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Glen Helen Outdoor Opener Moto Highlights
I am so glad the outdoor nationals have started. Supercross is okay, but this is the real deal motocross. Supercross always seems to be about finding the perfect line, jump combination or set up. Outdoors it is all about having to battle everything that is imperfect, the track, weather and everything else. Then it isn’t just once, but for two motos.
Glen Helen lived up to most of the hype. Some of it went just as the game plan said it should and the rest went right out the window. I won’t write about it every week, but I am so pumped up after this weekend, I figured why not. Here are a few of my observations-
450 class KTM’s – just as the game plan said it should be, Dungey and Roczen dominated the day, they should be able to do this week after week
Dungey’s corner speed was amazing. Where he struggles at times on the groomed, banked SX turns, he seems to be able to find his own faster lines on the less perfect outdoor dirt
Great first moto for Josh Grant, but he has shown this same MO in a few other races, flashes of brilliance but not able to sustain. Let’s hope he has more good motos
Canard isn’t really a favorite of mine, no real reason, I am a fan just like everyone else and have my picks. Like years past, he has the speed, just needs to stay healthy
What happened to the rest of the field? Barcia was well back in both motos, even with decent starts. No one else really looked to have the pace to be in the front
Jeremy Martin! What an amazing day for him. No one else even deserved to share the track with him. The 250 field should have been a great battle ground, but it was not to be. Martin just rode away from everyone.
What happened to the rest of the 250s? Many of the top names were mired in the back half of the top ten. They looked good battling each other, but they were way too far behind the leader. I think we will see the SX front runners carry their momentum through the MX season – Seely, Anderson, Webb.
Not sure the status on Anderson, he crashed right at the end of the second moto and was clearly hurt.
Did you see the nasty gash Dean Wilson got? – (not for those with nancy boy stomachs)