Glen Helen Raceway Ramps Up For AMA National - News - Dirt Rider Magazine

National Promoters Group (NPG) member Glen Helen Raceway will have a new look for the 25,000 fans expected this weekend for the 10th annual Giant RV Pro Motocross National at Glen Helen, presented by Yamaha—the 12th and final round of the 2005 AMA Motocross Championship, presented by FMF.Taking into consideration the feedback from those in attendance over the last several years, organizers at Glen Helen have gone to great measures to insure that this weekend's motocross experience will be a memorable one for its loyal fan base that arrives from points all over the region this weekend to witness the greatest motocross racers on earth going to battle on the legendary Glen Helen Raceway track."I get calls and emails all the time from people saying what an excellent time they had at the National, while some of them also suggest ways we can improve the track for the fans," said Glen Helen's Lori Bryant. "So this year we've taken some of these suggestions from our fans and applied them to a re-design of this year's track that will allow for easier access, better sight lines and more room for fans to move about."Bryant noted the major changes that will increase the amount of open space on Glen Helen's infield viewing area in order to better accommodate the sizable crowed:• Several straight-aways have been shortened.
• The Mini Talladega Turn (before the press tower) was removed.
• The long Finger Turn was removed.In no way, according to Bryant, has the track been compromised. In areas that were shortened, other areas were lengthened. And Bryant assures fans that Glen Helen will, without a doubt, be one of the toughest tests of the year on the National circuit—just like it is ever year."The guys that build my track assure me that it will be longer, faster and rougher than it has ever been," said Bryant. "From the Muddy Freeway to Mt. St. Helen, to our infamous square bumps and the "Elevator" drop, fans will see the greatest riders in the world this weekend on what we strongly believe is the most difficult track on the Nationals tour."The goal of the NPG is to raise the awareness of motocross through the production of professional championship racing events. For more information on the NPG and motocross results, please visit our web site at For more information on Glen Helen Raceway, please visit