USGP NEWS & VIEWS

 
 
Antonio Carioli won the first moto and was third in the second.
 
Tony Carioli  and Marvin Musquin, the two KTM riders who have dominated MX1 and MX2 in Europe so far this year, came to America to do more of the same at Glen Helen this weekend. Americans were second in both overall standings, but it wasn’t the results that were so amazing about the USGP. The most fantastic news was that the race happened at all. Five weeks ago, there was nothing on the calendar for Memorial Day weekend at the San Bernardino, California facility. The track management and MX Sports had failed to come to an agreement for the annual visit of the AMA Nationals. But a bizarre chain of event led to the rescheduling of the World MX Championship that was supposed to be held on that same date. After an amazing display of logistics, the result was the first running of a motocross GP in America in over 20 years.
      With the date falling after the start of the U.S. motocross championship, very few of America’s heavy hitters could attend. One notable exception was Red Bull KTM’s Mike Alessi. He joined his European Red Bull counterparts to make the race a overpowering display of KTM strength. Alessi was the fastest MX1 rider in Saturday’s qualifying moto, and he was the only rider to challenge Carioli in the first moto, actually taking the lead for a few laps toward the end. Carioli charged back to finish a half second in front of Alessi. While they had battled, German Max Nagl crept up to a very close third, making it a KTM sweep.
      The next moto started off the same way, but Honda’s Ben Townley made an amazing fourth-to-first move at the bottom of Glen Helen’s steep downhill and then began to slowly creep away. Townley’s first moto hadn’t gone well with an up-and-down performance that put him eight laps down. The KTM riders scrambled amongst themselves for the overall, with Suzuki rider Clement DeSalle eventually sneaking past all of them. None of the Red Bull KTM teammates were that motivated to deal with Townley or DeSalle in the end, because Alessi didn’t have anything to gain and Carioli was in position for the overall. In the end it was Carioli, Alessi, DeSalle, Xavier Boog and Steve Ramon. American Kyle Chisolm was ninth.
      The MX2 race was absolutely dominated by Musquin, who won both motos easily. The race might well mark the arrival of American Zach Osborn who has been riding for an English Yamaha team. He has finished just off the podium several times, but with his 4-2 score, he managed to make a statement at his home GP. The second moto had been called short due to a crash, but Osborne was in the right place at the right time. That earned him the Moats Cup, a special award that track owner Bud Feldcamp presented to the top finishing American.
      Most of the other Americans had spotty performances. Travis Baker was one of the most noteable, with his sixth-place in moto one. Mike Leib was filling in on the Bud Kawasaki team, and although he suffered mechanical trouble in both motos, he was signed to ride for that team in the remaining GPs. For complete results, go to www.glenhelen.com.
 
Rui Goncalves was another of the KTM pilots that made the new KTM 350SXF look very good.
 
 
Marvin Musquin dominated the MX2 class.
 
 
Justin Soule was one of the U.S. WORCS riders to enter the GP. He was 19th in the second moto.
 
 
Josh Choppins on a twin-cylinder Aprilia. He was ninth in moto two. Wild.
 
 
‘The most improtant thing for me was not to get hurt,’ said Alessi. He didn’t want to trade punches with Clement DeSalle.

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