2019 24 Hours of Glen Helen Report —
The 24 Hours of Glen Helen is the perfect battleground for testing the limits of both rider and equipment. In the Po class, teams are only allowed four riders. And while Sportsman teams can have a secondary bike in impound, Pro teams have to make one machine last the entire distance. This means little rest for each of the riders, and nearly no margin for error when it comes to the motorcycle. It all culminates in one of the toughest tests for man and machine.
For the 2019 24 Hours of Glen Helen, the Chaparral Motorsports, Precision Concepts, Kawasaki roster was comprised of team regulars Zach Bell, Blayne Thompson and Clay Hengeveld. Added to the team for the event was fellow Kawasaki rider Ryan Surratt, who’s been garnering solid results in the off-road circuit this season.
Robby Bell, Team Manager
“For a ‘one-day’ race, the twenty-four hour requires so much effort. There are additional measures that go into preparation of the bike. Plus, spare parts, especially wheels and air filters, need to be accounted for and prepped. For the riders, it’s so physically and mentally draining. But it’s such a unique event, and one where so many people and supporters come together. Usually, even though the riders may be teammates, they’ll still be competing to beat each other on the weekend. This is the one race for us where each rider is one-hundred percent committed to the team aspect of the race. So, it’s a different dynamic.
“This year, the race couldn’t have gone much smoother. We were able to get into the lead right away, which is always great for the clean air. From there, the riders did an amazing job putting in fast, consistent laps. The rider rotation stayed consistent throughout, which can be rare, and there wasn’t much to speak of in terms of damage to the bike. In fact, I’m pretty confident saying we’ve never had a motorcycle come through the twenty-four hour as well as this year’s bike did. The 2019 KX450 held up incredibly well; the motor still feels strong, it doesn’t feel tired. Shoot, even the graphics still look really good!
“We’d definitely like to thank all of the friends and family that came out and helped with the effort. Whether it was cooking, caring for the riders, or helping with the maintenance pits, every bit of help and support is what made this event so successful for us. Now, I’m sure everyone that was involved is going to go pass out for a solid day or two.”
As the gate dropped for the two-hour pro race, Zach headed into the first turn just on the outside of series leader Taylor Robert. Over the following handful of corners, the two would fight each other hard for the point position, each with the goal of staying in front of the dust. This ultimately culminated in the riders coming together. The result saw Robert fall to the ground, while Zach was left with a broken water-pack line, bent shift lever and bruised shoulder…
The conditions were always going to be brutal as the tenth round of the 2019 WORCS series rolled into Taft, CA. A dry, hot Summer meant little moisture underneath the powdery oil fields. As a result, sections of the course turned to silt, which meant vision would be at a premium. Additionally, it meant the start would be crucial as every rider would be pushing to make it to the silt sections first. Following strong performances at recent WORCS and National Grand Prix rounds, Chaparral Motorsports, Precision Concepts, Kawasaki’s Zach Bell and Blayne Thompson looked to continue their momentum in the fast, rolling terrain at Taft.
As the gate dropped for the two-hour pro race, Zach headed into the first turn just on the outside of series leader Taylor Robert. Over the following handful of corners, the two would fight each other hard for the point position, each with the goal of staying in front of the dust. This ultimately culminated in the riders coming together. The result saw Robert fall to the ground, while Zach was left with a broken water-pack line, bent shift lever and bruised shoulder. Even with all the action, Bell was able to hold onto the lead as the pack of pro riders headed to the off-road sections of the course. Zach quickly adapted to the bent shift lever and began rapidly pulling out a gap. By the midway point of the race, he had opened up around two minutes over the field. From there, Bell rode smooth, not take any risks passing lapped traffic in the challenging conditions. He continued to stretch away to the finish and was able to put it in cruise control over the final few laps, dominantly taking his first WORCS win of the 2019 season.
In His Own Words
“That was an exciting one! It started off a little hectic, but we got through that and just put in a great charge. It was a good race. I led from start to finish and just put in some good laps; solid laps. I feel like I’ve been getting stronger and stronger and this was the best I’ve felt in the two-hour [race-length]. I’ve been feeling really good lately. I have the attitude that I just want to win and I’ve been working really hard at it. The whole team has really helped me put this whole program together and made it so strong. I’m feeling really confident with the team and my KX450 and I couldn’t do it without the support of everyone. Definitely looking forward to the next one.”
Robby Bell, Team Manager
“Taft in October was always going to be brutal. There just isn’t much you can do to make this soil decent when it’s so dry and powdery. The conditions were the same for everyone, though, and not every course needs to be prime; this is off-road racing.
“I’m very happy for Zach to get the win. He’s put in the work getting over a few early-season setbacks. He’s definitely been building towards his first WORCS win of the season with his recent form and it was impressive to see him be so dominant. Zach’s riding a big wave of momentum and hopefully he can maintain it well.”
The CryoHeat sponsored Chaparral Motorsports|Precision Concepts|Kawasaki Team Green is on a winning roll in the NGPC Series to start the year. Without contending the whole series due to schedule conflicts, our AMA Big6 NGPC Series presence is limited for 2019. However, that doesn’t stop our riders from reaching the podium as Zach Bell has won all 3 races he’s lined up for so far in 2019 and sits 3rd in points.
Blayne Thompson has been consistently at the front of the Pro pack with 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place finishes respectively proving he has the talent and work ethic to be a championship contender. As the defending Pro 2 champion, Clay Hengeveld has made the podium in all 3 attempts with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishes and sits 3rd overall in points. We look forward to hitting the remaining 3 rounds in the series to capture more wins in the latter half of 2019 starting this weekend!
Walker Fowler Race Report: Powerline Park GNCC
ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio. (October 22, 2018) – Un-welcomed rain fell the morning before the Powerline Park GNCC in St. Clairsville, Ohio. Despite the less than ideal racing conditions, Walker Fowler knew he had a big day ahead of him since he could potentially wrap-up his fourth national championship at the penultimate round of the 2018 Grand National Cross Country Series.
Fowler faired off well during the start and headed into the woods second. Just eight miles into the first lap, Fowler made the pass for the lead and began to set a quick pace until his gloves got soaked with the cold, wet mud. After that he slowed down a little and the rest of the pack was able to pull back-up on him, which set the scenario for the remaining hour and a half.
On the second lap, Fowler made a diligent move to let second place ahead of him to watch how he navigated through one of the tricker sections on the track. Since it was approaching the mid-way point of the race, Fowler and the other podium contenders elected to pit where Fowler regained the lead as the entered back onto the track.
From there Fowler, regrouped and kept the momentum moving forward as he navigated the tricky track. Once the white flag came out, Fowler made his final charge as he worked through the lapped riders and brought home his sixth win and the 2018 GNCC title in his home state.
“This was definitely one of the more difficult championships to win to date, and frankly I think that makes it more special,” said Fowler. “Everyone brought their best effort, and while we did not win every battle, we were able to win the war and that is what matters! It’s an incredible feeling to win both the race and the championship in front of my family, friends. And home state fans that came out to watch.”
After nearly four-months off from UTV racing, Fowler lined up on the second row and got a quick jump off the line. Unfortunately, his naturally aspirated car fell behind the turbo cars and he went into the woods last, which put him in eighth overall at the start of the race. Once the course tightened, Fowler was on an equal playing field and ran a consistent top-10 pace. It wasn’t until the white flag when Fowler was really able to makes moves, ultimately finishing fifth overall. This result vaulted Fowler from seventh to fourth in points.
“I can’t do better than fourth based on points, but our goal at Ironman is a podium position with fifth at the least,” said Fowler. “This would solidify us as fourth overall for the season as well as top non-turbo car for the year. I would be extremely proud of that result as a team and for my awesome sponsors like Yamaha and Weller Racing who have given us an incredible machine to drive all season long!”
Vickie Fowler drove her YXZ1000RSS backed by Weller Racing to a podium position last weekend. She battled the entire race, and managed to finish third in class. This result puts her in a three-way tie for second place in the Women UTV class, where she is currently winning the tie breaker. Vickie heads into the final round just needing another podium finish in order to clinch second place! The Ironman GNCC will conclude the 2018 GNCC series, this Saturday October 27.
Current WFR Team Results:
Walker Fowler – XC1 Open Pro – 1st overall Walker Fowler – UXC1 Pro Turbo – 4th overall Vickie Fowler – UTV Women – 2nd
ENSENADA, MX – May 30 – June 3, 2018 – “Going into the Baja 500, I was still super pumped about winning my class at the San Felipe 250 and taking 2nd Overall to my husband, Wayne Matlock, by less than 3 minutes. That race made me realize that if I just pushed myself a little harder I could possibly get the Overall UTV win, so I decided to set my mind to it and go for it.” – Kristen Matlock
And that is exactly what she did! Dominating the UTV Class with CryoHeat playing a major role in the strength of many parts of her Naturally Aspirated Polaris RZR; the Transmission, Front Differential, CV joints, axles, Brake Rotors, Brake Pads, Spindles, Hubs and virtually every nut and bolt on her Polaris RZR has been through the CryoHeat Processes, giving them the strength so Kristen can beat the heck out of them and making these parts run cooler and more efficiently to give her the edge she needs to do her thing.
Kristen Ironwomaned the whole SCORE International Baja 500, placed First in Pro NA UTV and took overall in Pro UTV, beating out even the Turbo UTVs; with a final time of 14:26:47, Kristen placed 42nd overall including ALL classes ie., Trophy Trucks, Motorcycles, etc. Kristen Matlock has proven that it takes more than a pair of balls to dominate; it takes skill, guts, heart, strength, a great crew, a supportive family, a bunch of great sponsors, and some really strong parts.
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LAKE ELSINORE, CA – December 13, 2017 – The No. 45x BREMEN-Arredondo-Haines Racing Honda CRF450x was first to leave the start in Ensenada and finished the gruelling 1134 mile course with an official time of 21:07:17 taking their third consecutive race win and clinching the 2017 SCORE motorcycle championship. Everything except the frame was CryoHeat treated and appropriately Micropolished, including the engine, chains, sprockets, foot pegs, axels and more for strength and durability; even the suspension was CryoHeat treated for the smoothest, plushest ride possible.
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November 29, 2017 – A very sweet KX125 built by Precision Concepts Race Team head mechanic, Phil Valdez, features an entirely CryoHeat treated and Micropolished engine by CryoHeat.
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December 12, 2016 – Wayne Matlock takes second place in the 2016 Baja 1000 with a fully CryoHeat Treated Polariz RZR for increased performance and strength as well as Micropolishing on all necessary parts. Unfortunately, the bolts, including the two spindle bolts that broke during the Baja 1000, were not treated.
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