Some of the fastest amateur riders in the sport come out to compete in the Amateur Days at Glen Helen Raceway every year before the big national. This year, Glen Helen combined the Amateur Day race with the Yamaha Dealer Series. We witnessed some great racing, and an unexpected rain strom that came in on Thursday night. It rained pretty consistently throughout the day on Friday, causing a lot of riders to pack up their things and head home.
Here is a small look into how things went down at the amateur races. Please remember, considering that it was raining off and on, we weren't able to get pictures of every race.
The 125 A Lites class was packed with good talent. Battles took place throughout the race, and it was anybody's chance to win. Scott Champion #195 (below) took the overall win on Thursday. Aside from taking the overall for the day, Scott gained enough points and earned his AMA Pro License! I spoke with Scott and he was stoked on his achievements and has some big plans for the future!.
Travis Freistat #134 (below) fought hard in the 125 A Lites class. He won the first moto, but didn't have the same outcome in moto 2. Travis would finish up in the second spot.
Blake Baggett #179 (below) completely checked out of both motos in the 250F Intermediate class. He pulled both holeshots and walked away with two wins, giving him the overall on Thursday. Baggett won his first moto on Friday morning, and then decided to pack up and go home due to the torrential downpours.
Rockstar Suzuki backed Nick Paluzzi #117 (below) had a great day of racing as well. He put together solid 2-2 finishes to end up with second for the day.
Bryce Vallee #814 (below)..... This kid has a lot of heart and determination. He also has the speed and talent to run at the top of his class. Vallee rode strong on Thursday with consistent 3-3 finishes, rounding out the top 3 for the day. After riding practice on Friday morning, Bryce decided to join many of the other riders and pack up and hit the road.
Tommy Weeck #41 (below) made an appearance, and made a strong one. He took the overall win in the 450 Intermediate class. Tommy has showed us that he has what it takes to win championships this year and we look forward to watching him join the pro ranks in 2009.
Phil Dowell #363 (below) was out competing in the Jr. Vet +25 Expert class. He was also running the #275 plate in support of his son, Matty Dowell. Matty was injured two weeks ago while doing a local race at Glen Helen. Matty is currently on the mend and we would like to wish him a speedy recovery.
For complete race results for Thursday and Friday's races, check out http://glenhelen.com/ and click the Trackside Race Results link.