Photos by Daryl Ecklund and Kyoshi Becker

DKE_4650_Daryl Ecklund_Ken Roczen_GLen Helen National_05282016
Ken Roczen dominated. Unfortunately his air forks “deflated” in the first moto when air escaped through a hole that his team had drilled in the fork cap to insert an electronic sensor in the left leg. The air loss forced Ken to go from first, with a big lead, to fourth place.

_DSC6002_Kyoshi_Alex MArtin_GLen Helen_05282016Alex Martin got his first overall ever in the AMA Nationals. Alex has been a National rider for six years and raced for several privateer teams before getting called up to Star Yamaha this year.

_DSC4730_Kyoshi_Blake Baggett_GLen Halen National_05282016Blake Baggett got 16th place in the first moto. He broke his collarbone last week at Hangtown and had it plated to avoid losing too many points. He wanted to tough it out, but elected not to race the second moto.

_DSC5463_Kyoshi_JAred Steinke_GLen Helen_05282016Some wondered if Gared Steinke was a masochist, as Jody’s Glen Helen track design did not favor 125cc two-strokes. Steinke qualified and held on for 31-31 finishes. Yes, he jumped the triple step up. It was an awesome sight.

DKE_3527_Daryl-Ecklund_ALex-Martin_1300-National_05282016The “Hip Jump” produced more whip photos in one moto than any other jump in history. Here, Alex Martin throws it sideways.

DKE_4788_Daryl Ecklund_Ken Roczen Ryan Dungey_GLen Helen National_05282016Ken Roczen passed Ryan Dungey for the lead in moto one in the canyon drop-off turn. Then they sailed in formation over the hip jump.

_DSC6063_Kyoshi_Austin Forkner_GLen Helen_05282016Austin Forkner scrubbed the first Saddleback hump like a seasoned Pro. Austin finished 3rd in the first 250 moto behind Cooper Webb. Glen Helen was only Austin’s second-ever AMA 250 National. Austin’s 3-5 gave him fourth overall.

_DSC591_Kyoshi_Star Racing Yamaha Austin Forkner_Cooper Webb Alex Jeremy Martin AAron Plessinger_GLen Helen_05282016The Star Yamaha team makes a Kawasaki sandwich out of Austin Forkner (214).

_DSC5501_Kyoshi_Nick Schmidt_GLen Halen National_05282016
Nick Schmidt found the difference between Supercross and the outdoors very quickly.

DKE_5019_Daryl Ecklund_Jason ANderson_GLen Helen National_05282016Jason Anderson (21) is fourth in 450 points after two rounds.

_DSC5629_Kyoshi_Weston Peick_GLen Helen_05282016JGR’s Weston Peick qualified 8th. Unfortunately, a nasty crash in the “unrhythm section” left him with a 39th place finish.

_DSC5955_Kyoshi_Jessy Nelson_GLen Helen_05282016Like Hangtown, Jessy Nelson had a stronger second moto than first. At Glen Helen he showed considerable endurance in the second 250 moto to finish 3rd. However, he was 13th in moto one.

DKE_3512_Daryl Ecklund_Debbi Tamietti Austin Forkner_GLen Helen National_05282016Photographer Debbi Tamietti grabs an interesting angle of Austin Forkner. See her photos here.

_DSC6376_Kyoshi_Alex Jeremy Martin_GLen Helen_05282016The Martin brothers (A-Mart and J-Mart) hug on the podium. It was Alex’s first National win and the first time brothers ever stood on the podium together.

_DSC6286_Kyoshi_Joey Savatgy_GLen Helen_05282016
Joey Savatgy just couldn’t get going on the brutally rough and rugged Glen Helen dirt. Joey slipped to third in 250 National points, but is only 3 points behind leader Alex Martin and 1 point behind second place Jeremy Martin.

_DSC7002_Kyoshi_Justin Barcia_GLen Helen_05282016Justin Barcia roosted the crowd on the outside lane of Glen Helen’s two-lane section. The two lanes were identical in time. Ken Roczen and Ryan Dungey preferred the inside lane most of the time. Justin had a DNF-8 day.

_DSC7019_Kyoshi_Ken Roczen_GLen Halen National_05282016Although not as dominant as Eli Tomac was at the start of the 2015 AMA 450 National Championship series, it’s obvious that Ken Roczen is on a different level in 2016. Here, Ken wins the second moto after his heartbreaking fork failure in moto 1.

DKE_5746Daryl Ecklund_450 Second Moto Start_GLen Helen Nationa
At the start of the second 450 moto you can spot Ken Roczen (94), Ryan Dungey (1), Trey Canard (41), Justin Brayton (10) and Christophe Pourcel (377) in the first wave, but Eli Tomac is not in the top 20. Eli would come through to finish 3-3 for the day.

DKE_4441_Daryl Ecklund_Adam Cianciarulio_GLen Helen National_05282016
Have you ever had a side panel come loose? Adam Cianciarulo (44) spent 30 minutes dealing with a flapping piece of plastic in the second moto. The bad news? Adam went 11-14 for 11th. The good news? He didn’t hurt his shoulders.

DKE_5047_Daryl Ecklund_Marvin Musquin Trey Canard_GLen Helen National_05282016Trey Canard (41) and Marvin Musquin (25) do a little bar banging.

1. Alex Martin…2-2
2. Jeremy Martin…4-1
3. Cooper Webb…1-4
4. Austin Forkner…3-5
5. Aaron Plessinger …5-6
6. Jessy Nelson…13-3
7. Joey Savatgy…9-7
8. Zach Osborne…8-8
9. R.J. Hampshire…6-11
10. Martin Davalos…14-9
11. Adam Cianciarulo…11-14
12. Arnaud Tonus…10-15
13. Mitchell Harrison…18-10
14. Shane McElrath…12-16
15. Tristan Charboneau…7-30
16. Colt Nichols…19-13
17. Alex Frye…15-17
18. Mitchell Oldenburg…37-12
19. Kyle Cunningham…16-19
20. Justin Hill…17-36

1. Ryan Dungey…1-2
2. Ken Roczen…4-1
3. Eli Tomac…3-3
4. Jason Anderson…2-5
5. Trey Canard…7-4
6. Josh Grant..6-6
7. Cole Seely…5-10
8. Phillip Nicoletti…10-9
9. Marvin Musquin…9-11
10. Broc Tickle…8-13
11. Justin Brayton…11-12
12. Fredrik Noren…12-14
13. Christophe Pourcel…29-7
14. Justin Barcia…37-8
15. Andrew Short…14-15
16. Benny Bloss…13-16
17. Justin Bogle…15-36
18. Toshiki Tomita…20-17
19. Blake Baggett …16-39
20. Jesse Wentland…17-30


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