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Previews and entry list for the Monster Energy GP of the USA

Glen Helen GP preview by Geoff Meyer for Youthstream :

Having experienced the 2010 Unites States Grand Prix, everyone involved in the FIM World Motocross Championships can’t wait to get back to Glen Helen. Riders, mechanics, journalists, photographers, team managers and Youthstream all want a little more of the Californian hospitality.

Ask a rider which circuit he likes, and many will tell you the Glen Helen circuit. With its huge hills and treacherous terrain, plus high temperatures, the Monster Energy Grand Prix USA will be an exciting event.

Red plate owner in the FIM World MX2 Championship Ken Roczen flew back to America a week earlier to contest the Las Vegas Supercross, which he won last weekend.

The German’s fan base in America is huge and expect many Roczen followers to turn out to watch Roczen racing Motocross. It will be the American’s first chance to see Roczen ride Motocross since his amazing Motocross of Nations MX2 victory. As for Roczen himself, he can’t wait to get to Glen Helen and put some hurt on his rivals.

"It would be like a home Grand Prix at Glen Helen,” Roczen said. "It’s going to be fun. Let’s see how it will be and how the fans will be. I want to go there and totally dominate; I want that gap between me and the others. I want a big lead from the second guy, I want to win big time. I mean, it doesn’t matter if I win by a minute or a second, but I want to be stronger than anyone else.”

Another MX2 rider who might just be ready for victory will be British rider Tommy Searle. The Kawasaki mounted rider has a house just up the road from Glen Helen and you can be sure he will be comfortable in the warmer conditions.

"I will be fast at Glen Helen,” Searle said. "I’ve practiced there a lot the last two years, so I should be fast there. I also have a house there, so I can chill out at home and relax for a week before preparing for the race. I'm only 10 points from the championship pace and, with 13 GPs to go, there's still plenty to play for.”

Antonio Cairoli remembers 2010 well, he won the USGP in exciting fashion, finishing ahead of a handful of leading AMA riders and proving that he can win anywhere in the World. This year he goes to America with a knee injury, but with two weeks rest he will be better prepared than he was for the Grand Prix of The Netherlands, which as we all remember won.

"I am really excited,” Cairoli told recently. "I have a lot of fans in America now, and it’s cool to see the people I rode with in the winter. I like Glen Helen the circuit, it’s got some nice lines and good jumps, so I am really happy to go back there.”

Whatever happens when the riders have finished working on the Sunday evening, you can be sure that we will have experienced a great event, with huge support from the American industry.

Video preview from Honda World Motocross - Evgeny Bobryshev and Rui Goncalves