Welcome to the Racer X Race Day Feed, coming to you from Glen Helen Raceway in Southern California. From practice reports, to moto summaries, and everything in between, this is where you’ll find coverage of all the action going down at the FMF Glen Helen National. We’ll be updating this page all day, so be sure to check back often. The Race Day Feed flows in chronological order, so scroll down to the bottom for the latest posts. For even quicker updates, check us out on Twitter, @Racerxonline.
There are two big questions waiting to get answered today—can anyone beat last week’s 450 and 250 winners Eli Tomac and Zach Osborne? Both were excellent at Hangtown, and both started the 2017 season of Lucas Oil Pro Motocross with perfect 1-1 rides. Both are certainly capable of doing it again, but there are plenty of strong racers here today who would love to keep that from happening.
On the injury front, we’ve got Cycle Trader/Rock River/Yamaha rider Bradley Taft making his return after a long layoff following a concussion suffered in January. Dylan Ferrandis will also be racing today after sitting the second moto out at Hangtown after crashing and hitting his head. Cole Seely is also in after crashing hard in practice last week and hurting his hip. For a full list of who’s in and who’s out, go here.
There are a few notable changes to the track this year. The start is still long and still features the massive right-hand banked first turn (Talladega Turn), but after that it funnels down tighter than normal before heading up one of Glen Helen’s many hills. The huge jump in the back area has been replaced by two uphill doubles, and there’s a dusty sand roller section following the infield supercross section. As usual, the track is going to get rough and nasty as the day progresses, which is going to be tough for the riders. One challenge the rider’s won’t see today is the extreme heat they faced last week. Temperatures are expected to top out at 82 degrees today, making it a perfect day for racing. Practice is underway right now, so check back soon for a report on who's topping the field at the second round of the year.