The Honda/Yamaha of Redlands 12 Hours of Glen Helen came together on Saturday with 72 teams competing to see who could best deal with the course, the heat and the infamous corkscrew. When the dust cleared (literally) it was the team of Robby Bell, Jamie Lanza and Ryan Abatoye who set the pace. But as always, there was another team on the same laps, waiting for any sign of weakness. The John Burr team of Gordon Ward, Robbie Goolsby, Greg Schnell and Justin Jones ran in second place the entire race and finished about six minutes down. We’re not sure, but we think this is about the 100th time that Ward has finished second in a Glen Helen Endurance race.
   The eight-mile course was once again designed by Dirt Bike Editor Ron Lawson and National MX Champion Gary Jones. It was considered one of the more technical events in the series. The 100-degree heat combined with the difficult terrain to make it a grueling event. Still, one of the biggest classes was the Ironman class, where Brad Goolsby (brother to Robbie) won again. Goolsby recently returned from the 24 Hour race in Alabama where he was fourth-place Ironman in the less-familiar terrain.
   Another notable team was the Stewart/McCall team who narrowly beat out the Pfieffer brothers in the 40 expert class–which came down to a last lap collision between the Brad Stewart and Kurt Pfieffer.
   The corkscrew was back by unpopular demand. In the HYR Six Hours of Glen Helen, this feature was cooked up by Ron and Gary. It was a four-turn continuous spiral that ended at the steps to a steel bridge. It created one of the biggest bottlenecks in history on the first lap of the Six Hour. Ron was determined to make it work better this time, so it was bypassed on the first lap and made a three-loop spiral. Glen Helen’s Facility Manager John Allen built the Corkscrew himself and made a number of changes that allowed it to run continuously for all 12 hours without a hitch. The virgin single-track that was cut for this event presented a much bigger problem for the riders, as did the EnduroCross log section. Both were modified as the race was in progress. The race staff figured that the heat was a big enough obstacle and had pity on the riders. For complete results, visit www.glenhelen.com.
For an arial view of the corkscrew click here

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