Now we have separation, a clinical line cut into a very
long year of racing, where huge budgets mated to tele-
vision has honed our sport into a tribe of specialists.
Supercross has been the number-one catalyst to the
“fences” approach to racing; it requires special machines,
special skills and special tracks and has the biggest fan
base that is coupled to live TV. It is every factory’s num-
ber-one priority. And with that, other than the popular MX
of Nations, MXGP, or World Championship motocross has
very little priority status to American racers or fans.
This year Glen Helen Raceway got the last MXGP race
of the year. Several years ago they also hosted the event,
and not one factory U.S. rider participated. Most had hung
up their boots after a long outdoor series, but the real-
ity was that they were already testing…for the upcoming
Supercross season. The factories would not switch gears
back to outdoors, and there was no incentive to race a GP
that meant zilch. Two things changed the American priority
A full gate of MXGP (Open-class) competi-
tors greeted the San Bernardino fans. Cooper
Webb, Musquin, Grant, Febvre, Anderson,
Paulin and Cairoli attack the straightaway
prior to the Talladega first turn.