Oct 15, 2018
Precision Concepts Kawasaki Wins the 2018 24 Hours of Glen Helen Race
Hot on the heels of the previous weekend's double header (WORCS and Big 6) came the single most demanding race of the year: the 2018 24 Hours of Glen Helen. Mother nature improved the conditions for the racers by opening up the skies the night before and early in the race. However, as good as the rain made the dirt, the mud and water led to increased challenges from the mechanical side. Fortunately, Chaparral Motorsports, Precision Concepts, Kawasaki Team Green was able to overcome any hurdles to take the overall event win for the second year running. The team of Justin Seeds, Blayne Thompson, Clay Hengeveld and Michael Del Fante (in that riding order during the race) lead from start to finish.
Justin started the event off for the team. Because of the muddy conditions, getting out front early was a priority in order to keep the bike from getting too caked with mud. Importantly, Seeds was able to get the holeshot and the team never relinquished the lead. The race wasn't without some drama, a virtual guarantee in an event this long. After a crash during the night, the team had to change to there back-up set of lights. However, aside from a couple other minor issues, the team had a very smooth run completing sixty-nine laps in just over twenty-four hours.
"I feel this year's 24 Hours of Glen Helen became more about bike maintenance than years past," said team manager Robby Bell. "The rains, and resulting mud and gritty-sand played a big part. Because of the conditions, many things that don't typically wear out, showed a lot of wear. Fortunately, we have a great team of people and mechanics who were able to spot any problem areas early to keep the bike in the best condition possible. Last year, we had an issue with the lighting system, but this year the lights ran flawlessly, crash-damage aside. In my opinion we had the best lights on the track. Lastly, I want to say how well our Kawasaki KX450F came through the grueling conditions. The riders mentioned how the performance didn't drop off at all, even in the final couple hours. The bike ran cool and strong the whole time. It shows how good and durable the bike is, and how well the products and services of each of our team supporters perform."