The best European motocross racers in the world will be coming to Southern California’s Glen Helen Raceway on May 29-30th. This event also marks the return of the historic U.S.
Grand Prix (USGP) concept of pitting America’s best against the world, but best of all spectators will be offered an unparalled opportunity to immerse themselves in the event via the all-access Paddock Pro Pit Pass program.
Last contested at Glen Helen back in 1992, the return of the USGP to Southern California recreates a slice of history and serves as a fitting tribute to the 30th anniversary of an American first winning the USGP.
Diehard fans still remember when hometown hero Marty Moates piloted his privateer LOP Yamaha to victory over the seemingly invincible MX racers from Europe.
Glen Helen Raceway owner Bud Feldkamp is one of those who remembers what a monumental achievement Moates’ victory was and hopes to recreate that magic. "It has been a life-long dream of mine and the staff to have this extraordinary World Championship event at Glen Helen."
Former GP racer and long time U.S. Motocross/Supercross competitor David Vullemin offers some added insight to this world class event.
David Vullemin says: "There are going to be four great motos of racing with a deep field of talent," says the Frenchman. "Many Americans may not know all the names in Grand Prix racing, but the level of competition is close and it should make for some good racing! It’s a two-day format with a 25-minute qualification race on Saturday for the gate pick on Sunday."
Fans can see their favorite racers up close and personal as the USGP pits will be open Saturday May 29 from 10am-6pm for the qualifiers. For Sunday’s main event, the Paddock will be open from 9am-6pm. Cost is only $30 for both days, plus admission. Children 6-12 get a reduced rate of $15, plus admission for both days.
Unlike Supercross where you get shooed out of the pits prior to racing or the AMA outdoor national MX races where you have to leave by noon on race day, fans can stay in the USGP Paddock all day to watch your favorite riders before and after their races.
Tickets for the "Race of the Century" as the USGP is being billed, are available at the Glen Helen website www.glenhelen.com as well as at participating local Yamaha dealers. Reserved camping is also available for $50 per spot.