THURSDAY AT GLEN HELEN: DID YOU THINK NO ONE WOULD BE THERE?
Following the Jason Anderson incident last Thursday, where he collided with another rider while riding through the infield, there was a lot of sturm und drang about how factory riders should never practice at Glen Helen again because they have to ride at the same time as amateur riders. It turns out that factory riders and their teams may not think the same way as the masses on the internet—because this Thursday at Glen Helen you couldn’t throw a cat without hitting a factory rider. Why? Because most factory riders rode at Glen Helen on Thursdays when they were amateurs, To them it is second nature to ride with other people—as they do at Milestone, Pala, Cahuilla Creek, 395 and Perris. Plus, if you are testing for the AMA Nationals it’s best to test at an actual AMA National track.
For those who expected a ghost town at the Glen, it was the perfect day to see Ken Roczen, Cooper Webb, Aaron Plessinger, Colt Nichols, Dylan Ferrandis, Weston Peick, Justin Cooper, Toshiki Tomita, Tyler Bowers and Phil Nicoletti (on his new Husqvarna FC450) among the many. Ernie Becker grabbed his Brownie Automatic and snapped a few quick pics of “Thursday at Glen Helen.”
Justin Jones came to Glen Helen fresh off his Baja 500 win last weekend. Jones is an ISDT Gold Medalist, Junior Trophy Team winner and four-time Baja Champion. Those are good credentials for the son of a four-time 250 National Motocross Champion.