Team Rockstar Teka Suzuki Set For May 30th – USGP News Release
April 19, 2010 – Glen Helen Raceway, CA – Fresh off a moto win at the Grand Prix of Lombardia, Team Rockstar Teka Suzuki World MX1 has confirmed they will be bringing racers Clement Desalle and Steve Ramon to Southern California to compete at the USGP at Glen Helen on May 30th. Headed by legendary Belgian racer Eric Geboers, Team Suzuki is celebrating 50 years of racing heritage in 2010 and having an American-based sponsor makes this event doubly important.
“We have just entered into a very important partnership with Rockstar Energy Drink and having a race in the U.S. is just perfect,” explains Geboers. Nicknamed “The Kid” during his own racing days, Geboers gained fame as the first man to win championships in the 125cc, 250cc and 500cc classes. He also knows the track at Glen Helen having won the 500cc USGP at Glen Helen in 1990. “I think it is great that FIM-sanctioned MX is spread out all over the world, and the USA is very important in both the motorcycle business and media.”
In addition to being important to the team, Geboers adds it is even more important to the riders. “Every European rider dreams about racing in the U.S. at sometime. The competition in Europe is very well known, but the question is always how do we stack up against the U.S. riders and tracks.”
Given this importance, does Geboers plan to approach the USGP at Glen Helen any different than the European rounds? “It will become a tactical battle for the Rockstar Teka Suzuki Team for sure. Racing influences the adrenaline levels more than what most of the riders can control, so we will work to keep our riders under control and not to get hurt in a battle against a U.S. rider.”
What are the former USGP Champ’s thoughts about the Youthstream’s five-year deal to bring the race to Glen Helen for the next five years? “This is a step in the right direction,” believes the Belgian. “Having Glen Helen in the FIM World MX program is an added value for the future, but budgeting for this first year will be tough for most of the teams.”
“The good thing is that a five-year plan will make logistics easier in the future… if an overseas trip can be combined with the Brazil GP for example, it will make it more cost-effective in the future,” says Geboers. “We are all looking forward to coming to Glen Helen for the next five years.”
Tickets for the “Race of the Century” as the USGP is being billed, are available at the Glen Helen website www.glenhelen.com as well as at participating local Yamaha dealers. Reserved camping is also available for $50 per spot.
Weekend General Admission $70.00
Weekend General Admission-Child $35.00
Under 5 years No Charge
Sunday Only Tickets
“Sunday Only” General Admission $50.00
“Sunday Only” General Admission-Child $25.00
Glen Helen Raceway Season Passes are Not Valid for USGP Weekend. “Paddock” Pro Pit Passes and VIP tickets available. NO GLEN HELEN WILL CALL. NO REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES FOR ANY REASON All Sales final. Lost, stolen, or broken bands (wristbands) will not be replaced and are NOT VALID. Pre-sale tickets available at participating Yamaha Dealers only. For a list of Yamaha Dealers click here.
About Youthstream – Youthstream is the company that manages the exclusive television, marketing and promotional world wide rights of the FIM Motocross World Championship, the FIM Motocross of Nations, the FIM Women’s Motocross World Championship, the FIM Veteran’s Motocross World Cup, the FIM Junior Motocross World Championship, the FIM SuperMoto World Championship, the FIM SuperMoto of Nations, the FIM Snowcross World Championship, the UEM Motocross European Championship, the UEM Motocross of European Nations and the UEM SuperMoto European Championship. Youthstream’s Motocross website: www.motocrossmx1.com
Glen Helen: Racing At Its Best Since 1985 – Located North of San Bernardino in the area of Devore, Glen Helen Raceway is set on 256 acres against a mountain side making for great course. Glen Helen Raceway started back in 1985, hosting several Sand Drags, Off-Road events and Motocross races. In 1990 Glen Helen Raceway hosted its first major event, the United States Grand Prix Motocross and again in 1991 and 1992. After hosting the USGP, the Glen Helen Raceway venue became an internationally known track. In 1995 and 1996 two more major events came to Glen Helen Raceway, the Off-Road Winter Series and the AMA 125/250 MX Nationals. Addition of these events to Glen Helen Raceway’s roster helped the facility become of one of the most seen and raced on tracks in the world. Today Glen Helen Raceway has added more race tracks and has put thousands of dollars into its facility, culminating in it becoming Youthstream’s choice to bring back the historic USGP race. See more at the Glen Helen website: www.glenhelen.com