REM GLEN HELEN RACE REPORT: THE SINS OF THE FATHERS

August 24, 2014
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Photos by Chris Alamangos, Ernie Becker, Chris Alamangos & Debbi Tamietti

DANjonesJustin Jones (42) was untouchable in the Pro race as he ran away with both motos. Photo: Dan Alamangos

It was a big day for the sons of racers at REM this weekend. Obviously, having a dad who raced or still races is a big plus for a young rider and at Glen Helen this Saturday there were at nine sons on the track (and we may have missed a few).

DANwageman21R.J. Wageman, son of former National Pro Russ Wageman, turned Pro this week and rode to a very strong second place behind Jones, but in front of Ryan Surratt, Preston Tilford, Shawn Hillion, Benny Breck, Kordel Caro and Sean Borkenhagen. Photo: Dan Alamangos

Justin Jones: With a father who is a four-time AMA National Champion and an eight-time World Vet Champion. Justin has been riding all of his young life. With Gary sidelined for the time being with knee surgery, Justin is on his own. Justin has been selected ot the ISDE World Junior team and is using the weekly motocross wars to get ready for the Argentinean event. It must be working as Justin swept both 450 Pro motos.

DANborkenhagnLong time, no see. Sean Borkenhagen (186) came out to spin some laps in the 250 Pro class. Borky finished with a 2-3 day for third. Kordel Caro (672) went 3-2 for second. Photo: Dan Alamangos

R.J. & Robbie Wageman: R.J. just turned Pro, while his brother Robbie is an Intermediate. Although R.J. couldn’t beat Justin Jones in his first outing, he did acquit himself well. As for Robbie, he won both 250 Intermediate motos and had Pro speed.

CHRISsurrattRyan Surratt and Preston Tilford form an interesting juxtaposition as they work their way up the front straight. Photo: Chris Alamangos

Shawn Hillion: Shawn’s dad has raced at REM for many years and Shawn himself has worked his way up through the ranks there. Shawn was fourth in the 450 Pro class.

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DEBBIrobbywagemanRobbie Wageman swept both motos of the 250 Intermediate class. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

Ryan Surratt: Do you remember “Wild Willie” Surratt? You should. He was the 1987 AMA 250 West Supercross Champion. Willie’s son Ryan has made a name for himself at Loretta Lynn’s and is now a Pro.

DEBBIjakehoganJake Hogan (65) used a 3-2 to finish second behind Wageman in the 250 intermediate class and in front of Matt Bynum’s 2-4. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

Braden O’Neal: Braden O’Neal won the 250C class at the 2014 Loretta Lynn AMA National Amateur Championships, which made grandpa Jim and father Keith O’Neal very proud. Along with the glory of winning your class at Loretta Lynn’s is an automatic bump up to the next skill division — so, Braden is now a 250 Intermediate.

BECKERbraydonBraden O’Neal, grandson of Jim O’Neal, never has to worry about signing a clothing deal. Braden got fourth in the 250 Intermediates. Photo: Ernie Becker

Preston O’Neal: With a famous grandfather, former pro father and Loretta Lynn winning brother, Preston O’Neal is just starting his career in the minicycle class. He won the 150F class at REM.

BECKERdanaAustralian Dan Alamangos drove down from Park City, Utah, where he is working on a job, on Friday night to hit REM up before driving back North the next day.  Photo: Ernie Becker

Ford Heit: The son of Shawn Heit, the 2013 Surfercross Champion and sixth in the Over-50 Expert class this weekend, Ford Heit finished first in the 125 Two-Stroke class.

CHRISbeckerAMG Mercedes sports car racer Ernie Becker borrowed Jody Weisel’s KTM 350SXF and holeshot his first Over-40 moto and ended the day with an 8-5 for sixth.  Photo: Chris Alamangos

Jack Ward: Jack Ward was second behind Ford Heit in the 125 Two-Stroke class and also finished seventh in the 250 Novices with a 4-8. Jack’s dad Kevin went 8-8 in the Over-50 Expert class.

DEBBIpasha21257Pasha Afshar (left), Ryan Cirocco (right) and Braden Larson (21) use every possible line in this sweeping left hand turn. Larson would win the 450 Novice class. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

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Back in June George Kohler moved to Carson City, Nevada. He made the long drive back to race at REM this weekend and proved that the former three-time REM number one rider hadn’t lost the touch as he easily swept the Over-60 Expert class. Meanwhile, Dan Alamangos drove from Park City, Utah, to race. Alamangos has spent the summer in Park City working on a big construction project, which he hopes to wrap up by mid-September and return to racing weekly.

DANgeorgeIn another long night’s drive, George Kohler (58), a former three-time REM number 1, made the 8-hour drive from his new home in Carson City, Nevada, to win the Over-60 Expert class (in front of a top five  of Lyle Sweeter, Ken Ehlers (103), Tom White and Patrick Flynn). Photo: Dan Alamangos

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DEBBIortnerJon Ortner (10) and Bob Weber (98) had a close battle in the Over-50 Elite class. Ortner took the victory over the 6D Helmet entrepeneur. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

In what could be considered a landmark number, 62 percent of the racers at REM this weekend were over the age of 40. The three biggest classes of the day were the Over-50 Experts, Over-60 Experts and Over-40 Intermediates.

CHRIScaperJohn Caper’s rear tire grabs a chunk of earth to get John lined up for the steep downhill in front of him. Photo: Chris Alamangos

Of the 15 biggest classes, 5 were won by Yamahas, 5 by KTMs, 4 by Hondas and 1 by Suzuki. No Kawasakis won any of the biggest classes and the highest finishes Kawasaki got were two thirds (Over-40 Intermediate and 250 Pro).

DEBBImaximThree-time Over-60 World Vet Champion Bill Maxim (197) and no-time World Vet Champion Jody Weisel jockey for position in the first moto of the Over-60 Expert class. Neither rider would start the second moto — Maxim because he crashed out of moto one and Jody because of the lingering effects of pneumonia. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

The brand breakdown this week was 34% Yamaha, 26% Honda, 17% KTM, 14% Suzuki and 8% Kawasaki.

REM races again next Saturday. For more info go to www.remsatmx.com

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