REM GLEN HELEN RACE REPORT: JUSTIN HOEFT, MATAS INDA, TALLON LAFOUNTAINE, DEAN SPANGLER, WHILE THE OLD GUYS EXTRACT THEIR REVENGE ON THE KIDS

September 8, 2013
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Photos by Dan Alamangos and Mark Chilson


With a new track layout, and especially the wider and longer first turn, the REM regulars were met with a challenging day as the track used almost every elevation change that Glen Helen has to offer. Plus 103 degree temperature. 
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Justin Hoeft (615) won the 450 Pro class by splitting moto wins with Matas Inda. Wesley Parker was third, Connor Green fourth and Mark Samuels fifth.
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Dale Spangler (25) two-stroked it to a 1-1 sweep of the 250 Pro class in front of Norwegian Mads Gregerson and Dylan Mroz. Gregerson wasn’t the only foreign rider at REM. Ryusei Otsuka (Japan) won the 250 Novice class, Arab Champion Mishary Bushaiba (Kuwait) won the 250 Beginner class, Shy Moshe (Israel) was fourth in the Over-40 Novices, Matas Inda (Lithuania) was second in the 450 Pros and Dan Alamangos (Australia) was third in the Over-40 Intermediates.
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The next stop for Matas Inda is the Motocross des Nations in Germany. Matas will be part of the Lithuanian team along with Vytautas Bucas and Arminas Jasikonis.
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Preston Tilford had engine troubles. He fixed his bike the night before the race, but didn’t realize that the piston he put in had raised the compression so much that it wouldn’t run on pump gas. Luckily, he was able to borrow some race gas to save his day in the 450 Pro class.
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MXA’s Dennis Stapleton won the Vet Pro class and even holeshot all of the Pros in moto two. Given that he is recovering from shoulder surgery and was only racing his second race since getting his doctor’s release, he led for one lap and then let the 450 Pros go by.
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Tallon LaFountaine (59) swept both motos of the 250 Intermediates in front of Connor Strait, Willy Simons Jr (46), Kyle Fry and Jake Hogan.
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Connor Strait went 3-3 for second in the 250 Intermediates, but when he raced the Open Intermediate class his race was combined with the Over-50 Experts. You may think that the old guys are slow, but Connor knows better. Former AMA National Pros Willy Simons Sr. and Jon Ortner ate him up…even after he holeshot the second moto.
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KTM 150SX-mounted Cameron Reitzel (144), MXA’s John Basher (32) and Norway’s Mads Gregerson try to hold their lines. Reitzel was sixth in the 250 intermediates, Basher won the Vet Intermediates and Gregerson was second in the 450 Intermediates.
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In an ongoing war for dominance in the Over-50 Expert class, Jon Ortner, with his 30 stitches from last week’s crash removed the day before the race, and Willy Simon Sr. engaged in two unbelievable motos. They swapped positions back and forth and, amazingly, Simons got the victory when Ortner’s YZ450F coughed on the final straight before the checkered flag. By the time it refired, Simons had clinched the day with a 1-1 to Ortners’ 2-2, Val Tamietti’s 3-3, Mike Monaghan’s 4-4, Andy Kirker’s 3-5 and Craig Christian’s 6-6.
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George Kohler (65) swept both moto of the Over-60 Expert class, but had to duel with Lyle Sweeter for both victories. Jody Weisel (3-4) was third and Hollywood stuntman Mic Rodgers (3-4) fourth.
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In the dual-lane finish line chicane, Over-60 Expert Bill Seifert (37) tried to use the outside line with his rear wheel and inside line with his front wheel. As you would guess?it didn’t work. Terry Varner (34) goes by on the inside.
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Kevin Canoy (211), son of former Pro Craig Canoy, had to pass both Tyler Jensma (orange gear) and Mark Taylor (126) to win the 450 Novice class.
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Bradley Cole (14) has his work cut out from him in the 450 Novice class. Cole went 4-3 for fourth overall.
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REM races again next Saturday, September 14, in the final round of the 2013 REM Summer Series, but they race again on the following weekend, September 21, before taking one week off. For more info go to www.remsatmx.com

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