We started at 8:00 a.m. on a video for the 2017 Husqvarna FC450 with Travis Fant doing the shooting and Dennis Stapleton on the bike. We had two 250 Pros, of different weights, running through fork setting on the 2017 KTM 250SXF, 350SXF and Yamahaa YZ250. And, as we finished the first couple session the parade of box vans started to roll into the pits. First came Team Kawasaki with Tyler Bowers, next was RCH Suzuki (minus Roczen and Tickle), then Team Husqvarna , Star Yamaha and lots of individual riders comeing through the gates at regular intervals.
So, between changing air pressures in the out KTM’s and Husky FC450, we shot photos of the Pro as they circulated. Here is a small sampling of what an off-week Thursday is like at Glen Helen.