Motocross

FIM Motocross World Championship hits Glen Helen this weekend

Author: Garry Morrow

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The FIM Motocross World Championship will make a historic return to the USA this weekend when Glen Helen Raceway in California, one of the most famous tracks in the USA, will host the 2010 USA Grand Prix 11 years after the last 250cc Grand Prix at Budds Creek.
Max Nagl sits 16 points adrift of Cairoli in the MX1 standings. Glen Helen will test Cairoli's 350 against Nagl's 450.
Leading the MX1 World Championship series, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing MX1‰Ûªs Tony Cairoli wants to make history again. After taking the first win of a KTM SX350cc machine in the MX1 class at Mantova this year, the three time World Champion from Italy seeks victory in the historic return to America. Having missed the podium in Bellpuig for the first time in 2010, Cairoli is now ready to make up for the blot on his copy book.

Team mate Max Nagl is currently second in the Championship with a gap of 16 points from Cairoli. Nagl took a podium in Bellpuig and will try to exploit the horsepower of his 450cc machine to climb back up to the top of the podium on the massive hills of Glen Helen.

Yamaha Monster Energy Motocross‰Ûª David Philippaerts narrowly missed out on winning the Catalan GP and is now even more motivated to make it to victory despite a hand injury sustained in Portugal that still troubles him. The Italian 2008 MX1 World Champion is currently third in the points standings.

Team Rockstar Teka Suzuki World MX1 leaves its mark in the top six with Clement Desalle in fourth and Steve Ramon in sixth, sandwiching Ken De Dycker who is now fifth in this hard fought MX1 class. De Dycker spent last Satuday competing in the AMA NAtionals series were the Belgian finished a credible 9th.

Kawasaki rider Xavier Boog is seventh ahead of Catalan GP winner Tanel Leok.

Stars of the USA National series such as Ben Townley ‰ÛÒ MX2 World Champion in 2004 - Mike Alessi, Ryan Sipes and Ryan Hughes, will also be on the gate at Glen Helen Raceway. Together with Cairoli and Gon̤alves, Alessi will be the third man on the field with a 350cc KTM.

Regular GP rider Jimmy Albertson injured himself at the Catalan Grand Prix but will try his best to be fit enough for his home GP
MX1 returns to the USA after a 12 year break
In the MX2 class Marvin Musquin has a comfortable lead of 26 points which he wishes to further extend in Glen Helen, where runner up Ken Roczen instead will try to make up points on the defending MX2 Champion. Youngster Jeffrey Herlings completes the top three as home rider Zach Osborne hopes to clinch the first podium of 2010 in front of his home fans.

tocross Grand Prix hosted by Glen Helen Raceway was the 500cc FIM World Championship opener in 1992. In that occasion Bayle took the overall win from Matiasevich and Liles.
American's will get to see the exciting 15-year-old Ken Roczen in action in the MX2 class
Courtesy of his Catalan Grand Prix victory, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing MX2‰Ûªs Marvin Musquin now has an even bigger lead in the MX2 series. The Frenchman, who won last year‰Ûªs Championship, is 26 points ahead of runner up Ken Roczen who pulled out of heat two in Bellpuig due to technical issues. With four GP wins in five rounds, Musquin enters Glen Helen as the absolute favourite for the 2010 series.

Teka Suzuki Europe World MX2‰Ûªs Roczen instead has to make up for missing the points in heat two at Bellpuig. After winning his first heat of the season, the 16 year old German‰Ûªs bike stopped in moto two.

Another sensational teenager Jeffery Herlings of Red Bull KTM Factory Racing MX2 is third in the Championship despite a DNF at Bellpuig. The 15 year old is just eight points behind Roczen and is pumped about the return to the USA of the FIM Motocross World Championship in his maiden year in the series.

Fourth placed in the Championship Steven Frossard and his Kawasaki CLS team mate Jeremy Van Horebeek (seventh) are also looking forward to America, where their squad‰Ûªs partner Pro Circuit is based. The duo are expected to perform strong in what looks like the second home Grand Prix of this France based team.

Courtesy of his first season‰Ûªs podium in Catalunya, Shaun Simpson is fifth in the series while home rider Zac Osborne ‰ÛÒ another one pulling out of Bellpuig‰Ûªs heat two due to a technical issue - is eighth and chases a home podium this weekend. The American has also a GP win to his credit, courtesy of his Turkish GP success last year.

Having made his return to the GP series in Catalunya, Guilter Paulin hopes in a podium finish this weekend and shares the goal with Belgian Joel Roelants, appearing on the podium in Bellpuig for the first time in 2010.

Making a special appearance at Glen Helen will be British rider Tommy Searle ‰ÛÒ former runner up in the World MX2 series- and Max Anstie, with the latter being joined by team mates Broc Tickle and Martin Davalos.

In the Veterans‰Ûª series current leader Mats Nilsson will find tough opposition in America as last year‰Ûªs World Cup winner is due to face strong rivals such as Jeff Matiasevich, Kurt Nicoll, Darryll King, Doug Dubach and Chuck Sun adding extra drama to this first overseas round of the Cup.

Main Photo: Tony Cairoli gets to strut his stuff in front of what will be a huge American crowd

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