Ryan Hughes has always appreciated the FIM World Motocross Championships. His apprecia- tion started when he was a little kid standing by the fence at the Carlsbad USGP cheering on the Americans, and it culminated in him representing his country as a member of the winning 2000 Motocross des Nations team and the second-place U.S.A. team in 2003. Before that, Ryan spent a year in Europe racing the GPs (finishing fourth overall in 1999). The last time Ryan Hughes saw a United States Grand Prix was from behind his handlebars at the Budds Creek 250 Grand Prix in 1999. At that race, Hughes finished on the podium behind Stefan Everts and winner Kevin Windham. And that was the last time the Grand Prix circus came to the United Sates. When Ryan Hughes heard that the FIM MX1/MX2 Grand Prix series was going to come to SoCal’s Glen Helen Raceway, he jumped at the chance to be there. The Glen Helen GP was organized on short notice, and so was Ryan’s ride. With the help of his sponsors, Ryan built a special bike for the 2010 USGP. And, as icing on the cake, the MXA wrecking crew got to test Ryan’s bike the second he pulled off the track.