The Grand Prix of USA represents the 18th round of the FIM Motocross World Championship and the last fixture of the 2016 MXGP campaign for Team Suzuki World MXGP and Team Suzuki World MX2 at the revered Glen Helen circuit in southern California this weekend.
The long, hilly and fast San Bernardino circuit – mixing hard-pack with looser, rougher soil – is set for another hot weekend of action and for the second year in a row will bring the curtain down on the Grand Prix year.
With both MXGP and MX2 divisions wrapped-up in terms of the title there is little pressure on the line for most of the Grand Prix gate in SoCal this Sunday. Jeremy Seewer is already confirmed as the second-best MX2 rider in the world this year while team-mate Bas Vaessen will contest his third GP as a wildcard and looking to continue his steep learning curve at the highest level with the RM-Z250 ahead of a full-time attempt at the category next season.
Kevin Strijbos still has a chance of a top-10 finish in the premier class for what has been an interrupted term but with the powerful singular highlight of his first GP victory in nine years around the sand of Lommel in Belgium. Arminas Jasikonis has been recovering from the right ankle he twisted at Charlotte and the Grand Prix of the Americas last Saturday and will lap Glen Helen in anger for the first time come Saturday’s practice and qualification schedule. “It is a different kind of track but I like it a lot,” said Strijbos of the challenge ahead in San Bernardino. “Starts again will be key because it is such a long start straight.”