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The 3 Bros 10 Hours of Glen Helen took place this weekend despite summer heat and pandemics. This year the event was staged as a night race to avoid the heat–most of it was held after sunset. The riders left the line at 4:00 in the afternoon and the checkered flag dropped at 2:00 a.m. That gave all the members of each team enough time to ride in the daylight, familiarize themselves with the eight-mile course and settle in for the night. The course itself was designed to keep the riders off the remote ridges surrounding Glen Helen Raceway. It combined the National course, the REM track, the Lucas Oil Stadium truck track as well as incorporating a tricky pavement section around the San Manuel Amphitheater. There was no escaping the fact that summer is dust season in Southern California. The Glen Helen staff watered sections of the curse repeatedly during the race, but invariably, there were dry sections.
RACING INTO THE NIGHT: JOSH MOSIMAN’S GLEN HELEN 10-HOUR OFF-ROAD EXPERIENCE
It all started with an idea, which sparked a question, which landed on receptive ears of guys who were willing to turn the idea into action and see it through to the finish line. The 10-hour Endurance race runs as the second event in the middle a three-race series which features the 6-hour and the 24-hour races. The series is sponsored by 3Brothers and each event runs at the famous Glen Helen facility. The series isn’t new, but prior to this year, I didn’t have the right opportunity to race it. This year, the 3Brothers 10-Hour at Glen Helen began at 4:00pm on Saturday and went until 2:00am Sunday morning.
Blayne Thompson was the wire-to-wire winner of the 3 Bros Six Hours of Glen Helen for 2020, riding the entire event solo. The event has a large ironman class, but Thompson decided to go head to head with the teams of the Open Expert class, riding with only the support of his Chidester Transport Yamaha pit crew and family. He got the start and set a fast pace from the very beginning of the race. The expert team of Nick Stover, Thomas Dunn and Shane Logan were never that far behind, hoping to simply wear Thompson down in the course of the day. It almost worked–with a half hour left in the race, they were within 10 seconds of the lead. Thompson was clearly keeping an eye on the Stover team and picked up the pace at the end of the race. His last lap was one of his fastest. Thompson finished with a 34-second lead, competing 22 laps around the 9-mile course. The only other teams to finish on the lead laps were Stover’s and the Tyler Nicholson/Klarke team, which won the Open Intermediate class.
The 2019 Dubya USA World Vet Nationals have come and gone at Glen Helen Raceway. As always another Edison Dye Lifetime Achievement award was given out. With that guy being no other than Pro Circuit’s Mitch Payton. MXA got numerous people to talk about the legend in a video that our own Travis Fant produced. Make sure to check out the 23 minute long cut of Mitch here.
Day one of the Dubya USA World Vet Motocross Championship is in the books. With 750 riders entered in a wide variety of age groups, the three premier events of day one were: (1) The Over-40 Pro Championship, won by Mike Brown, who first won it back in 2017. (2) The Over-50 Pro race, won by Kurt Nicoll. It was Kurt’s fourth World Vet Championship (he won the Over-40 title in 2015 and the Over-50 crown in 2016, 2018 and now 2019. (3) The third big event of day one was the World Vet World Cup team race. It is made up of national teams composed of an Over-30, Over-40 and Over-50 rider. Saturday’s event was the first moto of the two-moto affair, with Team USA #2 inching out a narrow lead over Team Great Britain, with Team USA #1 moving into third. The second moto will be held on Sunday. Here are the top 20 in all three events. Sunday will see all of the amateur classes plus the Over-30 Pro race (along with Over -60 and Over-70 Championships and second moto of the World Cup).
The 2019 Dubya USA World Vet Motocross Championship and the first-ever World Cup of Nations team race is officially in the books and it was definitely one to remember. With thirteen different countries represented in the twenty World Cup of Nations classes, there was a true battle for each country’s pride on line in the 30+, 40+ and 50+ World Cup gate drops.
The 35th annual World Vet Championship presented by Dubya USA was held at Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino California on November 2nd and 3rd. This years event set records for attendance with just over 1,600 entrees at the two day event. Riders came from a total of 30 states and 25 different countries to battle it out for bragging rights. This year Dubya incorporated a Vintage Race and an MX Of Nations style event in the festivities that were both very well received by all that participated. Mitch Payton was presented with the Edison Dye Lifetime Achievement Award accompanied by a great video done by our video department head honcho Travis Fant (Click the link above for that video). Below is a summary of the weekend events.
The 35th Annual Dubya World Vet MX Championships saw another packed house at Glen Helen Raceway over the November 2-3 weekend. Mike Alessi, a surprise entry, captured the 30+ Pro race on Sunday with a 1-1 sweep after a battle with Mike Brown. In Saturday’s 40+ and 50+ Pro races, Brown and Kurt Nicoll cashed in. The 2019 event saw the inaugural Dubya World Vet Cup of Nations, which went to the American team ahead of the Brits.
Here’s a batch of goodies from Sunday’s action, which featured the 30+ Pro action, Mitch Payton as this year’s recipient of the Edison Dye Lifetime achievement award, and the World Vet Cup of Nations.
Mitch Payton, owner of Pro Circuit Racing is one of the greatest tuners in motocross history! Dubya USA and Glen Helen Raceway are excited and proud to announce that the 2019 recipient of the Edison Dye Motocross Lifetime Achievement Award will be team owner and tuner extraordinaire Mitch Payton. Mitch began his career riding with his brother, James, under the guidance of his parents, James and Norma Payton. He began racing at the age of 10, and by the time Mitch was 17 he was the District 37 125cc desert racing class champion.
This is the greatest tuner in motocross history — Mitch Payton. Dubya USA and Glen Helen Raceway are excited and proud to announce that the 2019 recipient of the Edison Dye Motocross Lifetime Achievement Award will be team owner and tuner extraordinaire Mitch Payton. Mitch began his career riding with his brother, James, under the guidance of his parents, James and Norma Payton. He began racing at the age of 10, and by the time Mitch was 17 he was the District 37 125cc desert racing class champion.