Antonio Cairoli will return at Glen Helen. The #222 won the 2010 USGP at Glen Helen. Photo by: Hoppenworld
Here we go, ladies and gentlemen: the 2015 United States Grand Prix is here. This weekend is the final round of the 2015 FIM Motocross World Championship series and it’s taking place at Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, California. Youthstream is bringing their massive infrastructure to Glen Helen from across the globe for the event along with some of the best riders on earth.
The last USGP was back in 2011, and by most accounts, it was sadly anything but a commercial success. With fan attendance at an all-time low, the fans that did come were treated to great racing and abnormally comfortable viewing. This year, though—just based on what we have been hearing through the grapevine—Glen Helen should have more fans on hand to witness what is always an incredibly competitive series.
Originally when this race was scheduled, the plan was for American MXGP World Championship hopeful, Ryan Villopoto, to end his career and possibly win the World Championship in front of his home fans, but that scenario looped out in Italy. The show must go on, and as it sits now, America has four, solid podium contenders in Rockstar/Husqvarna’s Jason Anderson, Monster/Kawasaki’s Josh Grant, BTO/KTM’s Davi Millsaps and Star Racing/Yamaha’s Cooper Webb confirmed to race and MXGP.
Joining the American AMA riders are our own European transplants as well. That list includes Red Bull/KTM’s Scottish-born pilot Dean Wilson and the former MX2 World Champion, Red Bull/KTM’s Marvin Musquin. The Frenchmen knows how to win Motocross World Championship races, and he and Deano both know how to get around Glen Helen as as fast as any rider in the world on any given day.
While the top two Americans from the 2015 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship—Ryan Dungey and Justin Barcia—will not be in the house, there’s enough of an AMA contingent to give this weekend’s event a little bit of that AMA versus the World feeling of USGPs of the past. If you’re anywhere near Glen Helen this Saturday, we urge you to support this race and try to reignite the AMA versus the World vibe of the 1970’s.
If the fans show, they will be treated to an incredible show. Add the seven AMA podium contenders we mentioned above in with the World Championship regulars like multi-time MXGP World Champion Red Bull/KTM’s Antonio Cairoli, recently crowned World Champion Monster Energy/Yamaha Romain Febvre, Hitachi/Riva/KTM’s Shaun Simpson, Honda’s Gautier Paulin, IceOne Racing/Husqvarna’s Max Nagl as well as the Kiwi Ben Townley’s return to MXGP racing and you have one hell of a world class event. I, for one, cannot wait for this weekend, and I hope to see a lot of our readers in the pits.
With that we ask, who will win the MXGP Class this upcoming weekend at Glen Helen? Give us your vote below.