Glen Helen Raceway, San Bernardino, Calif., May 23
- Mt. St. Helens, the famed hill at Glen Helen, drops about 200 feet of elevation, which equals 20 stories.
- Glen Helen serves as the test facility for most of the Southern California-based factory teams.
- Glen Helen's Talladega first turn is the fastest and steepest first turn on the circuit
Series Statistical Report
- The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team has won every 250-class title since switching to the KX250F four-stroke in 2005 (Ivan Tedesco in 2005, Ryan Villopoto in 2006, 2007 and 2008).
- 250 Class favorite Ryan Dungey finished second in last year's 250-class points. But it has been 15 years since a rider ranked second in 250 points came back to win the title. The rider was Steve Lamson, who finished second in 1994 and won the title in 1995.
- Ryan Villopoto won three-straight 250-class titles. The last rider to win three-straight in that class, Ricky Carmichael, won the 450 title the next season in his rookie year. Carmichael went 1-1 at Glen Helen in his very first race in the big class.
450 Class Stats
- The first AMA Pro Motocross race was held at Glen Helen Raceway on August, 1, 1993, with Mike LaRocco winning on a Kawasaki.
- This will be the 15th time the gate will drop for the AMA Pro Motocross Championship at Glen Helen.
- Glen Helen wins by brand:
- Last win at Glen Helen by brand:
- First time winners at Glen Helen: Timmy Ferry - 2001 (Yamaha); Mikael Pichon - 1998 (Suzuki); Sebastian Tortelli - 1999 (Honda); and Mike LaRocco - 1993 (Kawasaki).
- Timmy Ferry is the only rider in the 450 Class field to win an overall at Glen Helen back in 2001. It was his first 450 Class (then referred to as the 250cc class) win.
- Kawasaki is looking for the first consecutive wins at Glen Helen since Honda won three in a row from 2002-2004.
- Honda is looking to end a four-year victory drought at Glen Helen while Suzuki is in search of its first win since 2005. Yamaha hasn't sat atop the podium since Ferry's victory in 2001.
- KTM has never won an overall at Glen Helen.
- Chad Reed is making his first start in the AMA Pro Motocross Championship since 2006.
- Ryan Villopoto and Josh Grant make their 450 Class debuts at Glen Helen.
- Two riders have won in their 450 Class debuts at Glen Helen:
Sebastian Tortelli - 1999; Ricky Carmichael - 2000
- Ricky Carmichael is winningest rider at Glen Helen with eight victories: Three in the 250 class and five in the 450 class.
2008 450 Class Final Point Standings
1- James Stewart Kawasaki 600
2- Timmy Ferry Kawasaki 414
3- Andrew Short Honda 392
4- Michael Byrne Suzuki 377
5- Cody Cooper Suzuki 266
6- Nick Wey KTM 264
7- Josh Hill Yamaha 234
8- Jeff Alessi Honda 233
9- Sean Hamblin Yamaha 225
10- Mike Alessi Suzuki 221
450 Class Overall Wins - 2008 Season
James Stewart: 12
450 Class Moto Wins - 2008 Season
James Stewart: 24
450 Class Wins by Brand - 2008 Season
250 Class Stats
- The first 250 Class race was held August 1, 1993, with Doug Henry winning on a Honda.
- This will be the 15th time the gate will drop for an AMA Pro Motocross 250 Class race at Glen Helen.
- Glen Helen wins by brand:
- Last win by brand at Glen Helen:
- First time winners at Glen Helen: Kevin Windham - 1996 (Yamaha); Stephane Roncada - 2000 (Yamaha); Grant Langston - 2001 (KTM); James Stewart 2002 (Kawasaki); Austin Stroupe - 2008 (Kawasaki).
- Austin Stroupe's victory last season was the first of his career and the seventh in a row for Kawasaki.
- Six different Kawasaki riders have won the past seven 250 Class races at Glen Helen (Stewart - 2002 & 2004; Mike Brown - 2003; Langston - 2005; Villopoto - 2006; Townley - 2007; Stroupe - 2008).
- A Suzuki rider has never won the 250 Class at Glen Helen.
- European transplants Christophe Pourcel, Tyla Rattray, and Tommy Searle all make their AMA Pro Motocross Championship debuts at Glen Helen.
- Max Anstie and Justin Barcia make their professional debuts at Glen Helen, graduating from the amateur ranks.
- Two riders have won in their 250 Class debuts at Glen Helen:
Grant Langston - 2001; James Stewart - 2002
2008 250 Class Final Point Standings
1- Ryan Villopoto Kawasaki 540
2- Ryan Dungey Suzuki 468
3- Brett Metcalfe Kawasaki 382
4- Jake Weimer Honda 321
5- Nico Izzi Suzuki 292
6- Ryan Sipes Honda 228
7- Kyle Cunningham Kawasaki 198
8- Kyle Chisholm Kawasaki 189
9- Josh Grant Honda 186
10- Trey Canard Honda 173
250 Class Wins by Brand - 2008 Season
Glen Helen Raceway Past Winners
Date Winner, Hometown Machine
May 25, 2008 James Stewart, Haines City, Fla. Kawasaki
September 10, 2007 Grant Langston, Clermont, Fla. Yamaha
September 10, 2006 James Stewart, Haines City, Fla. Kawasaki
September 11, 2005 Ricky Carmichael, Havana, Fla. Suzuki
September 12, 2004 Ricky Carmichael, Havana, Fla. Honda
May 11, 2003 Ricky Carmichael, Havana, Fla. Honda
May 12, 2002 Ricky Carmichael, Havana, Fla. Honda
May 13, 2001 Timmy Ferry, Largo, Fla. Yamaha
May 14, 2000 Ricky Carmichael, Havana, Fla. Kawasaki
May 9, 1999 Sebastien Tortelli, France Honda
May 10, 1998 Michael Pichon, France Suzuki
May 11, 1997 Jeff Emig, Riverside, Calif. Kawasaki
May 12, 1996 Jeremy McGrath, Menifee, Calif. Honda
August 1, 1993 Mike LaRocco, South Bend, Ind. Kawasaki
Date Winner, Hometown Machine
May 25, 2008 Austin Stroupe, Lincolnton, N.C. Kawasaki
September 10, 2007 Ben Townley, Tallahassee, Fla. Kawasaki
September 10, 2006 Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash. Kawasaki
September 11, 2005 Grant Langston, Murrieta, Calf. Kawasaki
September 12, 2004 James Stewart, Haines City, Fla. Kawasaki
May 11, 2003 Michael Brown, Johnson City, Tenn. Kawasaki
May 12, 2002 James Stewart, Haines City, Fla. Kawasaki
May 13, 2001 Grant Langston, S. Africa KTM
May 14, 2000 Stephane Roncada, France Yamaha
May 9, 1999 Ricky Carmichael, Havana, Fla. Kawasaki
May 10, 1998 Ricky Carmichael, Havana, Fla. Kawasaki
May 11, 1997 Ricky Carmichael, Havana, Fla. Kawasaki
May 12, 1996 Kevin Windham, Baton Rouge, La. Yamaha
August 1, 1993 Doug Henry, Oxford, Conn. Honda
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