THURSDAY AT GLEN HELEN: DID YOU THINK NO ONE WOULD BE THERE?

Phil Nicoletti and his Factory Husky FC450.

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.

Cooper Webb (2) was at Glen Helen testing out his recently repaired leg alongside fill-in rider Alex Ray (91)

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.”

Ken has been putting in the hours on the track and it is paying off. His turn-around from injury is inspirational.

Dylan Ferrandis, one of several riders who has been out injured, was at Glen Helen preparing for his return to the National circuit.

Weston Peick probably came to Glen Helen to give Phil Nicoletti a fond farewell from his JGR team. Nicoletti signed on as a full-time fill-in rider at the Rockstar Husqvarna team.

Aaron Plessinger’s National Championship hopes improved by 20% this week with the injury to Zach Osborne. Now he has to deal with the Martin boys.

Justin Cooper won his first-ever AMA National moto last Saturday in Colorado.

Toshiki Tomita gets special care from the Honda mechanics.

Tyler Bowers was back under the Kawasaki awning.

Alex Ray wants to keep his job at Team Yamaha—especially now that Cooper Webb is getting ready to come back.

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.

Colt Nichols.

Tyler Bowers.

HRC of Japan rider Toshiki Tomita watching the action from the REM side of the National track.

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