2016 Glen Helen Motocross Results
The second stop of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross series headed to the iconic Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, Calif. The action across both 450 and 250 classes at the incredibly steep and rough racetrack provided fans much excitement, each class having a new winner for the 2016 season.
On paper, Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey had the best day with a 1-2 Moto score. But it was runner up, Ken Roczen aboard his RCH Jimmy John’s Suzuki who shined the brightest. Roczen’s day was plagued by a mechanical misfortune with his KYB Air fork in Moto one, which forced him settle with a 4-1 Moto score for second overall. Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac reclaimed third place overall for the second weekend in a row with a 3-3 Moto score.
When the gate dropped for 450 Moto one it was HRC Honda’s Trey Canard who led the pack through the iconic Talladega first turn. The reigning Motocross Champion Dungey quickly made the pass on Canard for the lead on the opening lap. Roczen wasn’t far behind; he passed JGR Weinerschnitzel Autotrader Yamaha’s Justin Barcia for third late in the first lap.
Canard crashed on lap two, allowing Dungey and Roczen to break away from the rest of the field early in the race. Dungey and Roczen resumed their game of cat and mouse early in the race. Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin and HRC Honda’s Cole Seely battling for third at the ten minutes into the Moto.
Eli Tomac and Rockstar Husqvarna’s Jason Anderson quickly latched onto them, creating a four-man battle for third. Tomac made moves quickly to secure third. Roczen was pacing Dungey, twenty-one minutes in the Moto Roczen passed Dungey for the lead.
Local hero, Josh Grant aboard his Monster Energy KX450f battled passed Marvin Musquin late in the race for sixth. Anderson and Tomac battled for third late in the race, but Anderson would secure position for the remainder of the Moto. Disaster struck for Roczen as the two lapboard came out, letting Dungey back by and allowing him to win the Moto. Roczen was luckily able to salvage a fourth in Moto one, after letting Tomac and Anderson by. Here’s how the top five ended up: Dungey, Anderson, Tomac, Roczen, and Cole Seely.
The second 450 Moto began with Dungey and BTO Sports KTM’s Justin Brayton battling for the holeshot, but Roczen quickly passed them for the lead. Justin Barcia and his teammate Phil Nicoletti aboard their JGR Weinerschnitzel Autotrader Yamaha’s were battling with Rockstar Husqvarna’s Christophe Pourcel for third.
Canard quickly passed JGR and Rockstar Husqvarna riders for third on the technical rhythm section by finish line. When Roczen took the lead he sprinted out to the front and never looked back. Tomac had to charge to the front after getting a poor start. Trey Canard tried to hold off a charge from the Rockstar Husqvarna teammates of Anderson and Pourcel. Anderson got by Canard at the halfway point, but quickly gave the spot after making a mistake while charging up hills of Mount St. Helens.
Tomac closed up on Anderson after his mistake, and passed him for fourth on their way back up Mount St. Helens. Tomac overtook Canard with a precision scrub over the finish line jump that provided him the inside, which allowed Tomac break away. This is how the top five finished: Roczen, Dungey, Tomac, Canard, and Anderson.
Following round two of 12, Roczen has 93 points – two ahead of Dungey and 17 ahead of Tomac.
Glen Helen 250 Motocross Recap
Rockstar Star Racing Yamaha’s Alex Martin was able to secure his first overall win with a 2-2 moto finish. His teammates Jeremy Martin (Brother) and Cooper Webb traded Moto wins on the day. Jeremy secured second place overall with 4-1 Moto score, Webb secured third with a 1-4 Moto Score.
Tristen Charbonneau aboard his Geico Honda CRF250 led the pack around the Talladega turn to start Moto one of the 250 class; but that didn’t last too long. Alex Martin made a quick pass for the lead, his teammates Jeremy Martin, Cooper Webb, along Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Austin Forkner. Webb was able to pass Charboneau early on, but the Geico Honda rookie didn’t give up without a fight. Ten minutes into the Moto, Charbonneau had already been passed for second by both Cooper Webb and Jeremy Martin, who then began to battle for second place.
The battle for fourth through seventh was very close at the halfway point between Austin Forkner, RJ Hampshire, Aaron Plessinger, and Tristen Charbonneau. Webb broke away from Jeremy Martin and began his charge for the lead. Late in the Moto, Forkner was able to make a move on Jeremy Martin to secure third for Moto one. Webb’s charge came in the last several minutes, he began dropping his lap times two seconds below everyone else on the track. He passed Alex Martin for lead through lap traffic immediately after the two-lap board came out. After thirty minutes plus two laps, here’s how they finished: Webb, A. Martin, Forkner, J. Martin, and Plessinger.
Jeremy Martin pulled the holeshot and led Geico Honda’s Jordan Smith and GoPro Red Bull Troy Lee Designs KTM’s Jesse Nelson through the first turn. Nelson made quick work of Smith, passing him for second. Jeremy Martin wasted no time stretching out his lead. Austin Forkner also made his way around Smith to overtake third. Webb suffered from a lack luster start; he crossed the line in eighth and had to charge to forward form there.
Webb quickly caught up to his teammate Alex Martin in fifth. A red-cross flag over the new one hundred fifty foot tabletop caused the top five to close up even more. At the halfway mark the running order was: J. Martin, Forkner, Nelson, A. Martin, and Webb. With ten minutes remaining in the Moto, Austin Forkner went down atop the second hill, letting by Nelson, A. Martin, and Webb. Forkner was able to salvage a fifth. Alex Martin was able to close up onto Jesse Nelson and pass him for second with just two minutes left. The pass allowed Alex Martin his first overall win. When they crossed the line it was: J. Martin, A. Martin, Webb, Forkner, and Plessinger.
2016 Glen Helen Motocross 450 Class (Moto Finish)
- Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM (1-2)
- Ken Roczen, Germany, Suzuki (4-1)
- Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (3-3)
- Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Husqvarna (2-5)
- Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda (7-4)
- Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Kawasaki (6-6)
- Cole Seely, Newbury Park, Calif., Honda (5-10)
- Phil Nicoletti, Cohocton, N.Y., Yamaha (10-9)
- Marvin Musquin, France, KTM (9-11)
- Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Suzuki (8-13)
450 Class Championship Standings
- Ken Roczen, Germany, Suzuki – 93
- Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM – 91
- Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki – 76
- Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Husqvarna – 73
- Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda – 62
- Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Kawasaki – 56
- Cole Seely, Newbury Park, Calif., Honda – 54
- Marvin Musquin, France, KTM – 48
- Phil Nicoletti, Cohocton, N.Y., Yamaha – 45
- Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha – 39
2016 Glen Helen Motocross 250 Class (Moto Finish)
- Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha (2-2)
- Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha (4-1)
- Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., Yamaha (1-4)
- Austin Forkner, Richards, Mo., Kawasaki (3-5)
- Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha (5-6)
- Jessy Nelson, Paso Robles, Calif., KTM (13-3)
- Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., Kawasaki (9-7)
- Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna (8-8)
- RJ Hampshire, Hudson Fla., Honda (6-11)
- Martin Davalos, Ecuador, Husqvarna (14-9)
250 Class Championship Standings
- Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha – 79
- Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., Yamaha – 77
- Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., Kawasaki – 76
- Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha – 75
- Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha – 63
- Austin Forkner, Richards, Mo., Kawasaki – 58
- Jessy Nelson, Paso Robles, Calif., KTM – 57
- Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna – 45
- RJ Hampshire, Hudson Fla., Honda – 41
- Tristan Charboneau, Tenino, Wash., Honda – 36
- Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki – 36