WHAT YOU MISSED WEDNESDAY AT GLEN HELEN: MXA RIDE DAY PHOTO GALLERY
Former British Grand Prix racer Rob Andrews didn’t check his emails quick enough and made it to the track just in time for lunch. Rob borrowed Josh Mosiman’s gear and MXA’s 2020 KTM 450SXF to do some laps. He liked it so much that after his first session that he went straight back out for a second chance to ride in the warm 85-degree weather. It was a little colder in London.
PHOTOS BY DEBBI TAMIETTI
Every year at the end of the racing season, MXA hosts an invitation-only Ride Day at Glen Helen Raceway. This year the MXA Ride Day was scheduled just three days after the World Vet Championship and gave invitees a chance to ride on the same track at the Pros race on. We did shorten the track to get the lap time back under 3 minutes, and since Glen Helen prepped it for us on Tuesday it wasn’t as rough as when 1500 riders hammered it on Saturday and Sunday.
Jody Weisel (left), Ryder Holland (center) and Hoosier tires’ Rusty Holland (right) pose for a photo while the track was being watered. Former AMA Pro Rusty Holland was one of many riders who brought their kids with them to share a little moto-bonding.
The MXA Ride Day (in conjunction with Dirt Bike Magazine) is just a chance for the MXA test riders to gather with their friends in the motocross industry. It is a private track day with a small crowd of those in the industry who want to ride, MXA does its best to make sure everyone has a good time—from the track layout, to the pits, to MXA test bikes to ride, to the free lunch, it is a casual laid-back day.
We want to thank Glen Helen for their graciousness in working so hard to make our Ride Day a success and to everyone who came out to have a good time. This is a special day for us…and we hope it was a fun day for the select few that got to come out and enjoy it.
REM Motocross race promoter Frank Thomason never gets to race at his own events, so he jumped at the chance to come to Glen Helen on the Wednesday after the World Vet Motocross Championship to test out his new knee.
KTM’s David O’Connor (30) was busy in the KTM pits, helping any KTM owner who had a question, but when the questions stopped he was on the track. His bike is closer to a factory bike than any privateer could ever get.
Last weekend Dan Alamangos was on the Australian World Cup team at the World Vet (on both Saturday and Sunday). Tuesday he helped Jody prep 10 bikes for the Ride Day and Wednesday he was out getting them dirty again.
Frank and Myra Thomason have been holding races at Glen Helen for over 25 years. They are at Glen Helen over 30 weekends a year. Maui would like the wide open spaces—if only Myra would let go of the leash.
MXA photographer Debbi Tamietti (center) poses with MXA’s Daryl Ecklund (left) and Josh Mosiman. The MXA gang showed up two hours early to do a photo shoot, set-up the MXA pit and get the bikes ready to ride.
MXA brought out twelve 2020 motocross bikes and one fuel-injected 300cc Husqvarna TX300i cross-country bike for their guests to tryout. This is the most bikes that were ever in MXA’s pit all day long, because the rest were on the track. Most of the time it was just 12 empty bike stands.
Ralf Schmidt, the USA TM importer, couldn’t resist throwing a leg over the 2020 Husqvarna TX300i. He also couldn’t resist the KTM 450SXF, Kawasaki KX450, Honda CRF250, Husqvarna FC350, KTM 350SXF and KX250. In fact, Ralf was so busy testing the wares of his competition that he never got a chance to ride his 2020 TM MX300.
Daryl Ecklund didn’t waste time riding any other bikes than the two he was analyzing for an MXA bike test. Even when one of the bikes blew a head gasket, Daryl waited while it was fixed so he could keep riding.
In his spare time, when he isn’t prepping for the Supercross season or working for Suzuki, R.J. Wageman has his own beef jerky company. You can find out more at www.rjerky.com.
Brent Rouse under the Bolt Hardware tent. They make complete bolt kits for virtually any bike made—including vintage bolts. Check them out at www.boltmx.com.
Josh Fout lives in Big Bear, high up in the 8000-foot mountains in the background, he loves to race REM motocross, endurocross, hard enduros, Last Dog Standing, SRA GPs and King of the Hammers. Josh helps keep MXA’s fleet in working order.