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AMA Motocross drops Glen Helen event in May over contractual issues

March 25, 2010 | 12:41 pm

The annual pro motocross race at Glen Helen Raceway near San Bernardino, scheduled for May 29, was dropped Thursday over contractual issues.

"We simply were not able to come to contractual terms with Glen Helen Raceway," Davey Coombs, vice president of MX Sports Pro Racing, manager of the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship series, said in a statement.

However, the series moved its Southern California date to Sept. 11 and "we will have time to find a suitable venue," Coombs said.

Glen Helen issued a statement "regretfully" confirming that it would not host the race due to a "lack of equality in the terms" between Glen Helen and other venues where AMA Motocross competes. It did not elaborate on the terms.

The Glen Helen layout, just west of Interstate 215, was considered among the toughest on the motocross circuit, with three hills that were among the steepest in the sport.

Motocross, which usually begins in May, features specially designed motorcycles for outdoor racing. The stadium version of the sport is supercross; that season runs from January to May.

-- Jim Peltz