24 Hours of Glen Helen Photo Report
By Trevor Hunter
The 2022 edition of the 24 Hours of Glen Helen, an annual race held since 1999, is done and dusted. Per usual, it tested every racer and their machine, some past the breaking point. The course was ~10 miles in length and consisted of a good mix of singletrack, fast off-road, and of course the motocross tracks. Temps were high, dust was thick, and a near record entry with 72 teams made for a good race and atmosphere all weekend long. With our race coming to an unfortunate end Saturday afternoon, we broke out the camera Sunday morning to sieze the moment.
Your 2022 winners – SLR Honda Pro Team (Ryan Surratt, Cole Martinez, Chance Hymas, & Jack Simpson)
The SLR Honda team came in as the pre-race favorites and they delivered as expected with a flawless race. Cole Martinez is becoming quite the off-road racer after a Supercross career.
Chance Hymas is quite the rider these days. The HRC Honda racer can race Supercross in a stadium one week, then win a 2 hour off-road race the next. In his first forray with night riding and racing, the phenom put in solid rides.
No one touched this berm all morning quite like Hymas did.
For the first time we can think of, there was a Sherco mixing it up. The 300cc four-stroke sounded healthy and looked good with an expert level team onboard.
Nothing quite like this feeling…
Colton Udall was apart of the most exciting battle of the race Sunday morning. He chased down former teammate Mark Samuels as the two squared off for the 30+ Expert win and 2nd Overall.
Justin Jones helped make up time on the SLR Honda/San Diego Powerhouse team and make it a race between Udall and Samuels.
Colton settled just 7 seconds behind Samuels when the checkers flew despite a valiant effort.
Mark was thrown on the bike late in the race to hold off a hard charging Colton Udall.
After riding for 22 of the 24 hours, Dustin McManus won the Ironman class with 50 laps, only 26 down from the overall winners.
Maverick Shuey was the 2nd Ironman, finishing with 48 laps.
His hands may never look or feel the same again.
Our second team of Prairie Dogs MC riders made it to the finish on our GYTR YZ250FX. The rider lineup was quite vast, including a 100lb 14 year old mini rider to 220+lb 50 year olds and everything in between.
Jordan Gorgone, a former racer himself, hasn’t ridden in years but suited up and got the job done.
Mike Wilson, a 50+ Intermediate racer, started things off for the team.
Joe Kidd was having some fun in his first 24 hour.
Kai Hunter was the smallest and youngest on the team, but he proved to be the fastest day and night.
The times don’t lie.
A job well done.
Ryder Patridge raising it up for the camera.
The morning sun can be tough on riders.
The Kilmartin Racing Women’s Team took top honors in the Women’s class.
Clayton Roberts off the start on our YZ450FX.
Clayton passed into the lead using all the power our Yamaha had to offer.
Tyler Nicholson raced to 2nd Open Pro on a KTM 250cc two-stroke.
Nicholson got the early lead after a dead engine start.
Troy Jackson’s #151 team was a front runner in the Open Expert class.
Ryan Surratt does it all. He raced Supercross earlier in the year, just podiumed an NGPC race last weekend, and now adds another 24 Hour victory to his belt.
Surratt stayed on the bike longer than most, refueling here.
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