Here’s what you need to know to enjoy the FMF Glen Helen National, Round 2 of the 2017 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Series on Saturday, May 27 in San Bernardino, Calif.1. You can tune in live on MAVTV, NBCSN, and NBC Sports Gold. Qualifying is at 9:15 a.m. local Pacific Time on Saturday, and on NBC Sports Gold only (a $50 season subscription is required for on-demand streaming—all racing and qualifying is live and uninterrupted). From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. PT, you can watch the first motos live in each class on MAVTV. The second motos run live from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. PT on NBCSN. You’ll have to wait until Friday at 2 a.m. Eastern Time to watch the hour-long Highlight Show on NBCSN.
2. Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac is on a roll. He didn’t win the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship, so he has something to prove, and Ryan Dungey is no longer in his way and defending champion Ken Roczen is still recovering from injury. Tomac won both motos at Hangtown handily, but teammate Josh Grant and Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin both led laps, so it may not be a cakewalk. On the other hand, Tomac won big at the 2016 MXGP round at Glen Helen.3. Grant has won before at Glen Helen. It’s his local track, and he knows how to win at Glen Helen. Grant had a pair of third place finishes at Hangtown and is looking good, so Tomac will have to be ready for a battle.4. Musquin needs to win. With Dungey retired, Musquin in the #1 guy at Red Bull KTM. He’s a former World Champion, so he is expected to win a US national championship for the Austrian marque. He was in front in both motos at Hangtown—now Musquin has to stay out front.5. Three riders are looking for a strong Moto 1. Monster Energy/Autotrader/Suzuki’s Justin Barcia, Rockstar Energy/Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Dean Wilson, and his teammate Jason Anderson will want better starts in the first moto. All three were involved in first corner problem. Anderson took a rock to the face and couldn’t continue. Barcia had to turn a 28th place start into an 11th place finish. Wilson was 24th after one lap, but worked his way up to 10th. All three rebounded in Moto 2—Wilson was 4th, Barcia took 5th, and Anderson ran 6th at the end. They’ll all be hungry to put it together for two motos at Glen Helen.6. Two riders want to up their Moto 2 game. Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha’s Cooper Webb had a strong 5th place finish in the first moto at Hangtown, and started Moto 2 in 5th. However, the 2016 250MX Champion faded to 9th in the second moto. Team Honda HRC’s Cole Seely was 4th in Moto 1 at Hangtown, but had a terrible 13th place start in the second moto. He made some headway, getting into the Top 10 at one point, but dropped back to 12th as he was suffering from a hip injury. That means Wilson, Barcia, Anderson, Webb, and Seely will all be looking for consistency at Glen Helen, and they’ll all be likely racing each other.7. Blake Baggett and Broc Tickle will be eyeing the top 5. Rocky Mountain ATV-MC/WPS KTM’s Baggett went 6-8 at Hangtown, while RCH/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing’s Tickle had a pair of 7s. They’ll both be battling for top-5 finishes at Glen Helen, and Baggett is a former 250MX Champion.8. The Top 10 awaits for Weston Peick, Fredrik Noren, and rookie Martin Davalos. All three were close in Hangtown, with Monster Energy/Autotrader/Suzuki’s Peick the closest, with a 12th in Moto 1 and a 11th the next moto. However, Rockstar Energy/Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Davalos and Precision Site Work/Tilube/Honda’s Noren has 13th place finishes—Noren in Moto 1 and Davalos the second time around. They can taste Top 10 finishes at Glen Helen.9. Only five points separated 4th from 10th in the standings. There will be lots of movement in the standings when Glen Helen is over, and the riders know it. 10. Team HRC Honda’s Christian Craig was the top rookie. He was 9th in Moto 1, after leading and then crashing. He admitted to being worn out in Moto 2 and finished 14th. Craig, who is filling in for the injured Roczen, will be aiming to finish in the Top 10 overall in Glen Helen.
This week, Senior Editor Nic de Sena rides the all new Ducati Monster. Big changes have been made by Ducati–has the company ruined the considerable heritage of the iconic Monster–or are the changes worth it? In the second part of the show, we chat with Nick Ienatsch, Founder and Head Instructor at the Yamaha Champions Riding School. He says: “We aim to change your riding life by introducing you to Champions Habits: The techniques, approaches, skills, and the mindsets of the best riders in the world. These Champions Habits are the foundation of safety and consistency to whatever speed you ride, in any venue on any bike. Street riders, this is just as much for you as track riders. The best way to make safe riders is to make good riders.“ We hope you enjoy this episode!