My USGP Experience+Myles Tedder Interview+Lotsa Pretty Pictures

My USGP Experience

(Featuring an Interview with Myles Tedder)


            That was what I said the morning of May 15th when my dad and I were driving through the parking lot at Glen Helen watching torpedoes of water hit the windshield of the truck on our way to my first ever motocross USGP. We kind of laughed amongst ourselves after discussing how sloppy the track would be— which it was. By the time we walked up to the entrance I had stepped through the diarrhea-like mud (ok-it didn’t smell like it at least) and almost lost my shoe because of how heavy it was!

Under our Thor umbrella, we paraded through the rain and mud to get to the San Bernardino Matt Tedder's bike after the wet Vet raceNational Forest Association OHV Volunteer tent for some shelter. The Vet race was about to start and the rain wasn’t giving in. For once, I was able to stand at a fence and watch the races without any discomfort of another human rubbing up against me. It made me think of how different it was from the AMA National Championship Motocross events I've attended, and how each event had different things that made them good.

            Obviously, the morning sucked. Fans and riders probably couldn’t agree more. The track didn’t get any reconstruction so the ruts were deep and the mud was thick, slick and sloppy. Watching from the fence behind the bleachers, I wasn’t even that close to the jumps yet they were so dense I heard and felt the bike land under my feet. I’ve never really experienced something like that before (one of I don’t know how many new experiences I experienced that day!). The Vet guys were doing pretty solid considering the track conditions and weather which set the MX1 and MX2 riders up for some good ol’ mud runnin’.




Matt Tedder II 




Matt Tedder III











After a while I hit the pits to cruise around and get a better feel for what I was in for. Being used to the many, many big rigs of Supercross and Nationals, I was kind of shocked-but in a good way. The pits were definitely…blunt. While there were big rigs -- most on loan from the U.S. teams to help out their European counterparts -- you could walk right up to the team rigs and there were even some European GP riders pitting out of rental cars. That’s it. Not many energy drink girls were seen parading around and there was no Traxxas RC car demos or dirtbike giveaways. Just pit crews doing their jobs like always with the rider right there.

 There was no need for shoving your way through masses of people like you’re at Disneyland like I always do at SX or MX. I just sailed through, umbrella in hand; soaking up all the race fuel, interesting foreign accents and riders I’ve never seen or heard of before. I got myself accustomed to where all the teams were pitted and found my way back to my dad. Our friend Jay and his daughter Journey had arrived which meant we were really in for a fun(ny) day. He is good mates with the racing The Brits are here!Tedder family, (father Matt, who was in the Vet exhibition race and sons Dakota and Myles, aspiring pros that were entered in MX2), who were so kind and let us hang in their pit for most of the day. After a really nice yet brief run in with some good photographer friends (Joe Bonnello and Gerald Geronimo; love those guys!) we were off to the track to watch just how fast foreigners really were.

The MX2 class was lining up at the gate as I walked onto the track. The last time I had been on the main course was the last Outdoor MX National Glen Helen held in 2009, so walking in next to the bikes gave me flashbacks of when I was really getting into Motocross and the feeling in my stomach that something was on the verge of exploding. One moment the speakers were blasting European techno (Sandstorm by Darude if anyone wanted to know) and the next moment the racers were off and blasting through the slop Mother Nature laid out for most of the day. Ken Roczen had pretty much swept the field and before I knew it the moto was over. Yeah – they were going that fast.


Rollin' on rollers


Follow and try to catch the leader time

Zach Osbourne  




 The young(er) gun Jeffrey Herlings


Vunder boy Ken Roczen  








Roczen; photo by: my dad :)









MX2 Podium: Roczen, Herlings, Searle

MX2 Podium: Roczen, Herlings, Searle




The MX1 guys were next and from seeing the MX2 class, I could tell there was going to be some good racing (Desalle vs. Cairoli “Ravioli”—enough said!). If the boys were so fast, the men would have to be faster. So again, we stood and watched the race as I chomped down on as much food as I could get my hungry, muddy hands on. I knew the Tedder brothers, Ken Roczen, Marvin Musquin, Tommy Searle, Max Anstie, Zach Osbourne, Cole Seeley and Travis Baker from the MX2 class but watching the MX1 field made me feel small. The only talent I knew was Antonio Cairoli, Christian Craig, and Clement Desalle so watching the race was extra interesting and was just another learning experience. For example: I haven’t seen a Russian rider before, but lo and behold I discovered the #777 of Evgeny Bobryshev. Just another rider I plan to meet one day and get a signature (there may be traces of Russian in my family line, but I am half Lithuanian so this discovery was huge for me).  See? Learning!

Christian Craig can fly!


Clement Desalle cool whe-ip


Craig shows off some deep ruts-including his ownToni "Ravioli" Cairoli











After the races were over and the trophies were handed out, we headed back over to the Tedder pit to do a brief interview with Myles Tedder. It was his first race back after a pre-Supercross season injury (torn ACL and TCL) and the harsh conditions were welcoming him back with some falls Team Tedder rigg and some upper body pain.

Me: So obviously you are one of the few Americans racing in the GP today. What was your drive to race today?

Myles: I did it last year and I had a great time. This year is a good warm right before the AMA Nationals. It’s also interesting to see how fast the Europeans are at this point and to see where I’m at and obviously I do Myles got style; photo by: my dad againneed to pick it up in a lot of areas.

So the rain this morning pretty much sucked right?

The rain was miserable! It was so cold, but it wasn’t too bad. I’ve definitely been through a lot worse.

So the way the rain affected the track—did it affect you a lot?

Definitely. Like how the rain flooded the track. It got super thick, super muddy and just ...and the M. Tedder has liftoff...made my upper body work twice as hard. Since I’m out of shape, I ran out of energy real quick.

Are you looking forward to Outdoors?

I’m definitely looking forward to Outdoors. It’s going to be a lot of fun. It’s going to be me working myself back into shape every race. Hopefully I’ll be able to get back to where I left off the year before.


You heard it straight from one of the riders’ mouths. It might’ve just been the third round for the GP-ers, but for the few Americans that aren’t doing the circuit, it was a great warm up for the coming Outdoor season and a taste of what’s yet to come for them. After I got my taste of the USGP, I found it offers a slightly different atmosphere than AMA Motocross and has its benefits. As I said before, I jusTedder 1 and Tedder 2t marched right up to the gates along the track. No mobs of sweaty people to fight through. There are no huge attractions (or should I say distractions) that try to outshine the racing and the Monster girls were in a smaller numbers as opposed to the many that strut around the track at the more popular Nationals (I know boys, wipe your tears). Every time I walked through the pits, even the top riders weren’t hiding away in their trailers—instead hanging out outside and talking with people—which is pretty rare here. So even though the clouds may have brought the rain and made the day darker, the racing and spirit of the USGP really shined through and showed everybody a good time. More importantly, it gave newcomers like me a greater appreciation for the other cultures and countries that partake in the sport I celebrDakota Tedder--finally got a good snap of him!ate and love. This, in turn, will have me returning again when it comes back once more.

We send many thanks to the Tedder family for letting us chill and Myles Tedder for hanging out and answering some Q’s. We will definitely be seeing you guys in your bright futures and wish you great things and safe yet hardcore riding in your races. And I’ll have to bake some treats next race (treat others as you treat them—I can take that literally). I hope to see more American fans out at the GPs next year, as it is full of great racing and is refreshing to see the new and upcoming riders from the world that might come over here and race in the U.S. one day. Consider yourself lucky when you do and you will thank me later! See you at the races!



Tommy Searle was smooth sailing through the turns





  • Thanks guys!

    @ROCKETMAN: Yes, it is a very cool experience (obviously!)! Fresh faces and lots of good people!

    KawiCarly_922, 3 years ago | Flag
  • what a kick-ass post!  felt like I was frikin' there!  I'm missin out..

    ROCKETMAN, 3 years ago | Flag

    drinkchai, 3 years ago | Flag

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